It’s the morning of Good Friday. This morning, I hope as you sip your cup of coffee you reflect on this powerful day:

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and put it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  -John 19:28-30

It is finished. The debt has been paid. Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Sunday. He is risen! But today let’s remember the painful death he paid for you and me just 3 days before.

Here’s a few interesting articles I stumbled upon this week. Enjoy.

1. Practical Advice for White Families Adopting Cross-Racially

via Reformed African American Network

As an adoptive father of two African American children, I’m always looking for sound advice on how to raise them to be proud of their heritage. I think this article gives great wisdom to the adoptive white family.

2. 4 Must Have Characteristics of People You Want On Your Team

via LeadBravely.org

“It is vital to look below the surface of talent, skill and qualifications to determine the true character of a person. Leaders are investors. Our capital is influence. You invest in people; especially those on your team.

3. “Help! I Got the Wrong Kid”

via Growing Leaders

I’ve had parents ask me why their children are so different from one another when they’ve all receieved the same parenting. This especially happens if they have a wayward child, parents left to wonder what they did wrong. I really like this perspective from Tim Elmore. Check it out.

4. My White Privilege

via David Spickard

“For those of us who are white, white privilege is not a message of guilt, it’s a call for awareness. It’s not an attempt to shame, it’s a cry for understanding. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.”

5. Stop Slandering Public School Teachers

via Tim Challies

This article made me think of a post I wrote a couple of years ago, A Different Option for Education: Homeschool Your Public School Kids. We have loved sending our kids to public schools, and we’ve had amazing, even godly, teachers. I love this quote from the article, “Our experience has been that God’s common grace, his love for all humanity, extends even to the classrooms of nearby public schools.”

6. One Essential to Building Great Organizations

via Leadership Freak

“Great organizations have leaders who work on the business, not just in it.”

7. The Old Testament Told in Only 5 Minutes

via RiverGlen Christian Church

A quick, simple explanation of the entire Old Testament. A great video to watch with your kids!

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