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Love

Today is a day of reflection for millions of people around the world. It is our privilege to remember the most significant death of Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus endured agony beyond our wildest imaginations during the crucifixion process. While on the cross, He made seven short statements that reveal His heart:             Father,...

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Lessons from the Consulate

I have shared about our saga to get visas for Brazil. Last Friday, I had just received the news they had been denied. Which in turn put a pit in my stomach and a fire in my pants. I went to town networking on social media with anyone I could find who worked at the...

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Sweet Sixteen

This week, Leigh-Ann and I reached a new milestone in life…our oldest daughter turned 16. It seems like just yesterday that we were at St. Mary’s hospital for her birth. It was certainly not easy…(I had to hold Leigh-Ann’s hand and make sure she had enough water J) but eventually, our first baby came out....

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50 Years…

This weekend we are in Minnesota to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Staying married for 50 years is no small task. In fact, it borders on a modern day miracle :). In any relationship, there will be struggle and pain, but to make it 50 years there must be a lot of love. A.LOT.OF.LOVE!...

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New Life Sunday – Backyard Ball…

Our boys love to play sports…especially football and baseball. This is the time of year that it gets really fun to throw on a sweatshirt and run some passing routes outside. Unless you are age 5, 3 (almost 4) and 2…then it is more like running for a pass and watching the ball hit you...

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New Life Sunday – True story…

Last night and again today, Cru (www.cru.org)  provided the means to bring Josh McDowell to New Life for two different talks. I was incredibly moved by Josh’s story last night (www.josh.org/video-2/joshs-testimony/). For 40 minutes he shared the raw truth of what it felt like to grow up in an abusive home. He was physically beaten by...

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New Life Sunday…the pursuit of hope!

This afternoon I received a surprise visit from a young man that I had a mentoring relationship with more than a year ago. He came off the elevator…walked into the bathroom…and then walked towards the coffee shop where I was seated. It wasn’t until he was just a few feet away that I began to recognize...

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New Life Sunday – Love it…

I am pretty sure you have noticed by now that it is getting dark outside…way to early! The bad news about daylight savings time is that when you lose it, the only value is an extra hour of sleep…unless of course you have kids, then you don’t even get that. It’s like clockwork, very early on...

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New Life Sunday…facing an ugly heart

Just a few minutes ago I watched the video of a man sharing his story. This story made me: Angry Sad Justified in my anger Question my motives Evaluate how I look at people Feel convicted for my self-righteousness Grateful for God’s grace What is even more intriguing about this is that Steven filmed this...

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New Life Sunday…Home Run!!!

Leigh-Ann knocked it out of the park this week. She is definitely a home run hitter so it’s not a total surprise, however this week it came in dramatic fashion…kind of like a walk off homer. Two weeks ago we decided to repaint our bathroom…rather I should say, she decided to repaint our bathroom. (Strike One) It...