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Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families

Imagine the swankiest hotel, with a live piano player in the background. The smell of rich leather and mahogany wood greet you as the host escorts you to your private seating area. It’s there, with a freshly pressed cup of organic, fair-trade coffee, that your day beings…Welcome, my friend, to this episode of Live Life Better. I’m your host, Philip Devine. My goal is to empower men to lead their families, inspire husbands to love their wives, and encourage dads to be present with their kids,...



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Feb 20, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Recently I sent an email to a mentor of mine worried about where my life was going.  I would characterize it as a quarter-life crisis. A lot of that stems from what’s known as your “calling”   I’m not going to discuss “how to find your calling” on here, or anything like that.    Instead, I want to share why “calling” should be something that frees you.   Ezekiel 2:4-7The Message (MSG) 3-7 He said, “Son of man, I’m sending you to the family of Israel, a rebellious...
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Feb 13, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Refugee: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. The Syrian refugee crisis has long since faded from the incessant 24/7 news cycle, but that doesn’t mean the crisis is over.  Whenever I read the news, I try to interact with it not as a Republican or Democrat, but as a Christian (yes, you can be a Christian and be either one). So what does the Bible say about refugees?  how should that impact our national policy? ...
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Feb 6, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I never thought that I would actually become hurt by the church.  In fact, I preferred the term “disenfranchised.” But what I discovered was that there was more to “church” than I realized. I realized that: Being hurt by the church is a very real possibility…because of “who” the church is There are many stories of people who were hurt by the church and left the faith.  I’m going to share a story of someone who had every right to leave the faith, but continued on My commitment...
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Jan 27, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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If you’ve listened to this podcast for any amount of time, you know that I am passionate about marriage.  That’s why I’m excited to share a conversation I had with a good friend of mine — a blogger, fellow homeschooler, dedicated husband and father, and now, published author! During this conversation, we discuss two of the seven rings (the Wedding RING stage and the RestoRING stage).  I know you’ll find this valuable, and it’s exciting to be able to share this with you. Click here...
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Jan 21, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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There has been a lot of discussion about what makes a man a man. On one side, there’s the camp that says a real man can change car tire, grow a beard, and chop down a tree.  There’s another camp on the other end of a spectrum that says a real man is something someone identifies as.  And of course there are people all along the spectrum. With this list, let me inject some fun and (what I think) common sense.  Because if there’s one thing for certain, a real man operates out of love and...
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Jan 13, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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"Barriers to entry."  That's a term that I first heard in a business class during my freshman year of college. [IMAGE] But this term applies to more than just business; it applies to our faith as well.  In this episode, I explore what the barriers to entry are to a relationship with Christ, both man made, and God ordained. Question: What barriers to entry do you see to a relationship with Christ?
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Jan 6, 2016 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It’s 2016, and a season of resolutions, goals, and new beginnings.  I’ve got plenty of my own goals, but what I want to share with you is not something for 2016, because I think a quick review of this past year will help all of us have a good 2016, including: The one constant I experienced in 2015…and hope to experience in 2016. What I stopped, and what we started. How my training in the Marine Corps helped get me through 2015, and how that translates to my faith today. Live Life Better...
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May 28, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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As someone who is crazy about my family but also enjoys working hard to make a living, it’s easy to let work come before family. I’ve touched on the topic of work/life balance before and provided tools and strategies to achieve the elusive goal of a balance between work and life. But here's the kicker: Tools and strategies are useless, unless you know what to look for.  You can’t repair a flat tire if you don’t know where the leak is.  In the same way, you can’t perform any...
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May 20, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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We’re only 5 months into 2015, but I’ve had more than my fair share of changes…   I could fill this entire post with all of the changes, but just to clue you in…I’ve just recently switched jobs, my wife is 5 months pregnant, and my grandfather died. Lots of changes, to be sure.  And a lot of the time, it creates problems in our relationships. But I’ve found two constants during this period of changes and transitions.  What are they?  Listen on to find out.
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May 13, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the Christian population in the United States has dropped down to 70%. What does that mean for us a Christians?  And what does that mean about how we do “church”?   There are a myriad of reasons why the church may be getting smaller (in the US at least), and what we can do about it.  No doubt, by the time you read this, there will be plenty of people voicing their opinions and providing what they deem to be the best answers. My goal with what...
