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I Love The Oregon Coast

Last Saturday, Stephanie and I hit the road for the Oregon Coast.

Our journey started out by grabbing some delicious coffee from Lionheart Coffee Co. out in Beaverton, OR. I’d highly recommend checking it out. This was our second time going and I got a french press of Los Cedros, Guatemala from BeSpoken Coffee Roasters while Stephanie enjoyed a Stumptown Cold Brew on nitro.

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After we left Lionheart, we took of toward the coast. The scenery on the way to the Oregon Coast on Highway 26 is absolutely breathtaking. I kept asking Stephanie if we could stop and take photos. We finally pulled off on the road to Saddle Mountain. Needless to say, after about 2o minutes on a road with little view and Stephanie nearly peeing her pants, we were slightly disappointed that there was no view unless we were willing to hike up Saddle Mountain. What’s a road trip without a little detour and adventure, right? Perhaps we’ll come back another time and conquer Saddle Mountain.

After our 50 minute detour, we were finally back on Highway 26 making our way closer and closer to Cannon Beach.

Once we arrived, we walked around in about half-a-dozen boutique clothing stores, salt water taffy shops (which we couldn’t eat because we are doing Whole 30) and art gallery’s. That was followed by lunch at the Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge.

After lunch we realized we hadn’t even hit the beach yet. However, no beach walk is complete without a coffee in hand. So, we swung by Insomnia Coffee Co. (they serve Dapper & Wise Roasters). Dapper & Wise is on my top 5 favorite coffee roasters from Portland. Then we hit the beach for a quick stroll.

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My favorite thing about living in the Portland metro area is the endless amounts of day-trips that can be made to the coast and the mountain. Very fortunate to live in an area where that is possible. Sometimes I take it for granted, but I am thankful for it. It does well for my adventure seeking soul.

You can follow along with my adventures on Instagram & Twitter.

Charity-Water

charity: water Gets It

Yesterday as I was browsing Twitter, Charity Water tweeted this:

 

Then this morning, I received this email in my inbox:

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In light of the terrorist attacks in Brussels today, charity:water decided to hold off on launching their 10th anniversary campaign. This is a company that gets marketing. In times of tragedy, people don’t want to hear about your new product, campaign or whatever else you may be marketing. They want to sympathize with you.

This is a lesson we can all learn when tragedy strikes. Instead of carrying out what was planned, pull back the reigns and look at how the tragedy or event affects your audience.

I loved how they followed up their email with a blog post explaining their reasoning.

Leave room in your marketing plan to be flexible when the unexpected happens. When it comes to social media, automation can be a great tool but make sure to go in and adjust it when things like this happen.

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Finishing Well

In a culture where start-ups and entrepreneurship are on the rise, we are good at starting things. It’s one thing to start something, but following through and finishing it well is another. We get these ideas or tasks, we start on them but often it takes more work to actually finish them and even more work to finish them well.

For example, I started this blog a little over a month ago… It was easy to buy the domain name, throw up WordPress and get it up and running. I’m sitting here writing my 3rd blog post ( I don’t really count the first one because it was just an intro to the blog). We have to be intentional with our time. I could just leave this blog started, but I’ll be more happy with finishing a blog post and hitting publish on it.

Starting without finishing well breeds laziness. I am often guilty of this myself. It’s easy to finish something well when it’s easy, but when that something takes work or stretches us out of our comfort zone, we either give up or pro-long the process of getting it done. What would happen if we gave everything our 100% instead of our 75%? Even if it takes longer to finish, we at least did it well. We took on the task, learned what we needed to and got it done well.

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How will you finish? Will you finish at all? Ponder these things as you’re working on things today. Don’t just start something with the intention of finishing it, finish it. You’ll be glad you did.

What’s something you want to start and finish? What’s something you’ve started and want to finish? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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We All Play a Vital Role

It’s Monday morning, I have the day off which is much needed after spending a weekend with our youth at camp. I’m sitting here in a coffee and doing some reflecting.

Yes, you don’t get much sleep at camp and you’re constantly going. However, I remind myself that its worth it. I may not be the one who is up front preaching the sermon, I may not be the one who is a discipleship cabin staff… I am the guy in the back who is making it possible for the sermon and musical worship to be heard through the speakers. I am not saying that out of pride, but I am truly honored to be able to use my giftings in that area.

You see, we all play a vital role in the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.

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I believe that even though I wasn’t one-on-one disciplining any students this weekend, I believe I was able to help propel the Gospel forward. Because I was able to assist in the musical worship and preaching, where students hear the Gospel, it had an effect.

If you’re involved in a church community, it’s time to get off the sidelines and jump in the game. You play a vital role in the body of Christ.

What Are We Rooted In

What Are We Rooted In?

What are we rooted in? What are our roots in life? Like a tree, we need roots to have a foundation. It’s a scary thought to be rooted in ourselves. Ourselves alone have no foundation.

It says in Matthew 4:4 ““It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

When we are rooted in God’s Word, we have a foundation for our life.

Being rooted in God’s Word doesn’t mean we are going to be perfect. God’s Word exposes man’s failure and total dependency on Him.

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Getting Back in the Game

It’s 2016, which means new things on the horizon. One of them being this blog. I am challenging myself this year to write more and share more. Whether that’s through short thoughts on Twitter & Instagram or thoughts over 140 characters on here.

I plan to share things I go through and have gone through in life, hoping to spur you on and challenge you to share your story, things you’ve gone through, so we can wrestle with things together and learn from one another. I’ll also share useful tips and information about coffee, marketing, photography, technology & more.

I look forward to engaging with you…

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