Wake Within Me

July 14, 2014 — Leave a comment


Every year as we get ready to head to Czech,¬†I tend to get a single song stuck in my head. It’s a song I end up playing over and over again. A song I whistle and hum to myself. A song that makes me pray harder – and begin to cry – about what God wants to do.

This year, that song was Wake.

And God has been using it to stir within all of our hearts.

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It’s Time to Go

July 10, 2014 — 1 Comment


The day has [almost] come.

In a few short hours, I’ll pack my stuff into my car and begin the journey to my tenth trip to the Czech Republic.

6 months of planning.
4 months of fundraising.
3 weeks of preparing messages and sessions.
1 crazy week of buying supplies and packing.

It all comes down to this.

It’s time to go.

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Making Disciples

July 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” ¬†Matthew 28:19

A few weeks ago, I received one of the greatest compliments about Ignite.

I was chatting with one of the leaders of Kristfest – the national youth camp we will help with during our trip to Czech – and he was explaining why my team was chosen to lead the sessions we will lead.

You see, this year’s theme is partly on discipleship, and what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Throughout the week, our team will lead all the breakout sessions related to discipleship.

The reason? Apparently even in Czech, Ignite is known as a ministry that makes disciples.

I was humbled.

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Simply Amazed

July 6, 2014 — 3 Comments


This Friday, I will pack my bags, board a plane, and begin the 25+ hour journey on my tenth trip to the Czech Republic.

It still doesn’t seem real.

Ten trips to a country that so quickly captured my heart.
Ten trips to help raise up leaders and plant new churches.
Ten trips to work with youth and young adults.
Ten trips to bring hope and healing to people in need.
Ten trips to call out the potential in young people.
Ten trips to see God use me in ways I never thought possible.

It still leaves me amazed.

For some unknown reason, God lets me do this.

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This Wednesday (or today – whenever you’re reading this post) I turn 34. That’s 34 years of providing the world with epic awesomeness on a daily basis. (Only kidding on that last part. Mostly).

Typically, when it comes to birthday time, I tend to focus on what I hope to accomplish that upcoming year. You know, 34 things to do when I’m 34 – that sort of thing.

I thought this year, I would try something different – and spend this time reflecting back on 34 lessons I’ve learned during my 34 years on this planet.

So here you go – my 34 lessons in 34 years:
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