Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Reminders

Have I posted this before?  Probably... 4th year running (at least!)

God, Family, Football

Hopefully you've got your priorities right today.  Which means maybe you shouldn't be reading this...

Be thankful to God for what he's given you.
Spend focused time with your Family, immediate and extended.
(Enjoy a little Football if the opportunity allows.)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fishing for men...

"Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."  I realized recently that the mental image that pops into my head with that verse is probably not accurate.

Do we picture fishing for men like modern Americans fish?
  • one line, one hook, one worm
  • recreationally, if we have time
Or do we picture fishing for men more like a first century Jew would have fished?
  • big nets
  • time spent fixing nets
  • our very survival depends on it
  • you fish all night
  • you fish everyday
  • you sleep and eat so you can fish some more
And probably the scariest question: Are you fishing for men like an American or like a first century Jew?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ways to clear your mind

  1. Turn off your stereo, radio, mp3 player, computer, TV, tablet, phone, etc.
  2. Repeat.
  3. Leave them off.
I was trying to think of more here... but most of my problem when I have too much on my mind is that I have too many "inputs" in my life.

In our lives today we have so many things giving us information, constantly and consistently.  No one has the mind to come close to comprehending it all.  We have no chance.

So just turn them off... it's your best shot at clarity.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tornadoes: One Year Later

One year ago today was not a very fun day to be in Central Illinois.

Chances are you know someone who was affected by the tornadoes that day.

I have a friend that just this past week moved back into his rebuilt house.  And from what I can tell he was on the faster end of most people's timetable.  I dare say most people who were affected by the tornado are still not back to the "normal" that they knew 366 days ago.

So how about taking a minute to reach out to someone who is still recovering from the tornado?

Pray.  Encourage.  Give.

Do something.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Cards

If you're like our family you usually start thinking (or worrying) about the annual Christmas card this time of year.

We've had numerous stressful years taking pictures, designing cards and meeting deadlines.  One of our first good marital disagreements was about Christmas cards.

Last year we completely missed any and all deadlines but in doing so unintentionally landed on a better lower cost option.

We used to design a short video that featured multiple photos of our kids and short details on each of them.  We sent the link via email to everyone we hoped wanted a Christmas card from us, and barely spent anything on the whole endeavor.

I'd encourage you to do the same... save the stress, save the cost...

Maybe we can even focus on Thanksgiving this year!

Monday, November 10, 2014

It works

There's a fairly popular evangelism training course that has the slogan/motto: "It Works".

I'm all for sharing the Good News and need to be regularly challenged to do so more and better.  But is something working a good justification for doing it?

What about: "It's Biblical."

Or: "It's What Jesus Did."

I'm guessing both of those will work too.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It's Black Thursday

It used to be that you started Christmas shopping the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Then you could go shopping about noon on Friday.

Then it became Black Friday and you could get up early and hit the stores at 6AM.

Then you could stay up late and hit the stores at 3AM.

Then you could go at midnight.

Then you didn't even have to wait until Friday, you could shop at 10, no 8, no 6 all day on Thanksgiving.

But we didn't stop there.  No.

Today... Right now... you can shop Black Friday deals in multiple places.  (Don't believe me? Check out for one of them.)

Thanksgiving is still 3 weeks away.  Apparently it's never to early to be discontent and consumeristic.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Today is the first day in over 10 years that I'm going to work at Camp of Champions USA without Brad Habegger there.  In fact, it's the first day I've EVER gone to work at COCUSA without Brad.  I'm not sure words are sufficient here, but I'll do my best...

I have never met anyone who cares for people like Brad.  He's the most thoughtful person I know. Period. One of my worries in stepping into his role is that I might unintentionally hurt the feelings of others.  I don't have this worry because I'm an outright jerk (usually) but because anyone besides Brad is going to be a HUGE drop off in thoughtfulness.

Brad was the ultimate example that you don't need to be loud, flamboyant, brash or pushy to be a good great leader.  He led us (Camp of Champions USA, the Staff, the Board and the organization) from 4 sites to 7, from under 200 weekly campers to over 350, from 60or so summer staff to 150.  Brad would rightly give all the glory to God, but God used Brad to lead in a great way.

Farewell friend.  We will be and already are missing you.

PS. I still know your phone number... and I'm guessing I won't get through Day 1 without contacting you.