Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
- Family Update
- Publication Updates
- Upcoming Books for 2013-2014
- Recent Sermons
- Listen to my sermon on “The Palm Tree Christian: How to thrive during the storms of life”
- Listen to my sermon on “Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster”
- Broadcast Updates
- How to Cherish Your Wife
- Parents, Teen Boys, and Puberty
- Events of the Last Month
- Upcoming Events
Finally winter has struck our area of the Rockies. In the last week we’ve had two major snow storms and our yard if covered with a thick blanket of the powder. We’re praying that as the weather warms this week, that it will slowly melt and water our dehydrated trees, shrubs, and bushes.
Typically, our worst month for snow is March, so we’ll probably see more. And given that we’re two years into a pretty severe drought, the more the merrier!
Since the last time I wrote, I’ve finished two publishing projects. Glad to have them done. More on that below. And, I’m continuing to enjoy my “tent making” work as an Occupational Health physician with various Concentra Health Care Medical Clinics in Colorado Springs and Denver.
Of course, Barb and I are still volunteering at Mission Medical Clinic, a ministry we dearly and deeply love. And, the planning for Kate’s wedding in June continues. It’s certainly an exciting time for us all.
1. Upcoming Books for 2013-2014
I’ve finally finished my work on the final edits of my next two books:
- The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body (scheduled for an early 2014 release).
- Grace Prescriptions: Becoming a spiritual influence in healthcare (hopefully will be out this fall).
1) Listen to my sermon on “Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster”
As I mentioned in our family newsletter for February, I had the privilege of being asked to preach on the topic of “Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster” at the Fallbrook Baptist Church in Houston, TX, last month. You can now listen to this 30 minute sermon here.
Founding and Senior Pastor, Michael Pender, as well as Executive Pastor, Olus Holder, made me feel more than welcome, as did the over 4000 attendees who packed the two morning services. A picture of the sanctuary can be seen here.
The reason for this unusual sermon, is that the church has begun a charter school and become aware of a number of issues that are critical for parents and educators, including ADHD. You can hear my sermon here. You can also hear other sermons in this “Getting Better in Parenting” series here.
2) Listen to my sermon on “The Palm Tree Christian: How to thrive during the storms of life”
I was honored to be asked to preach at my home church, the Little Log Church in Palmer Lake, CO, on the topic of “The Palm Tree Christian: How to thrive during the storms of life.” If you’d like to hear the message, the MP3 file is posted here.
I began with Psalm 92:12-13 (The righteous will flourish like a palm tree … planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.) and then reviewed the ‘wisdom’ of the divine designed of the common palm tree. I’m praying that each listener, young and old, will be able to apply these timeless principles to their lives.
During the sermon, I tried to answer some of these questions:
- How do you survive a drought in your life?
- Why will you survive best in a good grove?
- How can you withstand the major storms of life?
1) How to Cherish Your Wife
Oh, how I wish I had known this information earlier in my marriage. And now that I talk on this topic, it has become one of my most requested talks. In fact, when the talk was first broadcast on the Focus on the Family daily radio broadcast, it became one of the five most popular programs of the year.
I thought you might be interested in listening to it (just click here).
I began researching this topic back in the mid-1990′s, and what I learned not only had an amazing impact on my marriage, but materially changed how I viewed not only my wife, Barb, but women in general. What amazing creations the Creator has intimately wrought.
Women are truly divinely-designed different and differently. And, wise is the man who understands this! This information has changed me and my marriage for the better.
Also, if you prefer reading, much of this material is contained in my and Barb’s book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. You can order a copy autographed by each of us here.
2) Parents, Teen Boys, and Puberty
Here’s the tease about the program from the station:
Parents know that as their kids hit puberty, there are myriad changes that take place in their child’s bodies, brains, hearts, minds, and emotions. What parents don’t always know is how to deal with all of the questions that follow. Today, we’ll talk with Dr. Walt Larimore, a respected, Christian physician who can help parents and their children deal with some of these questions. Thanks for joining us this week for License to Parent with Trace Embry.
The 30-minute program can be downloaded from here.
You can order an autographed copy of The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body here.
Also, a book of mine for pre-pubsecent boys, Lintball Leo’s Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body can be ordered here.
Events of the last month
- Feb 6, I attended a board meeting of Life Network in Colorado Springs. I enjoy serving with a very talented group of men and women who co-serve this wonderful ministry.
- Feb 7-11, I was in Bristol, TN, at the headquarters of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, where I taught the inaugural version of a new conference, Grace Prescriptions: Becoming a Spiritual Influence in Healthcare, with my dear friend, William C. Peel, ThM. The feedback was great. We’ll now improve the course and hope to field test it a couple of times later this year.
- Feb 13-14, Barb and I were in San Antonio, TX, where I spoke at lunch on Thursday to a student chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. You can view that presentation here.
- Feb 15-17, Barb and I taught a Valentine’s weekend couples’ retreat, based upon our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage, at the Laity Lodge near San Antonio, TX.
- Feb 21-24, Barb and I attended a Physicians’ Discipleship Conference at the Navigators’ Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs, CO. On Saturday I was pleased to teach a workshop on Spiritual Interventions in Clinical Care that seemed well-received by the 90 or so attendees.
- Mar 4-8, I’ll be serving as a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency. I’m always blessed by my visits to IHI and so enjoy my fellowship with the faculty, staff, and residents.
- Mar 6-15, Barb will be in Baton Rouge serving her mom.
- Mar 12-13, I’ll make a quick trip to Washington, DC. I’ve been chosen by my friend, former Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, to serve on an advisory panel “to help the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health by providing advice and counsel in the development of a curriculum outline for the Parent/Caregiver’s Curriculum on Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior.” It should be a very interesting meeting.
- Mar 22, I’ll be in studio with my friends Jim Daly and John Fuller to record a radio program for Focus on the Family. We’ll be talking about my book The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body.
You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.