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August 13, 2018

Ellerslie Students Speak Up

Many times over the years we have put graduates from our discipleship training program behind a camera and asked them fun and interesting questions. As a result, we have a lot of great interview footage that we have collected over the years, but, often, this footage just sits on our servers taking up space. So, the other day, I commissioned Josh Kinabrew (our film director) to make use of some of this footage and grab a few of these interviews so that we can throw them out to you via this blog. And, who knows, if you are alumni, maybe you will be in this video compilation. Wouldn’t that be fun?...

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August 3, 2018

And the Winners Are . . . (Fall 2018)

You may have missed the excitement from last Friday, but going into the weekend we announced that we were giving away 3 full-ride scholarships to our next Bravehearted Personal Discipleship program which is set to begin on September 22nd of this year. As a result, over the past couple days, we have been unburying ourselves from the mountain of responses in order to determine the winners. When something is free, people become very VERY interested...

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July 27, 2018

We are giving away 3 full-ride scholarships . . . Again!

A few months back we gave away 3 full-ride scholarships for our 5-week summer training and another 3 full-ride scholarships for our 5-week Advanced training program. Not only was it fun to give these scholarships away, but the benefit that we received in having these exuberant scholarship recipients on campus for those 5-weeks was more than worth it. What a great time we had!...

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July 21, 2018

Saying Goodbye Stinks

I think it would be accurate to say that I say goodbye for a living. Students come to Ellerslie and, well, they go. As a staff, we decided early on, that we weren’t going to allow the goodbyes that lie just around the corner to hinder us from fully loving these students while they are here in Windsor. But such a decision comes with a definite emotional cost. For love is a two-sided coin. To the degree you love, you also experience that same degree of pain when the goodbyes come...

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June 27, 2018

Eric Ludy Talks About Holy Kisses

I’ve joked about the holy kiss many times with my students and my congregation when I talk about how we Bible-believers can believe Scripture to be 100% truth and still not have a clue how to obey it at times. After all, in the New Testament we have five clear commands to greet our fellow believers with a holy kiss. What do we do with these commands?...

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June 16, 2018

The Measurement of Humility

God is humble. Just think about that statement. God – is – humble. Such a notion is almost impossible to swallow. After all, if we were to build ourselves the ultimate all-powerful god from scratch, our god would certainly be proud. And that is because, in our native unregenerate state, we ourselves are proud. And we think God is like us, or, at least, should be like us. But, He is not like us. And strangely, He isn’t proud. He is humble...

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May 26, 2018

Finding True Joy

I once read about an American soldier who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during the Second World War.  He was sent to a dirty prison, abused and starved, and eventually locked into a dismal solitary confinement cell.  For the first year of his imprisonment, he couldn’t have been more miserable.  His circumstances were horrific.  His hope of freedom was small.  He was depressed, lonely, and angry...

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May 12, 2018

The Amazing Trampoline Boots

When your life rains big heavy 300lb offensive linemen, the Amazing Trampoline Boots are the Christian’s great secret. Every believer has been given a pair by the Holy Spirit, but few of us ever use them. I must admit, they are kind of funny looking. But these little dudes are ideally suited for making sweet lemonade out of all your lemons...

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April 19, 2018

Are You Blessed with Difficulty?

Difficulty. For most of us it’s a 10-letter dirty word.

Most North Americans spend a good deal of their lives, their fortunes, and their talents seeking to avoid “difficulty.”...

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April 12, 2018

And the Winners Are . . .

If you missed the big event from last week, Ellerslie announced that it was giving away three full-ride scholarships to our 5-week on-campus training this summer in Windsor, Colorado. We also announced to our alumni that we were giving away three full-ride scholarships to our Advanced training program as well. That’s six whopping full-ride scholarships...

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April 4, 2018

We’re Giving Away 3 Full-Ride Scholarships to Ellerslie!

Okay. Make sure you are sitting down when I tell you this bit of news. Because of our new scholarship fund, we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to give away three full-ride scholarships to our upcoming Ellerslie Classic Training this summer! That’s a $6,450 training program for free (as long as you can get to Colorado). Exciting, right?...

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March 31, 2018

Eric Ludy Talks About the Easter Pressure on Pastors

I was sitting in Starbucks earlier this week working on emails when one of my good friends approached my table and supplied a big howdy. He, too, is a pastor and he, too, faces the dilemma of Easter Sunday. We laughed together over the strange pressure that attends us as pastors whenever this particular Sunday approaches. We both agree it is total nonsense, but nonetheless, we have to work through the 12-step process every time the calendar flips to the next Resurrection Sunday...

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March 23, 2018

Eric Ludy: What is Revival

It really bothers me when a perfectly wonderful word becomes off-limits within the church. Words like anointing, power, and Holy Spirit, are all strangely being held hostage by some rather dubious characters these days. But these words, outside of their strange association as of late, are just good old fashioned Biblical words, without which it becomes rather difficult to articulate the grand schematic of the Christian life...

