Grateful for Godly Children

Someone asked me a week ago how we raised 3 great boys. Without taking a breath, I said, “Friend, it’s God’s grace.”

Sure, Kim and I have used tried and true parenting principles and we have tried to model for our boys what it looks like to follow Jesus. But, we are all too aware of our mistakes and mess-ups.

It really is our God who has stepped in to overrule our deficiencies. Sure, our boys will mess up and they certainly have a sin nature. But we are so proud of the godly men they are becoming.

In fact, that’s one of the joys of growing older and watching your children live their own adult lives – we get to celebrate the truth of 3 John 4:

3 John 4 (NLT): “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.”

Here are some pictures from Zach’s Murray State BCM trip to Converge this past weekend.

Zach and Dani. They have been dating for 6 months. Kim and I are so pleased that not only is our son serious about following Jesus – he is also dating a young lady whose passion for the Lord is just as obvious.
Zach’s Converge Group. You can see him on the back row, second from the left. It looks like Dani standing next to him. Codey, our adopted Murray State student, is on the floor level back row, the guy farthest to the left.
I’m grateful to whoever took these pictures.
You’ll notice that Zach is wearing a hat with “TB” on it. When we lived in Florida, Zach, Sean, and Joseph were constantly at the baseball field during the Fall and Spring of each year. I loved sitting in the stands cheering for them. And with our family’s love for baseball, we went to St. Pete and watched the Tampa Bay Rays play often. I think Zach will probably always be a Rays fan.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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