Fun Day With Dad

img_0597Today I decided to take an extra r and r day for myself with my kids. The chaos of life can make you forget the simple connection, and fun that their is in simply playing, and connecting with your children. Work brings chaos, stress, paperwork, and all that goes with careers at times. The challenge is not bringing that home, and connecting with your children creating memories.

I got to be a kid again today chasing my kids around the house, playing hide and seek, and the list goes on. I had forgotten how fun playing with ninja turtles were, and playing with the dollhouse with my little girls. Throwing out the rules of fruits and veggies for a day of enjoying snacks, goodies and of course ice cream.

The memories come when you find your 3 year old daughter inside of a toy box playing and laughing, and your 2 year old passed out on a bunk bed from playing so hard. My two sons have mastered the power song. I just caught my youngest son rockin out:

I was reminded today by my kids how much they want to play, wrestle and just be with their dad. Life lesson learned play with your kids often, dress up and play tea with your daughters, yes let them paint your nails lol. Just have fun and enjoy the gifts that the good Lord has blessed you with.

As I am finishing this article my youngest daughter drops a plate of food on a freshly shampooed carpet. All you can do is laugh and and love them, as you realize you have to go back over that area again 🙂

Love being a daddy!

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The Immortal Nicholas – a review

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Glen Beck is a New York Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. Beck is a powerful conservative voice on the radio, and television across this great nation. Beck is the author of GlennBeck.com, he has several companies such as TheBlaze.com, and Mercury Stunzmf8ftpdios. Glen Beck was previously on Fox News, where his show had over 2 million viewers. Beck at the top of his success decided to create The Glen Beck Radio Program, which is now viewed and listened to on his network called “The Blaze”.[1]

From the time that most of us were wee little lads we have all been told the story of Santa Claus or Saint Nick. In other countries they are also told the dark version of Santa a demon called Krampus for those who are bad, or quit believing in Santa. We have all been enchanted with Santa Claus that we celebrate every December. Our families fly in from all over, grandmas bake goods, we decorate Christmas trees, put lights on our homes, and all get up at God awful hours on black Friday, to get great deals on gifts for family. The problem is that we have forgotten what Christmas is really about, the truth behind the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

Glen Beck one of my favorite authors wrote this fantastic book that I read to my children over this past Christmas called “The Immortal Nicholas”. Beck wanted to take back Christmas, and its true meaning of why we celebrate this holiday. The story of Agios from the first page begins to unfold. The reader is enveloped with his tragedy that he endures, the perseverance that follows, characters that he encounters along his journey. This is a story that will make you cry, laugh, and love the figure that we have come to know as Saint Nicholas aka Santa Claus. The story of Krampus is also brought into this delightful story, but instead of it being one of evil, it is one of friendship, compassion, and loyalty. Beck brings us back to understanding the profound and heartwarming connection that the birth of Christ has with Saint Nicholas.

Beck, in Agios’ journey in the opening pages of the book grips the reader’s attention with the arduous work, and risk that is involved in harvesting frankincense. During this scene the reader is also captivated by the tragedy that Agios’ as we come to know him endures that begins his journey. [2] The story of Agios’ will bring Christmas back to your living room on Christmas eve with a heartwarming story, to remind us of the birth of Christ, and who Saint Nicholas is, and how he became Saint Nicholas. The intertwined bible stories that are involved in the story line will fill your hearts with joy, excitement, and awe as you travel on this journey with Agios. Beck doesn’t miss a beat in all of the details, characters and story that bring the reader to a complete picture of how Saint Nicholas came to be.

I would highly recommend “The Immortal Nicholas” to you and your family. Read this to your children over the week leading up to Christmas eve. It is a wonderful alternative to the stories that have taken the true meaning of Christmas away from our culture.

 

Reference

Beck, Glenn. The Immortal Nicholas. New York, NY: Threshold Editions :: Mercury Radio Arts, 2015

 

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[1] http://www.glennbeck.com/content/program/ (accessed June 26, 2016).

[2] Beck, Glenn. The Immortal Nicholas. New York, NY: Threshold Editions :: Mercury Radio Arts, 2015 p. 4-9.

 

American Flag…So what’s the big deal?

The 39 historical flags of our country:

imageOil painting by Zemund.

Have you ever wondered what is the big deal about the American Flag? Why do people fly it with so much pride? What do the stars, stripes, and colors represent?

My home over the last year was a target of vandalism toward our American Flag, everything from slashes from a knife, to finally breaking it out of its holder, then stealing it. This has gotten me to ponder how much knowledge does this generation have about our flag with our great day of independence celebration approaching.

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(Our American Flag)

History of the American Flag:

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Act of January 13, 1794 – provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
Act of April 4, 1818 – provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 – established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizon tally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically (usflag.org)

Why do people fly the American Flag?

Over my career as a pastor, and in the public sector in social work I have met so many men and women who served our country in multiple wars: including the Korean war, World War 2, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan, the list goes one. I have also met families who have lost fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters to the altar of freedom. It amazes me when I meet these individuals they have a great love for our country that runs deeper than any understanding that words can describe. Our Country was birthed as a nation of freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have amazing documents that are what our nation was founded on: the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, the list goes on. We as a people wanted freedom from tierany, freedom to worship God as we like, and to not have a government-run our lives.

