Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Black Friday Deal For You!

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Welcome to Black Friday!  The day that all true shoppers dream of: the early morning openings, the excitement, and the deals!  Oh yes, the deals!

As you go out to fight the traffic, the masses, and the madness; I am pleased to offer you a Black Friday deal, which is actually a three for one. This is what you get:

  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Everlasting Life

And the best thing about this deal is it is Free! That’s right Free!  This deal has already been paid for by our sponsor, Jesus Christ.  However, you got to act now; because the deal of everlasting life is limited to your lifetime…and none of us know how long that will be.

How to get the deal? 

The scriptures tell us “If anyone will call out My name, they will be saved.” Romans 10:13.  Just pray this simple prayer and the benefits of this Black Friday Deal will start flowing to you.

“Father I come to acknowledge my sins to you. 

I come to ask for your salvation, guidance and grace in my life.

I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins

Help me from this day on to live in a way that pleases you. 

I know that living this new life will not be easy and that I will stumble and fall in my faith.

However, I ask for your help and to bring Godly people in my life that will help me in my new life with you.

I love you, Father; I thank you Father and look forward to spending eternity with you”


Taking full advantage of the deal

Black Friday3Now, if this is the first time you have prayed this prayer of salvation or if you are like me and have prayed this before; but did not keep the commitment of your new life in Christ, listen up.  I invite you to read this post on the 4 Essentials to Spiritual Growth.  I hope you will consider this document your instruction manual to you can take full advantage of your Black Friday Deal of salvation.

Enjoy the shopping today and please tell everybody about this great Black Friday Deal because it is truly the best deal that you will ever get.  


November 22nd and the good men who died that day

Fifty years ago today, three shots cut through the Dallas air, one missed its intended target; the other two did not, killing the 35th President of the United States.

I was five years old that day, and my earliest memories of life are of me sitting on my father’s lap the weekend of the assassination watching the Presidential funeral. The steady drum beat of the somber procession is a sound that is seared in my mind forever.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s thousand days as president left an inedible mark on this nation and the world.  His words inspiring millions; lighting a flame in me to love public speaking and to cherish the written word, here are some of my favorite inspiring quotes from the president:

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
  • “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.”
  • “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

Benjamin Franklin Bland is the funniest, honest and wisest person I have ever met and the best father a son could ever have. His wit and wisdom are woven into the fabric of my life.   Proverbs 1:8 tell us: “To listen to what your father teaches you. “ Of the many things my father taught me here are three things that have become bedrock in my life.

  • “Humor can improve any situation.”
  • “You can get ahead in life if you just keep your mouth shut, keep your ears open and keep your knees bent in prayer.”
  • “Good liars are really smart – and son you are not really smart.”

On November 22, 1963 the world mourned the death of a good man, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and wondered what more could he had given the world, if he had lived.

On November 22, 1999 family and friends mourned the death of a good man Benjamin Franklin Bland; but there was no wonder, for we all knew and celebrated the full and complete life that God had given him.

It is said that our lives are but a vapor in the vast universe of time.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Benjamin Franklin Bland died on the same date November 22nd 36 years apart.  Their lives remind us of the difference that the words and deeds of good men can make within the vapor of a lifetime; not only for the time that they lived….but for generations to come.

Thank you, Mr. President

Thank you, Dad


Veterans Day 2013: The Honor Flight

airplaneIt was a normal flight – fit your bags into a tight space, squeeze your body into a tight seat, and endure the rough ride.  Yes, it was a normal flight; until the captain made this announcement as we made our approach into Kansas City, “Ladies and gentleman this is your captain speaking and I have a request. Our flight today is carrying the body of a fallen hero; one of America’s finest who was killed in Afghanistan.  The family is on board and as a sign of respect would you please allow them to exit the aircraft first so that they can meet their hero on the tarmac.” And with that announcement our flight was no longer normal; because we were an honor flight carrying an American hero home for the final time.

In this era of hyper politics where:

  • Shutting down the government, and bringing into question the full faith and credit of the United States is celebrated as some kind of victory, and
  • Despite three years to plan the roll out of a website designed to help millions of the uninsured is broken beyond belief, and
  • Liberals and Conservatives view each other as enemies of the state instead of fellow Americans.

It is no wonder that we become caught up in this Washington sideshow to the degree that many of us have forgotten that American men and women are serving in places that many of us would not go, fighting and dying in a war that unfortunately, far too many of us have forgotten.

That is, until by happenstance our normal lives and flights are disrupted with the sight of “the last measure of devotion” given by a few brave Americans; so that the majority of us can enjoy the freedom and peace that we daily squander in petty politics.

Fallen Solider

It’s called an honor flight. However, for me it was a humbling flight; because of the honor given to me – that I should ride on a plane with that solider.  And because of that, I now vow to pray daily for those who have fought and are still fighting for us.

Thank you for your service my honor flight solider.

May you rest in God’s eternal grace and peace.