July 2008


…life is crazy around CTI right now.  I feel like that is just the state that we always exist in around here, but I think that’s ok.  I thrive on living a hectic life.

I got the opportunity to play drums last night for the first time in a long time and I cannot believe how great it felt.  I had been playing a lot at home, but not much on my own kit.  Last night I got to set my own drums up and spend about 2 hours jamming; very cathartic to say the least.

Lastly, here’s a quote that I am using as the basis for some things I am developing right now for the fulltime program.  It’s from Richard Foster’s book Life With God ( 17, emphasis added):


“Now, the Spiritual Disciplines in and of themselves have no merit whatsoever. They possess no righteousness, contain no rectitude. Their purpose – their only purpose – is to place us before God. After that they have come to the end of their tether. But it is enough. Then, the grace of God steps in and takes this simple offering of ourselves and creates out of it the kind of person who embodies the goodness of God; indeed, a person who can come to the place of truly loving even enemies”

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Here is a video update of the things that I have been doing for the first few weeks of my time here at CTI Music Ministries.

This my first attempt at moblogging. mainly, I am just testing it out to see how it works! More to come…

Hi everyone!  I am finally starting to get settled in up here in Willmar, MN.  I started working at CTI almost a week ago and I have hit the ground running!  Life should come down briefly once the three teams we are currently training head out for their respective overseas tours.

Here is a video that shows my new office.  Thought you all might like to see where I am working.

My schedule for my first official day working at CTI:

Pick up Taiwain team from airport at approx. 3:00pm, drive 2.5 hours back to Willmar, drop off team.

Turn around drive 2.5 hours back to airport to pick up Trinidad team at 11:00pm, drive 2.5 hours back to Willmar, drop off team.

It’s going to work out to around a 15-16 hour day to start things off.  Nothing like hitting the ground running.

P.S. I am planning on posting a Video Blog about my trip up here, but I am having some technical difficulties, so be on the look-out for that soon!

As I was leaving camp (after having been there for a week; spending much of the week out of touch with the outside world) my phone lit up with text messages and voice messages about this.

I’m glad that everyone is alright.  It is surreal to watch a place that you know very well (and are preparing to move to) on the national news.

…before I take off for the week.

1. I love making lists and crossing stuff off of them.

2. My church people are amazing.

3. I miss my full-time team.

4. I got to hang out with a dear, dear friend late last week.

5. Seabird is amazing live.

6. So is Deas Vail.

7. I am going to be teaching Junior High Boys about the Holy Spirit for a week.  Pray for me!

I’m gone for the week, so I’ll see y’all this weekend!

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