To all the Old Roads


To All the old Roads

For a person who is planning on at least trying to make a living off of words. I find it a struggle some days to put together the words to describe the last several years of my life. After many years of being remotely connected to this thin lifeline during hard times. My mind now plays tricks on me as I wonder how much was real and how much was an illusion. Now after a decade and a half of this adventure with a third of it being on staff, a lot has happened, too much to document. But still, I wonder about the value of it all.

The first two-thirds of this saga I gladly defended the ministry as I lived in two different locations in the west. Read nearly all they ever printed and learned many valuable things. To me, it was a “breath of fresh air” compared to the rest of the church at large. Powerful, strong and moving forward in the things of the spirit. It did really seem to my mind to be the strong wall the Lord was raising up in this age.

So I pursued this, gladly without hesitation. Not that all I had experienced before this was somehow wrong, I mean, I have attended several John Wimber meetings, experience a Vineyard church plant and the music of Rich Mullins had introduced me to The Ragamuffin Gospel. So with what I had now found in MorningStar, I seriously felt like I had found something that took off where the teaching and experiences of the Vineyard had changed after Wimber died.

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What have we become?


What have we become?

A continuation of last years post, “Whatcom County Prophetic”

About a year ago I did a blog post called the “Whatcom County Prophetic.” {Click here to read it} In it, I reflected on a trip my wife and I took back to the land we grew up in. In that article, I talked about the

general spiritual condition of the region as well as some insights I felt the Lord gave me. In it, I asked a simple question, “where were your prophets?”

This was in response to decades of attitudes towards people who had a touch of the Prophetic in there lives that the churches miss understood. People who if they had been encouraged and trained could have maybe changed the unfortunate course the county is now on. Continue reading

FireLights


Like a herald of the evening sky is the dawning light between the pine trees.

Gone is the work of day, moving aside for the campfire of the night.

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For life is bigger than the back yard of the house.

And brighter than the twinkling of the night lights.

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One by one I count them until I’ve lost count.

For who can count all those little lights?

One by one the sparks of the campfire find my legs.

For I twitch at the pain of those little lights.

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So I drink a sip of cold tea and dream of worlds yet to write.

Gone is this old place, as my mind dances between worship and worlds yet unseen.

Run away


I shall run away to the land of Home

Of cool water drops and morning misty dew.

Of Chickens underfoot and new honey-do too do.

Of Firewood in rows laid before the silence of winter falls.

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Watching for the times of Harvest and Planting

while milking the steady few.

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Fading are the memories of older ways

Of inventory games and warehouse ways

Of ministry games and self exalted plays.

Of tiny human kingdoms with playdoh knights

I shall run away to the Land of Home

And write with a little life

for those in the land of the Lost and Lonely.

Book Trailer


Hey Everbody, I am trying a new publisher. Look what they did for the first book.

 

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Age of Shadows

Top Ten ways…


From the Vineyards ministries Cutting Edge magazine for church planters.

Winter 1998

By Steve Sjogren

Top ten ways to know your in a bad church.

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Appalachian Sound


Sound, Water, and Light are of the most powerful and profound things of this world. Anyone of these can build or destroy. And sometimes one opens the door for all so that they may dance together.

Through the sound of the words, “Let there be Light” Light was invited over the threshold to our world so that water now rested on the Earth.

Heavenly sounds played by human fingers can bring the invitation of Light deep within us so that the Father may overshadow the well of our souls with peace.

Deep thinking (unspoken words) can give birth to wisdom in such places.

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A Little Light


If you have ever read the back cover of one of my books you will notice that I describe myself as a person who likes good food. This is something I fully accredit or blame on my wife the Foodie. Because of her ability to taste the finer points of food, I now find myself noticing the quality of products more and more. The long-term effect of this is, of course as I grow older is the unwelcome extra pounds that are now part of my life.

My wife has now had the experience of being a professional chef. Her finely honed food skills over the last few years have cooked for groups well over 500 people at times. And trust me, my waistline has only benefited from Chef Kathy’s growing skills. Continue reading

Riding a Dead Horse


 

Riding a Dead Horse
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern Church Ministries and Federal Governments, however, a whole range of far more advanced Continue reading

Naomi’s NOOK!


Here is a wonderful review of my first book. Enjoy