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May 6, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Death has a funny way of putting things into perspective   When you attend the funeral of an elderly loved one, there are certain things missing: There aren’t any familiar eyes to look into No frail hands to hold And no old stories to reminisce about. If you’ve every lost someone you love, this episode is for you.  You’ll dwell on the memory of the past, but be encouraged in the hope of the future.  
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Apr 15, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The conversation was not what I expected. A good friend of mine met me for coffee, and as far as I knew, he had everything going for him. You know, things like: A good job, with solid benefits. His wife and daughter had just moved into a new house, and things were going really well. Which is why is threw me off when he told me he almost lost his job. As he listed off all the things he almost lost, he left off one thing. But what he did about that is even better. I thought he had everything...
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Apr 8, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Over the past few weeks I’ve discussed hot button issues. My confession about the CIA torture report, Sean Palmer’s insights on race, culture, and the church, and last week’s candid discussion about sexual identity and faith all shared one thing in common. Easy to talk about, harder to receive. When grace is extended, there are two parts to it: Receiving it (we have the option to reject it), and Accepting it (we have the option to keep from internalizing the grace). This episode is...
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Apr 1, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It all started at a dinner party. We had just spent that past few minutes talking about each other's background, and really seemed to connect. I had already introduced him to my wife, Loretta, and we were already thinking about having dinner with them sometime.   But then I was caught off guard. We talked about kids and all sorts of things...and then he introduced me to his partner. Maybe that caught you off guard...or maybe it didn't As society has an on-going discussion about homosexuality...
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Mar 25, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The best part is that they’re all free. That hard part is that you couldn’t purchase these resources, even if you tried. This isn’t just a list of books or conferences you should attend to improve your marriage and rock your relationship with your wife. Photo credit: Andre Freitas No, it’s more than that! These are three resources that are available to everyone; but only a few take full advantage of them all. Don’t let fate determine the outcome of your marriage. You have the power...
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Mar 18, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I love taking drives with my family. The radio is playing, the munchkins are looking out the window, and the next thing I know I hear two small voices coming from the backseat singing worship songs: “Our God is awesome, he can move mountains, keep me in the valley, hide me from rain…” Photo credit: Morgan Sessions   “Our God is Awesome!” That’s not something our family will learn on their own. As husbands and fathers, one of our primary responsibilities is to lead our family in...
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Mar 11, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I know…we husbands don’t have any. Or at least, we generally don’t talk about them, especially in public. So in honor of all the husbands who struggle with what I’m about to share, here we go!   “I’m stressed out.” During this time of year, I’ve got all sorts of celebrations on my plate: Valentines Day, My wife’s birthday Our wedding anniversary Mother’s day Getting gifts or planning celebrations has never been my forte. In fact, it’s been a pain point for me, because of...
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Mar 4, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Have you ever stopped in your tracks? I mean come across a picture, a new thought, a quote, that stopped you in your tracks?   “The way we treat our children directly impacts what they believe about themselves” – Ariadne Brill But it wasn’t the quote itself that caused me to pause. Rather, it was the questions that came out of it: How do I treat my kids? What am I telling them about themselves? The one question every parent needs to ask… There are so many questions that come to mind...
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Feb 25, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It can’t just be me. I don’t know why, but I feel like I’ve been doing a terrible job of balancing work and family…you know, the “work/life balance” thing. I’m not putting my phone down when I come home for the day. I’m thinking about other projects while I’m at dinner with my family. I’m consistently staying late at work, even though there’s always one more thing to do.   So here is what I did… I asked people I trusted; people who were further along in their journey...
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Feb 18, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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How do you handle this? The past few months have been challenging to say the least: The police shootings in St. Louis and New York have reignited heated discussions about race. The CIA released a report that detailed their torture of terror suspects, which caused me to pause and evaluate my faith. And just a few days ago, ISIS executed 21 Egyptian Christians.   We have to talk about it. And as Christians, we need to be able to talk about it intelligently. The problem is that if our Christian...
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Feb 11, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I kept my promise! On last week’s episode, I promised that I would bring my wife on the show. And so, I did!   The Real Deal We had a lot of fun discussing the three levels of marriage and how we viewed each of them! We shared what we’ve done to keep our triangle from going flat, even if the levels were in the right place. Loretta shared the decision she had to make when I returned from deployment. I reveal why commitment is essential to a healthy marriage, but why there has to be more...
