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In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them,  “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.  And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they […]

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One of my roles with VantagePoint3 is to support the more than 100 facilitators leading a VP3 adult process in their local church. It is a role I deeply enjoy.   Whether you are one of those facilitators or not, my hunch is that if you are reading this blog, you are leading a group […]

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19 years ago I followed a nudge to do what I could to help pastors and the leaders in local churches pay greater attention to the development of their adults.  At the time I knew part of the concern was a leadership one, and so much of what I put my hand to was couched […]

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From time to time we get emails or phone calls that remind us of the impact of the work we are up to at VantagePoint3. Yesterday we got one of these emails. So I thought I would share.   It is the story of two changed lives now changing others as a result of going […]

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God provides resources and we have so many choices of how to distribute them. It’s the almost daily question, isn’t it?   After the basics – shelter, food and clothing – then what? Where do we spend our riches?   Our mailboxes (and email boxes) are stuffed almost daily with requests for help – all […]

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I am reminded this Thanksgiving week of Christine Pohl’s words on gratitude. She writes,    “Our capacity for gratitude is not connected with an abundance of resources but rather with a capacity to notice what it is that we do have.”[i]   Our capacity for gratitude is connected to our capacity to notice…    We […]

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“The Journey has changed the way I think about my role as pastor. I have a greater boldness about my mission and calling.”   In a recent coaching call with our Sioux Falls The Journey Facilitator Retreat crew, we heard great testimonies of the impact already being felt and seen within Journey groups across South […]

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About 30 followers of Jesus gathered together last weekend. We went to a beautiful place (Banff, Alberta) to discuss a difficult topic, “Walking with God and Others through Pain and Suffering.”   We quickly realized that most everyone in the room was experiencing pain of some kind – from the loss of a loved one […]

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One of the highlights of my fall so far has been leading an adult Sunday School class on Jeff Manion’s book The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions (Zondervan, 2010). The book is about those hard seasons of disorientation in our lives, those times that have a before-and-after character. Like, before mom had cancer, after […]

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I had the privilege of attending and leading a workshop at the Apprentice National Conference 2014 last week in Wichita, Kansas.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Formation for Mission: Becoming the Change our World Needs”.  It was a great couple of days spent with around 250 others with the same shared vision of […]

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  The word kairos means a moment in time.  It holds a different meaning than chronos, which is how we typically think of time in terms of a sequence of seconds, minutes and hours ticking along.  Kairos has more to do with a right opportunity, or a ripe season, or the progression of something toward a […]

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I absolutely love learning.  Sign-me-up-Sally for the next opportunity! So over the years, as I’ve accumulated a degree or two, it’s been a humbling thing to frame the diploma only to recognize that God has shifted my career trajectory and I don’t have the ideal credentials.     This humbling wave rolled up to my […]

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