Being Imitators

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at two conferences and work with several other churches. Along with that, I have been on a personal journey studying the finer details of Jesus’ intentional actions he modeled for the disciples. Several conversations over the last month led to analogies of hunting and fishing (I know, big surprise). One analogy I used several times was in regards to teaching someone to fly fish. You cannot simply hand someone a book on fly fishing and expect them to […]

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Intentional Leadership: Parenting

I want to thank everyone that continues to follow and share my blog.  Those that have for a while know that I believe strongly in developing and cultivating the potential in others.  My friend Joel Owen, Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Kingsport Tennessee wrote this week’s post.  Joel is doing an awesome job at leading his team and developing a very healthy disciple making culture.  I am so glad to have Joel contribute, I hope you enjoy reading his thoughts on discipling those around you as much as I […]

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Planting and Patience

After I wrote this, but before Monday when I normally post to the blog, Houston experienced an historic flood.  This week has been filled with checking on, helping and praying for people in our lives and our city who have lost cars, property and more due to the flood.  As a result, this post was delayed to the end of the week.  I hope it will still challenge and encourage you, and I hope you will join me in praying for the people of Houston and surrounding areas.  -Brandon Moving […]

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Wear the Jersey Well

Sports are a big deal. My entire life, sports have been woven throughout my journey. Whether playing little league, varsity football or throwing shot put in college, I have always been involved in sports. I married a wonderful woman who is just as passionate about sports, and together we celebrate and commiserate with the ebb and flow that all sports bring. It has always fascinated me though how “fanatic” fans can be. I love when the camera pans a football stadium, and one can see the crazy outfits people wear […]

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New Year Slides

Which one should I go on dad? My oldest daughter, Emma asked me as all four of my kids began to scurry around the massive playground. Amber and I had taken the kids when they were younger to a popular playground on a warm summer afternoon. It’s one of those days your mind bookmarks in a “favorite file.” I remember great detail and specifically recall Emma’s fear of climbing to the top of a huge slide. Along with our other 3 kids she jumped, climbed and swung on most the […]

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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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Preparing

Bow season! Very few things on the calendar do I anticipate more. In the coming days, I will return back to my old home in North Idaho and venture into God’s beautiful creation in search of the elusive elk. It’s where my soul recharges, and I draw close to God in ways I just cannot do when surrounded by concrete. The anticipation of going and preparing all of my gear gets my heart going. The last few weeks, I have spent many evenings in my backyard shooting my bow in […]

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Being Prepared

Take care of your gear, and it will take care of you. Earl, my father-in-law, constantly presses in to a certain life philosophy. Even in the early years of my marriage to Amber, he always talked about this concept: Whether it be your hunting equipment, your tools, or your camping gear, take care of it. If you do, it will take care of you. Being prepared for whatever lies ahead is a principle I have tried to teach my kids and live by myself. Several years ago, in the late […]

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Who is ready for some spiritual remodeling?

Growing up with a dad that worked in construction gave me lots of opportunities to learn how the real world works. As a young boy, there were times dad would let me climb up in the truck and go with him as he was building custom homes. The process of watching a concept on a blue print turn into a finished home amazed me. As I grew up, my summers were often filled with working for dad and learning some of the trade myself. One such project I remember very […]

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What Makes Us Strong?

My son, Grady, and I were walking through a large stand of timber one fall evening on our way to sit in a tree stand. We were bear hunting, and the wind was gusting through the trees. Back and forth, these massive Western Larch, or as we called them, “Buckskin Tamarack,” creaked and moaned with each blast of wind. Grady’s young eyes darted back and forth, watching the ominous treetops as they responded to the winds demands. “Are you ok, buddy?” I asked Grady. “Dad, are those trees gonna snap off […]

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