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As I write this post, our nation is still dealing with the aftermath of the senseless and tragic deaths of seventeen high school students in Parkland, FL just twelve days ago.  The ramifications are many fold and the finger pointing and defensiveness over missed clues will go on for a while longer.

Two aspects of the story stand out for me, and many others—one potentially tragic the other potentially heroic.  I say “potentially” for both points because the story is still being written and/or investigated.  Only time will tell the full story.


The potential heroes emerging out of the story are the impressive surviving students who are intelligent, articulate, and extremely motivated by personal experiences that few people could ever even imagine enduring.  It is encouraging to see their tenacity to seize the moment and call for balanced and responsible action to prevent future school shootings.  #NeverAgain is the hashtag of a movement whose time may be now.

Often, survivors of a tragedy are plagued be survivor guilt.  I imagine some of the Parkland students may be experiencing that.  But I can only imagine that more would be suffering needlessly had it not been for the courageous response of the students who chose to fight.  Those courageous students who raised their voice to call for action have given the Parkland survivors—indeed students from around the country—the courage to rally together and to speak out as the nation takes notice.  May their tribe increase.

The other side of the story—the potentially tragic figure—will have to wait for the next post.  The potential heroes deserve the spotlight for now.

What comes to mind when you hear the term, The Battle Is the Lord’s?  or The Battle Belongs to the Lord?

Does the military imagery trouble you? Are you OK with the military imagery but troubled that our part seems to be too passive?

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Do you ask yourself, if the battle belongs to the Lord, then what do l DO?  Do I just sit here and do nothing?  Well, sometimes the answer is yes.  Other times, the answer might be different.

Be Still

When the Israelites were rescued out of slavery in Egypt, God was setting a trap for their captors that would include rescuing His chosen people while punishing their captors but His own people couldn’t see past the obstacle in front of them.

When they saw the vast Red Sea before them, they complained to Moses that they should never have left Egypt. Continue Reading…


The coward seeks release from pressure.

The courageous pray for strength.

–Frances J. Roberts

Thank You Veterans

November 11, 2014

Thank you for serving!

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

– Billy Graham

We wouldn’t be who we are today without the brave sacrifice of so many who have served, protected and preserved the peace we enjoy today.

Thank You For Serving

By the way, here’s a link to a number of freebies or discounts from merchants who also appreciate your service.

(Please note this is just posted as a public service and is not necessarily intended as an endorsement of any of the links contained.  However, I do appreciate and applaud those businesses who seek to honor our vets)

Thank you for serving.

November 11, 2013

In the United States, this is the day we set aside to remember the valor, the courage and the sacrifice of those who have served to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy this day.

In this blog, I try to instill and to celebrate courage in everyday life, ministry and relationships.  When I think of courage, one of my role models is the serving men and women in the armed forces.  Whether they begin their service in a time of peace or war, they always know that putting on a uniform means they might be called upon to give their life so that others may live free.  To those who have served in spite of their own fears, we salute you!

Thank you for serving!.

Remembering those who have served.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. —G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Friday Quote: G.K. Chesterton on Courage

“Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.”

Friday Quote: Winston Churchill on Courage

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.

Mark Twain (Pudd’nhead Wilson 1894)