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19 Sep: Wholehearted

Caleb may have been the first to symbolize the sheepdog connection. Caleb was called to serve. His name has origins relative to that service. The name means one from meager origins, lowly esteemed like a dog, but operating with reason and courage. One said the meaning of the name reflected the dual attributes of insight and courage needed to selectively and surgically tear an enemy apart. A sheepdog. He can be your best friend or worst enemy. Loyal to everything & everyone important to you; deadly to those that threaten what or who you love. Caleb made his grand entry into history as a determined 40-year-old supporter of Moses. Caleb recognized a man worth supporting and signed up. He and Joshua led S.E.A.L. Team Six of the era. Numbers 13 & 14 provide the first glimpses of his character as one of 12 commissioned by Moses for that historical 40-day…

12 Sep: A Time to be Silent

Nearly 40 years ago I read the book, “A Day no Pigs Would Die” by Robert Peck. It was a true story of growing up under the guidance of a sometimes harsh, but constantly wise and strong father. As young Robert was venturing out of his home county for the first time to go to the state fair, his father told him, “Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.” A bit like Ecclesiastes 3. (1) There is a time for everything. (7) … a time to be silent and a time to speak. On Sunday morning, 3/25/2012, in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, Jesse Gates came to a church about 10:00 and complained of heart trouble. He asked the pastor to call the local news channel. The pastor did the right thing and called 911 instead. EMS responders checked and released him without treatment, so Gates (a sporadic attendee…

05 Sep: Skinny Pants

Last Sunday, the young song-leader, in his skinny pants, led some praise & worship song about battle. He repeated the chorus about doing battle over & over. In the week before, I had watched Roy Benavidez tell of his experiences in Vietnam. If you don’t the story of Roy Benavidez, I strongly recommend watching it here: MSG Roy Benavidez speech 1991 – YouTube. Every man should watch that with their son or grandson at about 12-years-old then discuss what it is to be a man. That 24-minute video should be played at the Super Bowl half-time. Back to Skinny Pants. I found myself getting a little annoyed. What did this kid know about battle? I said something to my wife who gave me that “straighten up, you’re in church” look and said “everyone goes through some sort of battle.” Yeah? What? Did his computer crash? Break a fingernail? Gosh –…