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Andy Braner
Durango, Colorado
A spritual journeyman interested in sharing life with teenagers around the world.
Interests: i love jesus. i love re-thinking the christian faith so we can be more like jesus. i love reading great authors, and i love the outdoors.
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Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The Journey
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Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The Journey
Andy, Braner President/CEO Ahava Ministries, Author, International Youth Advocate Albuquerque, New Mexico Area Hi TypePad, I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. - Andy, Confirm that you know Andy, You received an invitation to connect. LinkedIn will use your email address to make suggestions to our members in features like People You May Know. Unsubscribe This email was intended for TypePad Post. Learn why we included this. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact LinkedIn Customer Service. © 2014, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Journey
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Posted May 9, 2014 at The Journey
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Posted May 5, 2014 at The Journey
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It's been a GREAT RUN here on the Typepad platform. For the last 8 years, I've posted over 2500 blogs, and had nearly 7 Million Unique Visitors. To all of you I say...THANKS!! Starting May 1, I'll be moving my blog to another platform. Still, I'll use the domain http://www.andybraner.com, but it will look so much better. The new platform will have bigger pictures, links to all my speaking information, a media page, and so much more. Thanks for hanging in there. My new Address for your updated readers will be http://www.andybraner.wordpress.com. Come and join me with new and improved ways to have The Journey delivered as you like it. See you over there. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at The Journey
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I've been working on a new book tentatively called NO FEAR IN LOVE. It's a book that takes a look at the way we allow Fear to drive almost every decision we make in developing relationships, faith, traditions, and keeps us from working from a place of confidence. If I'm honest with myself, there are certain places I find fear emerge in my heart, Right? I mean I can act all tough like I have life together, but if I'm HONEST with myself and those around me, FEAR is a real part of human nature. We're scared of all kinds of stuff. Fear can take so many different forms. We can be fearful of spiders and snakes, so whenever they cross our paths we just pick up a shovel and remove the fear from our lives. We can be fearful of health, so we take drastic steps to eat right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at The Journey
That's Right. This Summer, KIVU is Offering a 7 day Man Camp. MEN ONLY. We recognize, in a world where young men are trying to figure out who they are and how to be a man in 2014, there needs to be a place in the world where Men can be Men. So many of our families call and ask: 1. Is it ok that my son is addicted to Video Games? Modern Warfare, Zombies, and Battle Games are a Billion Dollar Business. Students are staying up late, and foregoing those old imaginary activities they can have by just going outside. Adventure is found on a television, not in real life. And there's something to be said for this problematic trend. At the same token, Video Games are the only place young men have control over their destiny. They have to sit in class, dress up for church, and continue... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at The Journey
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After watching the Kansas City News story unfold, I'm more confident than ever...Our World Is Spinning Out Of Control. How in the world in 2014 do we see someone willing to take a weapon against an ethnic group, an elderly home, or for that matter ANYONE? Haven't we figured out how to get out of this vicious cycle of hate? I guess it's a naive presupposition to think humanity can come so far technologically that we still have to 'battle' it out. But when I take a look under the surface of my own prejudices, I'm faced with the horror of similar views in my own heart. I mean, I'm not packing heat to gun someone down, but the fear laying just below the surface in my own self needs to be dealt with, somehow. The fear of loss. The fear of insignificance. The fear of rejection. All these things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at The Journey
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When 18 people decide to go to follow the footsteps of Jesus, CRAZY things happen. As most of you have followed along the journey, you know KIVU takes a Global trip every year to share our relationships with people who attend our Teenage Summer Program in Colorado. This year, we had an AMAZING group of people who wanted to go and see what's going on in the Holy Land. I told them from the beginning, "You can take a tour of the Holy Land with a tour guide, but I promise you; I'll give you a behind the scenes look at everything going on politically, economically, and theologically." I'm not a big fan of tours anyway. I like to meet people, talk to people who live on the ground, and figure out what's really going on outside of the normal tourist sites. We started in Tiberius along the Sea of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at The Journey
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The Internet has been spotty at best, so I'll try to recount the last few days. Most of you know, 18 KIVU followers decided to go on a Journey to the Holy Land. The Purpose: To walk the footsteps of Jesus, and learn about what's going on over in Israel. Why is Israel always on the news? Why does there seem to be so much instability? Can any of this be like it was when Jesus was here, or do we just continue to long for Him to come back and fix this mess? The other day we had a chance to walk up to the Temple Mount Platform where the Dome of the Rock stands in all its golden glory. The place once filled with the Sacrifices of the Jews is now a Holy Place where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad Journeyed to Heaven to talk to Allah. Two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at The Journey
