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The Kids Had it Great This Week

Since the heat wave is on in Phoenix, my seven-year-old, Bella B,, my five-year-old, Eva G,, and my six-year-old, Luther the dog, all hopped in our minivan and we headed north. Our game plan was ...

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Happy Father's Day

Brittany reached over and gently tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I think it is time.” It was midnight and I had been asleep for an hour, so it took me a couple of seconds to realize what she meant. When it hit me, I bolted upright and a thousand ...

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While You're Making Plans this Summer...

Hello, everybody out there! I'd love to hear where you are as you read this. I know many of you Phoenicians are “escape artists” this time of year. So, if you could just take a second to comment, it would be ...

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The Heat is On

June is here, and that means a very different thing to those who are in Wisconsin than it does to us here in the desert. The heat is on. Even my visiting Belizean friends. who live in 90º weather with 90% humidity all year round, have been ...

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Higher Love

If there were no pain and death in the world, we would not need to talk about Jesus. If all we experienced in our world was peace and tranquility, we would never need to rock the boat by bringing up the powerful, unsettling name of Jesus. But ...

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God is My Judge

The name Daniel means God is my judge. In my opinion, it has become very hard these days to judge what is right and true in the midst of all the clamor and confusion. It seems there is very little substantial meat in the extremely fattened ...

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Mom

I Miss My Mom. She took her last breath of this world’s air 12 years ago. For 53 years before that, she added light and love and good food to the world she interacted with. She was a strong believer, a faithful wife, a caring mother, and a 5-foot ...

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The First 100 Days

Trump has been in office for 100 days, and it is what it is. I am not going to comment on that, but I've been in my new role for 100 days as well. If you have a few minutes, I would like to comment on that. First, I feel a massive amount ...

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About Worship

Psalm 100 begins this way in The Message translation: On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, Sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God! He made us; we didn't make Him We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with ...

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We're Only Halfway Through

Don’t even think about taking your foot off the gas pedal right now. Yes, we did have an amazing Passion Week around Living Streams. Yes, we did have a service on Palm Sunday that left many of us ...

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It's Passion Week

As my 39-year-old eyes survey this old world, I see things similarly to the one who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” says the Teacher, son of David, King of...

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What Can I Do When I Feel Punctured, Pierced and in Pain?

I have a contest for you this week. Without Googling, what are the three times God the Father spoke audibly during Jesus’ earthly life that are recorded for ...

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Easter Season

In the Bible Jesus is called many different things. He is the bread, the rock, the anchor, and the water. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Many times in my topsy-turvy life I have cried out to Jesus and found that these are not just names from...

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Who's Your Financial Planner?

If I were to sing, “London Gold...” you would probably sing, “...It's the best.” If I were to sing, “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that...” You would probably sing, “...Kit Kat bar.” If I were to sing, “The best part of waking...

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Reconciliation

I’ll keep this simple. This Sunday I will be preaching on the most incredible message of all: The Reconciliation of Everything. To get you ready, please drink in these words from a man from bygone years who was deeply committed to God’s message: Charles H. Spurgeon, the “Prince ...

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Vacation Thoughts

There are some expressions in the modern, American version of the English language that have been mulling around in my mind. They have to do with the most basic, yet vital of human functions: breathing. When breathing in, air journeys into the mouth and nostrils, travels...

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We > Me

A song that has recently become popular in our society says, “Oh, it's just me, myself and I Solo ride until I die. ’Cause I got me for life (Got me for life, yeah) Oh I don't need a hand to hold Even when the night is cold I got that fire in my soul” Though it is a catchy song, it is very ...

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How to Overcome Entropy

We have marched our way into March and the “fresh-out-of-the-box” feeling is beginning to wear off of 2017. In every facet of our world nothing new ever stays new. Entropy is not our greatest enemy, but it is one of life’s heaviest...

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What Causes Wars Among You

Last week we kicked off our We > Me series and discussed the power of Christian Fellowship. We saw in the book of Acts how the first church consistently devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking of...

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After the Trauma

After the trauma… We are left fumbling, stumbling, and grumbling. Fumbling for words to speak, or shout, or hide in our hearts. Stumbling in our attempts to act, live, and love both victim and victimized. And grumbling deep inside with ...

