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When Trust is Tested

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“Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

Rationally, we can understand by reading verses like the one above that we should trust God. But the true nature of what we believe is revealed when trusting God is tough because of our circumstances. Read More

Mountains of Purpose

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I lift my eyes up to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

Have you been asking God what he wants you to do with your life, and you’re not getting an answer? Well, think for a moment if you’re really not getting an answer, or if you’re just not getting the answer you want. Read More

Run Your Race; Win Your Race

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It’s so easy to slide into the routine of wishing we could be more like someone else. We get tired of the same ol’ us and we wish we were more like this person or that person. It can happen to the best of us. I’m not faulting you. The problems is that we are unique. Every little thing about us is unique! Your darn right we are! Our DNA, looks, personality, fingers and toes and the list goes on. There is no other YOU on this planet. And this planet needs you. Desperately! Read More

We’ve Been Given the Keys

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We’ve Been Given the Keys

I was on a bathroom break yesterday during a regular clinical day at the hospital. I’d been knee-deep in preparing a research article presentation, and wasn’t thinking about much else.

Upon entering the facilities, I noticed a key on the window sill. Likely it had been found by someone who was helping out a fellow human, wanting to help locate their pre 2000’s era GM vehicle’s door key.

Yes, this kind of information went through my head. And, while this is entirely normal for me to have this kind of thought fly through my cranium upon seeing a random object, there is some depth to a key like this. I remembered my first car…which used a key exactly like this one. Read More

Passover Miracle 2017

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Passover is a very special time for me as a Jewish believer in Jesus. It is special because I get to reenact the Exodus story and demonstrate visually through the Passover Seder how Jesus is indeed the Passover lamb. It is enriching for Christians and for Jews because the Jewish audience can see him as the Messiah while Gentiles can see him as more than just Savior, but also as Messiah and King. Read More

Dirt on Potatoes

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I was recently sent by our pastor to the city of Puno, which sits high in the Andes on the shores of South America’s great Lake Titicaca. Unlike the Great Lake Superior that I know from Minnesota, this lake is the world’s highest navigable lake sitting at over 12,500 ft above sea level. The landscape is beautiful, the views are breath taking, and the church I went to serve is fantastic. I spent 4 days preaching, teaching, doing workshops and training key leadership teams for Maranatha Church. Read More

20 Cedar Lane

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In a lifetime there are a handful of moments that are truly life changing. Some of these moments are more obvious. As a youth those moments can be your first discoveries of your skills, desires, your first crush, an influential teacher, a best friend and those interactions with your parents that truly do shape you for better or worse. When you leave the nest and spread your wings the decisions become more involved and carry much more weight. What will I do with my life? Where will I go to college? What do I want to study? How will I pay for it all? Should I start a business? Oh, I need to get a job, right? Read More

Upper Room – Zagreb

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For 25 years, the Lord has gripped our hearts for Southeastern Europe, and in 2013, He opened the doors for us to move to Zagreb Croatia.Two years ago, we founded a ministry, Intentional Strategies for Transformation or the IST Group, and our heart is to pioneer and resource redemptive transformation in Southeastern Europe. We do this through three pillars: First through prayer, second, through helping the poor and underutilized, and third, through developing next generation leaders. Read More

Prayer is the Mighty Engine

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“Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” A. B. Simpson

For the last year, as intercessory missionaries we have had the opportunity to pray in collaboration with and for different ministries. One of those is One Voice Student Missions (OVSM), an evangelistic ministry to high schools, based in Pasadena. When they have a student and faculty representative that partner with them, they can go on to public high school campuses and have gatherings to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They work together with local churches where they train and equip them how to adopt high schools and engage the students by having a bible club on campus. Read More

Here I Go Again On My Own

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“Here I Go Again” was a famous song by Whitesnake in the early 80’s. One of the famous lines from the the song was “like a drifter, I was born to walk alone”. While I have always personally enjoyed this song, I’m not quite sure it offers up the best advice. Of course, I’m pretty positive that was not their intention. The big hair bands of the late 70’s and 80’s gave us some power ballads to listen to and lifestyles to refrain from. The “good times are killing us” is a fitting theme to the lives lived by many of those bands. Read More