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PURE SPIRITUAL MILK CONTAINS LIFE-CHANGING POWER

February 26, 2018

BE SATISFIED BY PURE SPIRITUAL MILK When a baby drinks it’s milk, it’s demeanor changes from anxious, angry, upset, and hungry to almost immediately pleased and satisfied. The peace that comes from a baby drinking its milk is such a contrast to the agitated demeanor they had when they were hungry. The same is true […]

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Outdoor Crisis’ & Decision Making Fosters Unity in Diverse Communities

I’m thankful to Ryan Kerrigan for his recent guest post. What a great story about how the wilderness is a place that naturally brings about crisis’ that challenge group dynamics and can help us learn good decision making! I think we all can point to specific moments in the outdoors where we faced adversity and […]

how crisis in the outdoors fosters unity

The Power of Wilderness Experiences | Video Testimony

A common theme on my blog is the value of church-based outdoor ministry. This video really affirms church-based outdoor ministry as pastors share 4 perspectives on the power of wilderness experiences. I hope these testimonies encourage you as an outdoor leader to keep bringing people from the busyness and chaos of life to the solitude and […]

power of wilderness experiences, church-based outdoor ministry

Put Your Eyes on Jesus to Renew Hope in Hopeless Situations John 5:1-18

February 23, 2018

Have you ever said under your breath about another person, “Oh they will never change?” Sadly, I have, many times. I’m Glad Someone Didn’t Give Up On Me I can think of many instances where I gave up on a kid in a youth group, or gave up on a participant on a wilderness trip […]

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Don’t Doubt Your Ability to Interpret Truth

February 21, 2017

This is the last post in the series on How Wilderness Navigation Informs a Quest for Truth. Guest blogger, Emily Huguenin, examines a third obstacle that you can overcome in your quest for “What is true?” OBSTACLE #3: DOUBTING OUR OWN ABILITY TO INTERPRET TRUTH Years ago, I guided a group of college students in […]

What’s the Best Map for Wilderness Navigation? The Bible

February 13, 2017

Guest blogger Emily Huguenin, is taking a closer look into how wilderness navigation informs a quest for truth. In her past post How Wilderness Navigation Reconnects You To Truth, she addresses the deep longing of our heart for truth and how backcountry navigation is a representation of this seeking. In the quest for truth obstacles arise. […]

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How Wilderness Navigation Reconnects You To Truth

February 7, 2017

In a climate-controlled existence, it can be easy to disconnect from reality and we begin to doubt our ability to know what is true. Conflicting news headlines and clamoring voices make truth seem like an ideal just out of our grasp. Deep in our hearts, we long to find solid truth upon which to build […]

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Need Time to Plan or Make Decisions? Intentional Outdoor Recreation is a Remedy

February 6, 2017

G.K. Chesterton was a 20th century poet probably never tried mountaineering or backcountry skiing, but he wrote something that will make anyone think again if they haven’t placed much value on recreational pursuits. He writes… It is the happy man who does the useless things; the sick man is not strong enough to be idle. Jesus […]

3 Important Ways to Prepare for Next Summer During the Off Season

February 2, 2017

As an outdoor leader, I always find summers end to bring a time of debriefing and rest. Summer, while amazing and full of adventure, can be quite draining. Leading others into the wilderness is physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding.  This rest is welcome and necessary, but I have learned to not let the off season […]

3 ways to prepare in the off season

Confused? A Wilderness Experience Might be the Cure

May 2, 2016

Being confused is one of the most common and most unsettling of human experiences. Uncertainty about what to do, what is going on around you, or what is expected of you can make you confused. When you are confused it is usually because things are happening that you can’t seem to control.

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How You can Experience True Family in Temporary Community

March 9, 2016

Although a wilderness expedition is temporary, it can be an ideal setting to talk about family. People desperately need to be spiritually connected to others in a family.

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10 Common Biblical Themes to Organize Your Camp

January 19, 2016

One of the most important details to consider in leading groups outdoors is the content you will teach. What does your group need to learn or process right now? What themes will I stress throughout the camp or retreat?

10 Biblical themes to organize your camp, success stories

How to Motivate People by Creating a Thirst for Learning

October 28, 2015

Jesus captivate the imagination of his audience, but he also motivated them to change. He did this by creating a thirst for learning so they would actually “hear” what he was saying. Thirst cannot be satisfied if you are not yet thirsty.

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Trials are an Instrument God Uses to Reveal What You Fear

October 13, 2015

God intentionally tests us through various forms of resistance or trials to establish our belief and integrity. Through the process we learn he is the One who sets the terms of discipleship, not us. When pushed, we might want to push back at God, but in his perfect wisdom he questions and stretches us in such a way that draws us nearer to him rather than causing us to run away.

trials reveals what you fear, wilderness experiences

15 Ways to Teach Like Jesus through Variation & Participation

September 17, 2015

Is it time to bring some more variety into your teaching style? Jesus made the effort to vary his teaching techniques, and for good reason. He motivated his listeners to participate with him in the learning process. He wanted to move audiences to become active participants. He taught for impact.

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Creating Space for God to Fill You through Wilderness Time

April 22, 2015

God has used the wilderness as a special place for transformation through the ages by providing his people with “dry space”, where distractions are removed, and margin is created in the soil of people’s hearts to drink in and soak up his words.

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3 Ways Time Outdoors Helps Your Decision Making Process

November 22, 2014

Outdoor wilderness experience help you develop critical thinking and a good decision making process. Outdoor adventures are such a great training ground for leaders because they give you a keener ability to discern the will of God through solitude with him in the pristine beauty of his Creation which is absent of everyday distractions. RELATED: […]

The Spiritual Compass Points to True North | Being Drawn to the Personality of Jesus Christ

July 31, 2014

Jesus is the most admirable, noble, attractive person who has ever walked the face of the earth. He has gone to the ultimate extreme to show us that he loves us. The compass points to true north – Jesus Christ.

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Planning: Struggle to Complete Plans? Draw Water Daily-Proverbs 20:5

July 23, 2014

The next time you’re in the wilderness, waking up really early before everyone else–going down to the stream to collect water, remember that this may be a small act of service, but it is an illustration of a much larger and more profound discipline of how to faithfully complete our plans.

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Is it the Experience that Makes Us Stronger? Or is it God?

July 22, 2014

The next time you find you are in the middle of an epic challenge, whether you are succeeding or failing, stop and recognize what is going on… God is using that experience to show you a window into your soul.

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