It’s Okay Being the Sheep

January 19, 2015

I just finished doing my daily devotion. I’m working my way through a Max Lucado book I received as a Christmas present. Some days I love it and some days I don’t, but it always serves the purpose of getting me in the word and focused on listening for God. Sometimes, I forget that he […]

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You Are The Light Of The World

January 16, 2015

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. -1 John 1:5 One of my favorite parts of events when I was younger was called Campfire. It’s a scheduled time at the end of each evening where the event […]

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Events: Being On The Other Side

January 13, 2015

I was in seventh grade the first time I attended a Youth Encounter sponsored Youth Quake in Omaha, Nebraska. I attended several more events in my youth with confirmation and then in high school. I remember being embarrassed as my mother chaperoned and sat in on breakout sessions, singing loudly (and often badly) with the […]

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Fab Five Fridays: Church Life!

January 9, 2015

Captive Free East Lakes has adapted well to staying in different locations. I had spent a few of my high school nights enjoying lock-ins at my church and even slept in one or two churches on youth trips and such, but I have slept in a number of different churches and have learned quite a bit about […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

January 6, 2015

Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving in the East Lakes Region that includes Michigan, some Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and some western Pennsylvania and western New York. Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving a region that does not include Nebraska. But even if Nebraska isn’t east of many lakes, especially […]

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Countdown to 2015!

January 1, 2015

Picture it: December 31, 2014. Ten. Nine. Eight. 8:30am? You have GOT to be kidding me. Press snooze, roll over, and tug up that sleeping bag. 8:40am. Fine. I’ll get up. Rise, shine, and shower in the host church!  The return to team life is now complete! I should not have stayed up so late having […]

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Return Flights!

December 30, 2014

As I sit in the Omaha airport eating overpriced popcorn and drinking overpriced bottled water, I can’t help but feel excited that I will soon be reunited with my teammates in St. Paul and on the road again. It’s kind of funny because I was so ready for the eighteen days I would spend at home. […]

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25 Lessons for 25 Years

December 28, 2014

Well, it’s my birthday. The last of the exciting ones, or so I’ve heard. I am officially a quarter of a century old. By most odds, I have officially lived over one-fourth of my life. At 25, car insurance rates tend to drop. I suppose that’s the last of the exciting milestones for a while. […]

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Merry Christmas To All!

December 25, 2014

The Birth of Jesus as told in the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 1-20. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph […]

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas!

December 23, 2014

On December 12 I departed St. Paul, Minnesota for Lincoln and arrived at home safe and sound after a slightly bumpy, but overall successful, flight on Delta. While I was somewhat sad to leave my teammates and the other teamers, I was incredibly excited to arrive home! It’s so great to see my family, sleep […]

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