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Faith, Leadership

Remembering the Journey

Every story – whether a book or a movie – has what are called plot points.  These are pivotal moments in the story that send the character on a different path.  Those moments ultimately define the character and the direction of the story.  Writers tell us that we need these plot points because if nothing ever happened in the story it would be pretty boring.  And sometimes – the character might not even realize the moment  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Stop. Think. Thank.

God does not speak in an audible voice to me – but sometimes there is no mistake in what He is trying to say.  That’s what happened as I began walking the track this morning at the gym.  My mind was preoccupied with my ‘to do’ list for the day: phone calls I had to make, meetings I needed to schedule (and reschedule due to the weather), emails I needed to respond to, preparations for church this Sunday – typical things that fill  ...

Adventure, Faith, Life

Visit to a Philippine Jungle Village

As we were flying over the tropical jungle on the island of Mindanao, Philippines,  I carefully watched the missionary pilot.  Flying an airplane in the jungle can be risky business.  At only a moment’s notice weather conditions could seriously threaten the safety of the airplane, the passengers and the cargo.  The pilot concentrated on terrain features, strip conditions and wind patterns as he held the plane steady at an altitude of 5,000  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, Ministry

Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...

Blog, Faith, Family, Life

Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

Blog, Faith, Family

Blessings

I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for this year. At the top of my list is is how God answered many prayers for the safety of my son-in-law, Tim, who spent the last few years serving our country – and 18 of those months were spent in Afghanistan. When we welcomed Tim home back in October, we were thankful he was home for good. So thankful he is back with his family and that God has provided him a good  ...

Blog, Faith, Life

Who is really in control?

“All this energy comes from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the  ...