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Hope Gives Birth to Courage

The demons of doubt, fear, shame, and status quo no longer have to stand guard to keep us in their cages. We have settled in and accepted their lies and pretend power over us. We wallow in the pain that comes from shattered expectations,...

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Ignore the Behavior

Taking my family to Dangriga, Belize for 14 months was a grand adventure. It was a combination of a lot of preparation, many twists and turns, a few seasons of real grinding, and loads of epic moments. I am pretty...

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The First Step of a Grand Adventure

Turning the page, beginning a new chapter, passing the baton—these are different metaphors that I have heard used to describe what the Living Streams family is doing...

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Day 420 and 7 Days Left

The intense, heart pounding, palm sweating, stomach-butterflying type moments of our lives. You know the moment, right? You've been waiting for it for a while. You've been rehearsing what to say and how to say it. You want everything to go just...

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Day 387 - Righteous Lot and Righteous Galaxy

I have two thoughts on this day. The first one has to do with the Bible and the second has to do with a dog. In 2 Peter 2 there is a verse that is like a low-hanging high voltage wire. It is easy to run into and it packs quite a shock. In verse 7 and 8 Peter declares righteous a man known for being...

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Day 374 - Bachelor of Arts in Summer Camp

I have a degree in summer camp. I know that sounds crazy, but Google it and you'll find George Fox University has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries Camp Management. Ba Bam. I have a degree in summer camp. Here in Belize, we...

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Day 360 - Can't Touch This

Ravi Zacharias says the purpose of his organization is to help the thinker believe and the believer think. I love that. I think if I was clever and purposeful I would say the purpose of my organization (I don't have one, and if I did it might not be ...

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Day 348 - Some Day This Itch Will Be Gone.

I am so itchy. The feeling is so intense that every time my shirt or the breeze touches my belly, no matter how subtly, I get chills all over my body. When I wake up in the morning, itchy. When I go through the day, itchy. When I lay in my bed at night, itchy. If I...

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Day 339 - Redeemed and Repurposed

Another beautiful day in this sometimes paradise. There are moments here in Belize that are so wonderful it seems we have reached some pinnacle of human existence. Like last night my family sat on our little veranda with a nice, strong,...

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Day 330 - Victory Lap?

To my right is Bella, 5 years old, with a huge lollipop in one hand and a crayon in the other, trying to stay inside the lines. To my immediate left is the aisle of the plane we are on, headed towards Belize. Across the aisle is my 9-year-old Alethea with a stuffed German Shepherd on her lap. She is ...

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Day 318 - "Home"

Our kids are pretty confused about home. They have started using the word home to describe our house in Dangriga, but they know it is temporary. When they say home home they are talking about Phoenix, and just recently we added a new phrase: home home home. This ...

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Day 244 and Happy Mother's Day

We are feeling the heat and feeling some pressure as the window closes and the sun begins to set on our time here. This wild chapter has had its introduction, its main body, and it is rapidly moving towards climax and conclusion. There have been...

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Day 225 - Still Smilin' About It

Last night I saw something that I have never seen before. I am 37 years old, and I have been paying attention for about half of those years. (Yeah, the first 17 I don't really remember using my brain much.) I have been following Jesus for 19 years and have been in full-time ministry for 18 years. I have been all...

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Day 215 - These Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

I know numbers are not what it's all about. Quality is way more important than quantity. But I can't help being pumped that over 50 people joined us on a Friday night in Dangriga for no other reason than to worship Jesus. We started the night with a mash up medley...

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Day 205 - Where Your Treasure is There Your Heart Will be Also

Brit and I have found ourselves in a good groove down in Belize. The days and nights have become full of good friends, good ministry, beautiful people, and Caribbean scenery. It's been so wonderful we have even had thoughts of staying a little bit longer. It was in this...

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Day 192 - Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

So picture this... I am sitting in the driver's seat of a car comfortably over 200,000 miles with my new friend Biggs riding shotgun. Biggs is a guy who does what he says he is going to do. He also has a generous heart and genuinely cares for his friends. If Biggs is your friend you will never face a challenge alone. Sitting behind Biggs is...

