23 Aug: Get up and Walk

When I was nine, we moved to a new house Dad built at the edge of town on our small farm. On the back of the house was a deck. There was no deck railing and the edge of the deck was about five feet above the ground below. I was throwing a tennis ball up on the roof and trying to catch it as it rolled back down before it hit the deck. Backing up, looking up on the roof to try and see where it would come down, I went too far back and right over the edge of the deck, falling flat on my back below. I woke up to two teenage girls leaning down beside me asking me if I could hear them. They had been riding bikes down our road and saw me fall. I had hit my head and had the wind knocked out…

16 Aug: Be Intentional and get Connected

Since the dawn of time there has been a roaring lion seeking to destroy good. He used to prowl like a shadow in the dark, but his attacks are now openly displayed every day. As the moral compass in America lost its own north, he crept into our sanctuaries. By the end of the 20th century, we were seeing too many violent attacks on concentrated defenseless groups to ignore it anymore. Lives have been taken and lives have been shattered by the immoral decay of the nation turned into violence in our most sacred places. Responsible defenders across America were compelled to do something about it. As the pages turned from the 20th to the 21st century, we began to hear the term, church security. At first, church security seemed a contradiction of terms to some. Enduring ridicule, lectures on passiveness, misrepresentation of scriptures (“turn the other cheek”) and cute…

09 Aug: TRUTH IN MATH; PASS IT ON

Since Moses, the rescued have grumbled against their rescuers. Every August, critics call America evil because we used atomic bombs on Japan. America did not start that war, but we ended it. We were drawn into it reluctantly, as we were in denial that such horrible oppression was real. Millions of innocent civilians around the world had been killed by the Axis war mongers before America responded. Of 40 countries who lost lives in that war, 6 were Axis, 17 were Allies and 17 were not engaged by choice (neutral; some with no military protection of their own). Some of the allied or neutral countries don’t know how many they lost, or how many of those killed were civilians. So, estimate ranges are used in the historical data. In cases where ranges were used, I used the lower estimate of civilian deaths for this summary. For example, China alone may…