Thursday, June 28, 2012

Soldiering On?

Last week I read a short article in the June 24, 2012 edition of Parade Magazine by Hilary Sterne about Pat Tillman's widow Marie. Maybe some of you remember that Pat was a star football player for the Arizona Cardinals who after 9/11, quit playing football in 2002 in the prime of his career, and enlisted in the military to fight for his country. Sadly, Pat was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. But before he did, he wrote his wife a letter encouraging her to move on with her life should he not return.

For years, Marie struggled to do so. But eventually she did. Becoming the director of The Pat Tillman Foundation which is a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship to support veterans and active service members and their spouses. Additionally, Marie re-married and became mom to an investment banker's three sons and most recently a newborn son named Mac Patrick. She also wrote a book called The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss & Life. In it, she shares her story and reflects on how grateful she is to have the opportunity to do the work she does in Pat's honor.

As Christ followers, we too have a story to tell. About a willing Savior. Who left heaven in all his glory. To dwell on earth. One friend of mine says that would be like one of us becoming an ant. To save a colony of ants. But that's what Jesus did. And God inspired the Bible to remind us of these truths by including a bunch of literal letters inside it all trying to say the same thing to us: I love you like crazy!!! I love you flaws and all!!! Will you love me back till death do us part? Will you, too, soldier on? John 13:1 says, "Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end." So this Interdependence Day, will we?

Want Some Salty Sunshine?

Some of you remember Pastor Nathan fell in love with Christina and moved to California a few years ago to create their own Hollywood happy ending. Recently, he completed work on his first CD. It's called Nate French & the Salty Sunshine Band.

Soon it will be on iTunes, but right now you can purchase and download it here on a set-your-own-price system so no one is turned away for financial reasons. If you'd like to order a hard copy of the cd please email Nathan at:

Spread the word and show some love!!! WTG Nathan!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guns, Golf, & God?

Manfest 2012 had Guns. Golf. Venison. Throwing knives. Falling trees. Rising buildings. And God at work in guys as Sunday we helped Ranger Dave get Camp Mohaven ready for Summer Camp and hosting the 2012 Columbia Union wide Pathfinder Camporee by building one of two bath houses. Save the date for Manfest 2013 May 17-19, 2013!!! And as we learned, in the meantime, don't forget that real men love Jesus AND:
  1. Pay close attention to character (1 Timothy 4:16)
  2. Protect people (Titus 1:10-17)
  3. Respond aggressively to preaching (James 1:19-25)
  4. Are passionate about the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16)
  5. Confront sin (Matthew 18:15-29; Galations 6:1-2)
  6. Give themselves away (Matthew 10:39)
  7. Give generously of their resources (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
  8. Are faithful (2 Timothy 2:2)
  9. Are available (1 Peter 2:4-5)
  10. Are willing to serve in menial tasks (Philippians 2:2-3)