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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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Wellspring

Probably 10 years ago, along with my dad and several hunting buddies, we cut a trail down into a deep canyon that we knew held a number of elk. It was so far away and the brushy terrain kept anyone from getting down to them, let alone hike back out. We spent the better part of day hacking and trimming a new trail through the brush to reach the dark timber at the back of this incredible canyon. Once there. we found what looked like a wildlife paradise. I will […]

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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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