Thursday, September 27, 2012

never satisfied

As a leader, we can never be satisfied.  This is a dangerous thing to balance, I realize that.  I want to be content in whatever God allows me to steward, but I also never want to grow complacent and comfortable.  The moment I am satisfied with everything just the way it is, is the moment I began to go backwards.  So I'm striving to be content is who God has made me and in what capacity He is allowing me to serve, but at the same time I want to continue to reach farther and dream bigger.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Forum

I have had an incredible time at the Forum pastors leadership event this week.  We heard from a great Pastor and leader named Dary Northrop from Colorado.  It was some rich teaching time and here are a couple of the highlights through quotes:
. Legacy happens through relationship.
. Trust is either earned or burned.
. Lead with love.
. When you walk in a room, act like everyone likes will change you.
. Share a success, build a wall, share a failure, build a bridge.
. Our love has to be aggressive enough to move us into action.

Chew on it....I know i am.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

be light

In the ABSENCE of light, darkness prevails.  Jesus called us the light of the world.  We turn on the TV and see so much darkness and pain and wonder "Where is God in all this?"  But I wonder if He is saying the same thing.  "Where are my people in all this?"  God has called us and given us His power to be light in a dark world.  As we move forward with His light, the darkness scatters.  The enemy uses fear and intimidation to keep the believers restrained.  But if we will just move forward toward that darkness, we will see it dissipate right before our eyes.  Where in your world is God's light needing to shine through you?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This past weekend, a good friend of mine (Gary Fowler) and myself completed an Ironman triathlon.  (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run)  I can't put into words how grueling this race really is.  It is truly a battle of the mind and body.  You have to push yourself far beyond comfort and through several different levels of constant punishing pain.  There are points when you feel like the race will never end and your mental toughness has to be strong or this race will break you.  But....when you cross that finish line...I can't explain the sense of accomplishment.  I almost started crying out of sheer emotional and physical exhaustion.  To know that when you pushed yourself to your physical limits, you prevailed.  I praise God for the strength to accomplish this.  To Him be all the glory!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

the moment of truth

This weekend is the moment of truth.  Myself and Gary Fowler our exec. dir. at C3 have both been training for an Ironman distance Triathlon.  That's a 2.4 swim on a lake / 112 miles on a bike / 26.2 mile run.  In other words when the sun comes up, the gun goes off and when the sun goes down we will still be running.  I'm hoping to be in the 12hr range.  This race pushes you beyond your limits until you are staring into the depths of you soul.  When you push that far, you find out who you really are.  This race will be my 2nd Ironman distance triathlon and I'm praying for God's strength.  The moment of truth, is right around the corner.  I'm anticipating the battle to come....within myself!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Demosthenes said: "Nothing is easier than self-deceit.  For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."
In what area's have we deceived ourselves?  It is beyond difficult to answer that question for ourselves. But how would others answer that for us?  Those close to us and those who may only be acquaintances.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

off the grid

Last week, myself and 7 guys in the brotherhood went to the boundary waters for a 4 day canoe trip between Minnesota and Canada.  It was incredible.  We had perfect weather and a great time.  To be able to take off the electronic leash and unplug from the web was so refreshing.  I feel like I have come back revived.  When I am in the woods, I feel like everywhere I look, I see God.  A-MAZING!