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Whole30 Challenge: Update

So, if you haven’t noticed, I stopped posting my Whole30 updates everyday. That was in part due to my crazy schedule as I prepared all of our mission trips (3) next summer. The main reason is that Laura and I fell off the Whole30 horse the day after Thanksgiving. Since then, we’ve been eating better and I’ve kept my weight off, but our health has got worse.

While on Whole30, all of my migraines stopped. I’ve been having up to a couple a week for a years. Since going off of Whole30, my migraines have come back. I had two yesterday  and two last week. While I was doing some research on triggers, one medical website suggested a diet that is very similar to Whole30. So, if you ask me if Whole30 is worth it….the answer is YES. Laura and I have decided we will try to get back on that horse. Eating Whole30 is a whole lot cheaper than $100-200.00 in migraine prevention pills a month! Aside from the migraines, I’ve also noticed decreased energy, poor quality of sleep, and a cloudy head.

We lasted 15 days on Whole30. Now it’s time to make it a lifestyle…


Diapers & COD MW2

I HAD to share this! I was reading a tech blog and saw this post. Tried it out for myself and it’s true. Unbelievable!

Lots of views

Just wanted to say thanks for all 352 views so far this month! Lots of people are reading!

Thank you!

Have you ever?

Have you guys ever had an idea that you think would make a lot of money but would also cause people to stumble. Well….I’m that guy. For some time, I’ve had the idea of creating a couple Christian t-shirts to spark conversation and help witness for Christ, but I know they would cause a lot of controversy. Neither are “wrong,” but both carry with it an idea that certain people just couldn’t handle. I’m sure I would be labelled a “Christian crazy” and my my get a free dinner at the Incredible Pizza company card would be taken away. Oh well….snap! Now that I just typed that, I remembered that I can’t even use that incredible card because it’s not “whole30” compliant. Fail!

Depression in Ministry

The other day, I heard a couple ministers talking about depression. It was noted that a lot of ministers and their families suffer from depression. Since I struggle with depression, this got me thinking. Why do so many of us suffer with deep/dark/focus off of Christ thoughts? My own depression is biological and not situational. Regardless, depression seems to be a “favorite tool” of satan to attack those in full-time ministry. So, my question is this…do you struggle with depression?

Let me add for clarity, that I do not think all depression comes from a lack of regular time with God, submitting to His will, etc. Our bodies were born into a sinful world and suffer from the effects of sin. So, it’s only natural to assume that depression can also be a product of sin in the world.

Need to updated your ministry volunteers?

We use a free service called “MailChimp” to update our 40 or so active staff. We also use mailchimp for our mission teams, all ministry info email, parent communications, etc. If you’re email group will have 1,000 people or less and out of that, you’ll seen less than 6,000 emails then you qualify for their free account.



The top 5 reasons we like MailChimp:

1. Stupid easy!
2. Quickly and easily send custom email templates to fit your ministry design
3. Stats like crazy
4. Social postings (Twitter/Facebook)
5. Schedule emails

If you are looking for a quality email service and don’t want to waste precious ministry money, check out this service!

Frequency Conference- March 18th & 19th 2011

Beginning last year, the student ministry I work with has began hosting an annual junior high conference called Frequency. Frequency is design to be cheap, high quality, and promote area unity. If you have a moment…you should check it out! Cost is $10 for each student. Non-churched students get in free. Includes 2 free leadership registrations.

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