Dakota Lynch

Dakota Lynch

Trash or Treasure?

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." (Heb. 12:2) We live in the Information Age. For most of us, this means facing a near-constant bombardment of news, phone calls, emails, text messages, and advertisements. Can you relate? Surviving this inundation of media requires saying ...
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Adrift Without a Paddle

"And He said to them, 'Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?'" (Luke 24:38) Indonesian teenager Aldi Adilang knows what hopelessness feels like. While aboard his floating fish trap this summer, strong winds snapped his anchor lines and he drifted out to sea without so much ...
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Soul Coffee: Why You Cannot Afford to Miss Another Quiet Time

"O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You..." (Psalm 63:1) We’re all creatures of habit. Whether you’re making breakfast, hanging laundry, or driving to work, certain parts of your day are so routine they require little thought or attention. That’s why you sometimes can’t remember ...
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Talent vs. Commitment

"And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things..." (1 Corinthians 9:25) In 2008, the world watched in amazement as Michael Phelps made Olympic history. One of the most talented swimmers of all time, Phelps won 8 medals just like he'd done 4 years earlier. But this time, ...
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The Measure of True Success

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12 [caption id="attachment_14" align="alignright" width="209"] Dakota Lynch[/caption] What is the measure of a life well lived? If you browse your local library for books on professional success ...
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The Difference Between Memorizing Scripture & Raising Chickens

"I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts." (Psalm 119:94) Years ago, a hobbyist chicken farmer in Missouri was asked, "If I start raising chickens, when can I expect to start making some money?” The chicken farmer simply smiled and said, "You don't raise chickens to make money. ...
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Should I memorize individual verses or whole chapters?

“Should I memorize individual verses or whole chapters?” This is a question we frequently encounter at SMF, and our short answer is simply “yes.” Whether you’re memorizing a collection of verses on the topic of prayer or all 111 verses of the Sermon on the Mount, you’ll reap the vast ...
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A Charlie Brown Memory Lesson

In the classic Christmas movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Linus is assigned a prominent role in the group's upcoming drama production. Charlie Brown contributes much-needed leadership to their efforts, but Linus is daunted by the thought of memorizing his lines. After reviewing his part, Linus ...
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Why Homeschool Moms Should Care About Scripture Memorization

[caption id="attachment_14" align="alignright" width="209"] Dakota Lynch[/caption] Over the last two years, I’ve traveled to homeschool conventions and book fairs across the country. As I chat with dozens of homeschool moms at each of these events, I frequently turn to their young ...
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Sundays & School Zones

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work." -Exodus 20:8-9 [caption id="attachment_14" align="alignright" width="209"] Dakota Lynch[/caption] Nobody likes driving through school zones. Well, at least I don’t. Watching my speedometer fall ...
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