Celebrating 40 Years of Summit Adventure

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This week I am highlighting one of our Recommended Outdoor Programs, Summit Adventure. They are located in Bass Lake, California, but also operate internationally. Summit’s focus is to provide custom adventure programs  and  experiential education as tools to strengthen relationships with God and others. They have been on the cutting edge of Wilderness Leadership and […]

These Painted Hills Point to the Intelligent Design of a Skilled “Painter”

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When I am pressed due to circumstances to fully trust in God, the display of beauty in Creation points me to the Intelligent Design of a Painter who has the sovereign ability to attend to my circumstances. As I snapped this photo in the Wind Rivers in Wyoming recently I couldn’t help but to think […]

4 WAYS TO CONVINCE NON-OUTDOORSY FRIENDS HIKING & CAMPING IS WORTH IT

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I remember someone telling me they didn’t understand why anyone would want to hike because you can see just about anything you wanted from your car. Yeah, seeing it is cool, but how about seeing it, smelling it, hearing it, feeling it, and tasting it? God gave us five senses for a reason.

OUTDOOR RECREATION ESSENTIALS | OVERCOMING THE RISING TIDE OF EXCUSES

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My recent trip to the San Juan Islands north of Seattle causes me to consider how to resist the rising tide of excuses in my life. How do we apply the adage “just do it” to our journey as a follower of Jesus? Outdoor recreation helps us break the habit of making excuses.

A DEEPER MOTIVATION FOR SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WILDERNESS

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Do we love adventure for what we get out of it, or do we love it because it bends us more toward dependency on God? Leading others in the wilderness with attention to risk management requires hard skills to protect your group, but even more importantly, it demands having a shepherd-like heart.

NASA KNOWS THE VALUE OF WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP & TEAM BUILDING

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Imagine working on the International Space Station, having to live in such close proximity with a team of other people for weeks at a time. That requires a unique team. The wilderness helps groups quickly work through interpersonal and problem-solving issues to efficiently establish cohesiveness.

5 WAYS TO BREAK OUT OF ANALYSIS PARALYSIS AND BE A DECISION MAKER

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Do you ever struggle with making decisions? Do you tend to be indecisive in making a choice? This happens when we over-analyze, and become paralyzed by details and choices to the point where we either avoid making a decision or put it off, way to long! The wilderness is a prime training ground for making you and I a good decision maker.

WE STILL LIVE HAND TO MOUTH. DON’T TAKE HARVEST TIME FOR GRANTED

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I want to introduce you a section of a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon that gives me pause during this time of harvest. He was a pastor in London in the late 1800′s, but he had a real affinity for the countryside and the outdoors. In his book, Farm Sermons, you can read some of his messages to country congregations. They are very insighful, especially to urban dwellers who, in his words, live in a world surrounded by “dungy bricks.”