How do we know?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on 08-11-2012-05-2008

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Let me ask you how did you get here?

Think about it for a moment.

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Preparing for death

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on 04-01-2011-05-2008

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ChristoncrossMonday afternoon we arrived at my parents house for a visit with my parents and grandmother after Christmas.  We were planning to travel home Wednesday afternoon to prepare to host a new year’s party at our house.  Tuesday, Grandma stopped eating and drinking and when she went to bed that evening my dad and I had our final conversation with her.  Wednesday she spoke her final words in the morning to my kids and she passed away Friday night.  While it was a surprise how quickly it went, she was on hospice and it was expected to happen sometime.  It just seemed to go quickly at the end.

Death has a way of helping us take time to reflect and give careful thought to our values.  As I sat at my grandmother’s bedside I thought about Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Moving!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on 26-05-2010-05-2008

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The photo that sold our house

“You’re getting three offers on your house!” our realtor said over the phone.  We couldn’t believe it!

Four weeks ago we decided we would list our house and if it sold we would move to Duluth.  We listed the house Thursday.  On Monday we had three showings and all three made an offer.  Tuesday we compared offers and accepted an offer for more than our asking price!

Our realtor in Duluth said “that’s amazing – a friend of mine in Bemidji said the market is soft!” Read the rest of this entry »

I graduated! What’s next?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on 29-04-2010-05-2008

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I did it! I graduated from New Area Director Training.  It took me two years, but I have completed the training with friends from around the nation.  The training is designed to help me transition from campus work to my new role as a supervisor.

So what did I learn?  Much of what we learned related to how we can better supervise our staff.  I must have learned something, because my staff think I am the best area director.

At a recent staff team meeting, my staff team decided to honor my graduation by presenting me a very special award, “Best Area Director.”  They even made a mortar board hat for me (see picture).

After graduation, people often ask what’s next?  Hopefully more of the same.  I love my job!

Coming up: interviewing staff candidates, work with new staff at leadership camp and help staff plan out new student outreach for Fall 2010.

Who provides it?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Life | Posted on 12-03-2010-05-2008

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Money TreeI recently thanked a donor for his increasing financial support.  His response told me he counted it a privilege to support us.  He went on to say that as long as he and his wife had a job that they would support us.  By they way he responded, I asked if he was expecting that to happen soon.  He told me about three scenarios for how the company may decide to make cuts if the current economic trend continues.  In two of the scenarios he would likely keep his job but in the third he could potentially lose his job.  Then he said, “It’s the Lord that provides the ability for me to work, and the Lord who provides what we need.”

As InterVarsity staff we are required to raise 100% of our salary, benefits and other ministry expenses.  This raises several questions that you must wrestle with early on.  One of the reoccurring questions I was asked early on in fund raising was, “why don’t you get a real job?” Read the rest of this entry »

How can I know?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Life | Posted on 04-02-2010-05-2008

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What should I major in?  Who should I marry?  What  job should I take?  Where should I live?  What should I do?  The list of questions we ask God are endless.  Inquiring minds want to know.  At every stage in life we ask a new set of questions.  I am asking, should I go to seminary?  Where should I go to seminary?

How do we know which path to take?  How do we know whether it will honor God?  How can we be sure it is the will of God?

The short answer is: we can’t!  The long answer is that we can use the Bible, community, prayer, and history to help us figure it out.  What do I mean by that? Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

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Knowing God’s Will

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Life | Posted on 25-01-2010-05-2008

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wedding

“Brian, God wants us to get married.”  I can still hear the words echoing in my mind.  I was shocked.  Sure we were friends, but we weren’t even dating!  I don’t even remember how I responded but I do remember struggling with those words for quite a while.  I remember asking, is it true? Has God spoken to her but not me?  Am I going to miss something?  Is this God’s will for me?  Today, she is no longer following God and I have no doubt it was not God’s will for us to marry.  I have grown in my understanding of what God’s will is and how to discern it.  I am married to a wonderful wife who is following Jesus.

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Christmas 2007

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on 27-12-2007-05-2008

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Sandi and I traveled to Brainerd for our last Christmas without children. Friday through Monday we had a great time with the whole family home. Playing games and exchanging gifts. Sandi and I received a surprise gift from my brother and sister and their spouses when we arrived on Friday night. A new video camera to keep everyone updated about our child. So I spent the weekend video taping various events and editing a summary video.

Visiting Wheaton and Chicago

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on 16-07-2007-05-2008

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In June of 2007 we traveled to Wheaton IL to work on Sandi’s masters program. We both took a class on church planting and Sandi took a class on CS Lewis. She loved it! On Saturday afternoon we took a day trip to Chicago to see the city. It was a lot of fun, but a bit too short.

DC and VA Vacation

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on 16-07-2007-05-2008

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Sandi and I traveled out to DC for a week to see her niece get married in Blacksburg Virginia. While there, we had a chance to see the Virginia Tech memorial. Then we spent a week in Washington DC. We saw the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Spy Museum.