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Feb 4, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Marriage There are an incredible number of books that can help your marriage, regardless of how long you’ve been married, or what the issue is. Click to listen.   But one of the problems I’ve had it taking every piece of advice and putting it into action. Actually, I often feel like a failure because I’m unable to implement everything they suggest. But that’s not really a problem from the book…that’s my own problem, from my own insecurities. The Marriage Triangle instead of diving...
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Jan 28, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Do you read your Bible? I don’t just mean a few verses a few times a week. Do you enjoy reading your Bible? Do you understand what you read?   I used to… I used to read the Bible and immediately get tired. I used to read the Bible and enjoy the footnotes more than the text. I used to read the Bible and get lost in my thoughts two minutes in. But that has all changed. It can for you to. I share three keys to reading the Bible that will leave you excited to spend large chunks of time reading...
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Jan 21, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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At the end of his life, Jesus gave us the great commission. They’re considered to be his last words, and incredible missions programs have been created because of them. Photo courtesy of Margot Pandone Click to listen   That’s a good thing! But I wonder if we’re missing a large piece of what he was getting at. Especially in light of what he says in Matthew 7:13-14: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through...
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Jan 14, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Seriously? Well…yea, seriously. Chances are, what we have in mind to “do through Christ’s strength” and what was originally being referenced are two different things. Photo courtesy of Chris Sardenga Click to listen   But it could mean something different. If Michael Jordan or Warren Buffet wrote those words, they would mean something different, based on what we know about each person. Jordan? His would probably apply to basketball. Buffett? Something about investing. So what does...
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Jan 7, 2015 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It may be one word, but it makes the world of a difference, whether it’s in the news, a conversation between you and your wife, or something in the Bible. Photo courtesy of Aurélien bellanger Click to listen   Mythbusters – What You Get When You Give Jesus’ words have almost become cliche…”Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…” But what can we give that will be given back to that extent? Money? Time? Attention? Love?...
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Dec 31, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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New Years is here, along with some changes. The busy holiday season is almost behind us, hopefully you’ve spent plenty of time relaxing with family and overeating delicious food (I have)! But before you look ahead to 2015, have you looked back at 2014? Photo courtesy of Rula Sibai Click to listen   A change of focus: I’ll be focusing more on faith, and how it shapes our response to everyday life and world events. Talking about marriage is fun, but my passion lies in working out my faith...
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Dec 17, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It’s easy to focus on what we want our kids to stop doing… But it’s harder to encourage them when they are doing right. I take a Marine Corps approach to raising my kids – lots of discipline, loyalty, perseverance. Click here to listen   Obviously, my kids are going into combat. But I still have trouble with a false dichotomy: Discipline vs. Delight I share three ways that I have found I can delight my kids, without spoiling them. In fact, I just finished one of them before I sat down...
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Dec 10, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Before you listen to this… Understand that what I’m going to share with you is not about partisan politics. Understand that what I’m going to share with you is not about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. This is about my faith, and the conflict within. My faith was challenged. Why does this report cause such internal conflict for me? My flesh says one thing My spirit says something different This episode will challenge you, and I welcome your...
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Dec 3, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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What is a real man? There are lots of definitions out there, but not all of them are right.   Because society says it's okay for us to do the bare minimum as men, husbands, and fathers, I felt the need to come up with a starting point for us, a new standard of sorts.  It's not all inclusive, but it covers most areas of life:   1.A real man understands that his job is the means to an end, not an end in and of itself. 2.A real man is intentional about his values, and seeks to live them every...
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Nov 26, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Sometimes it can get lost… With all of the meal prep, shopping, cleanup, and family, the real meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost. But just because the meaning can get lost, doesn’t mean it will. The meaning of Thanksgiving is decided *by* you, not *for* you. There are so many reasons to become stressed about Thanksgiving: You or a loved one are working during Thanksgiving (I am!) The commercialism sucks all of the joy out of the holiday. The planning, meal prep, and clean up are...
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Nov 19, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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In some circles, the man has a few beers to unwind after work. He stays late at the office, and he goes out with his buddies more than he goes out with his wife. But not us. We do things differently. Click to listen What is an awesome husband? It’s hard to narrow down a list of things an awesome husband does down to only 11 things. But the truth is, the list could go on forever, so I chose to focus on the 11 I felt made the biggest impact. You’ll need to listen to this episode to get the...
