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September 25, 2014

Of Cows and Cattle

There's been something I've been requesting from God for some time. I won't personally divulge this request's identity, but I do consider it a rather large favor. I've been specific. I've been persistent. I've been expectant. Still I seemingly have not seen an answer. Then yesterday on my way to film a school assembly on Highway 252 I had a revelation.…
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May 5, 2014

Growth

Last year early one morning, I ventured out of our room to peek into Elliot's room and found him curled up on the floor with his favorite blanket. It had been one of his first nights in a twin bed. Apparently the floor felt more like his crib. As I picked him up and put him back in his new bed, I couldn't help but think,…
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May 1, 2014

A Blessing for the Meek

"Let's be honest" tends to be a convenient precursor to rudeness, negativity and gossip rather than life-giving direction or affirmation. Those who abuse "honesty" have owned that word for far too long. It's time for the meek to take it back. A pastor once told me that meekness isn't weakness; it's power withheld or power under control. In other words,…
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March 8, 2014

Our Calling

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post related to my calling (as a prelude to this post.) My experience really got me thinking about what we understand a calling to be. (more…)
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February 15, 2014

My Calling

There are moments in life long forgotten yet their impact is never-ending. It was just a few words, and I'm guessing the missionary who spoke them would hardly remember them today. (more…)
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December 27, 2013

29plans 2014

For the past year I've been working on a Bible reading plan and I now have it finished in time to share for 2014. I was inspired by the simplicity of the First Steps SOAP reading plan which I promoted as a youth pastor a couple years ago. I'm personally not a fan of reading the Bible in large chunks…
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May 17, 2012

The Avengers Initiative

Hidden in The Avengers is one of the greatest lessons for those who find themselves in a position of leadership in any organization. It's revealed thanks to Joss Whedon's stellar screenwriting.  As Tom Hiddleston (Loki) puts it, "He was trusted with the responsibility of combining the various tones and colors of different characters, many of whom have lead their own films,…
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January 8, 2012

I Heart Haters

I haven't heard the word hater used as much as it has been since Tim Tebow started winning.  The fuel for contempt oscillates between his throwing arm and his faith, the latter of which seems to truly offend.  Through it all he's maintained his integrity, diverted praise to God and teammates, and has shown Christians that the proper way to…
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January 6, 2012

Fruitcheck

I imagine there was once a time when gas stations didn't have the Minnesota Department of Commerce regulating the accuracy of their pumps.  I'm also guessing that long ago the discovery of dishonest merchants prompted the formation of this regulatory agency though probably not as dramatically as Daniel Larusso breaking a clay weight in half.  To be honest I have…
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January 4, 2012

That’s Tempting

We are the suckers who are tapped on the left shoulder and look to the left.  We've sized our hands up to our face to see if we have cancer.  We've tried to find gullible written on the ceiling.  We've looked down to see if our shoelaces are untied.  They're the oldest tricks in the book, but we still get…
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January 1, 2012

First Steps Reading Plan

This past October we started a 28-day challenge in youth group featuring the First Steps Bible Reading Plan.  The challenge was to spend 28 minutes each day broken into 7 minute chunks of reading, praying, and journaling.  It went so well that I continue to send group texts and post the daily challenge on Twitter and Facebook and we just…
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July 28, 2011

God doesn’t have Grandchildren

I'm nearing the end of Senior High camp in Alexandria, MN and God has been doing some incredible things all week in the lives of teenagers.  Eric Samuel Timm (twitter/web) is speaking all week and shared a great message on Tuesday night.  The heart of the message was that God doesn't have grandchildren... only sons and daughters. The idea is…
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June 20, 2011

This is a Courtesy Honk

You're at a stop light while the light is red.  While you're waiting for it to turn green, you're buckled in, your car is running and you're anticipating the moment the light turns green. (more…)
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June 1, 2011

Despicable Me

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Have you ever wondered what a wretch is?  I’ve always thought it sounded a little like a small bird or something in my toolbox. Doesn’t it seem strange to sing that?  The dictionary defines wretch as “a despicable, or vile person”.  Maybe for fun we should change it…
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May 14, 2011

Burnt Out on Burnout

When I was in high school, my dad overheard me telling someone that I got "yelled at".  He later corrected me, because, as he pointed out, he didn't actually raise his voice at me.  I explained to my dad, a school teacher, that being "yelled at" only meant I got in trouble.  The phrase had transitioned from the literal meaning…
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January 7, 2011

Primal

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor at a church in Washington DC.  He is best known for one of his other books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  The heart of Primal is exploring the "primal" form of Christianity summarized in the Great Commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and…
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March 10, 2008

Medisin

Okay, so here's something interesting I've been learning in the hospitals I've worked in. Medicine and Ministry are a lot alike. We're taught, in the medical field, how absolutely important cleanliness and sterility are. We're taught how the body works and how to teach others to keep theirs working in the best health they can. We strive to help others…
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November 20, 2007

My Name in Vain

I was nannying yesterday and I heard the oldest girl, Madeline, telling her younger sister (Caroline) that if she didn't do something then Jill was going too... fill in the blank. As they played in their room I continued to hear them threaten each other with, "Jill says if you do this..." or "Jill won't like it if you..." They…
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August 3, 2007

Poinsettia Down

A few years ago I was at a Christmas party with Matt's coworkers. There were free poinsettias given away and I grabbed one with white leaves, or petals... what are those things anyway? Is it actually a flower? I've never been very into poinsettias in general, but a free plant was a nice offer and it would give me something…
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