Month: December 2008


What a wonderful word

I’m sitting in a great little coffee shop in Ainsworth NE. Just had a large, no foam, latte and a wheat cinnamon scone right out of the oven. I know I said I was going to unplug for 10 days but I had to send a file to the office and decided to clean up some email and look at facebook. I can’t help myself. Besides cleaning out the inbox halfway through makes me worry less about the volume of mail when I get back in the office in a week.

I’ve been in Ainsworth with nothing to do for 3 full days and have caught up on sleep but I can’t seem to shut off my brain. There is always something to think about and when I try to get quiet they my mind gets noisy.

I really love being back up here and hanging with old friends and catching up with my brother and his kids. They are so tall! We played music until about midnight last Friday and were going to play again tonight in preparation for New Years eve. I’m going to lead 4 or 5 songs. It should be a lot of fun.

I’m going to try to unplug agian and finish “The Appeal”. I used to love Grisham but the last few have been week. This one is ok but nowhere near the early ones and he has injected politics, I hate that. Just tell the story without taking shots.

Ok done ranting :-), I’ll be back on the 5th. I forgot my power chord so this will probably be the last entry until then.

Bless you all.

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Going on vacation

It’s been quite a year. I know I should be doing something like Rush does and leave you with something profound. The truth is I’m beat. I’m ready for 2008 to go away and ready for a new season.

I will be unplugging for about the next 10 days. Going to Nebraska to hang out with family and rest up. Hopefully find a few pheasants, play some music with friends and family, and watch a lot of football. O yes and help my mother in law get rid of all the Christmas candy, cake, cookies etc. etc. etc. She loves me, what can I say?

Thank you for reading and commenting. It makes it a lot more fun.

See you the week of the 5th.

Blessings, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

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Pursuing Truth

Tozer Devotional: Pursuing Truth,

Another from the amazing A.W. Tozer,

One of the great religious thinkers of this century has pointed out a strange contradiction in the mental attitude of our times–our eager love of knowledge and our universal neglect of truth.

I have often made the case that we value everything but truth. We must be diligent seekers of truth not just knowledge. Tozer says “Facts bear the same relation to truth that a corpse bears to a man.”

Check out the whole thing,

Tozer Devotional :: The Alliance

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“to you”

A couple of years ago I was reading Luke chapter two in the summer. I usually only read that passage during the Christmas season. As I read through it the words “to you” jumped off the page.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11

To really drive home the point, in by Bible the words “to all people” are directly above “to you”.

He is the saviour of the world, He came for all people,

All things were made through Him , and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:3-5

It is all true and it is also true that He came “for you”. Wow,

don’t miss this as you enter into the final days of Christmas. Enjoy all of it. The gifts, being with family, the wonder in the childrens eyes, but don’t miss the fact that He was born,

to you.

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Tis the Season for Porn?

Mona Charen at titled here article because of the Pajama Gram ads on Fox. It really is getting ridiculous.

We all know how far the pornification has gotten. A mainstream movie apparently treats the subject as cute and fun (“Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) and it runs at the multiplex next to “Four Christmases” and “Madagascar.” Hotels offer pornographic movies and omit the titles from the final bill. Victoria’s Secret graces every mall — and its windows resemble the red light district of Amsterdam. Viagra and its imitators are hawked ceaselessly. Television, music videos, and supermarket checkout magazines contain the kinds of suggestive words and images that would once have been labeled soft porn.

The Witherspoon Institute has published some statistics that will break your heart. Click through and read the whole story.

Mona Charen : Tis the Season for Porn? –

Dr Dobsons family minute this morning was talking about taking a decade to corrupt our children. Just walk onto a college campus. The foul, suggestive, and disrespectful language is everywhere. Not just from the rough crowd but by everyone. I go to a public events and I can’t believe what I hear. It is increasingly difficult to tell my boys why it’s important to be honorable.

The church has become nearly, if not completely, irrelevant. When we turn our backs and allow this kind of thing to happen because we want to be “set apart” or to “walk in holiness” we have completely missed the point. We must engage the culture, speak the truth in love, and stand up for whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue, and praiseworthy.

