Rally the Base

As the 2016 race for the White House heats up it causes various reactions depending on your political leaning.

After debates pundits declare winners and losers. Candidates do their best to leave us with tweet-able (not a word yet) quotes and memorable sound bites.

As I’ve been watching one thing has been increasing clear to me.

Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, a socialist or anarchist, a political junkie or someone who can’t define the terms I just used, we can all agree about this…

Jesus needed a political adviser.

He needed a campaign manager.

He needed to rally the base.
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15 Days Away

Our family just returned from two wonderful weeks of vacation. 15 days to be specific. We used all major forms of transportation: a train, a cruise ship, a rental car and to return home, a Boeing 737. It was so fun being together with our four children and various extended family members for a memorable fall getaway.
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Power of Pause: Taking Our Time w/ Nolan

For this week’s podcast I sat down with my favorite person (my wife Stacey) to discuss one of my favorite topics (our kids).

As Nolan approaches his second birthday we’re talking about how being the parent of a child with special needs has helped us slow down and take life as it comes.

Before Nolan we had our master plan worked out.

He came along and thankfully took us in a whole new direction.

We couldn’t be more blessed than we are. Nolan makes our lives better. He’s already taught us more than we’ll ever be able to teach him.

Take some time and listen to “Taking Our Time w/ Nolan”:

http://andyjoneslive.com/audio/andyjoneslive7-23-15.mp3

Thanks for listening.

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Power of Pause: Waiting for My Chance

A Power of Pause post from my dad on he and my mom’s 36th anniversary.

I am so thankful for my parents.

As you’ll read, my dad’s upbringing was full of challenges.

He never took it out on us. He and my mom provided a wonderful home for us kids to grow and feel safe.

Here’s his post, “Waiting for My Chance”

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In church circles there is always a lot of talk of ‘daring to dream’ or ‘dreaming God’s dreams for you’ and ‘Fulfilling your God Given Destiny’ etc.

Dave Ramsey says the key to happiness is ‘letting your avocation be your vocation.’ I’m not one to argue (I mean, not like all the time) but I’m not entirely sure about that.

As a 16 year old, staring out the window during 7th period Geometry I certainly didn’t daydream about sitting at my desk updating status reports and creating metrics charts. (That this is what I do for a living serves as proof that God does indeed have a sense of humor)
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