Sunday, March 18, 2018


We are asking for your fervent prayers. Our dear friend and former GTD Costa Rica Missions Director, Jim Butski, had a stroke last night. We are shocked. Jim was just here in Dec and stayed with me for 3 weeks while visiting friends and was in good health. Jim is only 46. He is in the Neurological ICU at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Jim loves Jesus, outdoor adventure, and serving others. He knew the signs of a stroke and had a friend call 911 immediately. He was able to get to a hospital quickly and receive meds designed for stroke victims. The meds worked at first, but Jim may have had a 2nd stroke a little while later. The stroke has caused paralysis on his left side. I was able to speak with him & pray with him this morning. We are praying for his healing and full restoration of his body. Thank you prayer warriors!


Friday, March 16, 2018


It's a perfect night for a campfire, hot chocolate, smores, and a family friendly outdoor movie! Building memories one moment at a time =)



One of many things I love about being involved in camp ministry is the honor and privilege of starting each day off with morning devotions. Lifetimes are broken down into years, months, weeks, and days. Each day is a 24 hour obstacle course that is infinitely more exciting than any video game full of opportunities, pitfalls, do-overs, and temporary & permanent consequences. Life is a high stakes game with eternal ramifications. Our lifetimes are built day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice. The absolute best choice you can make each day is to start it upon the firm foundation of God's Word in God's presence. During this time you get a daily briefing and guidance that helps you navigate every choice and every obstacle of the day. This morning Relevant Church spent time clustered together in family units reading the Bible, praying together, and discussing truth & decision making. It was a great time of impact that we recommend each family do on a regular basis. We loved listening to the discussions and watching the family interactions! This is a wonderful church!!


It's Relevant! Day 1

We kicked off the Relevant Church 3-Day Family Camping Retreat with 36 people yesterday! Let the good times roll!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


March Madness continues tomorrow as we host Relevant Church for their first ever family camping retreat with GTD!! And the weather is absolutely PERFECT! We can't wait!

Stay tuned for some action pics as we embark on a great family adventure over the next 3 days =)



My Dad, Traci, Laurie, and I just finished the inaugural 8 session Caregiver Course offered (FOR FREE) by First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. It was literally a gold mine of knowledge, insights, resources, love, and Godly encouragement. We've always been committed to being here for our parents as they age and transition into their golden years of life, but had very little idea of exactly what that looks like. This course supplied an incredible wealth of knowledge that will prepare and equip us for the road ahead while saving us from time squandering, energy wasting, and costly trial & error mistakes. In addition, it exposed us to amazing people, opportunities, and resources we would have never known were available that can help lighten the labor of love that lies ahead. We have been so blessed to have parents that have sacrificed and cared for us for our entire lives, and now we are honored and privileged to repay in a comparatively small way that blessing back to them.

We would like to thank Mike Thompson, Brad Graham, & Pastor Tom Owens for seeing the need and taking the initiative of starting this Caregiver Course that is literally already impacting lives!! Thank you men of God for your hard work and giving hearts!!

And I love that God declares it as a "Top 10 Priority" to honor our parents.

- Deuteronomy 5:16: “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you."

- 1 Timothy 5:4,8: “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God... But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

It won't be easy, but nothing of value in life is easy.

Friday, March 9, 2018


"For by me [wisdom] your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life."

This is just one of many profound ways that APPLIED WISDOM impacts your life.

2 of the BEST investments of your time is at "A.A." ....
A - Acquiring Wisdom
A - Applying Wisdom

Check out the book of Proverbs (and the entire Bible) for life producing & life giving principles that literally increase your quantity & quality of life =)


Friday, March 2, 2018


Today we transformed a backyard into a campground that became a place of spiritual transformation through praise, worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship. Our annual Men's Advance Camping Trip with Calvary Church of Clearwater is off to a great start!! We love these guys!

><> CAMPLIFE <><

Thursday, March 1, 2018

"MARCH"ING ON! (Happy New Month!)

