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Budapest and beyond…

Where do I start…there are so many topics to write about and so little time. We have been in Budapest all week and it has been absolutely incredible. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and stopped at the hotel and then took the bus straight to the church that our friends helped to start. That evening...

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New Life Sunday…m​issing friends…

This morning I woke up thinking about what it was going to be like to be away from the kids for 10 days. I am not excited about that… The truth is that they will hardly notice that Leigh-Ann and I are gone and we will talk about them constantly…actually, at least one of them...

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Budapest, Rust and Truth…

Last night Leigh-Ann and I attended an information meeting for our trip to Budapest, Hungary. God has provided us with an awesome opportunity to join about 40 other Americans (10 from Kansas City) in Budapest for a time to encourage missionaries, evangelize high school and university students and participate in educational forums. We all found...

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Faith or Fear

One thing I have learned as a parent is that kids are fearless…until…they learn how to fear. Leigh-Ann loves to throw our babies over to me…and so far we have not dropped one of them :). Think about it…even if they are just a few feet away, a baby that is 2 foot tall travelling...

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The Expression of New Birth through Baptism

Ok, we all know by now that the weather does not look real promising for a cookout on Sunday.  So, we are going to plan for rain….we just don’t want to get wet…unless, of course you are a part of the baptism.  Every week we continue to wait on God’s perfect plan for our relocation...

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Snow storms and the Best of life (1 Corinthians 15)

I am looking out the window, the sky is cloudy with some scattered raindrops.  I have not seen the forecast, however already this morning several different people have mentioned the HUGE STORM coming in. Since I grew up in Minnesota, I have a deep appreciation for a good snow storm.  There is something absolutely wonderful...

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Old Maid, and other Situations beyond our Control (John 17)

The other night we decided to sit down for a game of “Old Maid.”  If you haven’t played this in awhile, I highly recommend it.  The first game, I started with the “Old Maid.”  My strategy is simple, track the cards that the other player chooses and then hopefully predict the best location for the...

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A Church not Defined by its Building

Yesterday I received the following e-mail from a fellow New Lifer….. “Heard you were swamped this week so take a quick break….as we were all leaving our Bible study last night, somehow the elevator went up instead of down.  A man in a black leather jacket asked if we were going down and we said...

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Stopped Traffic and the Unanticipated Slowness of Transition

One thing I can’t stand is stopped traffic.  Earlier today, I was headed downtown on I-70 and I noticed on the sign that the left lane was closed and to expect delays.  I guess maybe I am an optimist, but since I was in the center lane I looked to both sides and considering the...

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The Fallen Kayaker and Recognizing our own Shortcomings (John 15:18-16:4)

There is a lot of stuff I could write about this week after an incredible trip to Puerta Vallarta.  Instead of boring you with details about the beautiful weather and resort and the incredibly revitalizing time we had on the beach, I will narrow the topic down to one funny experience we had yesterday. Since...