You want something to fight for here’s a good start.

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Amen of the day

My friend Chuck over at Big God Adventures has articulated what is in my heart. I need a challenge something to fight for. I think a big reason for the funk I’ve been battling is because I need something to fight for.

Yearning for the Wild

I’ve been thinking about how tame i am. i work in a cool office. live in a great, comfortable house. have heat and ac in house, car and work.

But something in me wants a fight. i want to run with scissors or climb up on the roof or drive in a blinding snowstorm or play tackle football in a mudpit. i need something untamed.

I’ve read Wild at Heart and know that as a man, i need a battle. I’m reading a book on the wild Jesus from the book of Mark. but there’s something deeper than just reading books.

there is a true craving to roar like a man. Any woman reading this probably won’t understand, hopefully the men will. there is something primal that needs to come out. Playing music helps to release that. As a bass player/singer, there is definitely something wild about that rumble of the bass and a good yell or scream.

I think i need some man-time. some camping and hiking, growing a neck beard, finding and cooking your food over a flame. anyone have an empty cabin i could hide away for a few days in? anyone up for some gut-level living? strength, passion, honesty – that’s what i’m looking for.

Big God Adventures: Yearning for the Wild

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Position:  Surveyor 
Salary:  $200 per hour (tax-free) 
Qualification:  Must be fast on your feet



this one is my personal favorite



Isn’t it comforting to know that when you are about to become a bear’s breakfast your buddy is standing there taking photos?

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16 Random Things About Me

Since the title of this BLOG is “Random Thoughts” and since I was tagged in a little game called 16 random things about me on Facebook I decided to start here and import it into Facebook so you can learn a few little known facts about me.

I tend to think I’m not very interesting so this was difficult for me but a good exercise as I thought through my life for different little know factoids. Here they in no particular order:

1. Kim asked me to be her date at the annual Sadie Hawkins dance in High School. I told her I would go and when my old girlfriend came back I told Kim I was going with my old girlfriend. Not one of my better moments. She married me anyway. I am truly blessed.

2. I have spent the night in Jail twice.
Once before I was a Christian and once after. Kim actually bailed me out the second time, although it was with my money.

3. I was the Aksarben soldier of the year while in the Nebraska National Guard.

4. My favorite meal is Hamburgers and Mac & Cheese.

5. If I had not gotten married when I did I would probably be in an Airborne Ranger.

6. I was voted King of the “Sweetheart” dance when I was a Sr. in High School

7. I had the incredible experience of singing a song that I wrote at a Saturday night service at Hillsong Church. I was terrified and had Reuben Morgan, Rolf Fjell, and other amazing people playing with me. One of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do.

8. As a sophomore in High School my friend and I consumed a few bottles of wine and I went to work completely inebriated, was fired, and hired back the next day.

9. I won the John Phillip Souza award my Sr. year.

10. I love candy. Smarties and Twizzlers the most.

11. The “when I grow up” paper I wrote in school was titled “when I grow up I want to be a dad”

12. Although I’ve always wanted one I’ve never had a nickname.

13. I’m loyal to a fault.

14. The best part about being me is being married to Kim and being Hayden and Drake’s dad.

15. I love gadgets. not only electronics. I love kitchen gadgets and gadgets for the shop and sports.

16. I am at my worst when I’m driving.

Who I’m tagging and why:
Kim and Karla because they both tagged me.
Chuck Chalfant because he’s about the funniest person I know.
Esther Fleece because just when I think I know her I learn something else.
Brady Boyd because he’s one of the most transparent people I know.
Ken Verheecke because he inspires me.
Nima Reza because he’s very interesting.
Tom Theis because I think it would be good for him.
Josh Shepherd because he’s brilliant and I would like to know where his perspective comes from.
Esther and Glenn Nurse for the same reason I tagged Josh
Josh Delph for the same reason I tagged Nima
Russ Gordon because he’s wise
Brian Coburn for the same reason I tagged Josh Delph
Matthew Macaulay because I would like to catch up with him.
Aaron Wright for the same reason I tagged Chuck.

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