My hiatus is over and I am excited to continue to share my thoughts on this blog. We have experienced some big changes recently as I have resigned as the Founding Pastor of Pointway Church in Baxter, MN.
My family and I will be moving to Waconia, MN February 1 to begin a new and exciting ministry. I am joining the staff of Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius, MN as a Campus Planter/Pastor.
Freshwater is a great church lead by a gifted pastor. They are going Multi Site and I have the honored privilege to launch the Waconia campus. We are humbled and grateful that the LORD has allowed us to give ourselves to this wonderful mission.
I am also looking forward to sharing this adventure with you as you follow our updates on this blog.
Soli Deo Gloria
DEEP INSIDE EVERY MAN there is a private sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being. This far-in reality is that in the man which is what it is of itself without reference to any other part of the man’s complex nature. It is the man’s “I Am,” a gift from the I AM who created him.
The I AM which is God is underived and selfexistent; the “I Am” which is man is derived from God and dependent every moment upon His creative fiat for its continued existence. One is the Creator, high over all, ancient of days, dwelling in light unapproachable. The other is a creature and, though privileged beyond all others, is still but a creature, a pensioner on God’s bounty and a suppliant before His throne.
The deep-in human entity of which we speak is called in the Scriptures the spirit of man. “For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:11) . As God’s self-knowledge lies in the eternal Spirit, so man’s selfknowledge is by his own spirit, and his knowledge of God is by the direct impression of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man.
~ A.W. Tozer, Man the Dwelling Place of God
Last year at this time I weighed 275 lbs and was going in the wrong direction. I was beginning to move from a XXL to a XXXL and I had a 44 inch waist. A number of things caused me to consider getting serious about losing some weight, but it was seeing myself in this picture that spurred me to action:
So I went to work and by the end of the year I had lost 75 lbs. My body went through some pretty serious transformation and adjustment. My shirt size is now L and I am wearing 34 jeans.
I also began running last fall competing in the Turkey Run 5K on Thanksgiving. As I got involved in exercising I gain a new group of like minded friends and ended up joining the Brainerd Lakes Multisport club.
I have run a few races – Run for the Lakes Half Marathon, Moose Run 10 K, and the Tough Mudder 12 mile obstacle course. I am loving my knew healthy lifestyle and the disicpline that I have gain in my weight loss journey has transfered into other areas of my life.
I am currently training for my first Triathlon, Tri for a Cause, and looking forward to the Lakes Country Triathlon in August.
I thank the LORD for motivating me to be a wise steward of all that he has given me including my body. I want to bring glory to him in all things and don’t want to be disqualified because I have not cared for my physical health.
I am excited for the new adventure of being a triathlete. For now I am just training to be one, but come July 21, Lord willing, I will officially become a triathlete.
Asher running to the finish line with Dad at the Run for the Lakes in April 2012