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Abide in Christ

Last week I shared how spiritual guardrails protect us as we navigate the dangerous curves of life. Before we can make healthy disciples, we must first be healthy disciples. Let’s examine together the guardrails God gives us to remain healthy, not only in our personal walk with Him, but also corporately in the church. The first protective guardrail is Abiding in Christ. Even after years in ministry, when I hear “abide in Christ” I think of a pristine park where I am supposed to be sitting in some deep, meditative […]

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Guardrails

It’s hard to believe that 17 years ago I responded to God’s call in my life for ministry. Great friends and co laborers have reminded me often of The Lord’s loving kindness on that journey. Ministry in Jesus’ church is not for the faint of heart. Looking back I can see assumptions I have made, moments of being naive, days of being blinded by my selfish motives, but also great victories in spite of myself. In my last few years at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, along with Jim […]

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“I AM”

Defining oneself by what you do is common. I am a doctor, lawyer, pastor or even an outdoorsman. We introduce ourselves based on what we do. Last week I had the opportunity to preach at an outdoorsman event. Each man I met there identified himself as an avid fisherman, duck hunter, or the occupation they held. My time came to stand up in front and deliver a message about Jesus Christ and His influence in my life. When the director of the event introduced me as a pastor, speaker, author […]

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Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? If you are a parent and have spent more than 30 minutes in a car with your kids, I am sure you have heard those “fingernails on the chalkboard” words. Without fail, when we are on any family trip, my kids will fire that question at me. I appreciate their eagerness to get wherever it is we are going, but wow, it can be annoying. Early on in ministry at Real Life Ministries, the world seemed to move at a breakneck pace. The church was growing […]

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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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The Wolf Story

Sometimes the terrain and thick brush of North Idaho can be a true enemy. It was archery season, and I had shot a beautiful bull elk early that afternoon, but it was three hours later before my dad and I finally found it. Working against time and daylight we decided to split up. I would make the hike back to our 4-wheelers and get our backpack frames. We would use those to pack the 250 lbs. of meat out of the woods. The sun was quickly setting as I made […]

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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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Being Missional

Jody Janz has worked faithfully alongside me in ministry for the past several years. She and her family are good friends of ours and they understand the concept of relational discipleship like few others. Jody’s heart for missions and her gift for writing will bless you as they have blessed me.  –Brandon My family and I were missionaries in South Africa for eight years. I had many opportunities to see God do amazing things in the lives of the Tswana people. I remember one day I brought a big bag of […]

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Finding Silence

Silence. Absolute silence surrounded me. Sitting on a log, I contemplated the walk through the snow back to my truck. I had spent the morning deer hunting and found myself less interested in the hunt and more wanting to hear from God. So I took a break and found the closest thing that would serve as a good chair. Amber and I had been seeking God’s direction for us. We sensed God was shaking our nest and would be calling us to venture out from our safety in North Idaho. […]

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Barley or Gold

“Why do you ask for barley when gold is available?” I was recently discussing the promises of God with my dear friends from Ethiopia, Desalegn and his wife, Tigist, when she asked that question. It landed in the middle of the room like a brick falling from the ceiling. I sat for a moment in silence allowing the weight of her question to impact me. She went on to challenge us with the notion that Christians are blinded by their own needs and lose sight of how big the ONE […]

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