Hey Embrace! How’s everyone doing? I’m thankful … blown away … and completely PUMPED! If you haven’t heard the exciting news, Embrace is going to Tea! Since August of 2009 we’ve been praying about going multi-site as a church, which basically means having the same church worship in multiple locations. For the first few years, […]
became a follower of Christ: 7.13.99
family: wife becky, 2 sons hudson and wilson and a daughter grayson
clark high school (clark, sd) class of 2000
augustana college (sioux falls, sd) business admin w/ marketing, class of 2004
asbury seminary (wilmore, ky) masters of divinity, class of 2007
to love Jesus
to be a good husband, dad and friend
to tell as many people as possible about Jesus
Hey Embrace! We are SO EXCITED to announce that we’re launching a new campus of Embrace … our Online Campus … this Sunday, January 12th! You can visit iamembrace.com/onlinecampus to watch and participate in the entire Embrace worship service online. This new online worship experience is perfect for the person who doesn’t have a church […]
Lord, help me look to you. When I’m endlessly searching for my worth. When I’m scared. When I’m so unsure of how things are going to come together. When I’m caught up in constantly comparing myself to others. When life seems to be passing by too quickly. When I’m trying to find “enough.” When I’m […]
It almost seems wrong doesn’t it? I mean, church isn’t supposed to be fun. God said that we’re supposed to be quiet … and miserable … and bored out of our minds in worship, right? But is this something we’ve decided or has He? This past Sunday at Embrace was Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday. We […]
A few weeks back I stopped by a gas station here in town. When I went inside to pay for the gas, I ended up in line behind a middle-aged woman. As I stood there, I couldn’t help but immediately notice her foot. It was terribly infected. To the point that you could just tell […]
All throughout seminary, I would constantly hear about God moving in places like Africa and Asia and South America … which is wonderful! But I always used to wonder: “Is God not moving here?” “Why do I never hear about God moving in awesome ways here?” “Is nothing happening here?” Well, I’m so thankful to […]
Hey Embrace! We need your help! This week we’re challenging EVERYONE to do 2 quick things to invite people to our Fall Kickoff through Facebook! Here’s how you can help! Go the Fall Kickoff Facebook event by clicking here and once there: #1 Simply respond and let us know you’re coming! #2 Click the “invite […]
Hey Embrace! I CAN’T WAIT FOR FALL KICKOFF! It’s coming up on Sunday, September 8th at each one of our regular services: 9, 10,11:15am & 6:05pm. Click here for more. Each year as we lead up to Fall Kickoff, we challenge everyone at Embrace with simple actions (hanging up a poster, sending out a Facebook invite, etc.) that we can […]
Hey Embrace!I hope this finds you well. Things couldn’t be better here. Thankful for so much. I’m so excited to say that we have several new job openings at Embrace! As we continue to move forward and grow as a church, our hope is to continue to be the church that we currently are and […]
Hey Everyone!On Sunday, we were so excited to announce the next step in our partnership with Mission Haiti! This past February, a group of us from Embrace traveled to Haiti for our first missions trip. Our hope was to find ways that we could continue to partner with Mission Haiti long term and the Lord […]
Summer is Heating Up at Embrace! I don’t think I have ever been so excited about summer! Winter seemed to go on forever, but now hot summer days are here! What am I so excited for? The kids are out of school. Grilling. Going to the lake. Driving my Rambler. Hanging out with friends and […]
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten more and more questions and emails around adoption! I love it. Here’s a post that I shared awhile back about adoption and I thought I’d share it with all of you again. Adoption. Over a year and a half ago, we brought home our 2nd son… Mussie Tulla… […]
He must increase and I must decrease. (John 3:30 CEB) These are the words of John the Baptist talking about Jesus. John has done his job of “preparing the way” and getting the word out about Jesus coming. And now that Jesus is here… instead of wanting the spotlight and focus on himself… […]
Some of the things we talk constantly about at Embrace is “reaching the next person for Christ”, basing decisions off of “those yet to come”, and being “pumped about those who are joining us for the first time”. I’d be surprised if we didn’t say at least one of these phrases on any given Sunday. […]
I’m not sure what’s gotten into me… but tonight I’m fired up! Maybe it’s due to the fact that our Fall Kickoff on Sunday was awesome! Maybe it’s due to laying under the stars in my backyard for a bit last night… realizing that once again I’ve made God so much smaller than He is… […]
A couple of weekends ago I went to St Louis, and on my way back home at one of the airports I met a guy who started talking with me about God. He had been a Christian for years… and was thankful for what God had done in his life… and then I asked him […]
Each Fall as another school year begins, I always try and be intentional to lift up all of the students and teachers in prayer… this year I didnt need to try and be intentional… Its something my wife and I have been doing for months… our oldest, Hudson, is going to kindergarten. For me, its […]
There is nothing more powerful than so clearly seeing God at work. On Sunday and since then, its been an absolute gift to hear from so many of you… about how the Lord used the service as a whole and the message from this past week talking about complaining. I dont think anyone needed to […]
A promise that I know I need to hear almost daily…
This past Sunday, we looked at the story of Moses and we ended up asking 2 different questions. –What is the Lord calling/challenging/commanding each of us individually to do? –Whats keeping us from doing/responding/following through with whatever it is? If you missed the service on Sunday, Id encourage you to check out the message! Click […]
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“He lifted out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked.” […]
“My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.” - Psalm 38:5 (NIV)
Check out these verses from Psalm 32: “When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me; my strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Selah. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and […]
“The heavens declare the glory of GOD and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” - Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” - I John 4:8 What does this mean for you?
“For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.” – Psalm 138:6 (ESV)
Rest Stop. (Warning: Lots of rambling below. Little spiritual content included.) This past Sunday was quite the day. I went up to H20ville (aka Watertown, SD) on Saturday night (my wife was adamant that the weather was supposed to be terrible and I shouldnt go) so that I could wake up and preach 2 services […]
Pastor.Human.Adam. I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I graduated from seminary. A year since Becky and I packed up our things, life, and son and moved a thousand miles from Kentucky to the always perfect weather and beauty of South Dakota (a touch of sarcasm in there somewhere). A year since I […]