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Nov 12, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I lost my first wedding ring after being married 3 weeks. To top it off, it was right before I deployed! Thankfully, Loretta didn’t kill me (in fact, she was really calm about it). What are the options? The wedding band has taken many different forms recently – wood mixed with metal, tungsten, rose gold, and some people even get them tattooed on their fingers. But sometimes people simply don’t wear they’re wedding rings. Why I wear my wedding ring… Besides the fact that I like wearing...
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Nov 5, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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One of my biggest fears in life is getting divorced. And I could spend all day listing reasons why I have a good chance at getting a divorce, based on my past. But for your sake (and mine) I’ll skip that. Managing Fear Like any fear, my fear of divorce could drive all of my decisions, and even possibly move my marriage closer to divorce, instead of closer in intimacy. But instead of letting my fear of divorce take over, I do two things: I do everything in my power to work against divorce. I...
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Oct 29, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Too many times, date night with your wife falls by the wayside. Maybe it’s the kids, maybe it’s work, maybe it’s money, and maybe you’re too tired. But what it really comes down to is one thing…actually, one person: you Don’t risk your marriage You can make date night a priority, or you can make something else the priority. Let me explain it like this: You can make your marriage a priority, or something else will become the priority. And when your marriage stops being the...
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Oct 22, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Warning: You’re about to get a glimpse into my imperfect, real life. We were just coming off of an extremely trying week: I had to spend extra time at work, and Loretta had to deal with all three of our kids being sick all week. Have you ever felt this way? We were tired and hungry; stressed out and grumpy. When you’re in that mindset, it’s hard to think clearly, let alone compassionately. There’s different ways to respond when you’re in that mindset: Go to bed as soon as you can. Get...
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Oct 15, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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What if your marriage wasn't just normal?  What if your marriage was extraordinary?  Filled with life?  Oozing with love? And deep with intimacy? What matters most Tony DiLorenzo shared that what matters most in marriage is intimacy.  But not just any kind of intimacy; he's referring to emotional intimacy.     After celebrating his 18th year of marriage, he's got lot's to share to help us husbands and fathers keep it fresh for our wives, and fun for our kids. The formula While there is...
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Oct 8, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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"It's only by grace that you weren't born in the middle of a slum... "   I came across an article by Ann Voscamp that spoke to me in a very real way.  It challenged me about how my faith looked on a daily basis...how I live it (or don't live it) out.  Valuable Resources True love can only be described as [sacrificial love][2].  The total giving of one's self for someone else.  In marriage, it's 100%/100%, at least in a perfect world.    But what can we give to others?   The...
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Oct 1, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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##It’s hard to measure the impact on our kids, but it’s not impossible.   One of my childhood friends was a fanatical, yell-at-the-TV Purdue Boilermaker football fan.  He knew the roster, the schedules, and more stuff than I knew existed. He didn’t learn it on his own though - he learned to be passionate about football from his parents. (the image below is random, in case you were wondering!) ###A False Dichotomy Sometimes it can be easy to make it an either/or situation:  either the...
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Sep 24, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Is it okay to stand by and do nothing? If you work in an office environment like I do, then you have undoubtedly seen the cliques that exist and the gossip that can happen. Or maybe you get together with the fellas from your small group, without "that one guy" who is usually ostracized. Those are all things that we can change immediately, simply by our actions (or lack thereof). What about when women go to the doctor and have their pregnancies terminated?  Or racial issues that...
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Sep 17, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Too often, prayer is the last tool we think of. It doesn’t matter if we’re coming home from work after a long day, trying to figure out the budget, or even trying to figure out our own wives…prayer is the last thing men think of to solve a problem. My Story I frequently come home exhausted from work, and the only thing I feel like doing is sitting down on my recliner to relax for a few minutes.   I love that the my wife and kids are excited that I’m home, but it’s hard to find the...
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Sep 10, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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How do you decide which opportunities to take? Maybe the first thought that came to your mind was money.  Or maybe it was your career.  Then again, it could have been family. Our values guide our decisions. The first thing that probably comes to your mind is "family."  You value your family (that's why you listen to this podcast), and it's a real priority for you.  But "family" can seem a little abstract.   What does it look like in real life when your family is your...
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Sep 3, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Have you ever had those days when you’re in a funk? Where you’re in a bad mood for no good reason? In this video/episode, I share the cure for the funk.  There’s no podcast this week because of some serious technical difficulties, so I thought I would share via video (who’s up for a little change every now and then right??) It started when I came home. I discovered it in the kitchen. And I was unknowingly taught a valuable lesson the entire time!
