Monthly Archives: August 2008

The “Truth” About Sarah Palin

“Sarah Palin is so tough that Osama bin Laden will now star in one of those Southwest Airlines “wanna get away” commercials.”

Sarah Palin is so tough that she decided to take a ten minute stroll during her lunch hour and ended up winning the Iditarod.”

“She hunts and eats moose- not for the meat, but because one once crossed the street in front of her car, delaying her trip by 8 seconds. The insult was not forgotten.”

Read more:  www.SarahPalinFacts.com

Palin!

Alaska Mag Cover w/Palin

Amazing day as John McCain names Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate!  It came as a surprise to almost everyone, including her family, who found out while watching FOX News.  As we are starting to find out more about Sarah Palin, it’s becoming clear.  She is an amazing woman!  She moved to Alaska when she was three months old.  She led her high school basketball team to the state championship while her ankle had a stress fracture.  She is on tape somewhere shooting a machine gun when she visited Iraq.  Why not, she blows away moose and caribou on a regular basis.  Hey.  A woman’s gotta eat!

Then there are her family values. A strong Christian Conservative she stands strong for life and against corruption.  She has five children, including one with child with downs.  Her husband is a commercial fisherman and works on the Alaska Pipeline.  He’s also a world champion in snow machine racing!

Her knowledge on energy is vast.  She doesn’t believe in man-made global warming and she’s all in favor of “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.”

Judging from the reaction, McCain made a dynamite pick!  I can’ wait for the vice-presidential debates!

Camping!!!

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What a great time!  I went camping yesterday until this morning.  A couple of friends invited me up to Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Bigelow to be more specific.  It’s a little above 8,000 feet so it was quite a bit cooler than the desert floor here in Tucson.

We had a camp fire.  Got rained on a bit from the edge of a thunderstorm.  Had smores and hot dogs and bratworst.  I slept outside next to the fire and the stars were amazing!  I saw three shooting stars, one of which was a slow burner.  The ground wasn’t that hard, although I did wake up quite a few times because it wasn’t exactly as soft as my bed (which is too hard too, but that’s another story).  I was surprised how much the thin pad helped.

Since I slept outside I was the first one up.  The coals were still hot enough from the fire from the night before I just gathered up some pine needles and twigs and blew on the coals to get the fires started again.  It was a cool start to the day.  In the 50’s up there as opposed to nearly 80 down here.  Nothing like a couple of marshmellows, a hot dog and a couple of cookies for breakfast!

It’s the first time I’ve camped in a couple of years and the first time I slept outside in a couple of decades!  (I’m pretty sure)  I left this morning in time to get to church this morning.

I had such a good time.  I was dirty and smelled like smoke.   Now, I know a new place to camp.  It’s only 45 miles from the apartment, 15 degrees cooler, and it’s a pine forest.   Hopefully I can get back up there soon!

Discipline

I do some of my best thinking (that’s not saying much!) while I’m hiking. Today I finally got back on that horse. After six weeks of not exercising I finally got off the couch and hit the trail. I knew it was gonna be tough. Why is that when I finally get back into shape, I take six weeks off and have to start (almost) all over again?! Why am I so lazy?

As I was struggling up the familiar trail I was asking myself, “why is discipline so hard for me?” As I thought about it I saw parallels with my struggle staying in physical shape and my struggle staying in spiritual shape.

When I am hiking and biking every day, it doesn’t take but two weeks to get in pretty good shape. As I stick with it I start to grow stronger and I look forward to my hikes and bike rides. When I start to let it slide, I start to lose my strength and it’s harder to hit the trail. So it is with my walk with the Lord.

When I am praying every day and reading my Bible and setting aside time for that sweet fellowship with the Lord I hear His voice! I am drawn into His presence even more! In John 14, Jesus was talking to His disciples (disciplined followers) just before He was turned over to the Priests to be crucified. How do you get to know God better? Obey!:

21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

Want to know to Christ better?  Obey His commands!  In John 15 Jesus talks about how He is the vine and we are the branches:

7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

I have to admit it.  I don’t always walk by the Spirit.  I don’t always obey.  I war with the flesh and sometimes I give in to temptation.  Paul had the same struggle.  We ALL do!  Here’s Paul in Romans 7:

18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.

19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

Who will save me from this body of death???  Paul asks.  I ask!

25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

It’s by the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross on my behalf that I have ultimate victory over the flesh!   That is GOOD NEWS!  When He returns He will give me a new body.   One that is incorruptible!  Without sin.

Until then, I struggle.  I war with the flesh.  Sometimes I fall, but the Holy Spirit gives me the strength to get back up and war some more.  Even to have victory over sin.  How?  By staying close to God which brings the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit!  Some versions translate it as, “discipline.”  The very thing I need to walk with God in obedience!

So, just like my work outs make me stronger and make me look forward to my next work out, my spiritual discipline bears the fruit of more spiritual discipline!

Strength in my body through the effort of working out.   Strength in Christ by knowing Him and allowing Him to live in me by being obedient to His Spirit and not my sinful desires.   Both worth working for.   The latter with the biggest payoff.

See you on the trail of life.  Hopefully I’ll be bearing much fruit so I can encourage you on your journey in Christ as well!

