EMMANUEL BLOG

Resource Allocation and My Family

How do you decide what is the most important for your family? Families everywhere face the challenge of limited resources and a host of competing priorities that vie for first place. A conversation about resource allocation might help! In my quest to become a better...

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Say “Grace” Like a Superhero

When our kids were small, we made a trip to visit my cousin and his family. Between our two families, there were eight kids and when it came time to eat, craziness ensued! Amid the wriggling, fussing, teasing, and playing it would have been easy to skip the prayer of...

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Being an Incredible (Hulk) Parent

The Incredible Hulk is in my office right now. If you know me, you’re not shocked to hear that I have a variety of action figures, toys, and other immature or unnecessary items in my office. One of these items is a 12-inch tall plastic Hulk. My wife found it for me at...

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Responsibility? What’s That?

Most parents want their children to become adults who are able to take care of things. We often need our kids’ labour to stay on top of daily life by doing chores and learning to work. Some parents try paying an allowance, or other incentives, to urge their kids to...

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Begin Studying Your Bible

Christians should be known as people of one book. Sure, we can read, study, and share other books. But the book we must care about more than all others combined is the Bible. Without knowing it, we too often contribute to the issue of biblical illiteracy. LifeGroups...

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Various Ways to Multiply Your LifeGroup

Whether your LifeGroup has been together for many years or you're new to the idea of small groups, at some point everyone considers what it looks like to multiply. The real fruit of an apple tree is not an apple but another apple tree. Likewise, the real fruit of a...

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What Is Your Family’s Success Formula?

Careers is a fantastic board game that I played as a kid and now play quite often with my children. In the game, each player goes around the board starting various careers or educational experiences. Before the game starts, each player creates a formula for success...

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Invite Group Members to Share Deeply

By Jan Paul Hook, Joshua N. Hook, and Don E. Davis authors of Helping Groups Heal: Leading Small Groups in the Process of Transformation Even if you do a good job of setting up the group’s boundaries at the beginning, members eventually test and violate the limits....

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“Sorry, what?”

Miscommunication. It happens almost daily in our homes. One family member says something and the other family member totally mishears, misunderstands, or misinterprets what was said. This can cause confusion, laughter, or frustration. Maybe you’ve experienced the...

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Talking About My Generation

I learned how to make crepes from my parents. I didn’t guess the recipe from my own intuition or look it up in a book. I was taught – shown really – how to do it. In case you're wondering, I like my crepes with butter and brown sugar. Making crepes is easy. It’s a...

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Scattergories in All Circumstances

The Game Scattergories Can Teach Kids (and Parents!) to be Thankful The game Scattergories is a fun, funny and tense family game. For each round, there is a card with 12 categories listed. Players must write a word that matches each category. A multi-sided die, with a...

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Guess Who?!

Recently I had a chance to rediscover Guess Who? No, not the Winnipeg-based Burton Cummings band, but rather the board game by Hasbro. Back in the day, I enjoyed playing endless rounds with my kids. Guess Who? is an excellent deductive reasoning game that features...

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Leaders Need Coaches

A little over two years ago I began a quest to make my health a priority. Having a job where I sit most of my day long-term at a desk, means I put my body at risk for many health issues when I'm older. The process came with many struggles and failures as I battled...

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