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Validating a Boys Heart

We were sitting on the patio of a local restaurant eating our dinner and watching the kids play on a community playground. There was one slide toy that was a pipe like element with handles. The kids could hold the handles and slide across...

How a Shopping Cart Can Change a Boy

I was maybe 10 when my dad took us to the game. It was the Houston Astros baseball in the Astrodome. I don’t remember who we were playing or how it turned out but I do have one crystal clear memory. At the beginning...

Fatherless Day 2018

The Fields of the Fatherless are a tender place today, Father’s Day. Half of the kids in our world, our church, the school, the grocery store, on your block are without a father today. No dad to guide them when the storms of their...

KOZ Leaders, the Most Powerful Men on the Planet

The power of a hug and an encouraging word from a man to a boy is like pouring molten steel into a form. It molds and creates the framework of a young man’s heart life. If not by the father, the one he longs...

Calling BS on Men’s Ministry? What Your Boys Deserve.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I am not sure how many men’s ministries experience the Holy Spirit on...

The Gun, The Heart of a Boy and KOZ

The twins were considered challenged. Their mental capabilities were being managed by doctors and special teachers at school. Their father negated his responsibilities and even fanned the flames with his behavior towards them and their hearts. The idea that they needed outdoor activities, other...

Taxi Driver

I left the theatre wandering around the neighborhood nearby. I was transfixed on the characters from the movie. I was also in love. Not with a cute young girl from my high school class but the young girl in the movie. I was 17...

Raised with a Tonka – Life Tools

I was thinking back about Christmas mornings when I was a kid. The fresh cut tree, the colored lights and gifts all wrapped. Santa coming and the stories of how close he was and what would happen if we did not get into bed....

The Best Gift for a Boy

  What can you give a boy that will speak directly to his heart? A new video game? Underwear and socks? Probably not. Christmas can be an amazing time to fertilize the heart, mind and soul of a boy, especially ones living in hard...

Criminal Activity and Oliver, Defining Your Heart

In 1968 I was 9. It was a simpler time back then, at least for a 9-year-old. No stress from too much television, no internet or video games, just life on life’s terms. That year an amazing film came out that captured my heart...