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God Bless America
Commitments Are Forever
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have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately and I will be doing between 1500 and 2000 miles of local traveling in the next six weeks as I fulfill my annual duties as the local Marine Corps League Detachment Toys For Tots Chairman. While I travel I have a lot of time to think about life as I know it and I often wonder what life is like for those individuals who are traveling on a dead end road. My life is a journey and not a destination so my road of life never ends and, as I often told my kids when they were growing up, there seem to be no rest areas along it either. Now in case you think I am some how different from you, think again. Your road never ends either. Our Creator has endowed each of us with eternal life. Our task while we are here on earth is to locate the salvation road that leads to the top of the mountain (Heaven). You see a lot of roads go down the mountain but only one of those roads leads to the top. Jesus Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man commeth to the Father but by Him. It is beneficial every now and then to glance down at your GPS (Gods Positioning System) and check out your 10-20. Read on to see if you are using the right maps to guarantee to get where you want to end up. You see it is easy to end up where no one in their right mind wants to end up, just get off the spiritual road and follow the world down the pathways of pleasure.

 

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Transcript of Veteran's Day Banquet Speech Print E-mail
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Semper Fi
Without Her Veterans, America Would Not Exist
I was honored to be asked to speak at our county's Combined Veterans Council's Veterans Day Banquet this year as well as to give the sermon on Veteran's Day at the Church I attend. To read a transcript of my sermon read the article on this website entitled "A Message About Veterans" to read a transcript of my banquet speech click on Read More to the right and then click on the link that appears.

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A Message About Veterans Print E-mail
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I had the privilege of being the speaker at several Veterans Day Celebrations this year and to preach the Veterans Day sermon at the church I attend. For a look at my view of just what I think about on that holiday and how I expressed it to the congregation click on read more.
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Why do we do what we do? Print E-mail
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I don't know how many times I have heard that question uttered during my 38 years behind the badge. In fact I heard the same question asked, I don't know how many times, during my 30 plus years in the Marines as well. Most of the time it it was asked on the heels of someone completing a difficult or particularly arduous task and receiving the usual lack of enthusiastic appreciation. Sometimes this is a harbinger of even more devastating behavior. The next questions asked are usually framed so that the answers will increase our perceived contribution and our self-worth while minimizing the actions, dignity and efforts of others. If this sounds like a recipe for pride, it is! and remember what Proverbs says about what follows Pride. Have you ever wondered how this behavior overlaps into our "Christian witness"? Read on McDuff, Read on...
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The Intoxicating Truth About Power Print E-mail
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You have heard me say in the past that "Leadership is power, but, power is not always leadership." Yet we live in a world where power is often viewed as the ultimate aphrodisiac. It is constantly sought after and when it comes to achieving it there appears to be nothing man will not do, including compromise his character and integrity. Nothing is to great to place on the sacrificial altar in front of this god. Men will offer up their families, their honor, their careers and even their health in search of this so sought after prize. When I view the ways power is so often used in this world, it scares me. To see what I mean Click on "Read More".
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