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Influences

There have been times that I’ve mentioned a certain person as being influential in my life only to get a surprised reaction …

Getting serious

The new year is upon us. Gym memberships will be up, diet plans will be plentiful, and by March many of them …

Tough and Tender

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. …

Make the choice

Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods …

Walk your talk

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and …

Developing Spiritual Grit part 3

Developing the right Mindset In order to have spiritual grit in life’s storms, we have to decide beforehand how we will handle …

Developing Spiritual Grit part 1

Matthew J. Cochran
Developing Spiritual Grit part 1
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I have, over the past couple of years, become interested in mental toughness. I listen to podcasts and read books by Navy …

Step it up

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Parenting is hard work. It’s …

If you’re like me, you’re trying to keep up with all the reading your kids do by having fresh and interesting books for them to dig into. I get most of my kids’ books on Amazon … → February 8, 2017

Tactical Dads Overcoming Parenting Mistakes

Matthew J. Cochran
Tactical Dads Overcoming Parenting Mistakes
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We all make mistakes. It’s important that we don’t dwell on them and we learn how to move past them and improve. …

Tactical Dads What Have You Learned?

Matthew J. Cochran
Tactical Dads What Have You Learned?
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Now that you’re a bit older, and a bit wiser, what do you wish you would have known when you started out …

MJC1.35 Discerning Friendships

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.35 Discerning Friendships
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My mom used to say that who I spent my time with mattered, but I didn’t always believe her. Now I get …

Tactical Dads Core Values

Matthew J. Cochran
Tactical Dads Core Values
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We all operate out of a set of core values, but we aren’t always aware of what they are. Let’s take an …

MJC1.34 What is Your Why?

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.34 What is Your Why?
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It’s become cliche to talk about your “why,” but we’re going to do it anyway. Why are you doing what you’re doing? …

MJC1.33 New Year, More Podcast

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.33 New Year, More Podcast
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Sticking with the theme of talking about the new year, this go around I’m focusing on the podcast and where I see …

Tactical Dads Who is your tribe?

Matthew J. Cochran
Tactical Dads Who is your tribe?
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We all need a support group, especially as dads. Who do you have? If you’re not already part of a great group …

MJC1.32 A Few of My Favorite Things

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.32 A Few of My Favorite Things
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Reflecting back on 2016, it was a pretty great year. Maybe not for celebrities, but nevertheless, my life was good. Support the …

MJC1.31 New Year, More Time

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.31 New Year, More Time
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2016 flew by. Now it’s time to look ahead and decide on what really matters going forward. Support the podcast as a …

Tactical Dads Yes you CAN do it

Matthew J. Cochran
Tactical Dads Yes you CAN do it
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This is the year of no fear. Stop feeding your mind negative self-talk. You CAN and WILL be a great dad. Believe …

MJC1.30 Just Say No

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.30 Just Say No
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Sometimes we just have to say no to good things in order to maintain moderation and balance in our lives. What can …

MJC1.29 My Obsession

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.29 My Obsession
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It’s time to deal with my obsession. Politics can easily take over my life, and I’m going to cut it out for …

How not to lead your kids

Colossians 3:21 (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. What’s your purpose in parenting? Is it all about you …

MJC1.28 All Pro Dads

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.28 All Pro Dads
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It’s amazing to see so many involved dads these days. There are lots of kids without anyone though. Anyone can step up …

MJC1.27 How do you deal with waiting?

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.27 How do you deal with waiting?
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Waiting can be one of the hardest things we’re asked to do. How do you deal with the times of limbo in …

MJC1.26 Coping Through Christmas

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.26 Coping Through Christmas
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The holiday season can be difficult for many, not such a joyous time. Even Christians aren’t exempt from feelings of sadness or …

Leading in integrity

Proverbs 20:7 (ESV)  The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! Sometimes I get wrapped up in thinking …

MJC1.25 What do you really want?

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.25 What do you really want?
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I recently got a gift card for my birthday, and I just couldn’t figure out what I really wanted to buy with …

Arrows in the hands of a Warrior

Psalm 127:3-4 (ESV) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a …

MJC1.24 On the road again

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.24 On the road again
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Loyal listeners, I’ll be doing podcast episodes more frequently, however many of them will be recorded via my phone. It’s a busy …

MJC1.23 Tough and Tender fatherhood

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.23 Tough and Tender fatherhood
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Chris McCallus, a Tactical Dad, joins MJC this week to talk about being active with your kids and how to keep them …

MJC1.22 Remaining close to your kids when they don’t live with you

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.22 Remaining close to your kids when they don't live with you
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This week I’m doing a Tactical Dads segment with my old friend, Ryan Walker. Ryan is the father of three girls, and …

MJC1.21 Theology Thursday

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.21 Theology Thursday
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God has made everything beautiful in its time.

MJC1.20 Public Outrage

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.20 Public Outrage
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What do Michael Brown, Harambe, and Colin Kaepernick all have in common?

MJC1.19 Theology Thursday

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.19 Theology Thursday
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1These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. Everything Is Meaningless 2“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, …

MJC1.18 A Tribe of Rad Dads with Walter Eggers

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.18 A Tribe of Rad Dads with Walter Eggers
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In this episode we discuss the need for a community of dads, the purpose of fatherhood, and where pain can take us in life.

MJC1.17 Theology Thursday

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.17 Theology Thursday
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Are you putting anything else before God in your life? Would you even recognize it if you were?

MJC1.15 Harry Potter, The Force, and JOHN CENA!

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.15 Harry Potter, The Force, and JOHN CENA!
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And his name is JOHN CENA!

MJC1.14 Theology Thursday

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.14 Theology Thursday
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Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts

MJC1.12 Forgiveness in fatherhood with Rocco DeLeo

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.12 Forgiveness in fatherhood with Rocco DeLeo
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Today’s Faith in Fatherhood podcast features Rocco DeLeo from The Real Dad Show. We talk forgiveness, the struggles associated with being dads who podcast, and how our lives have been changed by Jesus Christ.

MJC1.11 Can a Christian vote Libertarian?

Matthew J. Cochran
MJC1.11 Can a Christian vote Libertarian?
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In the inaugural episode of The Lampstand, host Matthew J. Cochran and his recurring guest, Jeremy Bunge, address some arguments made by Republicans in regards to the decriminalization of drugs and prostitution, pro-choice candidates, gambling, and of course, gay marriage.