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Day 182 - Shake Off the Dust and Trust

The glory of the Lord really does fill the whole earth. I see it in this peace-filled sunrise. I see it in the excitement of this maniac puppy dancing around me for no other reason than I am here with her. I feel it in this soothing breeze that keeps the bugs...

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Day 160 - and the Halfway Point

Sometimes it feels like the enemy is trying to bring you down and knock you out. Last week our computer, the rim on one of our vehicle's tires, and our cell phone all busted. Bank of America made a huge mess of our account. Then, for some reason, I forgot to ...

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Day 152 - Thoughts

Jeremiah 6:11 “But I am full of the wrath of the Lord and I cannot hold it in.” Now, that's a happy start. Jeremiah was a young priest with shaky confidence and reluctant nerves. He was a priest in a time and place where God and His ways were either unknown or annoying. Jeremiah knew this, in theory, when God came to Him, touched His...

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Day 139 - the Anticipation is Thrilling Me

This is a big week for us. We are down here in Dangriga town trying to see people baptized in the Holy Spirit and with fire. We have spent many months listening and learning. We have launched some things ...

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Day 132 - What is Hunger?

I know that hunger is a reminder. But what it is a reminder of I am not sure. The growl in my stomach and the faint feeling in my muscles is trying to tell me something. Something is not right. Something needs to be done. Something bad is going...

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Day 127 - Looking for the One

Most people read that title and think this is going to be about the magical world of dating in pursuit of the magical world of marriage. Nope. Sorry to disappoint. This will not help you with any of that. This is actually a collection of thoughts on...

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Day 112 - Intermission or Interruption

Intermission: A period during which action temporarily ceases. Interruption: To cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.). Today is Day 112 of the Dangriga project, day 17 of our Christmas/New Year's intermission, and day 1 of the year 2015. I love New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I love all the hope and freshnes...

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Day 87 - Two New Habits in My New Habitat

I have developed two new habits down here in Belize. The first is scratching. It seems I am always scratching some part of my body that has been bitten by some sort of bug and left some sort of itchy spot. The second is very different. I have started asking ...

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Day 79 - Dia de Gracias

Pizza and pumpkin pie last night for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a really cold day here in Belize. It felt more like Chicago, 59 degrees and extremely windy. There were even bits of misty rain that blew off and on throughout the day. A couple of times it...

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Day 73 - Let the Growing Begin

Whoa. Seventy-three days! That is starting to sound serious. We have been here almost three months, and I would say this is the first week I feel like we have seen progress. I think I can see some little shoots springing up out of the ground. It is like when we plant...

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Day 59 - The Ten-Year Club

We just got back from a few days of celebrating Brit's and my ten-year anniversary. Being married to Brit is like being at Magic Mountain. Lots of wild rides, but so much fun. My life really was all black and white before her. She is the bold and beautiful color...

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Day 51 - Halloween

We just finished the Thrive Belize Men's Retreat. Nine guys from Arizona, twenty guys from Gales Point, and me. Two guys from Dangriga that I have a lot of hope for, told me they were coming but did not show up. The retreat was a good...

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Day 34 - Ready, Set, Strep

My head is yelling something very vulgar to my body, which is angrily yelling back. I have strep throat, but it feels like strep body. Swallowing feels like martyrdom. Taking it for the team. My temples feel like thick needles are stuck in them; and my lower back/kidneys feel like they have been ground up. This is not one of my better days. No...

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A Tiny Piece of Land

I want to tell you a tiny tale, Of a tiny piece of land That most folks don't know of Or have any kind of plan To see, acknowledge, or enjoy Its warm and golden sand ...

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Day 24 - The Gospel and Hip Hop

Today Brit had all the ladies from Gales Point church over. They had a blast just being here, being together, cooking up some rice and bean and chicken and pie. Kenny, the pastor from Galilee Gospel church in Gales Point drove all 20 ladies and their 8 kids with them in a 15 passenger van. (Full up) Then Kenny went and picked up a guy...

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Ready, Set, Burn

I read this in a book today. “Her religious training had been in the matter of fact midwestern Protestantism. It had been approached with a basic sincerity and a lack of intensity.” That describes so much of what I have seen in the Christian churches here in Belize. (I have seen it in me as well.) It is a safe, man-made,...

