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New Hillsong United Empires T-Shirts

New Hillsong United Empires T-Shirts

Today's a great day. Want to know why?  It's because Hillsong United's new album "Empires" launched worldwide. That's worth celebrating right? What's also great is that Hillsong United will be touring this summer on the Outcry Tour with artists including: Jesus...

Best of 2014: Top 10 Christian Shirts

Best of 2014: Top 10 Christian Shirts

I've never really done anything "by the book" so it makes perfectly good sense to me to take time out of the middle of the year to recap 2014 and our top 10 best-selling Christian t-shirts. But first, let me say thanks. Last year was an epic year for Lighten Up Gear,...

Lighten Up Gear Is Back Online

Lighten Up Gear Is Back Online

A couple of weeks ago, my previous hosting provider decided to take my website (along with a few others) hostage. It's a long story (thankfully it wasn't anything I did), but I ultimately decided to transfer my domains and hosting service over to my new friends at...

Favorite T-Shirt from SoCal Vacation

Favorite T-Shirt from SoCal Vacation

Last week, my family was on vacation in Southern California (San Diego / Carlsbad) having some great family time and enjoying the sun. (It was a long winter in Iowa...although I got a lot of respect for the folks in Boston, MA). My wife loves the beach. Now you know....

The Best Sermon on Forgiveness

The Best Sermon on Forgiveness

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Troy Nesbitt (the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church of Ames & Ankeny) gave one of the most heartfelt, passionate and stirring sermons I've ever heard on forgiveness. I was so moved I immediately shared it with my parents and some of...

Dinner Devotionals for Families

Dinner Devotionals for Families

If your family is like mine, then dinners can be a little crazy and hectic. It used to be a lot crazier when our children were younger - especially our twin sons. Trying to feed two toddlers as a family just didn't work so a lot of times we'd just have dinner after...

It’s a Life Is Good Christmas!

It’s a Life Is Good Christmas!

I love the Life Is Good brand. Always have. Always will. The first time I walked into a Life Is Good store was probably in Portland, Maine or Ogunquit, Maine, and I was in awe. Not that I struggle with envy often, but I wanted to buy everything. Ever since then, I've...

Thankful on Thanksgiving

Thankful on Thanksgiving

I used to be a huge Caedmon's Call fan. I was a card carrying member of the Caedmon's Call Guild, owned all their albums and would travel within a 250 mile radius to their shows. So this morning I woke up humming "Thankful" by Caedmon's Call this morning. And I can't...

Chicago, Running and Jesus

Chicago, Running and Jesus

Confession: Selling Christian t-shirts is not my full-time gig. (I simply don't sell enough shirts to support a family of five) This week I'm staying the week in Chicago, one of the greatest cities ever...next to Des Moines of course, for a digital marketing training...

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