A Gran Torino and a Lion
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A Gran Torino and a Lion

When I was eight years old, our family took a road trip from St. Cloud, MN out to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. It was such a fun vacation traveling in our mint-colored Gran Torino, visiting family, swinging on vines in the Appalachian Mountains, touring through Washington DC, experiencing a subway, swimming in the...

Dropped
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Dropped

Several weeks ago, I suggested to our kids still at home that we should play fantasy football. I thought this would be a fun way to learn the game of football and spend time together. It’s been a pretty big hit…. We started with a draft and for the most part, used the professional’s opinions...

Work in progress
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Work in progress

On Mondays, I take some time off in the morning to relax and enjoy a Sabbath. When the weather is nice, I sip coffee on the front porch, catch up on my Bible reading and have some extended time for prayer. After a while, I get tired of sitting and then turn my attention to...

Peace like a river
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Peace like a river

This school year, our boys are enrolled in a charter school that is a virtual academy. This means they are each home during the day and Leigh-Ann has a lot more work. It also means more competition, more arguments and of course more love…well…maybe. There has been one game-changer though…. As a pastor, I would...

Sorrow turns to joy
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Sorrow turns to joy

In just over a week we will celebrate our oldest daughter’s 20th birthday. This is astonishing…how could Leigh-Ann and I be old enough to have had a kid for two decades. During the pregnancy, we had plenty of “first-time” experiences. Such as the time when Leigh-Ann was super-pregnant wanted some relief (because KC August) so...

Cheap entertainment
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Cheap entertainment

Last night, two of our boys and I entered into a healthy competition. We were at a soccer field (I know that’s a surprise 😊) and we decided to shoot on each other. I figured out a way for the two boys to compete against me (if they compete against each other, typically war breaks...

Never Forget
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Never Forget

Tomorrow we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 when nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured. When the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center Towers, it resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. This attack was carried out by the Islamic extremist group al...

1…2…3…4…
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1…2…3…4…

Since early summer, I’ve been working out with my daughters. I love it for many reasons…although my number one reason is it allows us to spend time together. In case you might be tempted to think more highly of me than you should, I probably only average 1-2x per week 😊 and I’m certainly not...

The tooth fairy
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The tooth fairy

A few days ago, one of our kiddos lost his tooth. He had been working on it for several days, however, it was a molar and that meant the retraction was a bit more difficult. Finally, after quite a bit of wiggling, it popped out. I think my kids view losing their teeth as a...

Represent
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Represent

I read a few days ago that over the past decade, the population of downtown Kansas City has grown 29.4%. The vibrancy of downtown KC has continued to expand…businesses continue to open and grow, blighted real estate is being transformed and every day more and more people are coming here to live, work, play….and PRAY....