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This morning we talked about the role faith plays in where you shop.  CNN’s Religion Blog lists 10 companies that have a Christian heritage.

1. Chick-Fil-A:   Truett Cathy’s work ethic was forged during the Depression.  He took a tiny Atlanta diner and turned into Chick-fil-A, and then turned his attention into developing young people.

2. Forever 21:   Young women’s clothing company which prints John 3:16 on the bottom of its shopping bags.

3. Tom’s of Maine: A natural home products company started by Tom Chappell and his wife Kate.  He almost quit to pursue full-time Christian ministry, but a professor at Harvard Divinity School advised him to make his business a ministry.

4. Tyson’s Foods, Inc.:   The world’s largest chicken company employs a team of chaplains who minister to employees.

5. Hobby Lobby:   The chain of more than 450 arts and crafts stores says in their mission statement – “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles”.

6. ServiceMaster:  Founded in 1929 by Marion Wade, who was said to view each employee and customer as someone made in the image of God.  They own Terminix and American Home Shield.

7. Herman Miller:   Michigan-based furniture maker prides itself on environmental philanthropy and is often on Fortune’s annual list of Best Companies To Work For.

8. Interstate Batteries:   The car battery giant is very open about their faith in their training and intra-company communication.  Former president Norm Miller moved to the role of chairman to allow more time to address Christian audiences.

9. In-N-Out-Burger:   In-N-Out has printed citations of Bible passages on cups, wrappers and other packaging.

10. Walmart:  Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, used Christian servant leadership models to build the company.


TODAY’S RESPECT DARE: Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  So today’s dare is to choose from this day forward to speak fewer words .. and to make those words count.  That way others will know that when you speak, it matters.  If you feel you need to vent, do that to your Heavenly Father or with a trusted friend.

TODAY’S LOVE DARE:  Begin building emotional intimacy with your mate.  Determine today to guard their secrets and to pray for them.  Listen with acceptance, and make them feel safe!

Remember to tell us you’re taking the LOVE/RESPECT DARE by signing up for the 30 day challenge on our home page.

It’s Love & Respect Dare Day 15!

Today’s Respect Dare: Think about how fortunate we are in America, materially speaking.  Just doing a quick online search on poverty will reveal the kinds of conditions so many people around the world live in.  So today’s dare is to simply be content.  Thank your husband for the way he provides for your family, whether that’s through his job or in other ways, like helping out around the house!  Then prayerfully thank God for giving you what you have.

Today’s Love Dare:  LISTEN!  Honor your wife by listening more attentively and respectfully.  Honor her by giving greater weight to her words and requests.


This morning we shared two Father’s Day short stories from the book Dad in my Heart by Joe L. Wheeler. Shannyn read What My Daughter Taught Me About Love by Robert Fulghum and Peter read The Snob by Morley Callaghan- The book was released on Tyndale Press.

Your Respect Dare of the Day: Think about one area of your home of life which desperately need to be decluttered and organized. If nothing comes to mind-pray for the Lord to reveal something to you which needs to be put in order and then DO IT! Don’t try to tackle a huge project in one day…this is about a 15 minute dare: GO!

Your Love Dare of the Day:  Demonstrate your love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and your spouse. Tell them you are putting their preference first!


Have a blessed weekend! We appreciate you!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe!

Shannyn crosses her heart-it’s DELISH! Try it with the kiddo’s and see if it doesn’t pass! (from


  • 240 grams yellow-skinned cooked potatoes, peeled (approx. 1 & 1/3 cups cooked potato)
  • 6-7 tbsp pure maple syrup*, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp cashew nut butter*
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4-1/3 cups dark chocolate chips


1. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes. Cook the potatoes in a pot of water on the stove-top until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

2. In a food processor, immediately add the cooked potatoes (still hot), nut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Do not use cold potatoes or the texture will be like mashed potatoes instead of a silky dip. Process until smooth for at least a couple minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Make sure no clumps remain. You want it super smooth. Adjust sweetness if necessary and add salt to taste.

3. Place mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably an hour) to chill and then stir in the chocolate chips just before serving. Serve the dip with graham crackers, fresh fruit, cookies, cinnamon sugar pita chips, or my favourite way, a spoon.



Just for today, your dare is to say nothing negative at all. If you can’t think of a kind way to say what’s on your mind, vow-just for today-to say nothing.


Look for opportunities to bring warmth to the coldness in his or her life. If possible, give them an unexpected, tender touch. Choose a gesture that says, “I cherish you.” and do it with sincerity.


It’s Love and Respect Dare Day 10

What achievements have you accomplished with God’s help?  Whatever we pay attention to grows.  God tells us in Philippians 4:8 what we are to think about.

Your RESPECT DARE today is to pray for God to enable you to see life through the lens of the Holy Spirit; To give you the ability to see what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy.  Then pray for his strength to accomplish this.

Today’s LOVE DARE:  Do something out of the ordinary for your spouse – something that proves (to both of you) that your love is based on your choice and nothing else.  Examples could include: Wash her car; Clean the kitchen; Fold the laundry (Bonus points for putting it away).  Demonstrate love to them for the sheer joy of being their partner in marriage.

Remember to tell us you’re taking the LOVE/RESPECT DARE by signing up for the 30 day challenge on our home page.