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March 16, 2018

Ellerslie Alumni Share Their Hearts with Prospective Students

Lately, we have had a rash of Ellerslie alumni swing through town. NOTE: I’m not sure the alumni that have stopped by would appreciate me using the word “rash” in describing their visit, but, please know (all you beloved students) that I’m using the word “rash” in the most affectionate way (uh, like a rash of giggles or a rash of … um … er … warm fuzzies)...

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March 10, 2018

Straight Talk From Our Ellerslie Alumni

This week’s video features some of our beloved Ellerslie alumni. We’ve had over 1700 alumni graduate from our semester training over the past eight years. That number may not sound very large to some, but when discussing personally discipling and pouring into individual lives, that’s a sizable amount. And, after over 1700 of them, I still have such a deep affection for each and every one of these rascals...

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March 2, 2018

The Anonymous Gift that Changed my Life

In December of 1992, I was twenty-two years old and desperately wanting to live out a rendition of Christianity akin to the likes of George Müller, Hudson Taylor, and C.T. Studd. I was twelve hundred miles from home and experiencing a tremendous financial need. But here’s the kicker: no one in my life knew about the need ... except God. I had decided that like Müller, Taylor, and Studd, I was going to take my need before the Throne of Grace alone and let God prove Himself faithful without me manipulating others into giving ...

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February 22, 2018

Fun Romance Question: Does saving physical intimacy until marriage actually supply any benefit to the marriage?

When a young Christian woman looks at the “Christian” marriages around her, is she seeing something that she wants to copy? For a high percentage of young Christians, they have never seen a single marriage up-close that would cause them to declare, “I want a marriage just like that one!”...

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February 21, 2018

Fun Memory: Eric and Leslie’s Wedding Day

Something took place on December 10th, 1994 that shocked a sin-saturated American culture. I married Leslie. The fact that we got married wasn’t the shocker. Rather, it was how we got married. We deeply integrated our family in the ceremony and we honored them as our dearest and closet friends. We made the ceremony entirely about the revelation of Jesus Christ and His Bride. And we demonstrated for all to see, that God can take two lives, marred by relational failure in the past, and showcase, in and through them in the present, a staggering picture of purity by having their very first kiss together be on their wedding day. No one knew what to say when they witnessed this. Some just stared in awe. Some were actually upset with us. Others were moved to tears and their lives were actually and practically altered. Most everyone was impacted at some level...

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February 19, 2018

Fun Romance Question: Which romantic gesture is most effective?

Statistically speaking, the odds of you guessing correctly the answer Leslie gives to this question in her short little Q&A video is probably something like 1 in 1000. But, go ahead, give it a guess and see if you are right. The truthfulness of her answer has proven quite a powerful and poignant reality in our 23 years of marriage together...

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February 16, 2018

Fun Romance Question: Does marriage get better or worse after the honeymoon?

Measure most earthly marriages and the sparkle of intimacy, and you’ll find that the motivation towards romantic expression one unto the other, and the passion for loving physical affection begins to fade somewhere right around week three of the marriage...

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February 14, 2018

Fun Memory: My Proposal to Leslie

It has been exactly 8,690 days since God proved to me, in no uncertain terms, that He is a big fan of love and romance. I must admit I was a bit dubious at first, pondering the notion of God “writing my love story.” After all, God is … well … holy and pure. And, growing up in the American culture, love and romance is anything but holy and pure. So, what would it be like if God controlled this area of my life? What would happen to me, to my love life, if it unfolded as God would think best?

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February 10, 2018

Fun Romance Question: How much does common attraction play into a great marriage?

My mother was one of the classic maternal match-makers. And when I was twenty, my mom found a young woman for me that she thought was perfect wife-material. And, in all honesty, she really was a great girl. But, I just wasn’t attracted to her … ahem … in that way. If my mom hadn’t pressed the issue, I would have never considered the matter. But, since my mom kept asking me why I wasn’t pursuing "Carmen" for a relationship, it forced me to evaluate this odd issue of human attraction...

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February 7, 2018

Fun Memory: Hanging out with Leslie’s Family

If we were compiling a list of the most unromantic things, there are some very predictable things that make the list. For instance, dirty clothes tossed on the floor. Heavy metal music. Oh, and we can’t forget to add in flu symptoms, sticky caps on the cough syrup bottle, and kale chips (maybe that is just me). However, there is one particular item that most of us fail to put on the list, because it is so obvious that we miss it. It’s our family members (you know, mom, dad, brother Billy, and sister Shirley)...

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February 3, 2018

Fun Romance Question: What is the single biggest romantic blunder?

In our younger days, Leslie and I used to travel the world and speak on the topic of romance and relationships. We never struggled to draw a crowd. It’s strange, but, if you speak on the topic of prayer and fasting your crowd will always be sparse. But, if you speak on this particular topic, people just come out of the woodwork to listen in. It was not surprising to have thousands of young adults sitting with rapt attention in our average audience, and sometimes it was tens of thousands. It’s strange, but every one of us is intrigued by this topic...

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January 31, 2018

Fun Romance Question: What are the odds that someone will succeed at romance?

Have you ever wondered what makes a relationship truly succeed? Even among Christians, in today’s world it can be rare to find examples of thriving marriages that stand the test of time. If you don’t want to become one of the dismal statistics when it comes to romance, there are a few key spiritual truths you must adopt...

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