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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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“It’s not whether you win or lose…”

This week’s blog is written by my good friend, Matt Roberson. I have had the joy of taking Matt elk hunting a couple of times in the past several years. We have enjoyed some great times in the woods talking life and getting very close to elk. He hasn’t been successful yet, but one day it will happen, Lord willing. Love ya Matt and thanks for this great post. – Brandon I was a high school stand out athlete in several sports. I had even played a little bit of […]

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Traits of God – Unchanging

For 27 years my dad and I hunted elk in the same general area of North Idaho. Each year, in the late spring, we would load our 4 wheelers and head up to begin scouting for the coming fall. First, we would walk down some of our hunting trails to check out the damage that winter had done. We often found old, dead trees that had finally succumbed to winter’s harsh blow no longer standing, but now blocking our trails. I remember one year in particular we were riding on […]

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Traits of God – Generosity

Several weeks ago my wife took my daughters to the mall on a rainy day. They were having some quality Mom/Daughter time. When they returned, my girls were excited to share with me a gift they bought for me. It was a simple gift that cost very little, but it definitely represented me and I was touched that they had me in mind when they bought it. It was a sacrifice for them to spend their own money on the gift. I love seeing my kids think of others and […]

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Traits of God – Faithfulness

The last few weeks I have been blogging about some of God’s characteristics. We’ve looked at the awesomeness of God and His incredible mercy. This week’s characteristic is faithfulness. When I think of God’s consistent, unshakable faithfulness to us, His children, I am reminded of how He fills in the gaps for me as a parent. Emma, my oldest, was turning 3 years old. Our house was filled with grandparents and friends. My wife, Amber, had worked hard all day on the cake, and decorations were placed all over the […]

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Traits of God – Mercy

Broadway plays were never something that I had a desire to see. This was problematic for me because when Amber and I began dating, I quickly learned that plays, musicals and the world of the arts were very important to her. Her favorite was the Broadway musical, Les Miserables. I have to admit that before I met Amber I had no idea what it was even about. I mean come on, no football playing, bow huntin’, North Idaho boy would be caught dead watching some French play. At least that […]

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Traits of God – He is Awesome

I stood on top of a high peak in Idaho and gazed at God’s incredible creation. The blue sky joined the evergreen mountain tops on a hazy horizon. The place I stood overlooked some incredible peaks and valleys that held numerous species of different animals. Deep green forests seemed to go on forever and I remember feeling so incredibly small. The vastness of God’s handiwork seems impossible to describe. I was only seeing a fraction of Idaho, let alone the entire Rocky Mountains. I kept thinking of the words written […]

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Searching for Significance

My good friend, Jon Malstrom, wrote this post about some of his struggles and some truth God has shown him.  I wanted to share this post with you because we all struggle with believing lies that tend to derail us.  The truth Jon outlines can help each of us focus on what God intends for us. -Brandon   I’m in one of those awkward, uncomfortable places again. I continue to wrestle with the meaning of “significance” for my life.  My head is filled with lies that I’ve allowed to infiltrate my heart, […]

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