highlight reel

Today is my birthday. To tell you the truth I was sad to see this one come. Since I was born on a 7 it became my favorite number and I always enjoyed any age that had a 7 in it. Is that weird? I think that 27 is my favorite age I have ever been. I was thinking last night that 77 might be cooler but by then I might be too crazy to really enjoy it fully. But then again, I might be just the right amount of crazy to enjoy it ALOT. You never know.

My wife has this habit of taking the Psalm for her age and making it the anthem of her prayer life that year. I tried it last year and really liked it. One year ago today I woke up and immediately read and latched onto Psalm 27:1 which says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Last night at 11:50pm I read the psalm again in the closing moments of my 27th year and reflected on the last 365 days. Here are some of the highlights:

Launching Skull Church
Skull Church is special to me. God gave me the idea for it several years ago and it has been a thrill to see it come to life. In the same way that when I am road-biking and draft behind another rider and it gets easier, Skull Church feels like a sort of spiritual slipstream, it fits the way I feel God has called & equipped me to minister like a hand in a glove.

The 20th anniversary Harvest Crusade at Angels Stadium
I have had the chance to be a part of a lot of Harvest Crusades but nothing can really compare to this weekend–a capacity crowd, thousands responded to the invitation, Chris Tomlin singing during a fireworks show, and Greg reached the amazing milestone of getting to share the gospel with 4 million people at crusades that weekend. Off the charts cool.

Fresh Life Radio
We went on the air this past year and it has been killer to have a nonstop source of killer Bible teaching and epic music 24/7 in the Flathead Valley and everywhere else streaming on the web. Plus, listening to Fresh Life Radio is 67 percent more fun than high-fiving a goat.

Hosting Rock the River in St. Louis with Franklin Graham
65,000 screaming humanoids under the historic Arch with Skillet, Flyleaf, Lecrae, Red and the gospel being preached–hard to go wrong.

The Liberty Theatre
The sister theater to the Strand, which was our first 100 year old movie theater, and God opened the doors for us to buy it and renovate it this year. Plus as a bonus it filled out our mission statement–That those who are stranded in sin might find life and liberty in Christ.

Baby #3
The unexpected news that we are going to have a third daughter was a delight.

In short–it was a thrill to walk with the LORD, my light and my salvation this past year. And in this 28th year of my life I can’t wait to see what He has planned. Though we measure our lives by years, in the Bible we are told to count our days–so I commit every day God gives me this year to Him, starting with today.

Psalm 28:9 “Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.”