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Today is Day Six

Today is day 6 of this...., well, I am not exactly sure what to call it. I’ve called it a mission trip, a year abroad, a Sabbath year, a 9 month ministry birthing mission. Whatever it is, it has begun and tomorrow we will be one week in. Our goals for week one, if we actually made goals, would have been to rest, get our house set up, and get our family (3 girls) settled ...

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A Prayer for This Place

Lord Jesus, I want to see the veil over people's hearts lifted. 2 Corinthians 3 says that when we believe in Christ a veil is lifted and we can experience a greater glory. Please Jesus let us see people come to You and have the veil over their hearts lifted. ...

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Day 3 and Still...Exhausted

Today is the day that The Lord has made, I wonder what we will find. Today is also day 3 of our Dangriga project. Day one was all travel. It was 2.5 hours from Phoenix to Houston, 2.5 hours from Houston to Belize, and 2.5 hours by car from Belize Airport to Dangriga. We went from the dry, brittle desert landscape to the thick, damp, jungle of...

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Wisdom Will Save You

by David Stockton. As we have found ourselves in the information age we can be deceived into thinking we are wise. In a journal article I read, a man named Russell Ackoff writes that the content of the human mind can be put into five categories: data, information,...

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Wisdom is Not Natural to Us - Proverbs 1:23-33

by David Stockton. Wisdom calls for humility, fearing the Lord, and often, repentance. We are not naturally inclined to wisdom, so when it hits us we will usually have to change directions. When Solomon thought to chop the baby in half...

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Family Dynamics

by David Stockton. This month we begin a teaching series on family dynamics. Living Streams’ goal is to be a healthy, local church. That means we want to be a place where families and individuals can get educated, equipped, and be enabled...

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What Was it Like to Watch Life Die?

I remember sitting next to my mom as she lay in bed taking her last breaths. I remember coming home at midnight one night to find my dad collapsed and lifeless on the ground after an attempted suicide. And I can remember being the first at a...

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Jesus is the Author of ... Life

by David Stockton. Jesus is the author of...life. In the second verse of the Bible we find all of creation in a bad spot. The Hebrew words that describe the bad spot are Tohuw and Bohuw. They mean meaningless and void. It was into this meaningless and void that God ...

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Is Your Hope Alive?

by David Stockton. There are many religions, philosophies, thoughts, and belief systems in our world, but only one that has a living hope. There are many heroes, teachers, prophets, and gurus, but only one who conquered death. (Now, I am not picking on eastern religions when I...

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The Greatest Conflict Resolution Ever (The Gospel Resolve)

by David Stockton. I’ve noticed a trend in books and movies these days. Story writers are creating fantastic conflict climaxes and then resolving them in very annoying ways. For instance, at the end of Ocean’s 12 the resolution of all the impossible situations came ...

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The Perfect Blend of Love and Truth

We Christians love truth and at times have forsaken love in our pursuit and promotion of truth....

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A Life Worthy of the Lord

To live a live in God's will is to live a life of which the world is not worthy....

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Thin Spaces

We want to encounter Christ and help others in our culture to do the same....

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The Best Way to Enter a New Year

What is the Best Way to Enter a New Year? The way a person walks onto a platform before speaking to an audience is sometimes just as important as what he or she will say. In 2000, I was living in Northern Ireland for a few months when I saw on the news that Bill Clinton was going to speak in Belfast, near where I was living. I decided to go and see if I could get in. I di...

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A Meat Wabee Wot

David Stockton gives a preview of his message for the upcoming weekend....

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Praise with an Exclamation Point

David Stockton gives a preview of the upcoming weekend services....

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Not Just in Word, but in Power

David Stockton gives a preview of the upcoming weekend sermon....

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Bold Words

David Stockton gives a preview of his sermon for the weekend....

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Let's Share His Love

David Stockton shares his heart and gives a little preview of this weekend's sermons....

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Taking a Stand

A discussion of the kind of love that Jonathan and David shared....

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Just Show Up Hungry

God has prepared so much for us. Our job is to show up with a deep hunger for righteousness....

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Where to Get Relief This Summer

In a hot, dry place, how do you get refreshed?...

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