Backyard IceFort

Winter in Minnesota can be tough. You could retreat for 5 months and cower in misery… or you could BUILD A WICKED COOL ICE-FORT! That’s what Ben and I decided to do. So a couple of years ago (Yes, over 730 days before today!!), we started saving up milk cartons. …

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Latest Grow Down drawing #growdown

This morning I drew “grow down” on a whiteboard for my Spiritual & Leadership Development students… and I learned something. I learned that even though my brain and hands have diagramed “grow down” hundreds of times in dozens of locations, on paper or whiteboard or napkins (which is also paper I suppose) or …

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Surrender to Jesus

There comes a point where I recognize defeat. My constant pursuit of flailing-failings teaches me, if I am wise that is, to give up the race of independence from God and give in to the utter reliance I have upon his mercy and grace. The crescendo of crisis in my sapped soul propels me to a …

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Child vs Adult

How can growing up actually lead you further away from God? Look quickly at the following verses and put a check under the one who follows God more naturally: SCRIPTURE CHILD ADULT Psalm 131:1-2 Proverbs 1:8-19 Matthew 11:25 John 1:12-13 Galatians 4:6-7 Ephesians 5:1-2 Philippians 2:15 Hebrews 12:7 1 Peter …

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Rooted in Permanent Relationship with Jesus

Found a startling connection to Grow Down this morning while re-reading Henri Nouwen’s book, In The Name of Jesus. I’ve read Nouwen’s book dozens of times… even used quotes from this book frequently in my “grow down” writings and workshops… and still somehow skimmed over this quote: “Christian leaders cannot …

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