election, politics

POLITICKED OFF?

If you are like most Americans, you are getting pretty POLITICKED OFF by all the fault finding and blame shifting.

With just a few more weeks left before the elections every citizen must refuse to be neutral about your Nation.

In a democracy, voting is a right as well as your responsibility. It is important to realize that voting allows each individual to take responsibility for their beliefs and ideas. By voting you are making your own decisions. Do not allow others to decide for you! Each citizen has the right to voice their opinion, and the responsibility to help their government by participating in the decision making process.

By voting, you will be more informed on the political, social, and environmental issues that surround you.

Here are some examples of how just ONE vote made significant changes in history:

In 1645: ONE VOTE gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

In 1649: ONE VOTE caused Charles I of England to be executed.

In 1776: ONE VOTE gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1839: ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton as the Governor of Massachusetts.
 
 
 

 

 

In 1845 – ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union

 

In 1868 – ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment

 

In 1876: ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

In 1876: ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

 
In 1939 – ONE VOTE passed the selective service act
 
 

 

In 1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct elected John F. Kennedy President

In 1923: ONE VOTE gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party

Edward Everett Hale, the distinguished poet and former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, eloquently captured the essence of every American’s duty: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, that I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.”

 Here are two great qoutes that motivate me to get out of neutral and get involved.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

“The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” – Plato.

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Ministry

ARE YOU A BASKETCASE?

Really looking forward to this weekend’s message; “Are You A Basketcase?”

 

I think many of us in the nation are feeling a bit basketcase prone these days.

In a nutshell, you can tell if you are a basketcase if you are in any situation where you feel pressed down and stressed out; yet deep within you know that God is in control. 

I’m looking at Moses in the Old testament and Paul in the New testament and comparing both basketcases to our lives today.

Can’t wait to develop this message and see what God does with it.

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cycling, Mountain biking

THE ROAD NOT TRAVELED

Robert Frost said it perfectly for me today.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The only things missing in this mornings commute was heavy traffic, diesel fumes and pavement.

I decided to take the road not traveled to the office today and it was a great choice.

Plenty of room and no oncoming traffic.

My dashboard is very simple and gas prices cannot be beat this way.

Single lanes are really nice.

After the day in the office I decided to keep riding up into Granite Basin and ended up with about 2 1/2 hours of bike time today.

I think what Frost is really saying is CHOICES DO MATTER.

He probably is wondering what would have happened if he had chosen a different path.

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Books I'm Reading

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

If you have ever felt you didn’t have many options or were in a difficult spot, you have got to read this book.

Ralston’s story is beyond amazing. I’m still shaking my head. Could I–could you–cut off your own arm to save your life? It’s hard to say isn’t it? I’ve been in some pretty sticky situations in the backcountry, but nothing–nothing–even remotely approached what Ralston experienced. Six days in a remote canyon with your right armed pinned by an immovable boulder, with enough supplies to last only for a day hike, and with hope dwindling even more as each hour, each day passed. But finally, with a do-or-die determination, Ralston summoned the courage to do the unthinkable–to free himself and live–by sawing off his arm with a dull knife. And after that incredible act, to have the strength to get himself out to help. Unbelievable!

If you don’t believe it, go buy the book for yourself.

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cycling, Mountain biking

POWER IN NUMBERS

Today was the first day in 14 weeks to ride with a group of mountain bikers since the ankle break.

Wow, Awesome to get back with  friends who like to push it and push me.

There is just something in us that makes us want to go faster, ride further and climb tougher stuff when we are with a group.

Synergy (from the Greek syn-ergo, συνεργός meaning working together) is the term used to describe a situation where the final outcome of a system is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Apostle Paul used the word in his Epistles (Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 3:9) to illustrate a dynamic conception of human, divine and cosmic cooperation: “I did the planting, Apollos the watering, but God made things grow…We are fellow workers (synergoi) with God; you are God’s cultivation, God’s building.”

Great to be out with other riders today.

Now its time to ice the ankle and study for Sunday.

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family, Life experiences, marriage

DAY OF REST

Just a few pics of today in Sedona and Flagstaff with Brenda.

Great to get the whole day with just her.

First stop – THE BLUEMOON CAFE

Next Stop – BIKE & BEAN for a great coffee and bike buds banter.

Oakcreek never dissapoints. The leaves are starting to turn and the trout are still swimming.

It was great to see where our son Caleb is working. Deckers Coorporation is parked perfectly in the college town of Flagstaff Az. Only 90 minutes from mom and dad.

I have learned in 28 years of ministry to “come apart”, so I don’t “come apart”.

“Come ye apart into a desert place, and rest a while. ” Mark 6:31

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Life experiences, Ministry

FIRST TIME – FIRST RESPONSE

For the first time outside of a “church context”I had someone ask me today what my life verse was.

Without hesitation I qouted back to him:

1 Corinthians 15:58 “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

It has been my CORE VALUES VERSE for the past 20 years of ministry and basically defines my approach to life and ministry.

I love talking to people about stuff like this out in mainstreet.

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family, Life experiences, marriage, Ministry

A PERFECT FIT

This afternoon we went to Phoenix to get fitted for our tuxedo’s for my daughter’s wedding.

I learned something from my tailor.

He told me, Your tuxedo fitting is very important. Without a good fitting, your tux will not hang right on your body and will not be comfortable. You should have two fittings. The first fitting happens when you first order your tuxedo. It shouldn’t take more than 10 to 20 minutes to get your initial fitting. The tailor will take your neck and sleeve size for your shirt, your waist and out seam for your trousers and chest for your coat size. The second final fitting will occur usually when you pick up the tuxedo to bring it home. It is basically a check of the first fitting to make sure everything fits correctly. A good fitting will insure the following:

1. The tuxedo jacket should allow for free movement in the arms and should lay smoothly along the back.

2. Tuxedo pants should just barely touch the top of your shoe and should be hemmed with no cuff.

It reminds me of the story in the Old Testament where King Saul tries to help David fight Goliath by giving him his armor to wear.

“Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on

him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. ” 1 Samuel 17:38,39 (message)

David couldn’t move around comfortably in “hand me downs”. He had to get out of  another person’s armor to fight effectively.

The same is true for all of us. We have got to have a tailor made faith that fits us perfectly. We can’t live a life based on another persons faith or beliefs.

WHEN IT COMES TO OUR FAITH, ITS ALL GOT TO BE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC AND NOT BORROWED.

A good fitting faith is a personal tailor made faith.

I like what John Mason says; “We are all born originals…don’t die a copy.”

 

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