19 Apr: When you Have Eaten and are Full; Remember

Before launching the Faith Based Security Network, was New Life Church (12/9/2007). Before New Life Church was Focus on the Family (5/2/1996). Our life journeys are marked by major milestones. Some were personal experiences (as those above were for me). Many were not personal, but still significant to us. Before Focus on the Family, there was the Oklahoma City bombing (4/19/1995). It changed my life and I didn’t even know it the time. That morning, the news was a distant story to me. I had a General Contractor working in Dr. Dobson’s private office. I am sorry that the first words I spoke of the OKC bombing were in complete insolence. The GC told me his glass sub-contractor was late. I joked, “maybe he got called to Oklahoma City.” The contractor chuckled; I knew immediately it was wrong. That night, as I watched the news, it began to sink in just…

11 Apr: Redemption & Transition

1969 – 1979 were significant years to me. Unknowingly, I was experiencing things that shaped my life-views. Television was not casual in our home; it was scheduled. Aside from morning news while eating breakfast, the TV didn’t come on till the sun set; then only for specific things. Most significant was the nightly news. I’ve vivid memories of Mom & Dad on the couch silently watching to see if the DMZ area between North & South Vietnam would be listed as the heaviest fighting for that day. It often was. That’s where my brother was. Other regular programs were the Johnny Cash Show, Gunsmoke and Hee Haw. In one episode of Hee Haw, Minnie Pearl told Grandpa Jones, “A feller just told me I looked like a breath of fresh Spring air.” Skeptical, Jones asked if that was really what the man said. She admitted it wasn’t exactly what he…

05 Apr: Quarantine:  Sacrificial Love, In Action, Before our Eyes

Our friend, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman wrote this week’s TAI. Thank you, Dave! We are in the midst of a pandemic.  The mortality rate, for those infected, could be 1%.  We pray it is less; it could well be more. In Luke 15:3-7, the Bible tells about the “Good Shepherd” who left 99 to rescue one.  Jesus says, when he has found his lost sheep, “He carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends, his family and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’” This is a powerful model for love.  To set everything aside, to willingly sacrifice to save just one precious life!  When the Good Shepherd rescues the lost sheep, he rejoices! Today, 99% are sacrificing to save (perhaps) the 1%.  This is love!  This is the right thing to do;…