May 8, 2020

Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but t...

April 3, 2020

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13 ESV

  Last week, eight participants and I returned from a ten day wilderness program in B...

April 2, 2020

(With the craziness of the Corona virus and the field portion of my doctoral project I've gotten behind on blog entries.  Here is the entry that should have posted early last month.)- JM

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also la...

February 14, 2020


Currently I am in the middle of the writing phase of the Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership from Denver Seminary. I’m almost 4 years in to a 5 year degree program. There were times that it felt like this journey would never end, but bit by bit I’m getting...

January 1, 2020

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away, the new has come.

2 Cor. 5:17 ESV

   This past month I volunteered at the Granite Gripper Climbing Competition at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg Texas.  In many ways...

December 18, 2019

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him rooted and built up in Him and  established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  Col 2:6-7

   In front of my childhood home near Phoenix, Arizona stands a...

November 23, 2019

Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 5:20 ESV


    This coming year will mark a decade of ministry through Ascend Outdoor Adventures. In many ways it seems like the past ten years have flown by, and in some ways it...

October 29, 2019

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah. 26:3 ESV

  Brother Lawrence was a simple Carmelite monk who lived in 17th century France. As a humble cook in the monastery he learned the importance of communion with God durin...

September 6, 2019

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set  eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Eccl. 3:11 NIV

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a...

August 20, 2019

And the Word  became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 ESV

   In modern day western society we go to great lengths to remove ourselves from the discomforts and inconve...

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