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30 Years and counting…

Kev and EmOn September 8th, 1984, I married an incredible woman. As the years have passed I have grown in my appreciation of Emily and love for her. Back when I was single I wondered if I would ever find someone. Like many young people I was quite anxious about this. God had plans. Its interesting that my mother always thought I would marry a nice Nebraska farm gal. I don’t know why she thought this as we lived in Omaha, a city. Must have been God. You know often times we stress out about things that God has firmly in control. I think if we would just rest in Him more, and strive a bit less, that life would be less stressful and more peaceful.

James says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV God has us covered, whether we are aware of it or not.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Thanks Dad

1960 ThanksgivingThanks Dad. Thanks for being my dad. Thanks for being a faithful man who loved mom with all your heart from the first time you met her until the very end. Thanks dad for loving me, providing for me, for being an incredible example of what a man should be, for being gracious, funny, and always there. Thanks dad for being such a servant; always caring for your children and for mom when she could no longer care for herself and making it look so effortless. Kinda like that was what one was supposed to do and you didn’t question it; it was like breathing to you. Thanks for being modest, gentle, kind, and interested in what we did. Thanks dad, I couldn’t have asked for a better dad, God sure knew what he was doing when he provided you as my dad. No greater compliment have I ever received than when you told me you were proud of me. I miss you dad and always will.

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:16-17 NIV

Love,

Kevin

 

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

New Year’s Resolutions?

CrossfitHave you ever made a New Year’s resolution? No more 2nd deserts, I am going to exercise 3 times a week, I will have a Quiet Time everyday, etc… All good things. How often do you keep them? If you do, what helped you keep them? I think it boils down to motivation. How badly do you want it? For years I have said, and for brief periods of time been consistent, that I want to exercise regularly. It’s good for your health, you feel better when you do, etc… but have not been consistent. Well 5 weeks ago my doctor told me in no uncertain terms that I have fatty liver disease. I have had it for awhile. Too much fat in my system. Not enough exercise. So either I let this destroy my liver over time or I get busy and eat healthier and exercise. So that day I stopped by a local gym a friend runs and said sign me up. That was 5 weeks ago. I have  faithfully been there 3 times a week. I am motivated.

What about my spiritual life? I have grown lazy there as well. I read a passage from a book I am reading for our upcoming Men’s retreat that was pretty convicting. In this book the author quotes J. C. Ryle discussing the importance of private devotions (reading your Bible regularly and praying). “Here are the roots of true Christianity… Wrong here, a man is wrong all the way through. Here is the whole reason why many professing Christians never seem to get on; they are careless and slovenly about their private prayers. They read their Bibles but little and with very little heartiness of spirit. They give themselves no time for self-inquiry and quiet thought about the state of their souls.” Ouch… the truth hurts. So in the gym I work out with people (accountability) and we encourage each other. Well I have decided to head over to the gym of a consistent devotional life. Anyone care to join me? (comment on this post, let’s be accountable together and encourage one another)

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42:1-2 NIV

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

I Love Students!

Fall Retreat 2013-72I love students! I gotta admit I love my job. Not all aspects of my job, I don’t like the paperwork end of things, but I love the students. Working with them, talking with them, playing with them, and just being their friend. Students are wonderful people who are going through tremendous changes and considering many things that will impact their lives now and in the future: What do I major in? Who do I date? What do I do once I graduate? What kind of lifestyle am I going to adopt? What do I think about spiritual things? How am I going to relate to my family? The list goes on.

I see my role as one of being a friend, counselor, spiritual guide, and mentor. My favorite part of ministry is sitting down with a student and talking about their life, their struggles, the things of God, how to make an impact with their life, and who they are interested in. :) As a Christian I can offer them a listening ear and words of wisdom and encouragement and point them to God.

Colossians 2:2–3 “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” NIV

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Christian Challenge

FesitfallAnother school year is here and we are out in force meeting students and inviting them to come and join us in Christian Challenge. Probably a student’s greatest need, when they first get to school, is for friends. We want to help them find good friends who will inspire them in their faith and be their extended family while away from home.

We covet your prayers and believe these next few weeks will be the most important ones some of these students will ever make in their lives. “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col 2:2-3 NIV

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Alpha Children Ministry

Abraham and LydiaIn 1986 I traveled with a group of Christians to Bangalore, India, to share Christ’s love and the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. During that trip I met Abraham and his wife Lydia and began a friendship with them that has spanned these many years. Three years after that mission trip, Abraham came to the USA and asked me to help him begin a ministry to orphans and poor children. Both Abraham and Lydia’s parents died when they were young and they had to live in children’s homes while growing up. They know first hand what it is like to grow up without their parents and desire to help children who are in similar circumstances. Thus they began the remarkable ministry known as Alpha Children Ministry.

This coming week Abraham and Lydia will be visiting here in Michigan and sharing about their ministry back in India. Saturday, May 4th at 7:00pm we will be having a dessert fellowship and presentation time at Crossroads Community Baptist Church at 2580 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. I hope you can join us and hear their incredible story.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27 NIV

To learn more about this ministry go to: www.alphacm.org 

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Worship

DSCN0093“What then is worship? The term comes to us in our modern speech from the Anglo-Saxon, “weorthscipe,” which later developed into, “worship,” meaning “to attribute worth to an object.” Worship is the “worth-ship” of the one you worship.” (How To Worship Jesus Christ by Joseph Carroll). To worship God then is to attribute worth to him. How do you attribute worth to something or someone? You become devoted, focus your attention, spend time and money, make sacrifices, and show reverence to it or them. What do you worship?

Isaiah 6:1-4 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” NIV

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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