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Apr 9

Pray for Punka

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

ShannonMysilentscream is here for you most days. Today #mysilentscream is for YOU to help me.

Today my daughter leaves for the Philippines. By the time many of you read this Shannon will be half a planet away.  I’m blessed, thrilled and a little jealous of her. I’m also Shannon’s (“Punka’s”) anxious, unsettled, and already-lonely-for-her dad.

If you’re a praying person please pray for Shannon, her colleagues and her parents who were both just teary-eyed in the living room.

I’ll let Shannon explain more via her supportshannon.com website.

Hello my name is Shannon Volltrauer.

Mar 30

How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in How To, Reviews, Values

Book.1162.cover“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”

He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.

Mar 29

Love Does DVD by Bob Goff

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

Book.1050.coverLove Does, subtitled “Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” is based on Bob Goff’s New York Times best-selling book, Love Does.

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ … The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’… love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”

Mar 26

Her Journey, Our Journey

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

We all make decisions; some wise, some not. Each new decision we make cuts a path through the unknown.  As we continue to choose similar choices the path to repeated decisions becomes easier. A difficult fresh-cut path now becomes a leisurely stroll through familiar territory.

Eventually once we continue walking the same path over and over and it becomes well-worn path, a road and eventually a four-lane highway with speedy travel to the same destination.

All that sounds fine, unless our path is destructive.

Feb 19

5 Gold Medal Good Ideas

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

mens-ski-halfpipe-1392760999349-master495Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.

I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.

Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.

The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.

Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.

Jan 21

Haiti and Heroes

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Music, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

HansonSteve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.

Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.

MarcusandBethanyMarcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.

Work

Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.

Nov 26

Doctor Who Celebrating Hope

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values

dayIf I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.

I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.

Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”

The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.

Nov 10

#51

Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

dick-butkusFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.

Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1

Oct 25

Courage and Faith

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

jesus_in_the_gardenOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Read # 1 Courage To Fly

Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice

Courage and Faith

Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?

Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.

…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.

Oct 24

Courageous Sacrifice

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

Gabbys MomOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse today!

I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Who is one of your favorite superheroes, and why? Why do we like stories about superheroes so much?

Many of us admire heroes for the sacrifices that they make for other people.

Courageous Sacrifice

Watch this video.  We admire Gabby for the sacrifices that she has made to achieve her gymnastics goals.

Gabby said, “Life is not easy you have to fight and not quit. I’m gonna fight for my dream.”