Dan Dowd

 

Dan currently pastors 3 congregations in Wisconsin (Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Oshkosh) and is also the Assistant Managing Editor of Vertical Thougth magazine.  He has been associated with God’s church since he was a young boy.

Dan has an Associate degree in Commerical Art with almost 25 years in the publishing/advertising field.  He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ambassador College (graduating in 1986), was ordained an elder in 1997 and then was hired full time in 2004 as a minister in United Church of God.

Dan currently lives just north of Milwaukee, WI with his wife and their son and daughter.

 
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spring lamb
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burning cigarette
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King James Version Bible
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man with paper fish taped on back
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Large diamond
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heart shaped lights
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Valentine's heart.
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cigarette and ashes
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effigy burned
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Patch of clovers
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by Dan Dowd

When we are young, we see the world as our oyster. The picture of our future life is nothing but success, good times, health and happiness.

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Posted March 4, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
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41 years later, this debate rages on.

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Posted January 7, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
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It’s a natural human trait to look for something better in life. Many people seek to be healthier, more attractive, wealthier, more popular, more influential, more talented, smarter… the list goes on. The grass is always greener somewhere else. 

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Posted January 1, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Dan Dowd

Did you ever have one of those days when nothing seemed to go right? I did, and it changed my life.

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Posted November 22, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
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It can be said that life is a series of decisions, and growing up means learning to make good decisions. Good decisions don’t come to us by default, so how do we learn to make good decisions?

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Posted November 11, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Dan Dowd

“I would rather see a sermon preached, than hear one any day.”

“What you are doing speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you are saying.”

“Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over.”

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Posted October 24, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Dan Dowd

Christopher Hitchens died from cancer on December 15, 2011. Mr. Hitchens, a lifelong atheist, rose to fame with a book he wrote titled, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything .  The premise of his book was that most bad things in history can be laid at the feet of religion – Christianity in particular, but, later in his life, also Islam.

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Posted August 8, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
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What can we achieve when we persevere? When life becomes difficult, is there a time to say, “I give up!” Or do we need to dig even deeper, focus on God’s magnificent coming Kingdom and push through?

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Posted July 23, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Dan Dowd

The Bible is full of stories.  I especially like the ones that cover a pivotal event that changed the course of the future. 

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Posted May 22, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Dan Dowd

A young man steps into an office. It’s the Great Depression and he needs to find work. His chosen profession: telegraph operator. He’s answered an ad in the newspaper and goes to the telegraph office to interview. He knows Morse Code and is highly qualified, but the large, noisy office is crowded with other applicants. 

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Posted April 9, 2013 - Vertical Thought Blog
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I will be giving a Bible study during the Feast of Tabernacles on the history of the true Church.  In reviewing my notes, it is interesting to be reminded of when a part of the true Church ceased to be a part of the true Church.  A common thread down through history is that when the Church became entangled in cares of the world, then compromises began to be made which eventually then lead to rejection of core elements of God’s law and/or teaching.

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God doesn't view time like we do. Not only does He live in eternity (Isaiah:57:15), He has a long-term view of His interaction with mankind. The Father and the Son decided in pre-history that the Son would die for the sins of mankind (Revelation:17:8)—a mankind that had not even been created yet. God had His prophets record history centuries or millennia before those events finally came to pass.

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Posted August 13, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

As Christians, one of our specified tasks is to examine ourselves as we find in 1 Corinthians:11:28.

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Posted August 2, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

" The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten… ," Andrew Murray.

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Posted July 29, 2012 -
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For any serious Christian, the matter of considering our sins before God can at times be overwhelming. 

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Posted July 18, 2012 -
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Are we able to sleep when the wind blows?

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Posted July 12, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

Mankind can have a tremendous impact on the natural world around us – such as animal species that have become extinct through mankind’s behavior, changed weather patterns from destroying natural ecosystems, fertile areas teaming with life turned into deserts through deforestation or overuse.  Some say that our chaotic weather conditions are a result of manmade global warming, and are one more example of mankind having a negative impact on this planet.  Whether or not you believe in the Global Warming/Climate Change argument (I don’t), there is no doubt that world

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Posted July 9, 2012 -
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Can one person make a difference?  In light of the myriad of problems that mankind faces we can often think that we cannot make much of a difference, seeing ourselves as just one person adrift in the sea of humanity. We might ask ourselves, “How can I make a difference in world hunger, or world peace or even the salvation of mankind?  While I might help in my own small way, how can that make much of a difference?”

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Posted July 6, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

In 1968 the Summer Olympics were held in Mexico City. This was the first Olympiad held in a Spanish speaking country, the only one held in Latin America and the first to broadcast the closing ceremonies in color.

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Posted June 26, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

Why? When we are little we are full of “why” questions. Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to go to school? Why are those kids so mean? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? One of the casualties of growing up is that we tend to lose our ability to question “why.” Questioning is good for us as we grow up so that we begin to make sense of the world around us. Questioning helps us to put thoughts and facts together so we have a knowledge base to make our way in the world.

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Posted June 21, 2012 -
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How do we practice peacemaking?

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Posted June 12, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

One of the hardest things to take, humanly speaking, is criticism. It is harder still to be wrongly, or unfairly, criticized publically – and it is even harder to be wrongly criticized by a friend or brother.

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Posted June 4, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches ,” (Proverbs:22:1, NKJV).  While Christians should agree with that statement in Proverbs, do we really believe it?  To make my point, let me tell the stories of two names that illustrate two different lives, but both speak to the truth of Proverbs:22:1.

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Posted May 29, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are seven weeks past and we are almost finished in the counting toward Pentecost. God’s Holy Days are rich in meaning and anticipation as we rehearse them once again – each of them unique in what they picture and adding to what has gone before.  The upcoming Feast of Pentecost is no different in these regards. 

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Posted May 23, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

The parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule, and one day the mule fell into the farmer’s well.

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Posted May 15, 2012 -
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A primary outlook that God expects of His called out ones is to consider the impact (consequences) of our sins. As we grow in God’s grace (2 Peter:3:18, His Holy Spirit) we should also consider the impact our sins can have on others. We are strongly cautioned in verses such as Proverbs:6:16 to not harbor attitudes that damage others—and yet too often we still hurt others. Here is a simple story that illustrates the damage our sins can cause to others.

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Posted May 10, 2012 -
by Dan Dowd

In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. The satellite's primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and beam data to earth about Jupiter's magnetic field, radiation belts and atmosphere.

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Posted May 3, 2012 -
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We are, of course, only a week away from Passover (next Thursday evening, April 5th) and the beginning of God’s Holy Day season for 2012. 

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Posted March 27, 2012 -
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Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it .” – Isaac Newton, as he expressed the First Law of Motion.

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