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Put A Bandaid On It…

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So a few months ago I pulled a tendon in my left arm.  It took forever to heal because I kept going right back out and doing the thing that caused the damage in the first place, #dagorhir (you’re going to have to Google it).  After weeks of it not healing I finally took a few weeks off from sparring and gym workouts to let it heal.  Then I gradually re-engaged in both #dagorhir  and gym workouts.  It took time but it healed. 

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So what do you think I did when I pulled a tendon in my right arm a few weeks later (this was after a pulled abdominal muscle and a few thumb smashes…#dagorhir)? I went right back at it without allowing time for healing.  Of course once I finally took a few weeks off it began to heal; I am still in that healing process.

I look at our nation now and I see a nation that needs to heal, from wounds of lost loved ones, from wounds of lost trust and confidence, and from wounds caused by hatred and bigotry. This nation, we make up this nation, need time to heal.

Over the Christmas weekend take some time to heal.  Step away from the keyboard.  Don’t respond to any flagrant posts or tweets. Ignore the rants and tirades and spend the weekend with family and loved ones.  We all need time to heal.  #merrychristmas.

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Peace on Earth…Begins With You

Posted in Christian, Christmas, Devotion, Digital, Faith, God, Holiday, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

Martin Luther said “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.”  As we draw closer to Christmas we see the need for communities, legal systems, corporate and government officials, individuals, and families to grab hold of God’s willingness to offer peace on earth and good will towards our fellow man. 

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As we go about our business of each day this Christmas season take an extra moment to pray for peace, safety, and rest for our soldiers, their families, and that we all would show good will toward our fellow man. Peace on earth was made possible by the birth of Jesus Christ but the spreading of it begins with you and how you treat others.  #merrychristmas #tistheseason

Veterans…It’s About More Than Just One Day

Posted in Community, Country, Life, Military with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by BigPhatPastor

This Veteran’s day will be remembered by with likely more fanfare than usual.  The mass killings at Fort Hood Texas, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a country still trying to heal after the events of 9/11 have all made us more aware of the toll these events take on our men and women in the military.

Veteran's DayVeterans Day was started as an act of congress on June 4th 1926.  A law was passed making it a legal holiday on May 13th, 1938. Originally referred to as the Day of Armistice or Armistice Day it was meant to commemorate the signing of the Armistice of World War I, which took place on November 11th, 1918.  In 1953 a push was made to use the holiday to honor all veterans, not just those of World War I and in 1954 the name was officially changed to Veterans Day to do just that.

But knowing the sacrifice and the cost to our veterans and current active duty military why end with just a day.  It’s great to have a day to celebrate our veteran’s but every single day we should recognize the cost.  I heard one speaker say that every single time he sees a man or woman in uniform about to buy anything at a grocery store, bar, fast food place, airport, or news stand he gladly takes out his wallet and offers to pay.  Although I spent almost 12 years in the Army, the thought never occurred to me to do that even though many people have done it for me.  Now, I make it a point to look for ways, no matter how small to thank our men and women in the military.

Perhaps you are not financially able pay for the meal of an enlisted person.  Can you perhaps help their family?  Many of the men and women sent overseas or around the country leave behind a family for months or years.  Those family members could use help with babysitting, get plugged into new communities, or often times just someone to talk to now and then.  Don’t wait for one day of the year to show our respect to those who give their all every day of the year to our freedom.

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