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RESTORING LOVE: A MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Wherever our country goes from here, I do not know. I do know that what I heard on Saturday night, July 28, 2012, in Dallas Cowboys Stadium is the answer to what is coming our way.

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event was not just an event; it was a message for these times.

As tens of thousands gathered in a stadium to hear this message, it felt like what I imagine it was like to hear George Whitefield speaking to the masses on a hillside. It was not just another thing to do on a Saturday night; it had a purpose that is meant to be applied.

There are a lot of people on TV and elsewhere, who complain about the problems in our country, and these same people would not even consider attending an event like Restoring Love. Don’t they know the answer is here? Then I remember what David Barton said- 25% won the American Revolution. We don’t need every American to get it; we just have to be it ourselves.

Nor do we need the media, which is easier said than believed, I think. Many of us have fallen prey to society’s lie that if we see it on TV, then it must be legit. And it’s almost like we’ve been waiting for the media to get our message, embrace it, and tell it the right way. I’ve come to the conclusion, as have many others, that we don’t need the media or government to recognize an awakening for it to be reality.

Alyssa Krumm’s photo

Here are some of the words from Restoring Love that I believe will have a lasting impact…

Witness the Third Great Awakening!

History is a guide. It is not a guarantee.

All they saw was a blank canvas and they filled it. And so shall we.

The moment we won our freedom, Congress printed this Bible.

You’ve already won…just get out on the field and finish the game.

History tells us when we have both the good and the bad…we stand and we mark our place.

To restore our purpose as a nation, to remember who we are as Americans.

We must not become America in name only…I charge you…to act, to commit, to shape our future.

Some succeed…those who fail have failed because they waited for someone else to act.

Kenneth Powell’s photo

I was moved by the video showing the things that made America great. As culture abandons them, our charge is to restore them.

Are you among the Americans who will have rallied around this message when our country needed it most?

I am. History will show that Restoring Love was the right road.

We heard a message for our time from the person appointed to give it.

It will have a lasting impact.

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IN MUD UP TO THEIR ANKLES

February 20, 2012 2 comments

I recently spent a couple days in Dallas, Texas. I was able to familiarize myself with the Dallas area, which was also helpful in preparation for my trip back in July for Mercury One’s Restoring Love event at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

There were a couple things from Dallas that left an impression on me. It wasn’t the colorful downtown, the gigantic church buildings everywhere, or all the cowboy hats. It was the people and their conduct.

It’s not just a legend; the people really are nicer in Texas. As a whole, they are decent and looking out for their neighbor. I experienced this firsthand and, in a way, it changed me. Here is my encounter with decency.

I was driving a rental car on the highways surrounding Dallas well after dark. By the way, drivers down there are a lot more patient and quicker to let you switch lanes. That now comes to mind–no joke–everytime I have the urge to come in first or have the chance to give someone in front of me on the road a little more space. Anyway, it had been raining all day there. I exited the interstate and pulled into what I thought was a parking lot for my destination.

I could see where I wanted to go, just on the other side of this “parking lot” which I soon realized had no lighting. Turns out, this wasn’t a parking lot, but rather a large, grassy construction sight turned mud hole, because of all the rain.

I was stuck. I managed to do a 180, turning the car back in the direction of the way I entered, in hopes to get back out. I tried putting the car in neutral and pushing it myself (walking in mud up to my ankles), but that did no good with no one there to step on the gas. I did my best to reverse and accelerate my way out, but I was going nowhere.

The car looked as if I went mudding offroad, but that rental car was not the type for Texas muddin’!

After ten minutes of trying, I barely had a moment to think about what am I going to do, because a car pulled up to help. A guy and girl got out and said jokingly, “Having some fun in here?” They asked me how long I was there. I said about ten minutes. They were surprised it took ten minutes for someone to stop and help. I thought to myself, that’s pretty good, considering how long it would take for someone to stop where I come from.

With their help, we got the car out quite effortlessly. We exchanged names and handshakes. And with their willingness to get in mud up to their ankles just to help another person, they showed a powerful example of Matthew 22:39, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

I look forward to going back in July.

I RESOLVE TO…

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

“Help shoulder a burden and lighten someone’s load.”

As a leader, I know what it means to carry the weight of an organization through every payroll, past due invoice, and conflict among members. I know what it means to lead a diverse group of people in the same direction and see some fight against it and others never assume it as their own. I know what it means for two or three responsible people to carry the workload for twenty or thirty lazy people. I know what it means to do what I said I would do, regardless of what is popular.

As people complain about elected politicians who never do the hard things as professed during the campaign, I truly believe that if our politicians were to actually do the hard things for the good of the country, many people would still be complaining, because they would have to own the difficult consequences of those difficult decisions.

As a senior pastor, I am not accustomed to sitting in a church, but on occasion, I have envisioned what it would feel like to be a church member under another pastor again. I know it would be different than before I became pastor. I would feel more responsible to that pastor to do ANYTHING he needed me to do. I would feel more responsible to ADVANCE his vision. My predecessor, who is now a church member in another church under another pastor, said he feels this same responsibility, because he has been there and knows what his church, pastor, and God needs from him. He also expressed a sympathy to quickly defend his pastor at the sound of the pettiest bickering.

In the next year, I am going to help shoulder a burden and lighten someone’s load. I want to help them do even more for good.