My five year plan

Americans love and celebrate plans.  One of the most common questions in a job interview is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  Businesses develop and continually refine their five and ten year plans.  Financial advisors draw attention to the performance of our...
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One-on-One

  I love a warm spring day in North Dakota, especially when the winds are calm.   My grass is mowed.  The garden is starting to show life, and the trees are in full flower.  Even my grape vines made it through the winter.  I am excited to see the effects of adequate water on...
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Peace with the Shepherd

Hope Christian Academy is graduating their first senior class this spring. I was honored to lead their seniors on a retreat in the Killdeer Mountains. We hiked and fished. We drank fresh spring water that flows freely from the side of a hill. I passed on a little wisdom to help...
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Victory is Jesus

One of my favorite movie lines was spoken by Sean Connery in the 1995 movie, First Knight.  Connery played King Arthur during a time of peace and prosperity for Camelot, but a neighboring people were threatened by a warlord.  Surrounded by his knights of the round table, Connery...
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I need a hero

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer, and I love praying for the United States of America.  I am grateful for the freedom to meet publicly and worship Jesus, and I am grateful for the privilege of owning a Bible for myself.  What a day to be alive!  And yet, there are some...
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Rain down on me

  My drive to and from work takes me past the marquee of Living Word Bible Fellowship.  One of their messages reads, “Pray for rain.”  Until recently, we experienced a dry spring with no snow and rain.  Instead warm winds sucked our soil dry of any precious moisture.  I...
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Taking hold of God’s promises

My wife and daughter just returned from a school trip to Washington D.C.  They sent many pictures over the course of their tour and were certain to point out various locations that appeared in the movie, National Treasure.  I love that movie.  It has action, intrigue, and a...
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Identity crisis

I was privileged to attend a school with a winning tradition and school pride.  I believed my teachers and coaches when they told me I would be successful.  Work hard, put on that school uniform, and go win the day.  That is what we do here.  I identified myself with the culture...
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Patient prayer

The weather has been unseasonably mild for North Dakota, allowing us to fish out of boats in March.  I got the boat ready and took my seven year old for this year’s maiden voyage.  We reached our fishing spot and were fortunate to start catching fish soon.  Of course there were...
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Dead silence

We celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we rarely talk about the Saturday tucked between the cross and the empty tomb.  There is a message in that day for us.  The disciples had seen Jesus enter Jerusalem with pomp and circumstance just a week earlier.  They had...
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