I Choose Hope

I have lived in the Molalla area all my life. In fact, there are five generations of my family who have called Molalla their home. I do not speak as someone who has recently arrived here. I have roots. I have history. I have memories. I even remember when the rodeo was in the...
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Managing Yourself Vs Managing Your Schedule

Years ago I received some advice that has guided me for over 25 years. It came from an amazing man and teacher named Howard Hendricks. He said something like this: “It’s always easier to manage a schedule than it is to manage yourself.” Boy, have I found that to be true! What he...
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Guard Your Heart

In our western, rational way of looking at life, we sometimes neglect our heart. What do I mean? We like to deal with life in a cognitive way. We reason, we process mentally, we create a linear way of accomplishing things and we value ourselves as rational people. As important as...
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Why I Continue To Go

On Sunday night we returned from another trip to Guatemala. I now have been over ten times in the past few years. Some may wonder; “Why do you keep going?” “Isn’t once enough?” “Why do you go back multiple times a year?” “Aren’t you getting a bit obsessed with this place?” These...
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Consistency Makes The Difference

Up in the hills above Molalla there is a place called the Molalla River Corridor. Beyond Glen Avon Bridge, there is stunning beauty of 12 miles of paved road following the Molalla River as it winds its way through the foothills of the Cascades making its journey down to the...
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Our Heart for the Community

To say that we are followers of Jesus means that we should serve the needs of others like Jesus did. Our lives should have some resemblance of the One we say we follow. This principal is a driving force behind much of what we do as a church. We do not believe that church...
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Why We Are Here

Someone this week sent me some very disparaging, mean spirited comments regarding Molalla. The person who sent them was not the author. They read the comments on a social media site. They were so emotionally impacted by this pointed attack on the community that they sent them to...
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Don’t Lose Your Focus

You know, it’s easy to lose your focus. I was driving through the parking lot of Bi-Mart a few weeks ago and a car suddenly appeared off to my right startling me. It wasn’t doing anything wrong. It just appeared rather quickly so that I turned my head and eyes in its direction...
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