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Guided Steps

I leaned against a huge red fir tree and prayed. “Guide my steps, Lord. Please God, guide me straight to him. Lord, I am not sure what to do or where to go, but right now I need you to help me please.” It was just this last Saturday that I stood in the forest praying that prayer. Let me give you a bit of the story of why I was asking God for his divine intervention and guidance. Crash! Crash! Crash! A bull elk came charging down the hill […]

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Labels

Guest blogger, Ashley Jones, finishes up our Identity in Christ series today.  Enjoy! – Brandon Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free: but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11 How would you describe yourself? Do you use words like sweet tempered, hopeful, sarcastic, pessimistic, a realist, mellow, an extrovert or introvert? Or perhaps you use words like movie-buff, mama bear, or (insert favorite sport) fanatic.  Possibly you use words that link you to your geography or heritage: American, Texan, African-American, descended from the Pilgrims, the daughter/son of so-and-so.  Or even […]

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Hidden

Hidden, remain, abide, and press into are all concepts used to describe this idea of a relationship with Christ. Have you ever been reading the Bible and felt like you are in a foreign country trying to understand street signs? The idea of “in Christ” has always been a mystery to me. Two weeks ago I began this blog series in pursuit of better understanding my own identity in Christ and the journey sent me down a trail that led to the apostle Paul’s favorite term, “in Christ.” Last week […]

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Masks

I am excited to have my friend, Ashley Jones, contribute this week to my blog.  She is incredible at developing the potential in others and I know you will appreciate her thoughtful insights as we continue to explore our identity in Christ. – Brandon In last week’s blog, Brandon discussed what it means to be hidden in Christ, to be so camouflaged in Jesus that the world should know Whose we are. This week, I want to talk about what authenticity looks like for those who are in Christ. Have […]

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Are you Camouflaged?

I was standing completely still, afraid to even blink as a calf elk slowly approached me. Her cautious steps were silent and she repeatedly sniffed the air trying to detect any danger. I stood motionless, watching her as she passed a small tree only 4 feet away. My camouflage was working perfectly and the sounds I made with my elk call several minutes before fooled her ears. She was looking for another elk and came so close I honestly thought she would step on me. Her next step put her […]

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Pride

Two weeks ago I began helping coach my boys’ football team. It’s really my first steps back into a world I left almost 20 years ago when I was injured playing football in college. The joy of hearing the shoulder pads pop and kids running around the field trying to tackle each other has been healing for me. Football in Texas is pretty crazy and I could go on for pages about how sports can be a distraction. Whether it be parents trying to live a sports life through little […]

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Cut out the suckers

I was in college, dating my wife-to-be, Amber, and I stopped by to visit her parents. Amber jokes that I never really dated her, but I actually dated her parents. I did spend a great deal of time with them, and in some ways, she is right. On this particular day I stopped by because Amber’s mom needed help pruning their huge apple tree. I remember when I pulled into the driveway Joan was already well into the process of cutting off all of the suckers. Suckers are the vines, […]

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What Distracts You?

What distracts you? Lately, I’ve asked myself that question often. I began to think about the distractions in my life and what tends to divert or even trap me spiritually? I thought some of you might be able to relate and I decided it was a great topic to blog about. So, the next few weeks I will be sharing my own journey as God illuminates for me the things that tend to distract me in my walk with Him. I hope some of you will be able to apply […]

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Irony

As my friend and I met at a local coffee shop frequented by many Christians who enjoy coffee, relationships and the Bible, we poured over scripture about the early church and how they loved each other. We discussed the impact they had on their community and How God used them to change a society. Because of the witness they had, God continued to add to their number daily (Act 2:42-47). While we discussed the beauty of the church caring for those who were hurting around them, I overheard many in […]

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A Heart of Compassion

My friend and co-laborer, Judy Cintron, wrote today’s blog post.  She has a heart of compassion and a heart to serve the Lord.  -Brandon I’ll never forget the story of a young mom from Chicago. Her husband lost his job and they lost their home. The three kids piled in the car for the long drive to California for a new beginning. Her husband had big dreams about a fresh start but had no job lined up or any concrete plans. Like any family with three young kids (two were in […]

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