Circle of Friends Newsletter, 15.4

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for March 2016, 15.4 To download a larger copy, click here -> Circle of Friends 15_04 Nwsltr Circle of Friends Membership Form: cof membership...
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Character Comment – Youthful Yoke, Part 1

As Character Advocates, we need to tell stories. Looking for resources that can be put to use, I’ve found a precious gem called Lamplighter Publishing; their motto is “Building Character One Story at a Time” (www.lamplighterpublishing.com). There is section there called “Lamplighter Moments,” messages by founder and president Mark Hamby, which I find quite edifying. In the next...
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Character Comment – A Family Story, “Life Isn’t Fair”

I want to tell you a story I spoke to you last week about the importance of stories as tools for teaching and advocating character traits. I’m going to expand on that in future comments, but today I want to tell a story to you—my Character Mentor Partners—to encourage you in our TEAMwork. Suppose I told you that one day many years from now you would be able to peek in on your little...
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Character Comment – TEAMwork – Advocate

Teach! Enforce! Advocate! Model! TEAMwork ad·vo·cate – verb (used with object) – to call for or plead for; primarily, to plead the cause of another; to defend by argument; to support or vindicate.   In our case, the cause is Christian Character. As Character Advocates, our role is to make the case for character, to call for, to plead in favor of, to defend, and to support...
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Character Comment – A Matter of Grace

You will often hear me talk about learning the “soft” and “hard” skills for personal development. (See 12/15/15 Tuesday Bulletin, Character Comment) This theme parallels Peter’s encouragement to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). It has occurred to me, especially in the moments spent with the middle school students in Bible class, that I...
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