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What Makes Us Strong?

My son, Grady, and I were walking through a large stand of timber one fall evening on our way to sit in a tree stand. We were bear hunting, and the wind was gusting through the trees. Back and forth, these massive Western Larch, or as we called them, “Buckskin Tamarack,” creaked and moaned with each blast of wind. Grady’s young eyes darted back and forth, watching the ominous treetops as they responded to the winds demands. “Are you ok, buddy?” I asked Grady. “Dad, are those trees gonna snap off […]

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Knowledge Does Not Equal Growth

Technology today allows almost any person at any time to access volumes of knowledge via the Internet. From winners of World Series to hunting strategies (ok those are my searches), one can gain knowledge at an incredible rate of speed. This technology I find useful in many areas of life, even when prepping for a sermon. But finding commentary and interesting historical facts for a sermon does not mean that I have applied the Scriptural principle in my life, though. Following my blog, you quickly learn I love the outdoors, […]

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What Path Should I Take?

“Amen.” Tony and I finished our prayers, lifted our heads and looked at each other with great satisfaction. We had located the beautiful bull elk the Lord blessed him with that day. My great friend and hunting partner, Tony, had just harvested his first trophy elk, and I could not have been happier for my friend. We had worked hard and executed our strategy. Even more importantly, Tony had prepared himself by knowing which trail was the right one to stand on. By nine o’clock that morning, Tony and I […]

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I may as well plant in concrete!

The chance of soft soil in Northern Idaho is about as possible as the Sahara having Noah sized rainfall. Amber and I had only been married a few years when we decided to dress up the backyard of our new home. So, I ran out and bought several rosebushes, because that’s what young husbands do, pretending the whole time like I was some master gardener. Grabbing my shovel and the bag of planting soil, I marched off to do my husbandly duties. I marked off a few spots that I […]

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Can We Microwave Wisdom?

“You relax intense!”….. My wonderful wife often reminds me that even when I am relaxing, some sort of intense event must be taking place simultaneously. Let me explain. God wired me in a way that I love to learn. When I come across something that piques my interest, I want to know everything there is to know about it, down to the finite detail. Elk hunting, fly fishing, Bible learnin’, nothing has escaped my love to learn. The problem is I want to know everything in a matter of minutes. If […]

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When God Remains Silent

“Dad, where did you go? Dad, where do I cast?” Both of my boys were learning to fly fish, and I was getting the wonderful opportunity to instruct them in one of life’s most enjoyable activities (well, to me anyway). Grady and Garrett were attempting a fine art and firing questions at me as fast as they were casting. They threw the rod at a break neck speed, back and forth, chopping at the air with fine fishing line. I instructed, modeled, guided as best I could. But eventually I had […]

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Waging War With Failure

Approval is a nasty little bugger. Hunting in the North Idaho wilderness for elk has painted and built a significant part of my life. Often on those hunts, I would find myself doing less hunting and more talking with God and close friends. This day would be one of those days. We found a small opening that overlooked a huge canyon. A log, seemingly placed by God Himself, sat there for us to rest upon, gaze at His creation and process life. In the few weeks leading up to this […]

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What could have been

I think the price tag was still on the handle.” Every year, my good friend Lance and I would take our families camping on one of Idaho’s greatest rivers. This one year Lance had splurged and bought himself a top of the line, high-end, ultra-light, fishing rod. He was more excited than a kid at Christmas to use that new pole. We packed up our small raft and loaded it into the back of my truck, happily yapping about the first fishing voyage of the year. Lance and I knew […]

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Significant Moments

Eye to eye, I stood staring at an 800 pound, beautiful bull elk. I still have no idea how the beast of an animal got within ten yards of me without making a sound. My bow was at my side, but the bull caught me so unprepared, the likelihood of getting a shot off without the incredible animal bolting down the hill were pretty much nil. My shoulders sunk with the disappointment, but the scenario got me thinking. God loves to take our journeys through life and expose us to […]

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I Wonder?

Don’t you love memories you can smell? It was Christmas time, and I was eight, maybe nine. I was standing outside my grandparent’s house, peering in at their large, blinking, light-littered tree as if staring at a life-sized Norman Rockwell painting in progress. The tree stood tall and proud in their living room, generations of glitter-covered popsicle-sticks decorating the branches. The farm house my grandparents owned had a huge bay window that could be seen from any angle on the front side of the house. A tree had been placed […]

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