Chicago Toooooo?!!!

Yep.  Global Warming has slammed on the brakes.  I’ve already linked on this blog articles that tell of a quiet Sun and how all of the warming in the last half of last century has been wiped out in just the last year or two!

Now more evidence.  The Chicago Tribune is reporting that not only is this Summer on the cool side, it’s been cool Summers since 2000:

There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That’s by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930.

By FAR the fewest!  Now if AccuWeather is right, and Winter starts early and is severe, maybe that will kill this false global warming theory once and for all!  It also might serve as a harsh reminder that warmer is better and not an excuse for excessive regulation and tax.

Then again, it may be hard for big government advocates and one world government lovers to let go of the chance to control people through the global warming lie.

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

GREAT book!  I remember when I was a new Christian.  Barely a year in the faith.  My Church, Trinity Church in Lubbock, had a men’s groups study on, “Wild at Heart.”  I already had a home group so I didn’t sign up although I was interested.  Especially since it was being taught by an Air Force recruiter I admired.

So, years later, I FINALLY read it.  I read it on Saturday.  Now I’m wondering, what took me so long??

There is so much to the book.  I’ll probably reread it sometime.  The main messages I got out of the book?  For me, it boils down to a couple of principles that has really igniting something in me.  The biggest and most impactful?  It’s OK for me to be who I am!  God gave me a lot of wonderful gifts.  I don’t need to be afraid of them.  I shouldn’t suppress them.  That’s like hiding your light under a bushel.  No.  God has reasons why He made me the way He did.  I need to come out from behind my personality and quit beating myself up for being an under achiever.  And, to challenge myself to not be so lazy.

Growing up, school was very easy for me.  I’d show up, stay awake in class (for the most part), blow off the homework and ace the tests.  I developed a nasty habit of being lazy.  Hey.  If I can excel without trying, then why push myself?

It truly is a blessing and a curse.  How cool that I can just show up and learn!  Of course the flip side is, sometimes challenges come along in life that do require extra effort.  I’d rather watch TV :-)

When I was in elementary school I found out that not everyone thought the really smart people were cool.  I also discovered I could make people laugh.  So.  Why not suppress the one and develop the other?  Classic under achiever syndrome.

I think God is challenging me.  Not to be the smartest around, but to not be afraid to be who I am.  To be thankful for the gifts He has given me and to use them for His glory!  That means studying His word more.  Spending time in His presence.  As I learn about Him and get to know Him, I can share with others.  I desire to teach and preach.  If it’s His will I need to pursue it!  The big question I have now is, what is the best path to take to do that?

Another area is assertiveness.  I need to assert myself more and have more confidence!  Or at least realize that I have more to contribute then I have at times.  Once upon a time in high school I was brimming with confidence.  I was class president.  I was all league in track.  Good at football.  School was easy and I was popular.  It seemed everything I did turned to gold!  Slowly as my drug and alcohol use increased I started to falter.  By the time I was a junior I quit football, was kicked off of the track team and dropped out of school the following year.  I languished for a few years before I moved to New Mexico to start my broadcasting career.  I have done pretty well despite not having a college degree thanx to the gifts God has given me, but I never quite regained the confidence I had before I started messing up.

I need to realize.  God’s gifts and talents are without repentance!   I didn’t mess up His best plan for my life, rather He has made me a new creation in Him!  I can forget the former self and truly live!  That means forgetting those things that are behind and pressing forward to the high calling of God.  With His help I intend to do just that.

The other area is relationships.  Women.  But that is none of your business :-)  God is teaching me some things.  Someday, Lord willing, I am going to be a great husband to a blessed beautiful woman!

Grow the Fro Bro!

Mike Fro 1979

I joined Facebook a week or so ago.  A friend e-mailed me from my web site and asked if I was on FB (see.  already learning the lingo), so I checked it out.  So far it’s been cool!  I’ve found several friends I haven’t talked to in a long time.  In some cases years!

So.  For fun, I decided to use my sophomore high school picture as my Facebook pic.  The comments have been funny.  From “that’s cool, the style is coming back,” to “who told you that ‘works for you’ ’cause it didn’t.”  Folks were even offering $$ if I would grow it back, and then more not too :-)

Like I said, it’s been fun.  So my friend at work who has been part of this kidding around, says, “I want to get a t-shirt that says, “Grow the Fro Bro!”  It was one of the comments and something that some of the kids in youth group told me last year.  So that got me thinking.  Why not a fun web site where people could post now and then pictures of them when they had the Fro?!  I went ahead and bought the URL, www.growthefrobro.com  Maybe I’ll work on it later today!

Light Afflictions

Half the calories of our regular afflictions?  Not exactly.  Here’s what Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 6:

24Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

26I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

27I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

28Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

29Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

30If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.

OK. I feel like a whimp. I’m worried about what again?

Paul again in Corinthians 4:

16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

I’m guilty. Where am I looking? At my physical present? or my Spiritual forever? The smart choice is clear. Galatians 6:

7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Help me Lord to keep my focus on what is TRULY important. Forgive me for looking at my problems rather than living for the solution!  (Jesus!)  Help me not to grow weary and lose heart.