Drought this summer

Drought this summer

We never really had our full winter in Central Oregon and now, like most of the west, we are in drought conditions and are under extreme fire conditions. Typically, in June we are able to access the upper elevations of the mountains, but not without running into a lot of snow.  This year, we have been able to access higher elevations WITHOUT much snow and now only glacier snow remains in the mountains.

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How much suffering is enough?

How much suffering is enough?

Jesus knew his life would be sacrificed...

Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” - John 2:19

Jesus asked if there was another way...

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” - Matthew 26:39.

...but, did he know how much he would have to suffer? 

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So Many Passwords!

So Many Passwords!

If you spend much time on the Internet you have probably visited several websites that require a username and password. Maintaining your identity and securing your access to websites is important, therefore, secure usernames and passwords is important and is crucial to minimizing the risk of identity theft.  

Here are the common mistakes we make when creating online passwords:

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2014 Ministry Wrap-Up

2014 Ministry Wrap-Up

When I sat down to consider the best of 2014, I initially collected all of the statistics and events of the year (see below).  But as I looked at these calendar events, number of meals, number of graduates, number of volunteers, number of teaching hours, and number of donations, one thing was glaringly missing...the names and faces of each and every individual who has served God and/or has been touched by God through the work of The Shepherd's House and Grace Network International.

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What's In A Journal?

What's In A Journal?

For years I have journaled off and on...probably more 'off' than 'on'.  I have tried handwritten journals. I've tried voice dictated journals.  And I have tried electronic journals, because I can typically type faster than I can write by hand.

At the beginning of this year I started experimenting with handwriting apps for my iPad.  I had several thoughts in doing this:

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Christmas and The New Year

Christmas and The New Year

After spending a week in California with Kiehl and Aaron (and Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh and others) we had a quiet Christmas at home.

Cody and Taylor (Gatley) Rheault joined us, as did Chad.

Jarod worked at a Christmas tree lot for a few days during the Christmas break.  We supported his efforts and bought a tree from the lot instead of heading to the hills and cutting our own tree as we did last year.

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Caught Naked and Out of Control

Caught Naked and Out of Control
He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” Gen 3:10
Then Job answered the  Lord  and said:    “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:1-2

I didn’t ease into the chair, I kind of stumbled and plopped. I was nervous. I was concerned. I really didn’t want to be here.  A week ago, I missed the appointment “accidentally”….or was it on purpose?

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Decisions

Decisions
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. - Matthew 4:19-20

DECISIONS
A recent sermon by Jaina Hamilton at our church spurred some questions for me:
http://www.agbf.org/podcast/audio/072714.mp3

What does it look like to leave everything and follow Jesus?
What is my greatest fear?
What does it look like to live by faith verses living by fear?

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The 30 Days of June

The 30 Days of June

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a popular Christmas folk song. There are 30 days in June and I believe I had the opportunity to be involved in at least 30 different events and/or activities during the month of June.

1. Travel from Redmond, OR to St. Louis, MO for the 2014 Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) National Conference.  http://www.agrm.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=53

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I Don't Like the Way He Shows Up and Hides

I Don't Like the Way He Shows Up and Hides
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!- Ephesians 3:11-13 MSG

I don’t like the way he shows up and hides,

I don’t like what it does to me inside;

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Transitions

Transitions
"Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people...Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take."
- Joshua 1:1,9

We all face transitions in our lives.  The nation of Israel faced quite a few significant transitions...from captivity to exodus out of Egypt; from the desert to the promised land; from Judges to Kings. Sometimes transitions are easy, fun and enjoyable.  But, more often, they seem to be difficult, scary and something we don't want to go through. The first time Israel came to the edge of the promised land and were told to go in, they feared what they saw before them and ended up wandering in the desert for 40 years because of their lack of faith.  They were again brought to the edge of the Jordan River and told to go in and possess the land. This time they took the step of faith and walked into the river.

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