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Orange Tour 2015

Have you wanted to attend The Orange Conference but never could make it happen due to the cost, location, or timing? The Orange Tour is for you! Registration opens June 11, 2015!

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A Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I took a short trip down to Boston to visit the Franklin Park Zoo. We thought it would be packed with school field trips, but there were not many people there at all. This helped to make it even more relaxing. Unfortunately, though, we did not get to…

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Memorial Day Reflections

Something many people do not know about me is that I was really close to signing up for the Navy when I was in high school. All the pressures of college were upon me, and I did not know what to do or how I was going to afford it. My electronics and computer networking teacher…

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Hungry Hungry Hippos – Youth Group Game

A couple weeks ago, I began seeing people share videos of this youth group game. What was it? A real-life version of Hungry Hungry Hippos. After checking it out and evaluating the cost, I thought this is something we have to do with our students. This past Wednesday at The Middle, our middle school program, we played…

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Five Things I Did Not Expect from The Orange Conference

I have been to several conferences over the years. To be honest, some are better than others. The Orange Conference is one of those better ones. Sure, there are great speakers and things to learn, but it is often the unexpected things that make OC so good. Today, I wanted to share five things that I…

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Blizzard 2015 – Having Fun in Slow-Mo

On the night of January 26, 2015 (and continuing all day on January 27), the majority of the northeastern United States was hit with “Winter Storm Juno,” which brought over two feet of snow to our yard. What does one do with all this snow? My wife and I decided to have some fun in slow…

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Connecting with People: Compassion in Haiti – Part 3

One of the coolest parts of our trip was seeing Compassion International at work in the country of Haiti. They have a ton of projects in Haiti, but we only had time to visit three of them. Days two through four were spent doing just that. Along the way, we learned that almost thirty years ago, Compassion moved…

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Meeting our Child: Compassion in Haiti – Part 2

It is hard to believe that a month ago, today, we were stepping off the airplane into a country that has been on my heart for many years. When I was a young boy, I remember meeting some missionaries from Haiti at church. I don’t remember much about their presentation or what exactly they were…