Dusten Harward

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What does it mean to serve your church?

I have recently taken the position as Technical Director for our church. I love the opportunity to take my skills as a technician and be able to use them to serve My Creator. I serve with a team of people that are passionate about what they do on a weekly basis and give their hearts
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A Father’s Integrity

As I sit here on Father’s day I am pondering on what it means to be a father. I think back to my dad when I was growing up. He was always there for me, and stood as an excellent example for as I grew up. Growing up we were not very well off but
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My EDC

Here is my EDC bag. I carry a number of things on a daily basis. Some of my selections come from my previous jobs as an IT technician and others are just practical items that I use often. Almost everything is used frequently and in my opinion is worth carrying on a daily basis, So
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What A Year 2016 Has Been

This year has been a very interesting one for our family. We have had a number of very big events happen this year. We finished the renovation of our house with the final touches in our kitchen. It’s such a refreshing peace to know that from the renovation standpoint our house is now complete. Of
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Watching God Provide

I grew up in a pretty big family by today’s standards. I have 7 younger siblings. That’s a bit of a long story but that’s not the one I want to tell today. So with a large family sometimes brings challenges where we had to depend heavily on God. Sometimes money was not always an
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Garden Boxes

I know this is not my normal kind of topic but this is something that I wanted to put together some information on how I built these garden boxes as I could not find a good design that I liked.   These boxes are built based on the basic dimensions of the metal and the
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A New Year, A New Home

Over the past year I have not had the time to write as often as I would like, but I have been a little distracted. Exactly one year ago on January 25th 2014 we walked in a house to look at it for the first time. With every possible barrier in our way we finally
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The Heart of Worship

I feel like I don’t write enough on my blog. I really love writing and sharing my thoughts with the world, but just like everyone else sometimes I just don’t take the time to do it as often as I would like. Along a very similar train of thought I wanted to unpack something that
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A Heart of Worship

God calls us to worship Him with our lives. I have always had a heart for worship. It is in worship to my creator that I feel his presence closest. My pastor spoke on Genesis 4 recently and used Cain and Abel’s story to talk about worship and how that should look in our life.
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My Email Signatures

I have multiple email accounts. Its pretty common for someone to have an account they use for their personal communications and one for their professional communications. For the longest time my personal email signature has been: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dusten Lee Harward “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because
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About Me

My name is Dusten Harward. Top Five Strengths: Arranger, Learner, Achiever, Belief, and Context Meyers Briggs Personality Type: ESFJ (Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) Im a sinner saved by the grace of God. I love to spend time outdoors enjoying the beauty of Gods creation. I am a web designer/ programmer with a degree in marketing
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Getting a facelift!

I am working on a new design for my website. Stay tuned as it is a work in progress, so if anything looks funny or does not work right I will fix it soon.
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The Legislative Process

Most Legislative bodies follow a set of rules set forth to help give them an orderly process by which to operate. This helps the group to keep a certain schedule and make things fair. Many groups operate by something called Robert’s Rules of order (Source: http://www.robertsrules.com/) This helps to give each meeting a specific order
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The Quintessential reason – Why Grandpa carries a gun

Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to “A Little Gun History” about half way down. Why Carry a Gun? My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take
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Falling Plates


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Why does a biblical worldview matter? By Dr. Del Tackett

How does a biblical worldview get diluted? Here is the big problem. Nonbiblical worldview ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly from television, film, music, newspapers, magazines, books and academia. Because we live in a selfish, fallen world, these ideas seductively appeal to the
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What are some Christian Worldview Essentials? (From CARM.org)

by Matt Slick A worldview is a set of beliefs used to understand the world. Everyone has a worldview.  Everyone has a set of principles by which to judge right and wrong, and which guides them in everyday living.  You stop at a red light, go at a green. You leave a tip with a waiter
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Giving All You Got

Here is a video to a story about Matt Hammitt from Sanctus Real. This song that was written has been an inspiring song to me recently. I look at it and cant wait for the day that I will get to share that kind of love as a father. How many parents today will unselfishly
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The Poverty/Wealth Problem in the US

This is a great Blog post that I stumbled upon this morning. Wealth is not the amount of money we have, money can be used to measure our wealth. Printing more money does not make more wealth. This is one of the truths that Obama and The entire Occupy Wall Street movement needs to understand.   http://news.investors.com/Article/593250/201111301748/inequality-wealth-creation-solve-poverty-money.htm
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Holy Spirit – Great Worship Song!

  I sometimes will just replay this video over and over. There is just something about a simple acoustic performance that can bring you into the presence of God. This song has just always brought me to a place of worship every time I hear it. No matter my circumstances or whats going on in my
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God is all I need!

  To listen you must install Flash Player.   I am all that you need, By Todd Humphrey (Click Here to Download)   I stumbled upon this song. I believe it was written by Todd Humphrey of Crossway Community Church. We heard it on a Sunday morning durring a time of prayer in the morning service.
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Annalee and Amos’ Wedding!!!

