John 's church

Freshwater Community Church
St Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375

About John
  • Education: BA Crown College MA Crown College DMin Bethel University
  • Experience: USAF 1988-1992 Persian Gulf War vet. Converted to Christianity in January 1991. 3 years at Parkside Church in Waconia MN as the Associate Pastor. Founding pastor of Freshwater Community Church in 1999.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Like Rick Warren said to Gregg Surrat: "If my bullet fits in your gun, shoot it."
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Too many to mention.
  • Family: I have three kids; Josh, Sara, and Katie.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They think I am a good speaker. I believe they say that because they are my parents.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: They are "OK."
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Always be practical and have a point.
  • Books that have had an impact: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham Leadership That Works by Leith Anderson Good To Great by Jim Collins UNstoppable Force, by Erwin McManus Primal Leadership by Coleman Boyatzis and McKee Anything by Larry Osborne
  • Hobbies: My 1970 Chevelle, 1966 Ford Mustang, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, playing hockey, spending time with my kids and church.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Follow Jesus.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A man had a full blown cell phone conversation in the front row while I was speaking.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Here lies John B, hit the gas instead of the brake.
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  • Who Do You Perceive Jesus To Be?

    Contributed on Apr 23, 2014

    Who do you perceive Jesus to be? Every person can develop an accurate perception of Jesus by taking three steps: determining who Jesus really is, discovering why he came, and deciding to put their faith in hi

    Welcome to Freshwater. We are one church in multiple locations committed to making healthy disciples and we are glad that you are here on Easter weekend. I heard a story about this kindergarten teacher who wanted to teach her students about self-esteem. She said to her class, everyone who more

  • Mary Christmas

    Contributed on Dec 10, 2010
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    Mary’s example teaches us that godly men and women still understand that God’s favor still rests on them. And Mary teaches us that godly men and women still respond to God’s calling. When God leads us to do something we need to follow, we need trust God.

    Every morning the kids get up and prepare for school. Kathi makes them breakfast and packs their lunches and we get them ready to board the bus. And now that it’s cold out the kids don’t want to stand at the bus stop for very long because they will get cold and we don’t want to more

  • Jesus In Jeans Part 3 Of 3

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2007

    Jesus tells his disciples that they need to go out into the world and sing God’s song. This requires action! Not everybody will recognize God’s song but for those who do, it will be beautiful. This requires action on our part. We are the ones who sing

    VIDEO: YOUTUBE: Joshua Bell; Washington Post in Metro DC, Length 2:44 Gene Weingarten from the Washington post writes: "HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white more

  • Jesus In Jeans Part 2 Of 3

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2007

    What kind of a disciple are you? Are you a Christian in name only? Are you a wishy washy disciple? Or are you a revolutionary talmid, one of his fully devoted followers who live like Jesus and teach like Jesus and touch other people with God’s love jus

    The tragedy at Virginia Tech has touched lives from coast to coast. The senseless acts of a rogue individual has damaged hundreds and thousands of peoples lives forever. The sad thing is that is exactly what he set out to do. Now we are in recovery mode and the first question people are more

  • Jesus In Jeans Part 1

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2007
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    Spiritual vitality begins when we teach God’s Word and touch others with God’s love. Christians will not only be known by their words, they will be known by what they say and by what they do. Be like Jesus and demonstrate God’s love today.

    We had all filed into the large auditorium to receive our diplomas. It was finally time to graduate. After reading dozens of books and sitting through countless lectures and writing even more papers the moment had finally arrived. I was actually going to walk. I was going to receive my college more

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  • Video: Youtube: Joshua Bell; Washington Post In ...

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2007

    VIDEO: YOUTUBE: Joshua Bell; Washington Post in Metro DC, Length 2:44 Gene Weingarten from the Washington post writes: "HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white more

  • Here Are Some Of The More Humerous Tombstone ...

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2007

    Here are some of the more humerous tombstone enscriptions found around the globe. Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York: Born 1903-Died 1942 Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was. • In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery: Here lies an Atheist All dressed up more

  • Several Years Ago I Used To Heat Our House With ...

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2007
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    Several years ago I used to heat our house with wood. Every fall I would go out and cut wood with my friend Roger Raether and Bob Bosma. I never liked cutting wood because it was a lot of back breaking work but I liked the price. It was free except for the labor so we would take a Saturday here more

  • A Mother Was Preparing Pancakes For Sons, Kevin ...

    Contributed on Sep 27, 2006
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    A mother was preparing pancakes for sons, Kevin who is 5, and Ryan who is 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson so she said: “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, "Let my brother have the first more