A Fresh Attempt to try and Write More

Over the past few years, I’ve tried several times to “restart” my blog. I want to write. I often find myself capturing ideas, but I got out of my workflow of making the time to write.

All of it is my fault. I screwed up my platform when I left the AndyDarnell.com blog for another domain name. Looking back, it was a dumb idea. I brought all the content from the reboot back to this domain and with the switch, I lost all the images. Whatever. The content is there. I guess years from now I want my daughters to be able to read through and see the struggles and the victories that came with my life. I want to write mostly for them. I want them to be able to have a glimpse and reminder of what was going on in my head at various times.

I’ve been writing over on wingspanmarketing.com more recently, but I really do need to have a place for personal thoughts. So… here we go again. For the 4th or 5th time?

Life is great right now. My family is in a great phase right now… although now more than ever I want it all to slow down. Tabitha and Phoebe are growing up so quickly. Gina and I often pause and look at each other knowing that time is our enemy and that soon we’ll be discussing driving, dating, college. Every moment is definitely a phase that we don’t want to miss.

Work is awesome. Challenging at times for sure, but great. I’ve stretched so much in my role at Howard Brothers. I’m excited for the next 5+ years. Really cool things are coming. I’ve been spending much of the past 30+ days thinking about 2017 and what goals I will have for myself and Howards. One of the things which I am drastically changing will be my day to day priorities. I’m gonna focus more on stories vs traditional marketing strategies. I’m looking forward to story telling and what that can do to build our tribe of fans.

Wingspan feels like it is on the edge of so much more. I often feel like I’m holding everything back. I guess it is the one place where I can force some margin in my life, but it also feels like it could grow a whole lot more if I wanted. I am planning on doing more strategic communication to my clients friends who are clients in 2017. Part of why I upgraded the website is so that I can more easily have a hub for this communication. I often forget that small business owners aren’t marketing experts and don’t have time to learn about best practices for online strategy. I can share more than I do. That’s the new goal.

Church is great. I love the role that I am in right now. I’m kids pastor at Cross Pointe Mill Creek. Every job that I’ve ever undertaken, I’ve given it all I can. This isn’t a job. This is a ministry which the Bible is pretty clear on the consequences for getting it wrong. I’ve definitely felt the weight of responsibility, but when I see the eyes of kids on Sunday mornings and hear stories from their parents about how they enjoy what we’re doing… it makes the “work” so worth it.

Busy. Yep. I’m busy. Most people are busy. We busy ourselves with stuff. We make it seem like we’re overworked and have no time to do anything… but God created us to work. Wait, what? I thought work was a consequence of sin… nope. Wrong. We were working and taking care of the garden before the fruit. That work was intended to be constantly connected to the creator and take care his creation.

We’re no different. We need the constant/consistent connection with God. We need others in our lives who we stand shoulder to shoulder during the care of creation. Sin just made the work more difficult. We’re not as connected to those around us which makes the work seem like we’re all on our own. Getting back to how it was intended is where we need to be. We’ve got to work together to share the load. We have to see the work through the eyes of God. We have to celebrate the wins of the work. We get to worship God for the wins.

Well… Let’s see how this work of writing continues. Maybe someone will read this. If you do, leave a brief comment to let me know you’re here.




Reel Grace – Lay Down the Law

Romans 7:1-25


Trying to get caught up on ‪#‎reelgrace‬ sermons from @jgmerritt – It has been great series. ‪#‎sketchnotes‬

I really liked the visual that was made between Paul’s almost schizophrenic emotion that is found in Romans 7:15-20 to that of Frodo being controlled by the ring. He knows what he should do, but doesn’t. He knows he should get rid of the evil that is in the ring, but it controls him and he does what he hates.

I also enjoyed the peek into the next sermon that will cover Romans 8. The law of sin is replaced by the law of the Spirit. The Law reveals sin, but the Law of the Spirit will set us free from the law of sin and death.




Bible in 90 Days | Luke 20 – John 6: Day 77

Once again, almost a month later I am getting back. ugh. No excuse. Someone hold me accountable, please. Had I kept it going on schedule… I would have finished Revelation today.

