I will be starting a new series of messages this Sunday to kick off the new year entitled  “Do The New.”


While it is important to have a grip on our history, we cannot allow our history to have a grip on us or let the old hinder the new and the fresh . 

For many of us this is a constant challenge.

Jesus teaches us in Luke 5 the importance of Doing the New.

He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ” Luke 5:36-39 (niv)

Tomas Jefferson said, ” I like the dreams of the future more than the history of the past.”

I also agree with Laura Palmer’s advice, “don’t waste today regretting yesterday instead of making a memory for tomorrow.

I am really looking forward to the new adventure God has for us in 2009.

new years

The Two faced God “Janis”

Typically the week between Christmas and New Years are a week of reflection and future casting for me.

So right now I am in REFLECTION MODE reading my past blogs for 2008.


As I get closer to the new year I will shift into vision mode. 

I love reading about ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

January is named after the Roman god Janus who was unusual because he had two faces.

The mythical god had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward, which symbolised that he had the gift to see both past and future.

I am Looking forward to looking back and forward this week.

Life experiences, Ministry


Sunday  we had an unusual but meaningful gift placed in the offering bucket.

One of our outdoor guys brought an offering  to bless the ministry.

Nick has been a elk  and deer hunter most of his life and this year he was blessed again.

He wanted to share the bounty with us and so here are some pics of the elk and deer offering he brought.



“And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire. ”  Leviticus 2:3 (kjv)

I will never forget last Sunday’s love gift…and I will bless our family with it soon on the grill.



Saturday afternoon a few friends met up at High Desert Hunt Club for some fantastic

Arizona  pheasant hunting.

My son-in-law Adam works a couple days a week at High Desert Hunt Club and he treated us to some excellent outdoor fun.



Harry Polly brought his two sons with him. Interestingly travis had just flown in from Chicago that morning. He told us that when he left Chicago they had a ton of snow and it was 11 degrees.

You talk about a change of environement and surroundings. The boys had a great day of just being out of the city.

Here are some pics of some of the hunt clubs 4000 acres located here in north central Arizona.

The upper agua fria river


Yes, these are wagons you can actually use on the ranch.


There is plenty of water in the southwest … but you just have to look for it.


The the field is full of wildlife.


Thanks to the good folks at High Desert Hunt Club for a great afternoon.

books I'm reading again



I read this book to the entire church every Sunday before Christmas and the kidos sit up on the platform while the congregation looks on.

The story begins with three little trees growing on a mountaintop. Each has a dream. The first wants to be beautiful and hold marvelous treasures. The second hopes to be the strongest ship carrying kings across the seas. The third never wants to be cut down. She dreams only to grow tall and point people to heaven.

The years pass and the three trees grow tall and strong. Three lumerjacks come and cut them down. The first two are initially excited, but then disappointed as they are turned into less than they had hoped. The first is built into a feedbox for animals. The second a small fishing boat. The third tree is simply cut into planks and left in a pile. They’re dreams are all but forgotten until one night a young mother lays her newborn baby in the manger. That tree knows he hold the greatest treasure of all. Then the small fishing boat watches a weary traveler calm the stormy sea. He knows he holds the King of heaven and earth. Finally, the third tree is taken from the pile to form a cross. She feels ugly and ashamed when a man’s hands and feet are nailed to her. But when the earth trembled on the third day, she knew “God’s love had changed everything. It had made the first tree beautiful … the second tree strong … And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.”
I love the simple story. It reminds us that God always gives us our desires, but sometimes they materialize in ways drastically different than we imagined.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 A.M.for the reading of the Tale Of Three Trees.