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Sep 3, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Do dates with your wife seem dry, not matter what you do? Your dates can become fun again. No matter where you and your wife are, what clothes you’re wearing, how tired you both are…the night hinges on one thing, and one thing only:  conversation. As a gentleman, make the conversation something you plan for, whether you google conversation ideas or take the time to figure them out on your own. Make dating fun again, and start with the conversation.   Resources: Interview with Jackie...
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Aug 20, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Can you and your spouse talk about money? If you're like most couples, you probably do more arguing than talking when it comes to the budget. That's why I've brought Roger Whitney (a.k.a. the Retirement Answerman) onto the show! The Cash Flow Bucket System Roger shares what he calls The Bucket System: a simple method of budgeting that helps you spend less time managing your money, and more time with your family. Trust me: it has made a tremendous impact on Loretta and I. We went from arguing...
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Aug 13, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Is your life normal? It probably is…depending on whom you ask. Click to Listen Collateral damage? As a former Marine Corps Infantryman who was deployed to Iraq during the troop surge in Iraq in 2007, I still think back 7 years ago when I hear about the recent crisis in Iraq. However, I don’t have flashbacks; instead, I have anger, sorrow, and grief. Because before we can help, we must be able to understand. That’s why I’m going to share these three lessons with you, in the hopes that...
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Aug 6, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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How do you define success? Money? Time? Family? Quality of Life? All of the above or none of the above? Success = Legacy. If you have the career and the money but no family, is that success? If you have a family but no career or money to support them, is that success? My definition of success is less a static definition than it is a picture of what I want my legacy to look like. I share three areas of my life where I want my legacy the strongest... My kids. My wife. My family. No career...
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Jul 30, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Maybe you can't fill in as someone's father, But you can definitely step up. It's not about replacing a dad. It's about understanding your impact. You probably remember some important figures in your life growing up; those that weren't your parents. Close family friends whom your parents trusted, or perhaps a best friend's father who took you under his wing. You can have the same impact. In fact, you are already having an impact, you just might not be aware of it. I have someone in my life...
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Jul 23, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The Difference between Our Identity and Character - and Why It Matters. How do you find your identity? Is it in what you do? Whom you hang out with? Where you're from? A group you're a part of? This woman had identity problems, but not like we think. Ruth had a major problem - she was foreigner in Israel. Maybe that's too tame - she was an alien, and everyone she met knew that she wasn't an Israelite. In fact, they knew she was from Moab (which wasn't a good thing). Her identity was assigned to...
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Jul 16, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I was hanging out with our two daughters like any other time, but this time it was different. It's much more than your standard "how-to" guide to being present. In fact, it's not about external activities, like turning off your phone, etc. Instead, it's about what's going on in your own head.   I share the two parts to the attitude of being present: 1. FOCUS on what's in front of me (and I don't mean just the physical aspect) 2. IGNORE what's next. ### Question: How do you manage the...
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Jul 9, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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A gift different than most. This past Saturday was my birthday (yup, the big 2-7), and the present I got from Loretta was just as much therapy as it was fun! Naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with you. I'm not just going to share what kayaking revealed about my marriage; I'm going to get Loretta's (my wife) input this time as well! [podcast] Click to Listen   Two are better than one! As I was writing up my notes for this episode, it dawned on me that what I was going to...
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Jul 2, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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You probably say it all the time: “I’m too busy.” Or, “I never have time to do what matters the most.” Click to Listen photo credit: joiseyshowaa via photopin cc   There’s nothing wrong with being busy. Unfortunately, most of us (that includes me) spend our time being busy with the wrong things. Do you really need to take that work home with you? Can’t I finish that book another time? How important is that email? And who cares if you accidentally miss a call or a text? In...
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Jun 25, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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How to Not Mess up as a Husband There are endless options for a husband to do things wrong, so I figured it was time to help us husbands out. [podcast] Click to Listen   Is not messing up an option? Absolutley! Especially when you define "messing up" as disregarding your wife's feelings and opinions. This isn't about being a man or not being a man. Actually, it's about being a gentleman! Just like having a child doesn't automatically make you a father, being married doesn't...
