Why They Left Our Small Group

This post was written by my good friend, Troy Hawks.  Troy is the pastor of Real Life Arizona, our first church plant from Real Life Texas.  Troy has been “working out” relational discipleship with a faithful group of believers in Scottsdale, AZ.  They get it.  It’s becoming “who they are” and stories like this prove it. I cannot wait to see what God will grow from this great beginning.   – Pastor Brandon Some good friends just left our small group. And they aren’t coming back.  It’s been a little […]

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Fight For It

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I have a passion for the great outdoors. I love God’s creation, the smell of pines, the sounds of nature, seeing a trout breaking the surface of the water to catch its dinner. Nothing, though, tops bow hunting in September in Idaho. For over 30 years I have taken time each fall to bow hunt in the panhandle of Northern Idaho. Hiking the rugged terrain is incredible and physically taxing. Most years I spent time preparing my […]

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Discover It – Part 2

Imagine for a moment that we have an entire group of football players wearing a jersey and standing on the field, but who have very little knowledge of how to actually play the game. They know some of the language but have no idea how to work together as a team, execute the most basic plays, or how to win the game. Complete chaos would ensue if we just threw those players onto the field and said, “Go play football.” Previous to their years together, His disciples had no experience […]

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Speechless

Have you ever been so awestruck that no words could find their way out of your mouth? Maybe you have had a time when you were so confused you did not know what to do or say?  I communicate for a living and it’s a rare day when I am at a loss for words. In fact, when I find myself in hard situations I often over talk, becoming a rambling lunatic even. You see, that’s one of the crazy things about following Jesus. When I saw something that only […]

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Minute by minute: Accepting God’s care for us daily

Tick…Tick…Tick…I sat in the hospital watching the clock. Just hours before that I was standing in front of a trauma doctor while he explained to Amber and I the seriousness of the car accident. Olivia was given almost a zero percent chance to survive and Emma’s status was still unknown. My heart and mind raced to even comprehend what I was hearing but what I did grab hold of was that it would literally be a minute-by-minute process. So, my survival skills kicked in and I decided that I would […]

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The Death of Dreams: Truly learning that God has a plan

“Just follow me.”  In the Bible, from Abraham to Jesus’ disciples, God continued to call people to follow him. Even today, God calls those who claim him as God and King to follow.  Rarely does God give those who follow a clear map to where he might be leading them. In fact, those who do follow God may sometimes feel as though a blindfold has covered their eyes. Jesus is notorious for clearly calling, but remaining fuzzy on the destination. Minutes after we discovered the wreck had occurred, the Lord […]

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Failing Faith: Navigating life when I just don’t feel like I have enough faith

I have no idea how many miles I walked in the hallways of the ICU during those three weeks that Olivia was there. I remember on one particular jaunt, trying to process all that we were going through, I hit a spot I just felt like I could not go on any longer. In fact, I just stopped and sat down on a bench in a random hallway.  Right at that moment my phone buzzed, causing me to glance at the screen. I saw that it was my dear friend […]

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A Fallen World: Understanding that this world is not what we live for

Olivia was seven years old and she came to me saying, “Dad, I want to bat left handed.” My eyebrows came together and, I am sure, a quite puzzled look shot across my face. “Ok, why”? I asked. “I will be closer to first base when I hit, so I can get on base easier when I play.” First off, not too many 7-year-old kids think about what batter’s box they want to stand in when they play softball, let alone strategize how to increase her on-base percentage. I had […]

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Imagination

The foulness of vomit filled my mouth. Our girls were 48 hours post-accident. The initial shock sunk in and it felt as though my heart was on the outside of my chest. The bitter bile taste comes up just thinking about it. I stumbled out of the bathroom of the Pediatric ICU and slid down the wall. Two of my closest friends came and sat alongside me. Grief crashed over me in relentless waves. I wept from a place in my soul I had no idea existed. The waves slowed, […]

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