God Stories

Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

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Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

“In just a minute I’m going to give you a chance to take a stand and say yes to Jesus.” The metal handle of the microphone felt cold in my hands as I squinted into the stadium lights – I had been pacing back-and-forth at the limits of the mic cord in front of a football field full of young people for the last 15 minutes, and usually at this point I would be feeling a strong surge of excitement but tonight, honestly, I just felt a little “off.” I had been feeling it all day, and moments before stepping on to the...

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Leaving it all on the Stage in Malta

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Leaving it all on the Stage in Malta

“There’s no one here…  the show is supposed to start in, like, 5 minutes and there’s no one here…” My friend was exaggerating.  Dozens of volunteers had been working tirelessly for several hours, and dozens more onlookers had already gathered around the concession stands around the festival grounds, but still, the small crowd that had gathered looked pretty thin in comparison to the massive stage. “What happened?  Was there a miscommunication or something?  You guys have been promoting all...

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Praying for a Miracle in Malta!!

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Praying for a Miracle in Malta!!

As I begin to WRITE this blog, we are en route to Malta.  As you READ it, we will be preparing for this weekend’s large festival outreach. For years, we’ve been inspired by the stories of redemption from this island nation: the miraculous circumstances surrounding Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 28) and the heroic courage of the Maltese knights in the Middle Ages.  It is a nation with extraordinary stories, and we’re praying for another this weekend. After hitting the streets this week to promote the event, we’re...

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Equipment Failure in the American Midwest

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Equipment Failure in the American Midwest

Um… hey Zach…” “What’s up?” I was squinting at my guitar tuner, trying to read the tiny display in the relentless glare of the August sun. “Sorry but…” my wife shook her head, “the iPad just shut down – it said the temperature was too high.” “Seriously?” I paused for the hundredth time to wipe my the sweat out of my eyes with the back of my hand, “Okay… um… lets get it under some shade or something.  Do we at least have mixes we can use for now?” We were sound-checking on an open wooden stage in the middle of Salem, Iowa, a small town...

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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

“I had gotten so good at stealing that I was soon one of the richest men men in the town.” “That’s incredible…” I leaned back in my chair and put my spoon onto my plate, letting it rest beside a generous portion of spicy eggs and flatbread, “You got that much money just from stealing?” Our team was sharing a late breakfast with a local pastor in the bustling downtown district of San Pedro Island, Belize.  The tin roof and thatched walls of the tiny restaurant were shielding us from the direct sunlight...

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

The sky was darkening quickly as the last glow of the sun faded over the high fence on my right. I heard a gull cry as it circled high above the gritty sand of the soccer stadium and dimly remembered that I had been excited this morning when someone had told me that the ocean was directly beyond the fence. But I quickly pushed the memory aside – right now I had a problem to solve. Moving quickly from one amplifier to another on the stage, I was fiddling with knobs in a vain effort to help fix the distortion we had been struggling with...

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Quick Report of a Miraculous Response in America

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Quick Report of a Miraculous Response in America

I had been feeling it the whole week. Like a thrum of electricity that I could somehow sense, but couldn’t exactly say why, I just had a SENSE. A sense that God was wanting to do something extraordinary in the lives of the hundreds of young student athletes at the 2017 FCA Iowa Sports Camp. I had been asking for prayer from you - my friends - and really from anyone who would listen. We’re currently in San Pedro Island, Belize, and tonight, by the time many of you are reading this, the FESTIVAL OF HOPE will have begun on this...

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Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

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Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

Over the past year, we’ve been amazed at the way God has been impacting young adults around the world – and He’s been using YOU to do it:  You’ve prayed.  You’ve partnered. And literally thousands of young people have responded to Jesus: in Malawi, Myanmar, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Kenya. Now we have an incredible opportunity – in a few days, hundreds of young athletes will gather from all over our state to attend the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camp in Pella, Iowa were we will have...

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Hope in the Slums of Nairobi [With Video]

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Hope in the Slums of Nairobi [With Video]

I was literally squatting in a pile of trash. Guitar in hand, I was resting beside our dusty silver “ministry van,” waiting to see if I would be asked to perform – good-sized speakers had been placed on the top of the vehicle, a discrete generator had been started nearby, and a local dance team was moving rhythmically over the garbage-strewn dirt road.  A small throng of onlookers had begun to form. “I’ve never had to say this before, but there’s no way I can ride here,” John, an experienced BMX stunt rider, held out a...

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When God Shows You Where to Turn

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When God Shows You Where to Turn

As I write this blog, I’m currently somewhere in the air between Dubai and Nairobi, operating on the four hours or so of sleep I’ve been able to grab for each of the past two nights. As you read this blog, I will probably be somewhere in Kenya, possibly in transit from one school, meeting, or festival to another. There will almost certainly be dust involved – a lot of it – and most likely some serious road issues.  Maybe even some livestock. We spend a lot of time in traveling through places that we’ve never...

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