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Josh McDowell

Dennis Hutchinson —  January 22, 2016

There is a school of thought that kids today really aren’t all that different than kids from earlier generations.  & that may be true to a certain extent, but the world around them does seem to be changing.  Josh McDowell says it’s just not enough to teach our kids what to believe anymore.

JOSH McDOWELL

Culture was not in your face, against what your parents taught you & your pastor taught you – and you could survive with a good belief system.  Today, almost everything you teach them flies in the face of culture.  It’s not enough to raise our children with beliefs, we need to raise them with convictions, which means knowing what you believe, why you believe it, and experiencing it in your life.

Josh points to 1 Peter 3:15, which tells us to “be ready with an answer for the hope we have.” He’s also written dozens of books that can help, including The One Year Book of Family Devotions.

Stay Home

Dennis Hutchinson —  January 22, 2016

Washing your hands.  Using wipes at the grocery store.  There are probably a dozen little things you do to try to keep the germs at bay.  That can all mean nothing if your co-workers come in sick.

STAY HOME

One-third of those workers interviewed said that when a colleague comes to work sick, they worry about being exposed to that illness.  And only 8-percent are impressed by their co-worker’s dedication.

Andy Ernst used to work with the staffing firm Robert Half International & says statistics show close to 3 out of 4 of us go to work sick – but working smarter may mean staying home.

Sometimes your most powerful sermon .. is silence.

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Church Hygiene

Dennis Hutchinson —  January 14, 2016

We are smack dab in the middle of the cold-flu season, & while you may take precautions around the office & home, churches can be a little germy too – especially in the nursery.  Dr. Charles Gerba says there are 3 things you can do to help keep those germs at bay.

HYGIENE

One is good hand hygiene, washing your hands.  Using hand sanitizers is really good too. The other is disinfecting key surfaces.  It’s not really cleaning more, we don’t need any more cleaning.  Don’t become a germaphobe, just become a little bit germ wise.

& he says if you do a meet & greet time at church, maybe do a fist bump or a bow instead of a handshake.  & by the way, the cleanest toy they’ve found in those nurseries: a doll – or as we guys call them, action figures.

What Makes A Good Life

Dennis Hutchinson —  January 13, 2016

How’s your New Year’s Revolution going so far?  Whether it’s health related, or money or faith, the big question is: Are the changes you’re making, making you happier?  For 75 years, Harvard has been following the lives of more than 700 men, year after year, & in that time they say one thing is clear: Good relationships make us happier & healthier.  So what is it about those relationships?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD LIFE

The first is that social connections are really good for us – & that loneliness kills.  The second big lesson: It’s not just the number of friends you have, but it’s the quality of our close relationships that matters.  It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for your health.  & the third big lesson that we learned.  Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains.

In fact Robert Waldinger, the 4th director the Harvard Project, says the people in relationships where they really feel they can count on the other person in times of need, their memories stay sharper longer.