Boggs-Rawley Wedding from Dusten Harward on Vimeo.
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A Strange Family

I come from a very different family. I grew up with three younger brothers. For the most part we all got along very well. Some times better than others but thats just how brothers are. About a year ago my parents became foster parents for four other kids. I really grew up with these four,
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Truly a Focused Experience

Ok it has been quite some time since I have returned home from Colorado Springs and my time spent at the Focus Leadership Institute. I wanted to sit back and give a brief overview of what all that experience was like. For many of my friends back home it can still seem like a mystery
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A Matter of Perception

This is a post that a good friend of mine wrote yesterday and I wanted to share it here on my Blog. Her name is Emily and These are a few of her thoughts. Thank you Emily for letting me share this blog post here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yesterday felt like something true. I’m aware of how
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I Refuse…….

A friend of mine posted a link to this video on Facebook and it brought a lot to my mind. It really seemed to hit home for where I currently am. Having spent an entire semester out at the Focus Leadership Institute last fall, I experienced a community of strong believers that continually sought after
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Wake Up Call

Dear God: Why didn’t you save the school children at ?. Bath, Michigan 1927 Houston, TX 1959 Moses Lake , Washington 2/2/96 Bethel , Alaska 2/19/97 Pearl , Mississippi 10/1/97 West Paducah , Kentucky 12/1/97 Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97 Jonesboro , Arkansas 3/24/98 Edinboro , Pennsylvania 4/24/98 Fayetteville , Tennessee 5/19/98 Springfield , Oregon 5/21/98 Richmond
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When I Say…

When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not shouting ‘I’m clean livin” I’m whispering ‘I was lost, Now I’m found and forgiven.’ When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
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The Bible in 50 Words

God made Adam bit Noah arked Abraham split Joseph ruled Jacob fooled Bush talked Moses balked Pharaoh plagued People walked Sea divided Tablets guided Promise landed Saul freaked David peeked Prophets warned Jesus born God Walked Love talked Anger crucified Hope died Love rose Spirit flamed Word spread God remained Author Unkown
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Research shows

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Journal on Boundaries in Dating

This is a journal entry I made for my Marriage and Family Class at FLI: Well todays reading was based out of the book boundaries in dating by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I am not really a big fan of this book at all. First began reading this book almost a month ago, just
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Important Email Tips

On the Need to Know
Avoid sending a message to a group unless every member of that group actually needs the information you are presenting. Also, when replying to a large group email only use the “Reply to All” button if everyone on the group list needs to know your reply
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Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” 5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and
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Psalm of a Friend

I know this is kinda rough, but i wrote thig a long time ago and just wanted to post it up to share it. Thought it was kinda cool. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you God for the lessons I have learned Thanks for all the blessings I have There is none that can save me other than
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Beauty & Terror Intertwined


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Wifi? or Wi-Not?

Do you like finding free WiFi (also known as a wireless hotspot) access around town, on vacation… or anywhere else you can get it? You know who else likes free WiFi internet access? Hackers.

Why, you ask? Hackers like it, because it’s easy to intercept your wireless communications. By collecting the data you transmit wirelessly, a hacker can obtain your ID and Password for your Email, Yahoo, Facebook, Online Banking, etc. You may have your computer protected from unauthorized access, but what you send over the wireless network at the local coffee shop or eatery may be wide-open for anyone to see.
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Oh The Potential

Looking at life after college now that I am “officially” a graduate can be sometimes overwhelming. With my college years complete and all the potential ahead of me, there seems to be only one question that I find is resounding in my head. Many of us find ourselves asking “where will I find a job? What do I do now? Do I go back to school? ” With all of these potential questions that would seem very normal for a fresh college graduate to have I seem to find myself asking quite another question that many of us have not yet considered to ask. It is a very important question to consider and I felt it necessary to discuss. “Where will you have me go God and How do You want me to accomplish this?”
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One Upon a Time, Men were Men!

There has been a critical breakdown of biblical manhood within our culture. Men today need to stand up and be men, leading their families, being the Christ-like example to their peers around them, and following God with all of their heart. This is a difficult call to live up to in our society. But through
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Counting on God

On my drive to work this morning I put in a CD into my CD player. The very first song that came on was a great reminder of where I am. The CD was Counting on God by New Life Worship. This was a CD that I picked up when I was visiting the New
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The Journey

As I look back on the past year I can see that it has been a long journey getting here to Focus Leadership Institute. It all started during my junior year of college (Jan 2008). I was working a full-time job at a local IT-Consulting company in the area, while pulling a full load of classes at UNC-Charlotte. I worked my way through school and worked very hard juggling both roles. I knew that I wanted to take a break and get away from things for a little while and had thought about going back home after I graduated. My mom had heard about the Institute on the radio and thought it would be good for me to attend.
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