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Indianapolis Colts – Super Bowl Champions

Super Bowl XLI (41) is in the books and the Indianapolis Colts are your 2006-2007 NFL Champions! I was able to watch the game in France at my apartment. One of the French stations was picking up the game, complete with commentary all in French. Words like: offsides, false start, touchdown, Dungy, linebacker, etc…are all…

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The day has come…my Super Bowl prediction

When I was 7 years old I remember my dad taking me to see the Indianapolis Colts play the Buffalo Bills at the Hoosier Dome (now due to corporate takeover it is called the RCA Dome)…The Colts lost that game badly…27-3. I became a Colts fan on that day. When we moved to Portland I…

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Off to Staff Conference

It’s 7:48am on Sunday morning. I looked out my window and I saw no people up and down the boulevard. It was a strange sight. Jen and I are getting ready to go to our third Christian Associates staff conference at the DeBron Conference Center in Holland. This will be our third. Two years ago…

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France on to the Quarter Finals!

It’s 11:19pm right now in Paris and outside of our apartment crowds of people are yelling, singing, and whistling. Cars are honking their horns as they drive by. The atmosphere is…electric. France (Aller Les Bleus!!!) have just beaten Spain 3-1. In the closing minutes of the game Zinedine Zidane scored an amazing goal to seal…

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Is This My Life?…

Today we woke up to the sun coming into our apartment…yes the sun…the big yellow thing that heats the earth. It was out…in Paris. We just got home two days ago from Amsterdam and a training in Holland. On the way down I was talking with my friend Dominic…we were on a fast train through…

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The Youth of the Nation

If you have been keeping up with global news lately I’m sure you’ve heard of the protests that have been going on in Paris. We have been keenly aware of them as they have taken place outside of our house and around the corner from our place. The sound of the Euro two-toned siren has…

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Sanctuary – March

On Wednesday we had one of our Sanctuary worship gatherings…every month we are getting better and better at setting up the room that we rent. And get better at making it feel like we want it to. We take out all the old pews and put tables in the room. We change the direction of…

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Sanctuary Round 3

We had our 3rd public worship service tonight (they are called Sanctuary if you hadn’t guessed) and it went really good. Here are a few thought… 1. We have a great core group of people coming…there aren’t many people who don’t follow Jesus at this yet…There were new faces, old faces that hadn’t been to…

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She’s Up and Runnin’

If you’ve been around since the days before we left for Paris you may remember a web-site called justinandjenpowell.com. After about two months of doing html code I just up and stopped updating it and replaced it with this bad boy…I’ve been feeling convicted about my web decay (and you should too if you have…

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A Summation of the End of Our Trip

Since my last post I’ve done a bit of traveling. We left Portland and spent a few days in Cottage Grove Oregon. Jen’s relatives live there. It’s a small town and we spent most of our time visiting with family. On Christmas Day we drove to Sacramento…yes Christmas in the car. The good news is…

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Not so strange…

I have been in the States for almost two weeks now and I have found that being in Oregon isn’t as strange as I thought it would be. I still don’t like riding in cars and I miss walking…I think I have been able to successfully tune out all of the loud talkers. I’ve heard…

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Back in the U.S.of A.

It’s 6:18am on Thursday and we are getting ready to walk out of the door to go to the airport. We’ve been packing for a couple of days now and I hope that we have everything that we will need…certainly we have a lot of things we don’t need as well. The reason for this…

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Why I am a mental midget…

So I was getting really ticked that Typepad wasn’t letting me sign in for the last week…I went on my computer’s keychain (yes Macs have a program that saves all your passwords..unlike lesser intelligent computers…) and it told me what I was sure was my password. So I returned to Typepad just to be denied…

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I’m Thankful For…

Seeing as it’s Thanksgiving I thought I’d share some things that I’m thankful for this year. So here we go: I’m thankful that… 1. Jen and I are more in love than we’ve ever been. 2. God is breaking off the parts of me that need to go! 3. Paris is beautiful in the mornings.…

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A bit of my life from the last few days…

I haven’t written in a while…Not because there has been nothing happening…quite the opposite! There has been a lot happening and I’ve been really busy! School is still going well. It’s getting harder, but more interesting. I was getting bored. Church stuff is going really well and there is a great feeling of momentum on…

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Riots in Paris

So as many of you probably know, there have been major riots in the city of Paris for the last ten nights. Despite serious warnings from French officials haven’t been able to get the city under control with each night getting worse than the previous. Thankfully for us, none of the rioting has been close…

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Update: The Noise and Its Perception

It’s been one week since our worship gathering here and good news…nobody has complained or put an notes up! I’m really glad because it is a bit stressful to know that people in the building are annoyed with us. I do hope that we didn’t go entirely unnoticed on that evening though. I want people…

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The Noise and Its Perception

Last night we had a worship night at our place. It was the first one we’ve done here. We lit our place with candles and it looked really beautiful. We had instruments out for anybody to play if they wanted…It was a lot of fun. After we were done singing and praying I went into…

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A Chill in the Air

So something strange happened in the Powell house this past Wednesday. I actually cooked a meal. Yes..that’s right. If you felt a chill in your neck of the woods this week it could be because we are feeling the early signs of hell freezing over. So one of my favorite dishes since moving here has…

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An Explaination

I was reading the book ‘Bono on Bono’ a while ago. It’s kind of an auto-biography/interview book. There was a story in the book that really stood out to me and thus helped me decide what to call my blog. Here’s the story: So I went along to introduce one of the great photographers of…

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