25 Oct

Walk like a man.

The last two years of my life have been nothing short of challenging and painful.   They have, however, produced some of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my thirty-five years  of walking this planet.  After re-visiting a blog I wrote called No pain, No gain, I have come to the conclusion that it is […]

15 Apr

Victory

Faith, Gospel, Hope, Poetry, Spiritual Growth No Comments by Josh Schlotterbeck

When evil mounts its horse for war With shouts and scoffs like a lion’s roar I hear a voice, quite faint but true I Am still here for you. When Evil’s strength it does parade Its intent my heart dismayed I hear above its jarring noise Find strength in Me, I Am your poise When […]

02 May

The anatomy of a hard heart

Anatomy of a hard heart

One of the most difficult aspects of this season in my life is that I had never prepared for it.  What I mean to say is, on the one hand, this is something the church never talks about. We never talk about the pain that cuts so deep it paralyzes its victims.  We never talk […]

17 Mar

The darkest place I’ve ever been

Saudi Night Sky

  When I was 9 years old my family lived in Saudi Arabia.  A country with desserts so vast only 1.5% of it’s entire mass is inhabitable, leaving more than 98% of the country barren and desolate.  Very few people travel these areas because resources are scarce, and a simple cry for help will go […]

24 Aug

Honor Runs Deep: The price of dishonor

Used with permission from Elevation Church.

Dishonor Produces Insecurity When you fail to honor people they fail to believe that you intend the best for them. When you fail to honor your employee’s contributions, they will assume that they aren’t meeting your expectations.  Honor is infused into the fiber of every human being.  It is at the core of our self-esteem.  […]

23 Aug

Honor: The forgotten way.

If you have ever received recognition for your accomplishments, you know that it’s like a breath of pure oxygen to a mountain climber caught beneath an avalanche.  There is no greater joy and feeling of accomplishment than knowing someone appreciates what you’ve done.  Over the last several months I have been proactively seeking ways to […]

22 Aug

That’s all I have

Far too often I catch myself living beneath my potential and below my responsibilities because I believe that I have nothing for God to work with. Not enough finances.  Not enough training.  Not enough experience. Whatever the reason, sometimes we allow circumstances, and in some cases other people, to keep us from seeing that God […]

06 Jan

I’m chiseled – and so are you.

Attitude, Faith, Gospel, Hope, Worship 1 Comment by Josh Schlotterbeck

So, I know many of you made the resolution to get into shape or work out more this year.  That’s not what I’m talking about.    I’m talking about rocks. Yesterday the kids and I set up their Rock Tumbler that they got for Christmas.  It was kind of anti climactic because when the kids found […]

02 Jan

The one word resolution that changes everything.

As 2014 came barreling to a close I, like you, began staking stock of all that has changed this year; and I began establishing my goals for 2015.  Usually we call these goals for the New Year Resolutions. Ya know; I RESOLVE TO _____________ in 2015. Here is a list for the top 10 Resolutions […]

17 Dec

Row, Row, Row your boat.

I always wondered why Jesus chose fisherman as the core leaders for his management team. I have a sneaking suspicion that it has to do with the boat. Not because Jesus liked boats but because being a successful commercial fishermen requires team work. Jesus knew that if you can get all the people in your […]

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