What Christians Strive to Be

I was reading Oswald Chambers this morning and the entry for this day painted a picture. This picture looks strikingly different to what all other religions and people strive to be in life. I have never heard of another religion or system trying to make people into not themselves with no promise of power, gain,…

The Highest Calling

I haven’t done many things in my lifetime. I realize this now that I’m old enough to say I have A LOT to learn and young enough to say that I at least have to time undertake the challenge or experiencing some of it. The most recent experience that I undertook was becoming a parent.…

Fatherhood: It’s Only the Beginning

She is here. Little Hope Marie Nikkel came right on her due date on October 12th. I can’t believe that it actually happened and that I’m a father and that my wife is a mother. Well, I always knew she’d be a great mother but I’ve just been doing what comes natural. I love her…

It’s COMING!

There have been clear signs that baby girl Nikkel is almost upon us. I have all my sub plans figured out. Everything is ready to go with school and the paperwork is all wrapped up. We’ve had a shower and we’ve made quite a few purchases which I’m sure won’t be our final purchases for…

Media in the Hands of a Distracted Child

So there’s this problem that I have. It’s one of those problems that you have that you don’t see until someone points it out. Scripture tells us that its like a man looking at his own reflection then forgetting what he looks like. I would say that’s pretty accurate. Every since I was a kid,…

Millennials-My Generation???

There was a topic brought up in church last week that caught my interest. This generation that is coming into it’s own which I claim as my own. I was only ten years old when 2000 hit but I think I relate more to the millennials than I do to the current generation of youth.…

IT’S A GIRL!

Yup, it’s a girl. Oh boy…it’s a girl. Not sure what to do with that. Honestly, I suppose I’m disappointed just because all fathers want a son to play sports with and teach life lessons to. Girls are…..HARD! Really, really hard! They are complicated and hard to understand and they have a lot of emotions.…