Spring is not here yet

This blog post is from my friend, Erik Eclov. He is a student pastor at our church. As I have said before, I firmly believe in developing people and giving opportunities for others to write about what God has been teaching them. Enjoy this post from Erik.  ~ Brandon About a year ago, a close friend of mine died unexpectedly. He was fun loving and constantly moving. He was an ingenious tinkerer. He was married and had a son. He was the type of person who didn’t always understand people, […]

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Spiritual Seasons

Where are the beautiful fall colors? That question runs through my mind now that I live in Houston, Texas. In the Pacific Northwest at this time of the year, the orange, red and yellow colors explode from the trees. It is a bit of a paradox for me. I love the warmer weather of Houston, but miss the changing of the seasons. I especially miss what the change of season brings. In many parts of the world, the fall season brings cooler weather and often the end of a harvest. […]

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Living Water

Driving across Ethiopia’s rural landscape can be both inspiring and confusing. The beauty sometimes leaves me feeling like I am in the middle of some National Geographic Documentary. Huge Eucalyptus trees, dense banana groves and coffee plants fill the countryside with a green beauty we just do not see in North America. But as I said, it can also be confusing. The chaotic traffic patterns with near head on collisions are common on most roads. They can leave you clenching muscles you didn’t know you had. I’m telling you as […]

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Mercy Squirrel

Wow, it was cold. I sat in a tree stand listening and watching for any signs of elk moving through the area. Huddled up, I watched the fog from my breath rise into the clear, fall air. My view of the distant mountains and the smell of the forest around me was medicine to my soul. I love experiencing the vastness of God’s creation. Down deep in the canyon below, maybe a half mile away, I heard faint bugles of an elk. Such a beautiful sound, the call of an […]

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