“12 PRAY”

About a year ago this month the wonderful Life Action Revival Ministries came to Midway Baptist Church in Gulf Breeze, FL and lead our church in two straight weeks of revival. It was nothing less than phenomenal and the first thing we learned was that revival meant God visiting us. Most Christians will tell you that what our country needs is revival and they are right.

The problem is that we usually rely on government to fix the societal problems that are literally rotting our country from the inside out. We cannot leave the needs of our country up to politicians only and that means we as Christian citizens need to “take right ground” as described by the great 19th Century revivalist Charles Finney.

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On My Watch Tonight

I’ve seen many of the videos coming out of Iraq, but I admit I missed this one. Thanks to Thea Maddox for sending this music video by Marine Mike Corrado. His song is titled, “On My Watch Tonight,” and I particularly like the line where he sings, “You take care of the love and I’ll deal with the hate.”

That is what our brave men and women do; we sleep tight while they fight. God bless them!

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Help Me Out

I’m a little confused here. While I have a great sense of humor and I love lighthearted moments, I wonder if it can’t be taken a bit too far.

Governor Mike Huckabee, a rising star in the GOP presidential race, has recently won the endorsement of Chuck Norris, actor and avid conservative. Some of the complaints against Governor Huckabee is that he doesn’t address serious criticisms about his record; he usually makes a joke about some of the issues.

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Kerrying the Troops

defame (verb) – to damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel.
treason (noun) – the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery
kerry (verb) – to damage the reputation, character, or good name of American military men and women; to betray the trust and confidence of America’s military; to commit a breach of faith with the men of women of America’s Armed Forces; to be treacherous towards the military

Last year (Nov. 4, 2006) I wrote an article for the New Media Journal titled “Kerrying the Troops.” I’ve provided three definitions to help define who John Kerry is. Yes, I made up the third definition, but actually I’ve merely described the junior senator from Massachussetts.

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Straight Talk

This Friday I will be on Jerry Hughes’ radio show Straight Talk. Jerry has graciously offered for me to be on the whole second hour, 3-4pm CST. My last visit with Jerry was a very robust conversation, we talked about Eddie and the war and ended with Jerry asking me to pray for our soldiers, which was a first.

You can catch the show on the internet or check the website to see where they are broadcasting.

Veteran’s Day Dedication

“Permit me, then, to recommend from the sincerity of my heart, ready at all times to bleed in my country’s cause, a declaration of independence; and call upon the world, and the great God who governs it, to witness the necessity, propriety and rectitude thereof…Let us, therefore, act like men inspired with a resolution that nothing but the frowns of Heaven shall conquer us.”

General Nathaniel Greene, who was one of General George Washington’s most trusted generals of the Revolutionary War, wrote those words on January 4, 1776, to his Rhode Island representative to the Continental Congress, Samuel Ward.

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A Busy Week

Well, this has been a busy week so this three-day weekend is going to be much appreciated. The week started off Monday evening with my wife Karen and I traveling to Montgomery, Alabama. We, Eddie’s mother Tina Kelly and her husband John, along with 91 other Gold Star Families were invited to the capitol as guests of Governor Bob Riley and First Lady Patsy. The Riley’s are a fine Christian couple and their genuine love and care showed through on Tuesday during a dedication to a beautiful memorial to the 92 fallen Alabamians who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the Global War on Terror. The governor had clearly set aside a couple of hours in his busy day because Patsy and he spent time with all the families in attendance; hugging them, crying with them, taking pictures, whatever they wanted.

Governor Riley and his staff have become good friends with Eddie’s mother and stepfather Tina and John and you can tell there is a genuine affection between them. What a wonderful thought to know in this day and age of low opinion of our elected officials we have such wonderful people running the state of Alabama. Alabama is thriving and it is in no small part because of Governor Riley’s efforts.

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President Bush Responds

My sister Mary Wheeler had it on her heart to send President Bush a copy of Eddie’s article, “Hope Rides Alone,” after his death. Here are her words:

Dear David,
I just wanted you to know that I have just mailed off Eddie’s article to the President. He may not get it but we can pray that he does. I just happened along the address while I was looking up something else at the USPS website and I had an over-whelming desire in my heart to send it to him. I hope that you do not mind. I know that your friend may have already done so but I really felt that it was the Lord’s will for me to do it, whether it was just for my own peace of mind or not I do not know.
Your son is not forgotten,
All my love.
(her nickname)

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