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Robert Morgan in his book, Worry Less, Live More relates a story from the life of John Wooden, one of the most revered coaches in the history of college basketball, who credited much of his success to his dad. He recalled a boyhood occasion when he watched his father deal with a certain situation. His rural Indiana county would pay local farmers to take teams of mules or horses into the gravel pits scattered through the county and haul out loads of gravel. Some pits were deeper than others, and sometimes it was hard for a team to pull a wagon filled with gravel out through the wet sand and up the steep incline.  One steamy summer day, wrote Wooden, a young farmer was trying to get his team of horses to pull a fully loaded wagon out of the pit. He was whipping and cursing those beautiful plow horses, which were frothing at the mouth, stomping, and pulling back from him. The elder Wooden watched for a while, then went over to the young man and said, “Let me take ‘em for you.”

Dad started talking to the horses, almost whispering to them, and stroking their noses with a soft touch. Then he walked between them, holding their bridles and bits while he continued talking-very calmly and gently-as they settled down. Gradually he stepped out in front of them and gave a little whistle to start them moving forward while he guided the reins. Within moments, those two big plow horses pulled the wagon out of the gravel pit as easy as could be. As if they were happy to do it.  John Wooden said, ‘‘I’ve never forgotten what I saw him do and how he did it. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of leaders act like that angry young farmer who lost control. So much more can usually be accomplished by Dad’s calm, confident, and steady approach.”   Wooden took away an indelible lesson: “It takes strength inside to be gentle on the outside.”  (pages 29-30)

Ephesian 6:4 (CSB): “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  A big part of training and instruction is leading by example.  As we correct our children, lets make sure we are, by the power of the Holy Spirit, correcting ourselves. Learn more in Exodus 4:24-26 and by listening: http://collincreekfwbc.podbean.com/.  Study Guide: Exodus 4 – Father’s Day 2018(Study Guide).   And join us next Sunday, June 24 for: “Exodus 7.”

Your Servant,

Robert Posner

Glorifying Christ through lives of Credibility and love for the Community.

Spend time with the Lord: at least 20 minutes a day praying for 18 individuals.

To see more of this week’s events at COLLIN CREEK CHURCH: http://www.collincreekchurch.org/calendar/

Monday, June 18: Today’s reading: Psalm 25

Pray for Children’s camp

Tuesday, June 19: Today’s reading: Mark 1

Pray for Children’s camp

Wednesday, June 20: Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 9

            Pray for Children’s camp

            Patch Club (Ages 3—4th graders) @ 6:45 pm

Challenger’s Class (5th—6th) @ 6:45 pm

Crossdirection (7th-12th) The Forgotten God: A study of the Holy Spirit @ 6:45 pm

            Men’s Prayer & Study Group: The Inspiration & Preservation of God’s Word @ 6:45 pm

Women’s Prayer & Study Group: Becoming More than a Bible study girl @ 6:45 pm

English Second Language Class @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 21: Today’s reading: Proverbs 25

Pray for Children’s camp

Friday, June 22: Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 12-13

Pray for Children’s camp

Saturday, June 23: Today’s reading: Exodus 25

 Sunday, June 24: Today’s reading: Hosea 5

Sunday School @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Nursery Caregivers:

@ 9:15 am – Ashley Blagburn & Judy Posner

@ 10:30 am – Lori Jennings, Andrea Shanks & Bethel Reynolds

Community Worship @ 10:45 am – The eXodus Files (Exodus 7)

Community Groups gathering at various days, times and places. (see http://www.collincreekchurch.org/community-groups/)

Events are subject to change.  See the church’s website for details:

collincreekchurch.org  1905 East Parker Road  Plano TX 75074

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