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8 Simple Ways to Live Missionally

Do you care about the people around you who are far from God?  Are you looking for easy ways to engage your friends and your city with the Gospel?  Here are 8 of them (taken from an article written by Jonathon Dodson).

1. Eat with Non-Christians.
2. Walk, Don’t Drive.
3. Be a Regular.
4. Hobby with Non-Christians.
5. Talk to Your Co-workers.
6. Volunteer with Non-Profits.
7. Participate in City Events.
8. Serve your Neighbors. 
There are some great ideas in this article of simple things Christians can do to connect with non-believers in ways that are winsome, non-intimidating, friendly and part of your daily routines.  
I'm not close to where I want to be as a witness for Jesus but I have tried to utilize many of these behaviors myself.  My goal is to continue to do so, living in such a way that my regular routines will give me the opportunity share Christ with others.

4 Misconceptions About Mentors

For anyone who wants to grow and mature in some area of their life having a mentor is incredibly useful.  Mentors are people who are further down the road you want to walk down, and thus, they can speak life and wisdom and guidance into your life to help you continue moving forward.  I have learned a great deal from the mentors in my life and meeting with them has led to some incredible maturing as a leader, pastor, husband, and father.

However, not everyone has great mentoring relationships like I have had.  In discussing this with others I have noticed some common misconceptions about mentor relationships.  Avoiding these misconceptions will help you to have a much richer, more fulfilling mentorship experience.

1.  A mentor should pursue a relationship with me.

I have learned it is the job of the mentee, and not the mentor, to pursue the relationships.  Mentors usually have high demands on their time from many people.  They are leaders busy leading, and to be honest, they probably d…

My BIG News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On September 1st I started a rotation at work managing the overnight stocking crew at the Lakeville, MN Walmart.  This position came on the heels of a tumultuous month of August in which my Store Manager left, an interim Manager came (and left), a new Store Manager came, an Assistant Manager was transferred to another store, we did a total store inventory, I lead a fresh food inventory, and everyone's stress level was at the max after working about 72 hours in one week.  Needless to say, I was doing some praying about my future with the company.

Somewhere in the mix of all that craziness I was invited to preach at a church in Roseville.  Since my parents were in town at the time, we worked it out so that my family, my brothers and my parents could all have lunch together.  Over the course of lunch I mentioned my situation to my Dad and said to him that maybe I should consider becoming a trucker like he was.  I think that comment got the wheels turning in his head.
About two weeks …

Is My Life Worthy of the Calling of Christ?

Yesterday at CANVAS Church Pastor Joey preached a sermon from Ephesians 4:1-6.  It was a good sermon about being engaged and together in mission as a church.  He talked about how all healthy, successful organizations (in business and ministry) are made up of not only great leaders, but engaged and passionate followers who carry the mission forward.  As part of the sermon Pastor Joey showed a graph from his studies in organization leadership that depicted the importance of both critical thinking and active engagement.  The higher someone in an organization is on both those axis-es the more they will enjoy their work and the more they will help the organization accomplish its goals.

While all the content of the sermon was good (you can listen to the message here) the thing that keeps bouncing around in my head is something Pastor Joey didn't spend too much time on.  I can't stop thinking about the weight and the implications of one single verse - namely, Ephesians 4:1.
I therefor…

Want to Read Some Exciting News?

I haven't been writing much the last three weeks because I've been working overnights, and I figured it would be better to write nothing than to write things with incoherent thoughts and spelling mistakes due to an exhausted brain.

That...however...is all about to change.

Make sure you check back here next week to read the exciting news of how awesome Jesus is!

I Need Routines, and Maybe You Do Too

Routines.  I know a company that is big on routines. They have daily routines that everyone from management to associate is supposed to follow each day. The goal of the routines is to help people know what to do, to accomplish what is most important, and to direct people's time and energy to the most productive and essential tasks. The routines aren't minute-by-minute rules, but general guidelines meant to lead and assist people. They are like the lines in a coloring book. You can color in the picture however you want, but if you stay inside the lines the picture will look a whole look prettier when it is finished.

Routines.  I have been thinking about the routines in my personal life. I really don't have many. I used to consider myself more of a Type A, structured person, but over the years a lot of my rigidity has loosened up. Much of that is due to getting married, having kids, working a job with varied hours, and dealing with the many other things life throws a…

Encouragement When the Sea of Life Gets Wavy

Monday night I made the transition to overnight Assistant Store Manager, which basically means I work 8p-8a opening boxes and refilling the shelves of our store with freight.  It is a tough job and I'd be lying if I said I was super excited about the next six months of my work life.

Recently as I was doing my devotional reading I came across a story in Scripture that really encouraged me about my work situation, and I believe this story has a very encouraging message for YOU as well.

The story comes from the Gospel of John 6:16-21, When evening came, [Jesus] disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him into the boat, …