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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hungry for the Truth

Its still a few days away but I'm sure many people are already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner with their families. The turkey, the stuffing, the potatos and the rest of the spread that my mind is trying to trick me into smelling right now! Now I'm hungry.

I just received a message that is sure to be a teaser, but I got a little taste of the something else many have been waiting for. The highly anticipated film about childhood cancer, "The Truth 365" is being prepared like a feast for a King. As one of the volunteers for releasing the film into social media, I have been preparing for months to serve this message about our kids fighting cancer. The time that it has taken will be well worth the wait and those with an appetite for the Truth will especially be satisfied when they see the entire film (18 minutes of which I have been able to preview.)
In preparation for the Big Feast, here is a short film that is sure to make you smile. Jack made a big impact before he finished his journey, but did not leave without a sharing a message to fight for kids in their battle with cancer.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Great Divide

The greatest country in the world will never be great if it is 100% divided like it feels like it is right now. Everybody thinks they got it right with the side they are choosing, but what kind of help are those who choose one side or another doing with the power they now have? There are about 20 states right now that just want to cut themselves off from the rest of the country because they feel the decisions being made will never make this country whole again. The church has no say in these matters since separation of church and state have allowed anything and everything to go as the people say. So what do we to with a country who is divided wider than the Grand Canyon? What does it mean to be the greatest? What do we do when we fail? How shall we treat those who need mercy? What are the consequences of our personal agendas?
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
3And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
8If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
9And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10“See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
11For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
12“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
15“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
16But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
17If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.
25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’
27The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’
34In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Little Veterans

When you think of Veterans day, you think of all the men and women who have served and even sacrificed their lives for our countries freedom. I used to I think of Veternas day as my brother's birthday and how he used to get the day off of school every year. Today on Veterans day I have found a whole new meaning for those who have given themselves, even to the very last breath, to serve children of the future who are still searcing for a cure in the war on cancer.
As all Veterans know, freedom has never been free, liberty has not been without sacrifice and those who fought hard and still came home to their families have many battle scars that will remain in their lifetime. As one who was afraid to join the armed forces, I took my freedom as a youth and ran around like it was a free trip to Disneyland, never counting the cost. Now as I meet real people, even younger than me who have served so that I could live another day without fear, I feel a deep respect and honor for these who gave years of their life away from their families.

Today I would like to honor my 4 year old son Lincoln as a veteran in the war on cancer. With blood, sweat and tears, he has spent the last 16 months enduring chemotherapy and fighing in a war zone inside his own little body. He is one of over 13,000 that began this journey just this year, and will continue his battle for a two more years before he can be in the safe zone again without the need of these chemicals of mass destruction.

For the 2500 children who's battle ended this year, your sacrifice will not be forgotton. For kids like Lane, Jessie, Jack, Gabby, Lennon, Lilly, and Brennan, just to name a few, this fight will not end without honoring your sacrifice for those who still seek a cure.

Since there is no Veterans day for children fighting for their lives, let today remind you that those who served for our countires freedom, serve for children who want so badly just to be kids again, free of cancer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I had a dream a few nights ago where I was driving down a long highway where the road was about to turn before coming into the town I was driving to. I remember it was late at night, dark and hard to see when all of a sudden I would find myself in trouble. As dreams usually become twisted, the road I was driving on just fell out from under me like I was in some sort of video game. My vehicle fell about 20 feet within the 20 foot segment of road that was between the curves and would be difficult for any cars coming down the highway to see. Somehow I ended up above the fall out and I knew I had to redirect traffic to keep people safe. That is about all I remember in the dream.

As I look back on many of the events of this year I feel like the lights at the intersection have been turned off and people are desperate for directions. Everyone wants to get going but no one really knows if they should stop, go, yield or just put the petal to the metal and hope they survive. Looking for directions should be as easy as downloading an app on your smart phone, but finding what we truly need may mean holding the reset button on our current devices.

Proverbs 1:20-33

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall at noisy street corners she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
When those who are foolish claim to be wise, they deceive themselves and those they persuade with their silver tongues. True Wisdom must be sought and when found will reveal a treasure greater than all of the wealth this country possesses.

33 But whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Giving Thanks Day 1

Its that time of year when people began to give thanks for all of the wonderful things they have in their lives. This year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, being thankful for something as simple as a roof over our head is something to be recognized.

On Day 1 I am thankful for one of the most difficult things to be thankful for. Its something we all experience every day, and there are different degrees that we each face. Most of the time we want to reject it and just move on to the finer things in life, but without it we live a self indulgent life full of everything we hate to see in those who seem to have it all. Without this there is no trophy, no victory and no reward.

Today I am thankful for the Struggle...
...because without the climb, there is no view from the top