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Bible in 90 Days | Luke 10 – 19: Day 76

Got behind again over the weekend. Got a lot of work done, but failed to crack open my Bible or Bible app. #Fail. Back at it today.

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Bible in 90 Days | Luke 1 – 9: Day 75

Luke, the person has to be a very interesting guy. He’d be a fun guy to hang out with and bounce questions off of. If he had a Twitter account at the time, he’d have a Klout score of 90+. He wasn’t one of the 12 Apostles, but had to be a guy on the inside. He witnessed a lot of what is documented in the New Testament, but also investigated and researched much of it.

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Luke 1

Theophilus must have been a friend and someone of influence who Luke respected. They probably had a lot of ideas that were not shared between the two, but there had to be a level of respect shared. They probably both loved history and current events.

Luke writes both the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts to Theophilus as a record of his research about all things that had taken place. He researched it with extreme detail.

Learned of the details that led up to John the Baptist being born. Perhaps he heard the tales of John being compared to Elijah and knowing his history figured that there was an amazing story from his parents. Thus the Zechariah and Elizabeth story.

We also have the well known Christmas story through Luke. He had to have spoken with Mary and family members who knew of truth of Jesus’ birth. He details the prophecies and shows how when God makes a promise… he keeps it. Nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 2

The birth of Jesus. The shepherds, angels, wisemen, Mary, Joseph, the Inn, the manger. Bethlehem. God had been quiet for 400 years and now it was time for salvation to be seen. Light and revelation would be felt. When Jesus showed up, he wasted no time in letting his parents know that he would be found in his Father’s house preparing for his earthly ministry.

Luke 3

John the Baptist is at work. He is calling people from sin to God through faith.

Jesus’s mission = find missing people and make disciples.

Luke 4

Jesus undergoes temptation from Satan. This version from Luke has more details than the other versions… You gotta wonder who Luke got these details from. It probably was not Jesus and I can’t imagine Satan sat down with him and debriefed Luke on the encounter. Had to have been divine revelation but reinforced through conversations with the disciples and followers.

Luke 5

Peter hears the word of God. From God. Wow. He wisely responds “At your word” I will do what you want me to do. Wow.

Peter is called and he realizes that Jesus cares about him. He realizes that he could go and catch… not just fish.

They left everything to follow him on mission.

Paralytic leaves everything that he had known.

Levi leaves everything he had known.

Pharisees just don’t get it. They are unwilling to leave all that they KNOW.

Luke 6

The 12 apostles were an odd bunch. You had guys from all backgrounds, beliefs, states of life and standing… They came together in unity with a leader who led. They followed.

Jesus’ teachings directly contradicted culture. They were metaphors yet literal. They were paradoxes. They were heavy yet freeing. They were direct and personal but needed by all. He was the Rock that we all need to understand any of it and weather any storm in life.

Luke 7

The centurion has amazing faith. Jesus even admits it. How did some people totally see and get the miracles that he performed yet others were blinded to who he was. Who he said he was. His actions proclaimed the truth.

Luke 8

A chapter later, the disciples… the very people with him are in a boat and scared for their safety. Jesus calms the storm and he asks them “Where is your faith?” Wonder if the centurion, if on the boat, would have put them in their place. They were so close, yet so far away from the truth.

Luke 9

Jesus then sends these faithless guys our 2×2 to proclaim the gospel. They had to learn that they must die to themselves and follow him daily.

While other people reject Him, they must remain firm. The cost of following him is high, but there is no other way.


Bible in 90 Days | Mark 10 – 16: Day 74

Chapter 9 of Mark ends up talking about the fact that salt that has lost its saltiness can not be made salty again. A whole lot of focus on salt. We often hear this verse and focus on the salt aspect… but the last part of the verse and chapter almost seems like it is thrown in at the end.

“And Be at peace with one another”

It just seems thrown in there. We have to remember that the original books of the Bible were not written how we see it now. there were no chapters and verse numbers. So as we jump into chapter 10, think about that last statement about being at peace with others.

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Bible in 90 Days | Matthew 27 – Mark 9: Day 73

Not sure why I didn’t just go ahead and try to finish Matthew yesterday. Oh well. Let’s get to it.