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Jun 18, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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What Would an Extra $20,000 Do For You? I thought the answer would be simple. This situation was something I recently went through. Wait, "went through?" Yup, "went through." It was one of the most difficult decisions that I can remember having to make in a long time. Granted, in hindsight the answer was clear. Of course I choose the extra $20,000 to provide more for my family...or did I turn down the offer to stay where we are? Everyone/thing has a number. I don't know how...
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Jun 11, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The kids and I love ice cream. And that’ why we went to The Comfy Cow in the St. Matthews area of Louisville. If you’ve never been there, you need to go. And let me know so I can come too!   photo credit: gruntzooki via photopin cc   As we were sitting there enjoying our ice cream, I felt the urge to pull out my smartphone, take a picture of all of us, and post it on facebook and twitter. Then I stopped and asked myself why. The cost of posting photos on social media. In the span of...
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Jun 4, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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This is the first episode dedicated to answering listener questions, And I had a blast! I only had time to answer three questions: Aaron asked, “Do you believe in speaking in tongues?”   Jonathan asked, “Why is organized religion important?” Matt asked, “I don’t have a wife or kids, but I’m married to my businesses. I can’t help but login to sites like Facebook and see that all of my friends are either married or having their first, and second kids. I don’t really have...
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May 28, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The danger of the "Routine." For some, this is their life, day in and day out: get up in the morning, quick workout, go to work, come home from work, maybe eat dinner with the family, put the kids to bed, collapse on the bed exhausted, chat with your wife for ten minutes before both of you accidentally fall asleep. This is what I call the "Routine." It's letting life pass you by whether you mean to or not. Your kids? They'll be okay. Your marriage? Hopefully it'll work out....
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May 21, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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5 Ways to Increase Your Impact as a Father / / One of my biggest fears as a father is making an impact. / / But instead of letting that fear dictate my future, I came up with five things I can do to become a high-impact father. / / Decide to hedge your
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May 14, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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“Help me overcome my belief!” I’ve had plenty of instances where I have questioned what I believe. Sometimes it comes from reading something new; other times it comes from a discussion with someone; and sometimes it just comes from my own doubts. The most powerful prayer. Wrong. That’s why I love what happens in Mark 9:17-24. The boys father makes the conscious decision to believe, then prays one of the most powerful prayers: Help me overcome my belief! Question: How do you handle...
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Apr 30, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Why is faith certain, but miracles are not?  3 Truths About Faith In God Faith is not simply life principles. See Mark 4:40 when Jesus calms a storm. Faith is spiritual first, physical second. See Mark 2:1-12 when a paralyzed man is forgiven first, and healed second. Faith is simple and uncomplicated. See Mark 9:9-11 when the disciples come off of the mountain and don’t understand what “rise in three days” mean. Okay, but why does this matter? If our faith was a muscle, it would...
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Apr 23, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Easter is a big service for almost every church. But the method behind the madness is backwards.   The Current Methodology: 1.Invite people to church, hear the sermon 2.Then people come to life group 3.Then people come over for dinner 4.Then people accept Christ     The New Suggested Methodology: 1.Invite people over for dinner 2.Then invite people to life group 3.Then invite people to church, hear the sermon 4.Then people accept Christ   But Why Change It? 1.Same mission, but our changing...
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Apr 16, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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As a mid-level manager, seminary student,speaker, podcaster, husband, and father, it’s extremely easy for me to get overwhelmed. In fact, it was just a few weeks ago that I did hit a wall. My passion for podcasting was running low, my patience wasn’t where it needed to be with my family, and I was coming close to simply burning out. That’s what led me to create what I call an Annual Plan.   Three Benefits of an Annual Plan Provide a glimpse of the future – I can know what it coming...
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Apr 9, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Your morning cup of coffee is more than just a quick jolt of caffeine. If you're like me, a morning cup of coffee is part of a morning routine, especially on Saturday mornings using my french press to brew coffee. In this episode, I share 3 lessons I learned from organic, fair trade, french press coffee (say that 3 times fast)! How to make a delicious cup of organic, fair trade, french press coffee: Grind the beans  Heat the water Steep the grounds Press and pour This leaves you with the best...
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Apr 2, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I vividly remember when Loretta called me to tell me she was pregnant Like any soon-to-be father, I was excited, nervous, and blown away at the same time. I think the first thing I said was, "Well...congratulations?" Six years and 2 more beautiful children later, I'm still well aware of the challenge of being a father.  And so comes my confession... That my initial reactions weren't what I thought they were "supposed to be." That fatherhood has been an endless journey of...
