Details

“Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.” My father in law still preaches that idea whenever he talks about anything mechanical. A mechanic by trade and a detailed man by design, God made my father in law Earl to be a real technician and a man I deeply respect. He would always model for me how important it is to pay close attention to the details. I am poor at keeping an eye on the most detailed things in life. My wonderful wife refers to […]

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Function as a Team

Have you ever played a game of tug o war? Several years ago while I served on staff at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho we had an incredible event, during which an epic tug o war took place. Let me set the stage for you. The event was called Battle on the Bluff. It was an all day event where men from all our small groups gathered to spend the day competing, eating and enjoying an incredible North Idaho summer day. A man in our church owned a […]

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Equip & Release Leaders

I love March Madness – the time of year when 64 college basketball teams get the opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and incredible buzzer beaters that have occurred over my 30 years of following the tournament. Even though I am not a Duke fan, there are very few coaches on the planet I respect more than “Coach K”, Mike Krzyzewski. His leadership on the floor and knowledge of […]

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Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s greatest creations, and not a year goes by that they do not teach me something new about God, His creation and even myself. The fifth essential in a disciple making church is to shepherd people toward spiritual maturity. Believe it or not, one year while bow hunting, a cow elk taught me a tremendous amount about shepherding people. I was pressing through some of […]

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Connect The Unconnected

A sign hung in a church foyer asks each person that passes by, “Are you connected?” As I stopped and read that sign, I wondered,what determines if I am or am not connected? For most of my years in ministry I have worked hard at helping people connect into the church in various ways. I have even had arguments with church leaders about what determines “true connection.” If you spend much time around me or read my blogs, you will quickly find out that I strongly believe that you MUST […]

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Chase the Strays

I love watching just about any documentary or educational program on wildlife. When perusing channels I rarely pass by something produced by National Geographic. One of my favorite specials is on the African lions. Let me set the scene for you. It’s the classic African Serengeti landscape. Heat waves rise from the earth, distorting the camera’s view. Multiple, colorful birds crisscross in the sky and the camera zooms in on a herd of wildebeest. Hundreds of them can be seen grunting and grazing their way across the plains in search […]

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Reach the Lost

Growing up, my greatest fear was being lost. It terrified me so much at times while hunting as a young boy, I considered never going in the woods. The fear would grip my heart so tightly, I would be consumed in a panic attack. It took years of maturing and battling that fear to conquer it. Today I love the outdoors and the adventure of traversing God’s creation. When I think of people lost and separated from God, my heart aches with those similar feelings of fear I had as […]

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Abide in Christ

Last week I shared how spiritual guardrails protect us as we navigate the dangerous curves of life. Before we can make healthy disciples, we must first be healthy disciples. Let’s examine together the guardrails God gives us to remain healthy, not only in our personal walk with Him, but also corporately in the church. The first protective guardrail is Abiding in Christ. Even after years in ministry, when I hear “abide in Christ” I think of a pristine park where I am supposed to be sitting in some deep, meditative […]

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Guardrails

It’s hard to believe that 17 years ago I responded to God’s call in my life for ministry. Great friends and co laborers have reminded me often of The Lord’s loving kindness on that journey. Ministry in Jesus’ church is not for the faint of heart. Looking back I can see assumptions I have made, moments of being naive, days of being blinded by my selfish motives, but also great victories in spite of myself. In my last few years at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, along with Jim […]

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