Everyone Has a Story

Jon Malstrom is a great friend of mine who has a gift for writing, among other things.  He wrote today’s post and it’s longer than usual for Punch and Press, but I didn’t want you to miss what he has to say or the way he says it.  I know you will be blessed by reading Jon’s story about risk, authenticity, healing  and relationship.    – Brandon   It seems as if every single day I must once again face the fact that life is unpredictable and the only thing […]

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Cultivate Thankfulness

To cultivate something of value, you often must get your hands dirty. Hard work of digging, pruning, watering and weed pulling all are building blocks to cultivation. I have fond memories of walking behind my grandmother as we hunted our way through her incredible garden. She plucked weeds, and I ate the spoils of her hard work. I remember her dirty work gloves and small spade she carried in her hand. She cared for each plant and loved every second of it. When I think of cultivation, those images come […]

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Choosing Restoration

Today’s guest blogger is my great friend, Judy Cintron. She and her husband, Sam, have treated us like family since we first met.  Judy has the heart of a disciple and she is an intentional discipler of others. – Brandon Is there a relational situation where you have given up? Until recently my answer would have been yes until I re-read the stories of Joseph and David. Let me give you the cliff notes version. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of the relationship he had with their father. The brothers threw […]

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A Simple Life

Is life more convenient today? Do we have it easier than those that plowed dirt with their livestock or canned their own vegetables? My kids have often told me that I was born in the wrong century. I’m not quite sure how to take that, but I know there is some truth in it. I love the simplicity of life in spite of the hardships that presented themselves for those that lived off the land. Maybe you are like me. Are there times you find yourself wanting to take anything […]

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Shoring Up

Wow, did it rain! It was mid-September during elk season. Ominous storm clouds had been passing overhead for days. We could feel the weather changing, almost like it was about to unleash a beast of a storm. My hunting partner Tony and I stayed optimistic and hoped for the best. The elk hunting that week was outstanding, and we had so much fun camping and enjoying the time in God’s creation. We tried to ignore the possibility of the elements bringing our hunting to a soggy end. That positive outlook […]

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