Wednesday, January 25, 2012


If I'm honest I have really been struggling to live in joy lately.
Here is a quote that I read that I am trying to figure out how it really fits into my real day today, even when joy seems very distant.

"Joy doesn't come from seeking joy. It comes from the very thing that this world tells us cannot produce joy, and that is to seek God."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Leadership Lessons

I'm learning a lot in this time of life, even though it is a time of life where I feel like all I am doing is waiting for things to happen so I can learn. We had a staff meeting this past week and a man that I have been longing to learn from spoke up on leadership. Here are a few of the things I pulled from the time together.

Leadership – -You have to regularly evaluate what is the best leadership structure.
There is no magic structure. Structure yourself to get to the next level; then you may have to re-structure.
It is easier to invite people to the team than to un-invite them. Be cautious about who you ask to be part of your leadership team. Consider first asking just one person to help you think about your area of ministry.

o Have your goal be to empower your team, not to delegate.

- Delegation says, “I’m busy; I need your help.”

- Empowerment says, “I believe you are called and gifted in this area better than me.”

o Your team needs to be more than consultants. They need to take ownership of a piece of the pie. Opinions come easy from consultants, if they don’t have skin in the game.

o In order to give away influence you have to first gain it.

This last one didn't come from that conversation but it was said that day and I'm still thinking about it..."When you shape your view of God around the circumstances of life. He becomes a pretty hideous God."

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Missions is more than just a one-time event or an experience; rather missions is a lifestyle.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Asher's Prayers

Asher just prayed, "...and God will you talk to me so I can hear you when I follow you but I don't know where you went."


Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I heard a good quote today. "Christians are like manure you leave them all in one pile and it stinks, but spread them all out and they make things grow."


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Dad During The Holidays

A friend of mine emailed me this, I love it. I believe it is from Mark Driscoll's Blog.

’Tis the season for Dad to drop the holiday ball, stress out as the money is being spent for presents, and miss yet another providential opportunity to lovingly lead his family. So, this blog is intended to help dads not fall into the same old rut of holiday humdrum, sitting on the couch watching football and eating carbs, but rather intentionally plan out the upcoming holiday season. Our children grow quickly and if we miss the sacred moments God opens up for us to connect with and bless our families, everyone suffers and we set in motion generations of missed opportunity.

Dad needs...

a plan for the holidays to ensure his family is loved and memories are made. Dad, what’s your plan?
  • to check the local guides for what’s going on to make fun holiday plans for the family. In Seattle it’s here.
  • to carve out time for sacred events and experiences to build family traditions that are fun and point to Jesus. Dad, is your calendar ready for December?
  • to not let the stress of the holidays, including money, cause him to be grumpy with Mom or the kids. Dad, how’s your joy?
  • to give experiences and not just gifts. Dad, what special memories can you make this holiday season?
  • to manage the extended family and friends during the holidays. Dad, who or what do you need to say “no” to?
  • to ensure his family is giving generously during the holidays. Dad, who in need is your family going to adopt and bless?
  • to schedule a big Christmas daddy date with his daughter. Dad, what’s your big plan for the fancy daddy date?
  • to schedule guy time with his son. Dad, what are you and your son going to do that is active, outdoors, and fun?
  • to help Mom get the house decorated. Dad, are you really a big help to Mom with getting things ready?
  • to ensure some holiday smells and sounds. Dad, is Christmas music on the iPod, is the tree up, and can you smell cookies and cider in your house?
  • to snuggle up and watch some fun shows with the kids, especially the little ones. Dad, is the DVR set?
  • to take the family on a drive to see Christmas lights while listening to music and sipping cider. Dad, is it mapped out?
  • to help Mom get the kids’ rooms decorated. Dad, do the little kids get lights or a small tree in their room?
  • to read about Jesus and pray over his kids. Dad, how’s your pastoral work going with each of your kids?
  • to repent of being lazy, selfish, grumpy, or just dumping the holidays on Mom. Dad, are you a servant like Jesus to your family?

We Need Each Other

"I'm eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other." Romans 1:12 (NLT)

Friday, November 06, 2009

November Book

Hey free audio book download during the month of November

Desiring God by John Piper
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some Things I Know...

I was reading another blog recently and got some ideas. Here is what they boil down to.

I must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain of God.
When I’m tired and thirsty He is there.
In this walk, it’s never about me.
A slow drift takes me miles from where I want to be, in a matter of minutes.
I need others.
There are days that I must choose to love.
When I choose to engage in Worship, He is so tangible.
Love God, Love others. The rest is just static.
When I am right with my Abba Daddy, my gifts are free to flow and bless others.
Livin’ – When I don’t allow myself to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of life. When I finally stop taking myself so seriously. When I embrace the moment and remember what life used to feel like, and go for it.
Nothing brings me greater joy than to watch my kids walk in the gifts that God has given them to advance His Kingdom.
There’s my Faith, my Family, then anything Apple.
My journey takes one step at a time, no matter how badly I want to see around the corner, so enjoy the walk.
I love you Jesus….

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good Quote

If you understand what a person fears you understand what they need.
--Marcus Bucingham

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Sunday, October 11, 2009


I am about to head up for another camp planning meeting in a few weeks. For about the last 10 years I have been able to be a part of a high school/middle school week of camp in Nebraska. Something just keeps bringing me back every year, and I love it. Here are a few pictures from last summer.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another Great Couple

Here is just another glips of another wonderful couple at Emmaus.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Answering Machine

So I often find my answering machine nearly filled because I continue to leave messages on that encourage me when I hear them for one reason or another. Anyways I finally decided that I needed to clear my inbox but I didn't want to just delete them. Asher always smiles when he hears several of them too. I so decided to stick a bunch of them on here. So here is a little glimps into my world. I hope it gives you a smile as it does me.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Coming To A Store Near You

Hey our magazine is now in over 700 Barnes & Nobles and Borders across the country. Here is a link if you want to check it out at a store near you.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Campout In The Backyard

Monday, August 31, 2009

Gone Fish'n

Had a great opportunity to go fly fishing for the first time with a friend about a month ago. I think I have only been fishing twice and I don't think I have ever even pulled a fish off the line, so the whole thing was a learning experience. We hike three miles up Rocky Mountain National Park, blew up our belly boats and settled into the adventure. It was a bit cold. Passed some snow on the way up even though it was July. Fog so thick you couldn't see 15 foot in front of you, but after a while the sun cut through the fog to reveal some amazing mountains around us. In all it was an awesome experience and I even ended up catching 3 cutthroat trout.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Peru 09

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