A Sense of Urgency

I can’t remember a time when I felt more of a sense of urgency. Last Sunday,  I called 911 at 7:30 pm. They were supposed to be at the destination of their raft trip at 4:30 pm. The group assumed that they could cover five miles of river in a couple of hours, hiking and floating down to one of our favorite swimming holes, “Rainbow Pool,” just outside of Yosemite…

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Virtual Life Coaching

Virtual Coaching My wife Robin recently became a Certified Life Coach. Now she can help people all around the world in the same way she has helped people locally by coming alongside of them and helping them accomplish life changing initiatives. Already she is seeing great results with those whom she has coached. With Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Reality, and robotics my wife’s impact will soon be impacted to a greater degree….

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Caring

Yesterday we had a young man come to the church who was high on something, hungry, no driver’s license or other identification, wanting a busride to NorCal. He took the focus of our office for four hours, three pastors were engaged with this man, two pastors took him to purchase groceries, which he devoured on the spot, whole chicken turned finger food, chugged down with chocolate milk. He was given…

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Lead with Love

Paul the Apostle led with love, while in prison, awaiting his execution, he wanted others to experience the freedom and peace that comes from knowing God. “And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago…

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Rooted – Coming to Real Life Church in September 2016

Rod Rooted PANNED AUDIO from mariners church on Vimeo. Rooted Intro Video – Caleb Anderson from Experience Rooted on Vimeo. Rooted Experience Rooted is a catalyst for life change. It provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of Rooted as a personal journey of faith. A journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, biblical community and your…

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Life in the Storm

Life is an adventure when we listen to and follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. I want to follow wherever the Lord leads, and I know that God wants my faith to grow stronger and that doesn’t happen when I play it safe. Playing it safe is risky! In “Whole Prayer” by Walter Wangerin Jr., Eugene H. Peterson writes, A favorite story in our home as our children were growing…

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Five Faith Catalysts:

Click here for an iBook curriculum of this topic.  There were two times in the Bible when Jesus was “amazed.”  Once by lack of faith, and the other by great faith. When Jesus said, “oh you of little faith,” it wasn’t a good thing.  BIG faith is what pleases God, and even a little faith, mustard seed sized faith can accomplish wonders as faith is what restores us to a…

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Life Long Learning

I served on a church staff with Dr. Jim Talley who taught me about his habit of outlining the books he read. It not only helped him to remember what he read, but these outlines helped him to organize his thoughts as he prepared his own content for numerous seminars on various topics that he conducted regularly. Dr. John Maxwell says that every day he reads, writes and files… every…

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Next Generation?

What if the next Chuck Swindoll, Billy or Ruth Graham, Dwight L. Moody or Jonathan Edwards, Mother Teresa or even a Francis Chan just happened to be a young person in your neighborhood, your class, your ministry, or your church? What would ensure that this future world-changer would be set up for spiritual success? What kind of spiritual foundation would be most helpful for a lifelong, world impacting ministry? What…

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Turning 60

January 30th, 2016 I turned 60 this week. Time marches on and I can do nothing about that. How do I respond to this milestone? What is next in this third period of life, should I be so fortunate to experience it? Othersof my friends have already finished their race, some through death, and some by choice of complacency. Some peaked long ago and are resigned to a slow downward…

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Dangerous Apathy

Lewis Thomas’s autobiography, The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher (Viking, 1983), illustrates the danger of knowledge without action, apathy, failing to do something. In the late 1930s, Lewis Thomas was working as a junior resident at a hospital in Boston when a medical case, unique to the this hospital, caught his attention. Complaining of chills and fever, the patient’s blood samples revealed malaria, which was so unexpected in…

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Family Time

We hosted fourteen Christmas Eve services this year. Thousands of people attended these incredible services. The worship was outstanding, the videos spotless and the message was delivered with excellence. Our team functioned on a level I have not seen on a church staff. An army of volunteers were recruited, prepared and coordinated to cover ushering and greeting and ticket collection and a team for security and volunteers were mobilized to…

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