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Mar 26, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It's the one thing that doesn't have a return on investment, but without it, you'll be more than just "poor." Accountants help us with taxes; show us where to spend (or save) our money; and a slew of other things.  But what they don't do is advise us on how to invest in our relationships.  Click to Listen Of course, that's not their specialty...how do you measure a return on investment from a relationship? (If that's how you measure your relationships, you need to rethink your...
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Mar 19, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Why is finding God's will for your life so hard? I've asked myself that question multiples times over the years, until I realized it's not hard to find God's will; we just make it complicated. In this episode, I share how we've complicated the "process" of finding God's will.  We desperately open the Bible, looking for something to tell us what career path to choose, whom to marry, or a gamut of other important decisions. But in reality, we know that the Bible doesn't address where...
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Mar 12, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I was reading the book "The Parent You Want To Be" and it made me stop and think: Am I really making time for what's important to me?  Even then, how can I make the time? In this episode, I share 5 ways to slow down your busy life.  Some of them are added activities, and others are "subtracted" activities.  But either way, one of them is sure to get you started on slowing down your life to let you focus on your priorities. 1.Make homemade bread from scratch.  We did...
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Mar 5, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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After coming up with my own list of 10 reasons here, I thought it would be fun for my wife to come up with her reasons as well. In this week's episode, I talk about a completely different set of reasons that our marriage works.  If you enjoyed last week's episode, you'll love this one! We enjoy sex. We continue to learn to love each other. We talk about hard things - prior relationships, porn, etc. We cuddle in bed every night. We sit on my one-person recliner together…at least we will...
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Feb 26, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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I never thought making a list would improve my marriage! I originally saw Tony Morgan do something similar, and decided to give it a shot myself.  Here are ten politically incorrect reasons that our marriage works: We still listen to our song. We stay in shape for each other. We date. A lot. We actively work on loving our in-laws. We’re committed to resolving conflicts before going to bed. She cooks for me…and enjoys it. I keep my head clean shaven for her. We hold hands everywhere we...
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Feb 19, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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The story I was telling myself was quickly coming true...at the expense of my success. Of course, I probably wasn't the only person taking Elementary Hebrew who kept telling themselves they would fail the class (even though that's what it felt like). Naturally, I spent plenty of time feeling sorry for myself, and after I had just finished a pity-party, my mom just said three words: No you won't. The shift was immediate in my mind.  If I wasn't going to fail the class, then the only other...
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Feb 12, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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What's the single most important thing a father can do for his children? In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing my friend Jackie Bledsoe. He writes at his blog Growing Family Leaders.  I came across one of his blog posts a few months ago, and decided I had to ask him to share what it is exactly that a father needs to do to love his children. The answer was surprising simple:  Love their mother. Jackie went on to share not just what to do, but how to do it, through what...
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Feb 5, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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Does how you listen to someone say how much (or how little) you value them? In this episode, I share the what we communicate by how we listen. There are three types of listening: Fake - Blatantly ignoring someone. Passive - Driving in a car while listening to the radio; small talk in the doctor's office. Active - Valentine's Day dinner with your spouse. I quickly realized that how we listened showed how much or how little we valued them... Passive listening = Low value Active listening = High...
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Jan 29, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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"I just want to make a difference."  That's how the conversation ended. My friend isn't the only one who feels that way. People write poems, sing songs, and spend their whole lives trying to make a difference. In this episode, I share 5 ways to make a difference. Realize Your Source of Significance Is it your job? Your spouse? Christ? Start Where You Are Do what you can, where you can Do it now Adjust Your Perspective Ever notice how good it feels to volunteer?  There's a shift that...
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Jan 22, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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We generally value things based on what we paid.   So how do we determine the value of salvation? For the longest time, I've understood the death of Jesus on an intellectual level.  It never connected with me in my heart.  I could probably write a 15 page paper on the theological importance and implications of his death, but that's where it would stop. Until I realized that there was something almost everyone can relate to:  the relationship between a parent and a child. It hit me like a...
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Jan 15, 2014 Philip Devine: Empowering Men to Lead Their Families
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It's not explicitly discussed in the Bible... But Jesus does say something about not storing up treasures for ourselves on earth. I save a little bit every month for my retirement.  I think most people do (or at least want to).   But I can't help to think of Matthew 6:19-20, when Jesus says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth...But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." At the end of the episode, I leave the decision up to you.  But I would love to hear your...