We wrote 91 blog posts this year with 47,704+ views and now have 11,157+ subscribers to this blog. Let's have some fun looking back over our year together. These are our top eight (8) blog posts for 2018.
I'm posting these in order based on page views. We hope you've found great help and encouragement through these posts this year. Review closely in case you missed one. And, feel free to share your favorite posts.
#1: 25 ways to raise an angry child
I get it. At some magical age, your son will do what he wants. He can start on the path of the curmudgeon early or take the slow, methodical steps to curmudgeonville. Darn, freewill! But, I'd like you to ask yourself: How much of the anger in my home is caused by me? Ouch. That’s a painful question. As fathers, we must take note of what God says in Ephesians 6:4.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
In this post, we explore 25 ways we often provoke our kids to anger.
#2: Great marriage or cursed adultery? You decide by how you handle the five T's.
Marriage is a blessing. But the curse of adultery is real. I first heard Dr. Ellen say, "There are no marriage problems—just character deficiencies in the marriage." Here's the deal. Whether you sit down with guys who have strong marriages or guys who are struggling, you'll soon realize these five T's are vital.
For this post, we covered the five T's of time, talking, transparency, trust and touching and how the use of (and lack of use) in marriage and bless or curse the marriage.
#3: 26 qualifications of biblical fatherhood
The best image of biblical fatherhood is that of a shepherd. God’s Word is rich in its discussion about shepherding. Moses, David, and Amos served as shepherds, and all were influenced greatly by that role in their leadership. Shepherd is applied in Scripture to God, Jesus, kings, political leaders and pastors. I don't think I'm going theologically crazy to connect shepherding to biblical fatherhood.
#4: 7 deadly sins of a disengaged dad
The seven deadly sins of pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony, lust—are not labeled this way because they are worse than other sins. All sin kills something. These seven sins are the sins that often give birth to other sins. So, know them. Fight them in your heart. Fight them in your home. Be the example that maybe you didn’t have growing up.
#5: The deadly sin of lust and how to eliminate it from your life
Brothers, if culture lies to us, it lies to us most with this sin. Culture says we can look but not touch. Scripture tells us if our eye causes us to sin, gouge it out. So what are we to do? How are we to live?
#6: 3 phrases the godly father says to his child
As fathers, we hold a special responsibility to lead our kids. It's our calling to lead well. Our words and actions carry weight. In this post, we take a look into what God said to his own son, Jesus. The words God says are the words every kid longs to hear from their dad. What are those words?
#7: The deadly sin of sloth and how to eliminate it from your life
You would never call yourself lazy. But, would you call yourself intentional in all areas? Here's the deal: read this post. Why? Because sloth is about more than laziness. I'm convinced that sloth is the sin of comfort. It's as simple as the teen with a messy room and as complex as the workaholic so engulfed in his work that he's unintentional at home. In this post, we examine what the sin is, how it plays out as a dad and how you can eliminate it.
#8: 7 types of busy dads and the idols of their hearts
Most of us dads are busy. Our sin is busyness. Said a different way—our sin is workaholism. Here's the deal: Regardless of busyness, you are the shepherd for your family. If you missed this post, read it! If you read it—read it again! Then share it.
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Ryan Sanders is the Director of Outreach at Manhood Journey. Ryan is married to Tonia and they have three children. He serves as a Lay Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. and is a diehard Redskins fan. Learn more about Ryan here and find him on Twitter @RyanSanders.