So much of what is cool about Ransomed Heart is the ministry that spins off of what RH does. In the spirit of that, I want to tell a story about Paul Lavelle, who attended a Wild at Heart Boot Camp some 15 years ago—as an unbeliever, skeptical of... READ MORE
In the dream workshop my son, Kris, and I built with raw logs one timber at a time, we’ve accumulated a lifetime of gadgets and equipment. We have a lot of really great tools, some for very specific tasks and many that have multiple functions. When... READ MORE
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do. –Romans 7:15, 18b
I recently traveled to South Dakota to join a group of men in enjoying some of the finest pheasant hunting there is. At the same time, my... READ MORE
Recently I dropped in on a group of men I used to pray with weekly years ago. They are active in a business men’s ministry in Southern California where I came to faith back in the early 1980s. These are such good men, pursuing the Kingdom in their... READ MORE
We here at Ransomed Heart are still in a season of grieving over Craig’s departure to the Kingdom. The mission goes on and there are things we must do to sustain what God has called us to do as a ministry; however, we are still—as a fellowship and... READ MORE
It's hard to believe he is gone. I just walked past his office and saw his desk, fixtures, his computer, and his books; everything pretty much as he left it weeks ago. Craig unexpectedly had to leave Colorado Springs and head to Houston because,... READ MORE
What makes a fierce warrior?
Recently, I found myself taking a day to do nothing but watch college football. (I cannot remember ever doing that other than on a New Year’s Day.) The season was in its last two weeks of regular schedules, with... READ MORE
God calls us into risk.
Before I began my time at Ransomed Heart almost 15 years ago, I was toward the end of my 25-year building career as a home-builder and developer in Southern California. Our rather small company built in multiple sectors of... READ MORE
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving [gratefulness], let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ... READ MORE
What does that word stir in you?
About a year ago, my wife and I were talking with a counselor I’d spent some time with when my wife said, "Thank you for giving me back my Bart." I turned to her and replied, "Sweetheart, I have... READ MORE
I have a good friend, Jim Horsley, who once said, "When your memories exceed your dreams, you are headed for the grave." In other words, your best days are ahead. Living with this mindset is really the only way to truly live.
Jim, whom I greatly... READ MORE
Why is it that the holidays when families gather are often fraught with warfare? I contend, in the context of spiritual warfare, this is a front where the enemy enjoys his greatest victories against what we deeply desire to enjoy with our... READ MORE
Recently at a Ransomed Heart Boot Camp our men's team was confronted with a question: “How do you men stay ‘accountable’ to one another?”
When I hear the word “accountable” I think of either business discipline or a religious legalistic... READ MORE