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Husband to @alyssajoybethke. One half of @familyteams. Living on Maui. Author of 'Love That Lasts' and 'Jesus Religion'

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Do we actually believe we have ENOUGH this holiday season? Because here’s the thing. We are all about to be bombarded with a million things subtly telling us we don’t have enough and we NEED this or that. But Alyssa and I decided to quit that game a few years ago. We don’t go get a TV on Black Friday. The kids don’t get toys for Christmas. And we focus most of our holiday energy on resisting the spirit of consumerism and leaning into the advent spirit of serving. And one huge way we do that is by sponsoring a few children through compassion. Which has been amazing to watch Kinsley and Kannon attach to the teenage boy and beautiful little girl (both from Uganda, which we’ve been to a few times which felt special) we sponsor and read their letters, pray for them, write to them, etc. And having actually toured compassion HQ this year I can say unequivocally there’s no better org I know that stewards the money so well and does such incredible life changing work while keeping the relationships paramount. SO as an act of resistance we are saying no to consumerism and deciding to put those dollars where it has much more of a profound and eternal impact. Who’s with us? 🙋🏻‍♂️ checkout the link in my bio to search by country or age and sponsor one or multiple kids. Last year all of us sponsored over 400 kids which is unbelievable and so incredible to think about the impact we can all have on this little corner of the internet. Think we could do it again? If you’re in let me know in the comments 🙌🏻 #sponsored

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So I wrote on my story yesterday a little about prepared prayers and I thought the comments and feedback and questions were really interesting. It’s fascinating to me in our tradition how we are inherently skeptical of prepared prayers. Call it reformation hangover, or call it our disconnect from those who have come before us, but do we realize evangelicals are the only sliver of the entire Judeo-Christian spectrum to not lean into written and honed and prepared prayers? Eastern Orthodox does. Catholics do. Anglicans do. Jewish traditions do. Jesus did! And of course there’s space and need to groan and ache and spill out our heart at the feet of Jesus. But I read somewhere and agree that, “sometimes the most important things we want to say remain just a little beyond even our best words.” And I think if we want to FORM ourselves, and become a certain type of person, then practicing liturgical prayers is the way to go. I love how NT Wright compares resisting prepared prayers to those unwilling to dress in any clothes they didn’t make themselves or to drive a car they didn’t build from scratch. The prayers that have come before us is a coat rack to hang our heart on. And there is no easier one to start with then the one that our Lord literally told us to pray. Isn’t it funny that when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them, he didn’t say “go in a prayer closet and listen to worship music and say whatever comes to your heart and mind.”? No, he literally gives a liturgical prayer. And what a beautiful and rich and deep prayer it is, like a diamond that with every little turn shines through it’s facets in a different way. And I think there’s no better way to form kids then teaching them the liturgy of song and prayer. And I included this video to show that a lot of times it’s nothing special and it’s crazy and it’s messy and hilarious (she sometimes says “give us this day our daily booty bread.” 😳😂) but you add that up over 18 years? And I guarantee that’ll change someone’s trajectory. PS can we talk about the fact that Kinsley was so stoked on her “on earth as it is in heaven” part that she quit reciting it and just revelled in her awesomeness? 😂 #jeffsdadthoughts

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