Island of Hope

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On an island off the coast of Belize, God finally found me. I was the lost sheep that the Shepherd left ninety-nine other sheep to find (see Matthew 18:12). Only instead of being an innocent lamb, I was a happily ignorant human in a life focused on the next adventure. I was in the process of settling permanently in Colorado …

Like the Coming of the Dawn

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I walked into the University church, prepared to sit through another time of worship in which I could only have minimal involvement. Another day in which I would have to guess at what the speaker was saying, and sing hymns while only recognizing the tune to which we sang. I’ve gotten used to it, and can now pay attention to …

Mission Service

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I was blessed to serve as a missionary over the past 4 years in Palau. The experience is one that taught me so much, not only about myself but about the world I interact with. Without a doubt, each year of service has increased my appreciation for the faith that I have, learning, and people. It’s interesting, because I know …

To Everything There Is a Season

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For most of the US, spring is either here or rapidly approaching. The air is slowly getting warmer, the daylight hours are longer and trees are budding and wildflowers are showing off their colors.  As a farmer, spring signals the start of a new season, winter crops are producing well but won’t last much longer. Summer crops need seeded, spring …

The Power of a Positive Mind in Leadership

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After 400 years in Egyptian captivity, the Israelites were finally on the edge of the Promised Land. While camping in the wilderness of Paran, God charged Moses with sending out 12 spies into their soon-to-be home that flowed with milk and honey. One representative from each tribe gathered around Moses for a briefing on their mission. As Moses concluded his …