making his birthday special

interests, life, ministry

three of my four kids have celebrated in the past few months. on that day, we try to make it special.



a fun dinner.


we want them to know that we love them, that they are worth celebrating, that they are special to us.

our Compassion child is celebrating his birthday in a few weeks. and we hope to make his day special as well.

we’ll write him a birthday message.

we’ll send a little extra so he can receive a special gift.

and we’ll let him know that he is special to us.

and special to God.

you can make a difference in the life of a child. If you’re not already, visit the Compassion site and sponsor a child today. You won’t regret it.


Seth Godin: Assorted tips

life, ministry

I read Seth Godin’s blog religiously. He’s a great thinker and always has something good to share. If you’ve not read any of his books, you need to!

The following was his post this morning.

Assorted tips, hope they help

  1. No stranger or unknown company will ever contact you by mail or by phone with an actual method for making money easily or in your spare time. And if the person or company contacting you asserts that they are someone you know, double check before taking action.
  2. Don’t have back surgery. See a physiatrist first, then exhaust all other options before wondering if you should have back surgery.
  3. Borrow money to buy things that go up in value, but never to get something that decays over time.
  4. Placebos are underrated by almost everyone.
  5. It’s almost never necessary to use a semicolon.
  6. Seek out habits that help you overcome fear or inertia. Destroy those that do the opposite.
  7. Cognitive behavorial therapy is generally considered both the quickest and most effective form of addressing many common psychological problems.
  8. Backup your hard drive.
  9. Get a magnetic key hider, put a copy of your house key in it and hide it really well, unlabeled, two blocks from your house.
  10. rice cooker will save you time and money and improve your diet, particularly if you come to like brown rice.
  11. Consider not eating wheat for an entire week. The results might surprise you.
  12. Taking your dog for a walk is usually better than whatever alternative use of your time you were considering.

Told you they were assorted.

repost: Matthew’s Begats

ministry, music

This past Sunday as RCC began its new Christmas series, I was reminded of this fun video we put together a few years back…

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ways to give back this Christmas

interests, ministry

There are a lot of opportunities out there to help others during the Christmas season. But if you’re looking for some unique opportunities, check out these organizations & opportunities…

  • Coal for Christmas – a local ministry here in our area, In His Hands Orphans Outreach is partnering with a local radio station to provide coal to heat orphanages. A gift of $15 provides coal  to warm an orphanage of 100 children in China for an hour.
  • Eat Art – Eat Art is a collection of photographers, painters and designers committed to artfully ending hunger. Purchasing one 5″x7″ image feeds one child for a month. Check out the amazing artwork and apparel that all make great gifts for your friends and family.
  • Project 7 – Project 7 offers a variety of goods that make great stocking stuffers. For every purchase of a Project 7 product, some good is done in seven areas of need – Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.
  • Bloodwater Mission – Build a solid foundation in Africa by gifting a bag of cement. Bloodwater Mission helps provide clean water to communities in sub-Saharan Africa. A $25 bag of cement is the main component for most of their projects. Their goal is 4800 bags of cement by Christmas.
  • Gifts of Compassion – Give a goat or a mosquito net or building materials this Christmas. Your gift to Compassion International will help provide clean drinking water, medical treatment, disaster relief, food supplies and much more for Compassion-assisted children and their families.

Is there an organization that you are supporting this Christmas season? Share a link below in the comments.

things are a changing…

family, life, ministry

for those of you who haven’t heard, I recently announced that I’m leaving the staff of Rochester Christian Church in order to focus full-time on Front Porch Creative.

It’s been three years since we moved back to Rochester, my hometown, to the church of my childhood. And those three years have been a wonderful experience. I am so thankful for the chance I’ve had to work alongside an amazing ministry staff team. I know God has great things in store for the future of RCC.

I’m so grateful for the friendships we’ve made along the way. And the great part is that we don’t have to say good bye those relationships. We will be staying here in Rochester. We’ll continue to make RCC our church home. Lynda will be going full-time at St John’s Hospital. And Colin and Aubrey are already designing my home office in the basement!

I’ll be making this transition at the end of August. I’m excited for this new season of helping the local church in new ways. And grateful for the encouragement and support of our church leadership and staff as I take this step.

back at it…

life, ministry

so I took a hiatus from the blog. it wasn’t planned. it just happened. but it’s been good.

i know there are so many good blogs out there…I read many of them. and you do too. maybe you even have your own. and there are posts I mark in my Gruml reader for future reference because the post was powerful or really spoke to me. or I simply really liked it.

I read one of those today. Brian Jones wrote this powerful piece, reminding me of the truth of Galatians 6:9. And so I share his post with you.

Now it’s your turn… what’s a blog post you’ve written over the past few months that was your favorite? Or one that you read on someone else’s blog that really spoke to you?

come on. share ’em… I want to see the good stuff out there!

new web for RCC

design, ministry

This week we launched an all-new It’s nice to finally have our “Love. Grow. Serve. Go.” incorporated into our website.

We used Clover for this new site. And all I can say is wow! Amazingly easy to use and I love their design options. If you’re in the market for a site, check them out.

what I’m reading: A Leader’s Heart

books, ministry

I recently got a copy of John Maxwell’s A Leader’s Heart. It is set up as a 365 day devotional/journal. I have browsed through it and really like the bits I’ve read. But since I’m a little ocd about my books, and it’s pages are dated beginning with January 1st, I couldn’t bring myself to read it through. So I’ll be reading this one as a devotional in 2011.

What I do like about it is that it each day, along with the scripture and devotional reading from one of Maxwell’s previous works, it also has a question to consider. Questions such as “how well do you listen to others,” “As a leader, whom do you attract: followers or leaders?” and “How do you show servant leadership?” And then it gives plenty of room to answer the question.

A devotional and journal all in one. I like it! And I’m looking forward to beginning this one on January 1, 2011.

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