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IN 2016, IT WON’T BE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT THAT SAVES US

February 1, 2015 Leave a comment

The other day, we went to see the movie American Sniper. It was great, but there is one scene I cannot get out of my head (and don’t worry, there is no spoiler here). When you see our military convoy snaking through back alleys of hostile territory strongly controlled by the terrorists–and we’re talking routine mission–you cannot help but ask, what are we doing there? The odds are highly stacked against us, yet it shows just how good the U.S. military is, because of what they do accomplish under those difficult circumstances.

Despite all of our military might, compare where we are today to when we first set out to defeat terror over thirteen years ago after the 9-11 attacks. Does it seem like our calamities have multiplied? Are we missing something?

Yes, we are. And we are repeating history.

In the Bible, when the people of Israel depended on God, they found safety and security, in many cases without the need for war. When they went ahead of God in their own power, they found chaos and…war.

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.

The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory–for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

We put our hope in the Lord” (Psalm 33:13-20).

It is the only way out, and it is very possible. Nothing else will matter. In 2016, it won’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat running for President. If you don’t have the God factor, it will be just another election with the usual letdown.

Whether we get that candidate or not, there are some things we can influence. Our hearts. Our families. I’m convinced one of the most important legacies we can leave is that we were a good father or mother to our children. A good neighbor and friend.

I guess the most important thing I want to share is that God has to be THE factor if we want a better world, or a better home. I believe there are a lot of people out there who are getting a strong sense for this as well. I’m excited to see what God has in store.

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THE SEVEN HOUR LUNCH – HOW WE MET

March 13, 2014 2 comments

It happened when we least expected it.  Two separate circumstances outside of our control brought us both to the same place at the same time.

On Sunday, November 25, 2012, we met “by accident” over lunch at her parents’ house (I go to church with her parents).  For her, it came about because she was dropping off her nephew that day.  For me, it came about because on the Sunday her parents originally wanted to invite me over, I rushed out of church to purchase concert tickets that just went on sale, because I thought they would sell out.  So they never had a chance to ask me until the Sunday they were meant to. 

Abby and Me

I remember walking into their house.  When I first saw Abby (this is the point at which you would expect to read something like “it was love at first sight,” but not here), my first thought was, “Oh, there’s some person’s daughter,” and not with any interest on my part.  That was it and maybe it’s my funny way of translating that I wasn’t expecting such a large group at lunch.  Plus, after ‘’Hello,” she hardly acknowledged that I was in the room anyway…at first.  The first thing I noticed about Abby was her bright personality. 

The lunch was going very well, her mom and I were doing most of the talking (We had some great conversations, or should I say “many,” as you will soon learn why), and then Abby started to slowly enter my radar as we made more eye contact and exchanged more words with each other.  There were several occasions, and Abby will tell you the same thing, when she said something, and I was like, “Holy Cow, I was going to say that same exact thing.” 

We ate our food fairly quickly, but the lunch and conversation kept going, and going, and going…  It was sometime after 5:00 PM when I suggested that it might be time for me to go, but her mom was quick to dive into another great conversation.  I felt rude for trying to leave.  I remember thinking, “Do they always eat lunch this long?”

As the hours passed, Abby eventually moved over to the chair beside me.  I remember at one point she mentioned that she was single.  I don’t know if that was a hint or not, but I took it that way.

If lunch had not been for such an unusual length of time, I know Abby and I would not have had the opportunity to connect like we did, at least not on that day.  Long story short, as a result of that lunch, I asked her out for coffee and water (this has its own story) the following Saturday, and here we are today.  I thank God for her.  She is a miracle from Him.  He did this.

After I left their house that day, I went to my parents’ house to watch our favorite show, Once Upon a Time.  I walked in the door just before 8:00 PM when the show starts, and they were like, “Where were you?”  I sort of smiled and said, “Lunch.” 

That is, The Seven Hour Lunch.

 

To Abby, I love you!  -Andrew

SOCIETY’S LIE ABOUT GUILT

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I just had a revelation.

Society has lied to us and we have believed it. We have been told, and even good people have believed, that guilt trips should be ignored and guilt by association is not fair. These are lies that take the focus off the one who is guilty and turn it back on the one who is pointing out the problem, which allows the one who is guilty to avoid taking responsibility for their problem.

I say, guilt trips occur when the one who is guilty realizes it. The one who is fulfilling his responsibility does not feel guilty when the problem is addressed. They call that “preaching to the choir”. We have been told that guilt trips are intended to cause regret–a lie. Guilt should convict us to repent. Regret is about dwelling on the past. Repentance is about changing for the future. If you feel guilty, then you can do more.

I say, guilt by association occurs when someone chooses to associate with someone who is guilty–duh! Friendship is shared by like-minded people. You can also judge godliness by association. A guilty person will not be able to stand the heat of a godly circle of friends for very long.

Take responsibility for your guilt. Do not regret, but repent!

GLENN BECK DISCUSSING THE STORY BEHIND MY BUSES

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

FIGHT THE FLESH TO DO YOUR BEST

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

When you have to do something that you really do not feel like doing, the flesh will scream at you from the inside to not do it. Your flesh will eat you alive until you obey it. Your flesh will fight you up to the moment you make the decision to do what is right, but once you start to do what is right, you find that what you dreaded is not anywhere near as difficult as the process of dreading it. In fact, joy takes over, because you are doing your best.

Press on (Philippians 3:12-13).

MY THOUGHTS ON FILE

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I have recorded many thoughts on facebook and twitter over the years, but it is difficult to find particular posts on those pages over time. This site will categorize my thoughts by topic and make them available for reference.