Mending the Broken

The other day my wife was sharing with me about a co-worker who is really good with tending plants. Her co-worker often purchases the plants that are withered, have torn branches and look dead. One day while in line to purchase a few of these plants, a landscaper came up behind her. As he surveyed her plants, he leaned over and stated, “I don’t think those are going to make it.” She looked up at him and just smiled, because she knew what they would become with the proper care. In the world today, there are many who are like those withered and dying plants. They ...

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Our Hearts Desire

Not long ago I took a few courses in animation. In the courses, the instructors talked about principles of movement and physics, such as overlapping action and walk cycles. As I learned about these principles, I began to notice them everywhere I went. If I saw a person jogging, overlapping action would come to mind. If someone walked by, I would analyze how they were walking- did they have a limp? Were they walking slow or with a purpose? I began to see everything through the eyes of animation. Whatever our heart’s desire is, it will impact how we view everything ...

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The Kayfabe War

Kayfabe is a wrestling term that derived from “carnival talk” for the word “keep.”  It means “top secret.” This term refers to the practice of maintaining the illusion that wrestling is 100% genuine (Urban Dictionary).   I grew up watching wrestling. It was so exciting to see the “heroes” and “villains.” My friend and I would practice matches with chairs and clothes lines (a pro wrestling move where the wrestler puts his arms straight out to the side and knocks over the opponent). I remember we were practicing a chair move while our moms were ...

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Into The Darkness

It was in the early nineties that I had joined the military. One night, during a training exercise, our platoon decided to stop and rest after hours of walking. Everyone was glad to be able to take a break. Carrying the heavy equipment wears on the body over time. While we began to unwind a fellow soldier pulled out a cigarette – it was his way of relaxing. As he began to light it, a Sargent came up and stopped him. “So what’s wrong with taking a smoke?” the soldier asked. “Did you know that the light of a cigarette can be seen from two klicks* away?” explained ...

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Torit Part 3

Part of the training for the missionaries involved teaching them fundamentals of ministry. Mark spoke on the call and on how to preach a sermon. Then he had one of the missionaries come up and give a five minute message. Thor spoke on how the kingdom of God has come and how it is with Christ, but not in the fullness until Christ returns. One other speaker talked about leadership and trust. He explained how we first must trust God and then we must trust each other. He told us of the story of how his son was born with a disability. At the time he didn’t understand ...

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Torit Part 2

Our second day in Torit we got up early to have breakfast with Ray Noah, Founder of Petros network, and the team from the Colorado Vineyard church. Petros Network has a vision for planting churches in Africa. They team up with churches to reach the unreached for the Gospel.  The other team had been teaching and training the earlier part of the week, so Thor and Mark were scheduled to teach today and tomorrow. After breakfast we walked to the church where the training and interviews were being given.  The life stories of all these missionaries were amazing. There are a ...

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Torit Part 1

We arrived in Torit in the afternoon. The plans for staying at the same location as the church from Colorado fell through, so we had to find another place to stay. Martin, a contact in Sudan, was able to help us find rooms for the night. On the way to the location we rode on dirt bikes. This is a common taxi in Southern Sudan. Riding on the back of a dirt bike with a large back pack will really challenge your sense of balance. It was almost comical for Mark, our fearless leader. Mark, who is a tall 200 plus lb man who looks the part of an explorer, was left with the ...

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Will You Go For One

It has been 21 years now since I first  heard those words from the Lord. I was starting my senior year in high school. I really had no career direction or goals at the time. One night while praying about what to do after graduation, I heard Him speak to me. It was clear as day: "Join the the military." Wow, that was unexpected. I was in JROTC for a few years in high school, only to get out of Physical Education, but had no intentions of joining. In fact, I clearly remember telling my friends I had no intention of  ever being in the military. But that night there I ...

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