A new year and the politics of Jesus

A new year and the politics of Jesus

Hey, friends! It has been quite the start to a New Year and Danielle and I have many things to share about. Most significantly, our two week trip to Japan where we visited and ministered together with our great friends, Erich & Emi. The trip deserves a post of its own and will get one soon, but if you want quick details you can read about it here on their blog. Additionally, I've been chatting with the Lord on a variety of topics, which I hope to write about soon. Some of those topics to look forward to: Responding to "Jesus healed them, not you" Putting on the armor Kingdom Authority Fruit out of season Though I really want to share stories about some of the amazing things we saw the Lord do in Japan... I've had something different on my mind lately. Residing in downtown Seattle, we've had front row seats to the unrest the city has been experiencing. For those of you...
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To Marry and Bury

To Marry and Bury

It's with great excitement that Danielle and I get to announce that we have officially been ordained!     We're big proponents of each member of the body being a part of the royal priesthood (see 1 Peter 2:9 and In Christ, In Ministry), each individual being called to minister the gospel of Jesus. Because of that, we have never thought to seek out ordination. Until recently, that is... Though we've been in ministry, as a married couple, for over eight years, we, for the first time, both felt the Lord leading us to get ordained. Shortly after the idea came, the Lord showed me the time, location, and with whom we would be ordained. With the passing of a few months, it happened exactly as I had seen it! We feel so tremendously honored to have had Danielle's Aunt and Uncle, Drs. Heidi and Rolland Baker, Will Hart, Shara Pradhan and the entire Iris Global team in Redding, CA ordain us! "Why? What does ordination mean to...
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The Marathoner and Jesus

The Marathoner and Jesus

I once heard a man I really respect talking about how we've ruined the word "awesome." We've so integrated the word into daily language that we've actually given it a value opposite to its original definition. The truth is, that casserole from the other night wasn't really "awesome," despite how delicious it was. Especially when held in comparison to the mind-shattering goodness of the Lord. (No offense to your, or anyone's, casseroles.) Besides all that, tonight I find myself particularly floored by how "awesome" God is. It's hard to explain the feeling of being entirely unraveled in awe, but I do have a few keys that help me to stay in, or get back to, that place. One of those very keys is surrounding oneself with testimonies. Testimonies offer the opportunity to reset our focus on what the Lord is doing, or has done, and allow us in response to marvel at just how good He is. An instant recipe for success! One...
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