So much going on that I haven't had much time to post updates lately. I'm celebrating 7 months of consistent daily disciplines that continue to bless and launch my life. For 2018 I'm focusing on a different life priority each month and acquiring as much wisdom as I can about that subject in my spare time and then phasing in those truths into my regular lifestyle. As I transition from month to month I continue to maintain and grow in the previous months' lessons. January was all about nutrition as I learned about and adopted the ketogenic diet. I'm 6 weeks into my new nutrition plan and I absolutely love it! I continue to tweak it and customize it to my own body's needs and uniqueness, but I'm experiencing some good results... and it fits perfect with my daily schedule. February was all about financial health. I loved reading "The Richest Man In Babylon" and having a lot of paradigm shifts in my understanding of universal financial principles. In many ways, like so many truths, it's very simple. It just comes down to having the discipline to apply it. Now I'm moving on to March. This month's focus is about "Infrastructure". What I mean by that is that in order to live life at a higher standard you have to create a framework (aka: infrastructure) that supports each change and improvement. When God created the universe He started working with nothing. The earth was without form and void. Then each day He added structure, borders, boundaries, seasons, and timeframes that would serve as an infrastructure to sustain and propel life. In a similar way (especially since we are created in His image) we have an amazing opportunity to create a life with wise structures, borders, boundaries, seasons, and timeframes that help us live out His call on our lives and our fullest potential. I've spent the past 7 months experimenting with and tweaking an effective morning and nightly routine as well as an optimized work schedule and seasonal adjustments. Now this month I'm focusing on putting it all together into a strategic framework and solid infrastructure that supports everything that God has been teaching me and the direction that He is propelling me in life and ministry. All I can say is that with each new lesson comes a greater blessing in my life that makes me more effective in how God made me, more reflective of His glory, and even more fulfilled & satisfied in this amazing adventure called life. I'm sure it probably sounds very boring to anyone who may have read this far into my post, but it is a thrilling experience to me. So I write about it. Healthy discipline picks up where motivation stops and unlocks the door to fantastic discoveries and indescribable breakthroughs. All it takes is some wisdom, some discipline, and some fight to tear down strongholds and self imposed limitations. Christ is the source, but we have to apply it in order to experience it.  Lord willing, I'm looking forward to what lies ahead for the month of March and beyond =)


Monday, February 26, 2018


A fun finish to a great trip!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunrise in paradise!

Greetings from Jackfish Island! I slept so good last night and then woke up to an amazing view of the sunrise from my tent. It's already a good morning =)

Ten Thousand Islands in south Florida


Saturday, February 24, 2018


A few weeks ago it looked like this year's PADDLE PROWL was going to be sold out, but several people had to cancel for a variety of reasons. Today we embarked on this great adventure with a small group of superb people (including pocket Aqua Dave)! Hey, 7 is the Lord's perfect number =).

We paddled 9 miles in 6 hours from Collier-Seminole State Park to Jackfish Island at the edge of the Ten Thousand Islands in the Gulf of Mexico. The last 2 miles were very challenging, but our destination made it all worth it. We feel like we are in paradise on our own personal island. The cool breeze is extraordinary. Temperatures are perfect. Sunset. Rainbow. Dolphins. Jackson caught a bull shark and a bunch of fish. Delicious meals. Great fellowship & bonding. So many good moments.

Our nightly impact point was about "course corrections" and how God can use canoeing as a modern day parable of staying on course with God or adjusting our course when we start getting off track in our walk with God. We've got a map, GPS, destination, capable bodies, adequate wisdom... but are we trending towards God's plan for our life or getting off course. In Acts 9 God intervened with one of the greatest course corrections in history when Saul was ambushed by Jesus and converted from a persecutor of Christians and transformed into the greatest missionary of all time... with a new name - Paul.

We are all nestled in our tents listening to the crashing waves while being hugged by the most amazing breezes. It's the perfect night =)

Tomorrow we break camp and jump on the prowl by paddling 3 miles to a marina in Goodland. But tonight we simply savor the fruits of our labor =)

I love this trip!!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Can't wait for our annual PADDLE PROWL Canoe Camping trek this weekend in the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands of south Florida!

We've still got room for more sunshine seekers, beach lovers, adventure junkies, and outdoor enthusiasts =)

EVENT:  PADDLE PROWL Canoeing Camping Trip

DATES:  Feb 24-25, 2018 (Sat-Sun) - Marco Island, FL (2 Days / 1 Night)

*Optional early arrival Friday (free camping at Collier-Seminole State Park)

START TIME: Arrive to canoe put-in by 8am on Saturday. Canoeing begins by 10:30am

COST:  $59 (plus meals and parking fees)