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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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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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