Today was another wonderful day with some of the coolest KIVU folks around. We started the day driving to Jericho, a city that boasts of 10K years of contiguous civilization. How crazy is that? Over 10,000 years!!! In America, if something is 100 years old we hold a big party. Crazy to think we're walking in places where people wrote of legends. We stopped at the Mountain of Temptation to see where Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness. The kids rode camels, saw the big barren desert, and continued their journey to walk the footsteps of Jesus. We went to KUMRAN, the society of the old Essene group responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls. CRAZY to see those scrolls contained almost 100% of some the Old Testament books like Isaiah. Then we headed to the Dead Sea. We floated together in the high mineral water, rubbed the black mud all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at The Journey
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After an 11 hour flight from Newark N.J., to Tel Aviv Israel, we made it. Eighteen of us hopped on a tour bus from the airport and got out of the city as fast as we could. When the bus stopped we pulled over to the fishing town of Galilee/Tiberius. What an awesome view. We started the day off at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We read from Matthew 5 and then walked around with visions of what it must have been like for Jesus and the disciples to teach their communities about the Kingdom of Heaven come to Earth. Then we checked out the place where Jesus was supposed to have done the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 with the bread and fish. Calire tried to walk on water as Jesus did in the Sea of Galilee. It didn't work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The Journey
At the beginning of any "Braner" style adventure, I get super excited. This morning, I'm starting the adventure of a lifetime. I'm taking 18 KIVU folks over the Atlantic for a week of Holy Land emersion. We'll walk where Jesus walked. We'll sit in the same place Jesus sat in the Garden. We'll be on the same sea the disciples were on. We'll see the place where the Wise Men came. We'll see where the Shepherds saw the angels. We'll walk the streets of Jerusalem with the business similar to Jesus' day. And right before Easter, we'll see where Jesus was crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven. I'm excited to see all the sites, but I'm more excited to see all my friends. Last year, we had a group of teenagers from Bethlehem attend our summer camp in Colorado called KIVU. I'm excited to re-connect with them, see how friendships... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Journey
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In 2005, I started taking students around the world to serve. I quickly saw our World View Traning was lacking an important part to be significant in the lives of the students coming to our facility in Colorado, EXPERIENCE. We began as a small group of 12 heading out for the great unknown in Costa Rica. Without taking up the majority of this blog with details, I can say with definity it was the best decision we ever made. Learning to Love God and Love Others is our motto. We served for a whole week of real mission like service, and at the end of the trip we saw students who returned home different than when they arrived. They're care for others in their own community grew, and many of them have become life long friends who embody WHOLE FAITH LIVING. On a parent night at KIVU a few years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Journey
I came home last night to see Jamie and the girls watching their favorite show season opener of Dancing with the Stars. I don't know if you've spent anytime following DWTS over the last few seasons, but these people are CRAZY!! This is the aerobic work out of a lifetime. Each show they put together a new routine, and then they dance in front of millions of people. One professional dancer takes One Celebrity and they see how far they can compete through each season. It's pretty funny to watch, especially this season when Billy Dee Williams (77 year old Lando Calrision from Star Wars) is strutting his dance moves on the runway. In any event, last night a couple of dancers went through the first part and then up comes Amy Purdy. Amy Purdy is a doulbe amputee below the knees. She doesn't have any legs. AND SHES DANCING... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at The Journey
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This morning I had the sacred privilege of teaching a small Men's Group in Durango Colorado. We've been meeting for nearly 7 months, and our mission is simple "How do we become Better Men?" We're working through Jesus' sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, and we're all finding new exciting ways to look at the Kingdom of Heaven revealed by Jesus. Often we find blind spots in our own thinking as we try to de-couple our own baggage from the essence of what Jesus calls us to be. But we're having fun, and we're learning a lot. This morning I covered Matthew 6 where Jesus talks about being Anxious. "Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of it's own." The whole section is about learning to live under the knowledge that God has everything in control, and we don't. Even as I was talking there was this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Journey
Sometimes when I leave Colorado, I feel like I'm entering a different planet. You might think, "Well, of course Andy, you guys made weed legal before any other state." And that's for sure a difference, but there's something about living in a place where people accept people for people. At least in my community, there's a level handedness about people's ideas. If they want to smoke weed, then it's just another thing. If they want to talk left winged politics, then it's just another thing. Actually, I use it as an opportunity to present a different way of thinking. But in reality, nobody really cares. Ideas don't interfere with the social musings we enjoy. When I travel then, I have to calibrate my own way of hearing different ideas to the way different parts of the country hear them. For example: I was just in Little Rock at a Christian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at The Journey
