A Deadly Plane Crash (and Reflecting Upon Our Lives)

It’s not usual that tragedy strikes so close to home. A small passenger plane crashed and burned near my home in Northern Colorado, killing the only person inside of it.

This is shocking, to say the least. Children from nearby schools watched the plane crash, no doubt traumatizing them. It is a reminder to all of us that we are closer than we think to our last breath—and that tragedy can happen anywhere.

…for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
(Psalm 103:14, NIV)

As you pray for those who were affected by this crash, I hope you take a moment, along with me, to reflect upon your life. Are we spending the time we have wisely? Are we being good stewards of everything that is given to us?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have not been a good steward of the time Christ has given me. But knowing I could pass at any moment 1) keeps my eyes on Christ throughout all things, and 2) encourages me to spend what time I have loving Jesus, and loving others. Most of all, it reminds me of the absolute importance of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, and gives me urgency to tell others about Him.

At the end of the day, these things are what truly matter. I hope that I, and you all, do them well.

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Do you know Jesus?

Approximately 2,000 years ago, God sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to save the world and to become the only way by which people can know the Father and be saved. Learn more about Jesus and what He has done for you, here.


Please pray (prayer sheet here)…

  • For those affected by this plane crash.
  • That unbelievers would come to know Christ, even through this.
  • For the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, who face trial, difficulty, and probably death everyday.

Thank you for your prayers!

Remembering Rachel Held Evans

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Rachel Held Evans was a liberal Christian theologian who wrote many different books about the Christian faith. According to FaithWire, she passed away on May 4th after suffering seizures and brain swelling from an allergic reaction. She leaves behind her husband and two children. Continue reading

Dying for Christ

On October 30th, 2018, a Baptist missionary named Charles Wesco was killed in the country of Cameroun after moving there with his wife and 8 kids only two weeks prior. He was shot in the head in an area where there was much fighting between separatists.

Upon his death, Charles’ wife, Stephanie, wrote: “My Precious husband, Charles, is now

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The Wesco Family.

with the Savior he adored and faithfully served for many years… His life focus was seeking to cause others to love Jesus and serve him. My prayer is that somehow someway Jesus will be glorified through my Precious Charles’ death and that God will not let his death have been in vain. He is receiving the Martyrs crown from his Lord. My heart is broken. I want to wake up from a horrific nightmare. Please pray for us.”

Men and women all over the world are dying for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Charles died for the One he loved, and he is not the only one. In such a place of violence, innocent people, Christian and non-Christian, are dying every day—like the approximately 12 people who passed away after Boko Haram attacked two cities and one displaced people’s camp near the town of Maiduguri. “They killed nine people in Bulaburin, two people in Dalori, and one in Kofa and looted food supplies before setting them on fire,” according to the reporter.

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Boko Haram’s flag.

We know that all of this non-stop, incessant violence in both situations is satanic in origin. Christ said that “wars and rumors of wars” would happen more and more, as we see His return approaching (Matthew 24:6).

This does not quiet the pain that Mrs. Wesco, or the families of the 12 who passed, though. Those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior are one in body; when one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts. Their pain is deep, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must keep their pain in mind and lift them up to Christ in prayer. These precious loved ones have died for the Savior; “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15, KJV).

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This post is dedicated to Charles Wesco. May He rest in the arms of His Savior, and may His family be strengthened in Christ’s Love during this time.

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Do you know Jesus?

Charles Wesco did not die to merely propagate a religion; He was not a salesman. He loved Jesus, and lived to share Christ with the world. Learn more about Jesus, what He has done and why it matters at all, here.


Please pray for…

  • The Wesco family. As they mourn the death of their beloved husband and father, may the Church step in and help provide them with financial, emotional, and spiritual support.
  • The countless people hurting after Boko Haram’s attacks. Pray that Christ would bring those who are hurting to Himself if they do not know Him yet; if they do know Him, may they know His Comfort, Strength, and Love deeply in and through this situation.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NIV)

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Rest in Peace, Eugene Peterson & Thomas Keating

It is with a sad heart that I report that Eugene Peterson, who created the Message Version of the Bible, passed away on October 22nd after battling dementia and heart failure. Thomas Keating, a Christian monk, also passed away on October 22nd, 2018.

While many do not agree/believe in Peterson’s paraphrased version of the Bible, He is still an important part of many people’s lives and in Christian culture as a whole. Thomas Keating did much for the Christian community as well.

Please take a moment this week and pray for their friends, family, and loved ones. Thank you, brothers Eugene and Thomas, for all you have done.

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Read more about the Jesus Christ, the God Peterson served, here.

Rest in Peace, Claire Wineland

Claire Wineland, a young woman with cystic fibrosis, past September 2nd at the age of 21.

Claire was a cystic fibrosis activist who was very popular on social media, and I was a YouTube follower of hers. She lived life knowing that she would die “faster than everyone else,” yet did not let that stop her from living. While I don’t know about if she had a relationship with Christ, I pray that she did know Christ—and that her family and loved ones do come to know Him.

Rest in Peace, Claire. May we live life as daringly as you did.

“Death is inevitable, living a life you are proud of is something you can control.”
–Claire Wineland