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Matthew 27

Jesus is delivered to Pilate. Jesus never answered. Not once. Pilate was amazed at his “non-response.” He is even more surprised that the people who have crowded choose Barabbas to be released from prison and punishment.

Jesus is crucified. The text of the Bible do not come close to describing the horror that took place.

He is mocked and laughed at before death by the soldiers. After he dies and after earthquakes and darkness and bodies being raised from the ground… The centurian who was watching it all isn’t laughing anymore. He is filled with AWE and admits that “truly, this was the Son of God.”

Jesus is buried. There is a guard put in place.

Matthew 28

After the Sabbath, three days later, Jesus is resurrected. Jesus greeted the women who had come to tomb. Women are the first to see him.

Matthew ends abruptly with the disciples and Jesus on a mountain in Galilee. He tells them that authority is given to them and that they are to go into all the world. Make disciples of all. Baptize them. Teach them to observe/obey Jesus’ teaching. He also tells them that He is with them forever.

Mark 1

Mark begins in the midst of the story. John the Baptist and Jesus are already alive. John is proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He baptizes Jesus. Jesus is immediately taken into the wilderness where he undergoes physical temptation from Satan. Jesus does not fail. He starts his ministry and calls disciples to follow Him.

Jesus teaches and heals with authority that the scribes do not have. He amazes crowds.

Mark 2

Jesus heals and the scribes just sit there thinking that he is blaspheming God.

He continues to call disciples to Him. Levi (the tax collector) is called. The Pharisees can’t believe it. Jesus simply says that He came not for the righteous but for sinners.

Jesus is questioned… and yet he turns around and asks his own questions.

Mark 3

Crowds are following Jesus and the disciples (apostles.) There are 12 now. When asked if Jesus has time for his Mother and Brothers… Jesus tells them that those who are doing the will of God are his family.

Mark 4

Jesus teaches a parable about a sower. He uses parables to explain to his disciples truth. To some, the parables would be void of meaning… to others, they would be crystal clear.

Later Jesus commands with authority a storm. This storm is like a parable. Sometimes we need to experience the storms before calm can happen.

Mark 5

Jesus heals a man who has a demon. This man suffered long with the demon. It is a reminder to us that we can not ignore those who cry out to us. We must have compassion on them as we were given compassion. After Jesus heals the man, the disciples and Jesus get in a boat to leave. The man goes on mission to tell anyone and everyone he can about his healing and the man who healed him.

Jairus came and asked Jesus to heal his daughter. He asked publicly  Jesus healed the daughter privately. Another woman comes to Jesus privately seeking healing. She is publicly healed.

Mark 6

Jesus is rejected in his home of Nazareth. Jesus sends out the 12 Apostles to use the authority that they have to proclaim repentance to the world. The 12 were sent 2 by 2. I have a note I wrote in my Bible that says says it was 6 teams that went to 204 cities. If they averaged a week per city… this would be 9 months work.

John the Baptist is killed.

Jesus feeds the 5 thousand. Amazing miracle. He walks on water. Even more amazing? He controls the winds and storms.

Where ever they went, sick were brought to him for healing. Since he is not dead and is still alive… we should still bring sick to him. Since he is with us, we can introduce them to Him at anytime.

Mark 7 – 8

The Pharisees start this chapter debating traditions and commandments with Jesus. In the next chapter, They end want to see a sign that He is who He says He is. He performs SO MANY signs and miracles during his earthly ministry. Ugh. Clueless generation for sure.

Mark 9

More healing. There is a great interaction with Him and a father of a child who is healed. After the healing… the father pleas with Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief.”

Jesus is transfigured in front of them… yet they still argue about who will be greater in Heaven.

They are told to not stop anyone who does mighty works in His name. For the one who is not against us is for us.

Bible in 90 Days | Matthew 16 – 26: Day 72

Adding even more depression to the fact that I have gotten WAY behind in my Bible reading is the fact that when I open my Pocket ESV, the bookmark ribbon is still where it was on March 25.


You see, the 90 day thing was a challenge. One that I failed. But the best part about reading the Bible is that no matter where you are in life, you can start right now. Read a little Gain a LOT.

God will not allow you to read something and get nothing from it. The Word of God has truth that we need.

Make the effort. Do it.

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