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It's been nearly 15 years since I drove the roads of Little Rock Arkansas. For those of you who don't know, I graduated from a small Christian School in the largest city in the state of Arkansas. This week, I was graciously hosted to come back and share what I've been up to, how our family has grown, and see some of the old "stomping grounds." I don't know if you've ever had the chance to do those class reunions of sorts, but there's something nostalgic about going back to the places that make us, shape us, and form us so early in life. When I landed in Little Rock last Tuesday evening, all that came flashing back in a heartbeat. Late night basketball games, runs with my friends down the main drag, and early relationships at church, school, and in the community that quite literally have shaped the DNA... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at The Journey
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Lent season is upon us again. The rhythm of the faith calendar is interesting, and while most of my protestant friends don't understand Lent, it's a part of millions of believer's lives this time of year. As I was preparing my head space for Lent this year, I started reading the Passion week again. You know the part of Jesus' journey from the countryside to Jerusalem? It starts with the Palm entry, the trial before Caiaphas, and ultimately His crucifixion on Golgotha. The part of the story that stood out to me this morning was the time in the Garden. Two years ago, I went to the Garden outside the walls of Jerusalem; and it was THE most intense experience for me. According to the botanists, the trees standing in the garden today are some of the same trees Jesus might have leaned against during the beginning of the suffering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at The Journey
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Ever feel like you're walking through life with a set of overweight luggage? Does it ever seem like you're wandering through the maze trying to find the end, and for some reason there's a tether to your arm just dragging on you? I can't tell you how many times I've been running through airports around the world trying to make the next flight, and I just happened to pack my bags heavy. It's weary. It makes my attitude foul. My physical body has to work harder to get to my destination. And I look at my bag when I get there and wonder, "When am I going to use all this stuff anyway? I need to unload!!" Well, life's not that different. 1. The Luggage of Family Even typing 'luggage' of family made my face gnarl. I don't mean to use the word luggage in a consistently negative light. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at The Journey
Yesterday I had a brief layover in Denver to work with a fascinating group of men and women. Their calling is to help mentor, train, and encourage deep relationships between people. This new company is the culmination of 30 years of work by my good friend and mentor Wes Roberts, who has mentored me for the last decade. Through the highs and lows of life, Wes sits and listens, gives advice, and ALWAYS comes to my relational aid NO MATTER the circumstance. It's been an incredible friendship spanning the last 10 years, and I think it's important that people know there are these types of relationships out there. I hear it far to often, "I'm so Alone in life. I just don't have anyone who gets me." Well...get ready for a change. As we began to program a bit of the 'how to's' I sat back in amazement watching a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at The Journey
These last four days, I've been with some great friends down in Palm Beach Florida. I have to confess, I planned this trip because February in Durango is usually the winter blues. So when I got the call to develop a program for a St. Mark's in Palm Beach, I jumped at the chance. I arrived on Wednesday last week late in the evening after a few cancelled legs of my flight plans. My new friends Gwen and Ethan Nichol picked me up at the airport, and we hit the ground running. Thursday, I had a chance to talk to the local ABC affiliate as we did a half hour interview on Teenage Sociology as it relates to Social Media. Then we hopped in the car and went to teach at the school associated with St. Marks Episcopal Church. After meeting the leadership of the church, I knew I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The Journey
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Last night I was driving home, kids in the back, holding my wife's hand; when all of the sudden a big bright light appeared over the top of the mountain. I could see it bright in the rear view mirror, and for a second I thought someone was shining a huge spot light right in the back window of our car. Then, as I looked closer, I found it wasn't a spotlight, it wasn't a car light at all, it was the full moon rising for the evening. I don't know what the moon looked like at your home last night, but we were spectators to a beautiful bright full moon. It was incredible!! It seemed like it was right over the mountain range above our house, and it had this crazy lure to it drawing my attention away from the road. I couldn't stop looking at it. When we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Journey
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On this Valentine's Day, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for my dear wife Jamie Jo. She's an incredible person both inside and out. For the last 20 years of knowing Jamie, she's been an un-dying supporter, encourager, and friend. On the mountain tops of life, she's there to celebrate with me and rejoice in the Victory. And in the darkest times of doubt and despair, she's not only willing but rushes to my aid. Her laugh is contagious. Her smile puts every situation at ease. Her humor erupts the most boring of groups. Her care for others is unmatched. She reaches out to those in need like no one I've ever known. As a mother of 5, she's constantly working to be better, every day. She works tirelessly. And there's never a moment she looks for her own needs. She's quick witted, and finds the fastest ways to make people laugh.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Journey