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Finding a Way to Get Stuck

This blog was originally posted on January 8, 2015. Every year I seem to make the same new years resolution. It always has something to do with drawing closer to God. Basically doing better at John 15:4, “remaining” in him. This year is no different. John 15:4: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” What does it mean to remain in God? […]

By | 2017-07-27T13:50:11+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: Depending on God, Core Principles, Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |

Two Trashy Memories – One Beautiful Result

Memory #1: I recall the day vividly. A short-term team had come to visit and the first task on their list was to clean the green space in the center of the neighborhood. The space was filled with garbage, litter and overgrown weeds. No one had cared for it in months, maybe years. The team, having landed only a matter of hours before, graciously put on their work gloves and dug in. They worked for hours and at the end of the day the green space was cleaned and mowed. It looked great and the group and community smiled. Memory #2: […]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:22+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|

The Privilege of Being Sent

There they sat in the upper room, confused, fearful and bewildered. Only hours removed from Jesus’ death on the cross, what were the disciples to do now? They were now the hunted ones and the storybook ending seemed to come to a fateful and unexpected end. Jesus was gone, and there they gathered… forlorn… attempting to configure a game plan to move forward. Out of nowhere Jesus appears and gives them a hearty greeting. Peace be with you! Imagine the surprise and shock on their faces!! After showing them his hands and side their fear is turned into joy and the tattered group of followers is given the commissioning that will forever change the trajectory of their life. […]

By | 2016-04-18T05:30:14+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: 2:10|

Learning from the Disciples Failures

Prayer: more than a technique but a practice of presence. I can almost picture in my mind the scene in Mark 9: 14-29 so vividly unfolding… Jesus comes down from the mountain (possibly glowing like Moses glowed after he met God on Mt. Sinai?? [1]) where he had just witnessed the transfiguration with Peter, James and John, only to walk into an argument between the teacher’s of the law and the other disciples. Apparently, according to the story as told by Mark, the disciples had attempted to heal a boy who was demon possessed and were unsuccessful. This failure had lead to a prolonged argument with the teachers of the law. Imagine how embarrassed the disciples must have been? Jesus had given the Twelve authority [...]

By | 2016-01-18T05:30:17+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |

How to Add More thanksgiving to Thanksgiving

How will you show thanks this holiday?  I remember a few years ago sitting down to watch football after our Thanksgiving meal thinking, ‘I haven’t really taken the time to make Thanksgiving very thanks giving.’  Not only had I missed the point of thanking God for His goodness, but I had failed to miss a tremendous opportunity to love others.  An opportunity to share God’s goodness to those He has placed in my path.   Sometimes the holiday creeps up on us so quickly that we forget to make the day more than food, football and planning for the black Friday sales.     […]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:23+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Categories: 2:10|

Why Depending on God is Hard for Me

In the United States it seems everything is at our fingertips. I remember when our family returned about 3 years ago from living in Bolivia. One of the first things we remember (even as we walked through the airport) was the amount of people with smartphones. Blackberries were the in-thing when we left and now everyone had a smart phone. We didn’t even know exactly what it did outside of connecting to the Internet. As an early 30’s adult it was weird walking into the Verizon store a month later and admitting to the attendant that we had no idea how they worked and if we even wanted one. Now, Americans are essentially addicted to smartphones. According to a recent pew research study nearly half [...]

By | 2017-07-27T13:50:39+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Depending on God, 2:10|Tags: |

4 Ways Jesus Modeled Love

This was originally posted on October 14, 2013, but we wanted to share it with you again. Jesus: Our model for loving others How should my life (words, actions and decisions) reflect my relationship and pursuit of Christ? If a person is walking with God on the inside, then their life (words, decisions, and actions done out of obedience to God) should reflect a distinct character on the outside. […]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:23+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: , |

Men of Action

Seven months ago I sat with a group of men at a men’s event in Sioux Falls and shared about God’s heart for the vulnerable and poor. We read scripture, discussed the meaning of some verses, shared our hearts in worship and committed to doing something about the brokenness in our community. In the room that evening were mechanics, accountants, contractors, farmers, coaches, graphic designers and entrepreneurs. I challenged them to dream. What could this group together do for the kingdom of God? How could these talents and skills be used to love the vulnerable of Sioux Falls? Within a matter of a few weeks Men of Action was formed. […]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:23+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |

A Church in Action

Entry six of a six-part seriesOver the past five blogs we have answered the question: “Why it is critical for the church to be involved with the poor?” (If you are just joining this discussion and want to get caught up with us start reading the first entry of our series found here) As we end this short series it only seems fitting to share one of the incredible ways we are seeing a church embrace the call to love and care for the poor of their city. Founded over 15 years ago, Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon is a church that has embraced the call to be involved with the poor. I spent a few minutes talking with Josh Butler, the Pastor of [...]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:23+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |

Learning Through Serving

I once befriended a pastor who told me a story of how he desperately wanted to get the people in his new church plant into small groups. He wanted the group leaders to be well-equipped, so he embarked on a stringent process of training. After 5 intense months, only 2 new groups were prepared to launch. In the meantime, much of the passion for leading and joining groups fizzled. Thankfully he didn’t make the same mistake when training people to serve in areas of outreach. One of his mentors told him, “listen man, training and equipping is important. But stop trying to control everything by over-planning and over-preparing. This time, just go do it and take your people with you.” […]

By | 2017-06-27T20:59:23+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: |
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