Hey my name is Joe. I’m a follower of Jesus, ragamuffin, sojourner, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, husband, dad, and heart attack survivor (August 25th, 2016)—living in the high desert of Central Oregon.

More importantly, I am a hope dealer and I believe there is hope for everyone and hope has a heartbeat.

My Story:

On August 25th, 2016 I suffered three massive heart attacks. This resulted in me receiving three stents placed in two of my artieries. Things like this have a way of making you hit the pause button on life and rethink everything—it did mine. Because of this and for health reasons I resigned from my lead pastor position from our church and became a business owner—I own and operate Proust Coffee—in Redmond, Oregon.

With twenty one years of paid ministry behind me now, I have set out to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Now I am learning how to live a life truly set free—a life focused on hope, and doing what Jesus asked us to do—to love him and love like him. The best way I've heard it said is by my friend Brian Mavis,

“The reason why we love people is not so they will become Christians, but because we are Christians” —Brian Mavis

What this Blog is About:

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, you are never beyond a second chance. There is hope and hope has a heartbeat.

That’s what this blog is all about, really—helping you know there is hope for a second chance on life. We will find that no one is beyond the love and forgiveness God has for each and everyone of us—I hope you discover there is something bigger and something better out there—your story can change!

Things I like to write about:

Grace and hope
Loving God and loving your neighbors
Faith and spirituality
Marriage and being a dad
Business, leadership, blogging and culture

There is hope and hope has a heartbeat,

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Disclaimer: Just so you know, this website is my personal blog. The opinions and ideas that I express here are not necessarily representative of those of my employer or any other organization that I am associated with. All content on this blog is on an as-is basis and I make no claims as to its accuracy, validity, completeness or how current it is. I will not be liable for any errors or omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.