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How to Win Conflict with your Wife Every Time (1 of 3)

Husbands, let’s get some critical things clear: You didn’t marry your wife so she’d be your female roommate or a poker buddy. Instead, you married her to build a deep friendship and a great family with. That requires collaboration, but … Continue reading

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The World Needs Fathers

I was sitting at a stoplight recently and noticed a father walking his two kids to school on the sidewalk.  He was dressed in Carhartt clothes and steel-toe boots, but he also had his preschool daughter’s pink backpack thrown over … Continue reading

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Durable Friendship Will Save a Man’s Life

The story of David and Jonathan is one of the best biblical examples of durable friendship (built to last and makes you better).  Every man needs one or two of these friendships in his life, because they’re both life-giving and … Continue reading

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Friendship is not Optional for a Man’s Health

Once, I thought friendship was optional, like choosing cream for your coffee or not. Truth is, I can live without coffee or cream, but I can’t thrive without meaningful friendships. That’s hard for a man to admit, but it’s undeniable. … Continue reading

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3 Most Potent Aphrodisiacs a Husband Can Use in Marriage

When I visited the Bahamas recently, a local beach vender tried to sell my wife and me raw conch. His sales pitch was that consuming it is a proven aphrodisiac, or a stimulant for sexual desire. Claims like this exist … Continue reading

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3 Conversations a Husband Should Lead Every Week

Husbands are the catalyst for growth and change in their marriage.  A wife will take that role if needed; but, the relationship is best led when a man acts with vision, resilience and humility.   However, as Rory Vaden says, … Continue reading

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Setting Your Son Up for Success in Manhood

My oldest son turned thirteen a couple weeks ago, which means he’s officially entered manhood.  For the milestone date, I curated a book of wisdom for him (King Solomon style) by asking several other men he knows and respects (grandfathers, … Continue reading

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Three Basic Elements of Raising Boys into Men P3 (3 of 3)

Boys need authority and authorization to function well. Before, I commented on how boys need to understand objectives and rules, but these two get imparted by a trusted rule-giver.   Be assured, I know that history and our own personal experience … Continue reading

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Three Basic Elements of Raising Boys into Men (Part 2 of 3)

Raising boys into men requires some basic elements that apply to nearly every setting.  For example, earlier, I expounded on the Boy Scouts’ saying, “Boys need to know the objective, the rules and know who’s in charge,” referenced in Michael Gurian’s book The … Continue reading

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Three Basic Elements to Raising Boys into Men (Part 1 of 3)

I have two sons (12 and 10) and raising them into men must be intentional and not based upon cultural myths (I’ll handle myths later).  Much is written about the complex physiology of boys (chemistry and anatomy), but what are the … Continue reading

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