The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Martian by Andy WeirScreen Shot 2014-07-04 at 9.58.53 AM

The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James BrownScreen Shot 2014-07-04 at 9.59.04 AM

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abnagale

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What fun summer reads would you recommend? […]

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On July 15th, 2014, I and five other climbers, will begin 3 days of mountaineering in the peaks of Colorado. We will attempt to summit a total of 4, 14,000+ foot high mountains in three days! The total vertical ascent of our climbing endeavor for the 3-day/4-summit ascents comes to 9,000 feet.

With this climb, we are raising funds for a new church plant in Ecuador in partnership with Stadia and Compassion International, both of which are deeply involved in caring for children in Ecuador. You can check out both organizations: www.stadia.cc and www.compassion.com online.

As a result of this new church plant at least 200 children will be cared for!!! […]

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My good friend, Gary Dolan, has been Executive Pastor at Rivertree Christian Church for the past 24 years.  He shares some great wisdom in this video.  Check it out.

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Our first view of Yosemite Valley

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Lunch (Each day we would pack a picnic and hike to an amazing location to eat)

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Hiking in Hetch Hetchy to Wapama FallsIMG_0570 IMG_0564

The giant sequoias

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Climbing to the top of Sentinel Dome (8,123’)

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This is a prayer I memorized early in my ministry . . .

Lord, send me anywhere only go with me.
Lay any burden upon me only sustain.
Sever any tie that binds,
except the tie that binds me to Thy heart and to Thy service.

–David Livingstone

 

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The way people are coming to know Jesus is changing…check out this short video.

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Jason Lantz, visionary leader of Rivertree Christian Church, shares insight about moving toward a missional model. Watch this short video to find out more.

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What led to RiverTree Christian Church’s commitment to make disciples—not consumers? As former lead pastor of the church, I was recently asked by Exponential Network to share some thoughts about the church’s shift to missional life.

“When I began with Future Travelers, the burning question was, ‘How do we produce disciples who are committed to following Jesus rather than consumers of church goods?’ As we wrestled through this question throughout our time during Future Travelers, we began to see ways to transition RiverTree in our core teachings about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and in our core practices about how we live as followers of Him.”

Watch the video to hear more:

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I am blessed for one reason and one reason only . . . to be a blessing to others.

God is looking for people to whom he can entrust his resources.

Always tithe.

Generosity begets generosity.

How I handle my money is a barometer of my spiritual health. 

 

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I’m excited to be leading the Transitioning To Missional Forum on behalf of Stadia, at Exponential West this October 6-7.  You can check it out at www.exponential.org.

 

Here are some questions I recently answered in preparation for the forum:

 

1. What about the multi-leader forum format appealed to you? Why do you want to give valuable time to lead it?

I believe that hearing from and interacting with a panel of thought leaders and practitioners will create an amazing dialogue and format from which we all can learn together—especially when it comes from the tensions we face from the missional shift. […]

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