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Focusing On The Wrong Things

The old stump in front of me looked like a good place to sit down and sulk. I had hiked dozens of miles in the six days prior, traversing some very difficult terrain. We were nearing the end of elk season, and so far the elusive wapiti (native American name for elk) had whipped me good. I had several near encounters, even called two different elk in for my dad, but he missed them both. It was 11 am, and I only had one day of bow season left to […]

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Being Prepared

Take care of your gear, and it will take care of you. Earl, my father-in-law, constantly presses in to a certain life philosophy. Even in the early years of my marriage to Amber, he always talked about this concept: Whether it be your hunting equipment, your tools, or your camping gear, take care of it. If you do, it will take care of you. Being prepared for whatever lies ahead is a principle I have tried to teach my kids and live by myself. Several years ago, in the late […]

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God calls us to be rooted in love.

You have picked up by now that I love to talk about God’s creation. Whether it’s a vineyard or a herd of elk, I love it. So many lessons abound if we will take the time to look. We can see the Creator’s fingerprint all over His creation. I am fascinated by the consistent references in Scripture pertaining to “roots.” The sun was starting to set, and a bull elk was 400 yards away. The way his bugles were booming off the canyon walls, I knew he was in full […]

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A Cheerful Spirit

This blog post is from a longtime friend of mine, Heidi Yount. Heidi and I have worked on several writing projects together, including the novel The Lie Drinkers. Heidi and her family live in Idaho. Again, it is always so important to me that we cultivate and develop potential in people. Heidi is a great writer, and always makes me laugh. – Brandon   “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 It had been a rough few days. My husband had to […]

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Who is ready for some spiritual remodeling?

Growing up with a dad that worked in construction gave me lots of opportunities to learn how the real world works. As a young boy, there were times dad would let me climb up in the truck and go with him as he was building custom homes. The process of watching a concept on a blue print turn into a finished home amazed me. As I grew up, my summers were often filled with working for dad and learning some of the trade myself. One such project I remember very […]

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Where Freedom Begins

This is from my first guest blogger, Christian Miller. We’ve served together on staff, and I have enjoyed getting to work with him. I love being able to see how God is developing the guys He has put in my life. – Brandon I have had the opportunity to work for Brandon for the last year and a half.  In that time, we have had many discussions about ministry, but more importantly, we have processed life together.  One of our discussions has been the concept of what freedom in Christ […]

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My jaw truly dropped!

Flying to the heart of the Africa was not my first leap across the big pond. Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Israel are just a few of the exciting places I had been able to visit before my first trip to the Dark Continent. My stomach turned several times from both nerves and also just physical issues. Six weeks before our flight, I had undergone surgery due to a gastrointestinal illness, and probably should not have even been crammed in my tiny Ethiopian Airlines seat. Nonetheless, God had called me to […]

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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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