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Thoughts on My 67th Birthday

by Richard Bergstrom Today I’m celebrating my 67th birthday. I have now lived longer than my grandfather, Rudolph Bergstrom–by 192 days to be precise. He never saw his 67th birthday. It was June 9, 1964, when my family excitedly headed down Highway 93 from Kalispell, Montana on our way to Disneyland. A Montana State Trooper pulled [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 January 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Thoughts on My 67th Birthday

Popping the Question

Today, December 7, 2016, marks 45 years since Richard "popped the question" and asked me (Leona) to marry him. Here's the rest of the story as told in the first chapter of our new book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?  Few people knew about the little room adjacent to the main [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Popping the Question

Gift Ideas for the Boomers in Your Life

It's December! You're checking your Christmas gift list and wondering what to buy for the beloved Boomers in your life. Friends, parents, grandparents–they all have enough sweaters and socks. Right? Re-Ignite has five gift suggestions, and each one is filled with tidings of meaning and joy. 1. Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 December 5th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Gift Ideas for the Boomers in Your Life

The Dust and the Sparkle

It’s relatively easy for me to picture the celebration surrounding Jesus’ birth. From live nativities to Christmas card sketches, there are plenty of models to prompt one’s imagination. We know it was a bit chaotic with dirty shepherds swarming into the birthing room, angels swirling above singing their hearts out, and a cacophony of animal [...]

By | 2016-11-26T16:36:36+00:00 November 26th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on The Dust and the Sparkle

Antidote to Crankiness? Gratitude

Some time ago, I went to breakfast with a friend who had just come off of a rather unpleasant encounter with an older woman. After telling me some of her story, she put down her fork, looked me eye to eye and earnestly asked, “How do you keep from becoming a cranky old woman?” I chuckled [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Antidote to Crankiness? Gratitude

On This, We Agree

The arena is said to hold 18,000 and, from the looks of the lines, this crowd was going to pack it. As we stood along with others waiting for the doors to open, one thing was clear–these people were energized and focused. You could tell by the animated conversations and the messages emblazoned on their [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 November 15th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|2 Comments

Consider a Gap Year!

I turned in my notice today. I’m retiring! Tonight’s discussion could not have come at a more perfect and necessary time. We gathered around the fireplace in our friends’ cozy living room to lead a Third Calling Conversation.* Nancy introduced herself and shared the news–she was leaving a 40-year career as an Intensive Care nurse. [...]

By | 2016-11-01T10:23:49+00:00 November 1st, 2016|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Consider a Gap Year!

Back to School—to Teach a Lesson of Our Own

Today we, (Richard and Leona Bergstrom, founders and directors of Re-Ignite), are returning to our alma mater, Westmont College, located in Santa Barbara, California. It has been over four decades since we did our undergraduate studies here so, of course, much has changed. The campus is still beautiful and the academics continue to be rigorous [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 October 14th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Back to School—to Teach a Lesson of Our Own

Third Calling Goes to Colorado

Re-Ignite will launch Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? this week in several gatherings in the Denver area. Authors, Richard and Leona Bergstrom, have deep roots in Colorado. Leona was born here; Richard attended Denver Seminary and also pastored a church in Colorado in the 80s; and there are many [...]

By | 2016-09-15T07:18:33+00:00 September 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Third Calling Goes to Colorado

THIRD CALLING OBEDIENCE

Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of people about what God is calling them to do and be in this season of life. Many stories are exciting, adventurous and even risky. Others are straightforward stories of obedience. The power of this reality hit home recently while spending time with a couple actively raising [...]

By | 2016-09-05T14:31:19+00:00 September 5th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|1 Comment