When I have had conversations with these veterans I have always asked what does the flag mean to you? My life is always touched, changed and impacted when I see old and young, men and women begin to tear up when they start to think of “Old Glory” the American Flag. It not only represents all of our states, the original thirteen colonies, it represents all of the values, beliefs, and freedoms that our nation was founded upon. In these great men and women when they see the American Flag fly they are reminded of their friends, loved ones who laid down their lives upon the altar of freedom so that they could be free.

A US marine said “– The American flag represents what I spent four years of my life doing, which is protecting that flag and our way of life. It means home to me; so protecting our flag means protecting my home. For myself? There are days you just don’t think about all that has been given for this country. I am guilty of that as I am sure you are as well. And then there are those days that you see the American flag waving in the wind, with a bright blue sky as the back drop and it is the perfect picture. The colors so vibrant, the sound as the wind moves the flag to and fro. There are days it stirs something within my heart; pride, respect and at times awe, knowing what so many have given and continue to give for this country. It is that feeling that we as Americans need to remember. The “awe” of what has been given for us. The honor that needs to be given for those to protect, honor and defend our country” (usmilitary.com).

Below are two photos of Arlington National Cemetery. In the first photo you see a brave member of the US Military being laid to rest. Next to this you see a wife lay down next to her husband who was killed in the line of duty to guarantee our freedoms.

photos from news.nationalgeographic.com

These images are powerful. I would encourage any of this current generation who desecrates the flag, burns it or disrespects it in any way to spend some time at Arlington National Cemetery. Read all of the names on the marble walls of service men killed or missing in action. Spend time with the families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty. You will begin to understand the deep sense of awe at those who have done so much for us, given of their lives, so that you can have the ultimate freedoms that you enjoy. When you look at the American Flag flying it should be an emotional reverence for this nation, our service men and women, and the great sacrifices that have gone before us.

I fly my American Flag everyday as a sign of respect, love, and appreciation for my country, the service men serving now and before. The lives that have been laid down to preserve my rights, my children’s rights and to protect our great nation. The Flag has an emotional stirring for me everyday I leave my house to goto work I am reminded.

My challenge to you is where is your Flag? Why are you not flying a flag everyday?

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photo from history.com

Radical Islamic Terrorism: The truth, The lies, and What the media will not tell you.

Gun Control, Are u Serious?

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The horrible tragedy that recently took place in Orlando by a “radical Islamic terrorist” was one that left a nation, a state and 49 families, friends and loved ones’ morning. To see politicians, such as President Obama use this incident to push his political agenda for gun control is shameful and ridiculous. Gun control will never stop a criminal from obtaining a gun and killing their target. Gun control will only tie the hands of law abiding citizens from protecting themselves, their homes and their families. I wonder how differently that night in that Orlando night club would have gone if a few of those men and women would have had a pistol on them, how many lives would have been spared.

To let Islamic radical terrorist allow our government to change our laws, impede on our 2nd amendment rights, is letting them win, and allowing terrorism to have the upper hand. Instead of impeding our rights as Americans why doesn’t the federal government put on a campaign urging states to have its citizens, teachers, bouncers, bar tenders, store managers, employees, etc. either conceal carry or open carry. Terrorists would be outnumbered, and less deaths would occur from these wacko radical Islamic terrorists. Also to touch basis on the argument of magazine limits, it is my right to have whatever size clip on my firearm that I want. Limiting an American on their clip size will not stop the enemy “radical Islamic terrorists” from having larger clips. They are murderers and criminals they do not care about our laws, and will find other means to obtain the guns and clips they want.

“It is important to note, however, that the gun the Orlando shooter used was not actually an AR-15, as many outlets first reported. Shooter Omar Mateen used Sig Sauer MCX rifle and a Glock 17 9mm pistol, both of which he purchased legally.” -Megan Kelly

“I’m so upset about Orlando and what went down,” Stern said, “but I can’t believe these people would come out afterward and their answer to Orlando is to take away guns from the public. It’s f***ing mind-blowing to me.” -Howard Stern

“There are plenty of gun-control measures I’d support. Banning high-cap magazines, for one. But banning gun sales to anyone who’s ever caught the FBI’s attention? No thanks,” he wrote. “Senate Democrats have finally put me in the position of agreeing with the NRA. Nice” -Kevin Drum

Terrorism, Religion Specific or not?

When is the last time you saw a Christian go into a gay club or his or her employer, and do a mass killing in the name of Jesus Christ? Terrorism in the modern times is specific to the radical sect of the religion of Islam. The United States has a government that will not officially recognize this truth, and sympathizes to people of this mindset. I do believe that there are peaceful and loving Muslims in our country where they enjoy American freedoms granted by our constitution. We as a people must also recognize that this modern day terrorism we are experiencing is about Islam.

Christians are not beheading Muslims for their faith, raping little girls, engaging in human trafficking, keeping women and children as sex slaves, burning and hanging gay people for public display, not valuing women as equal, the list goes on, but Islamic extremists are. This reminds me of a woman in Europe recently who was a nanny for a couple, while they were at work she cut the child’s head off, and walked down the street yelling Allah Achbah. It is this writer’s opinion that the religion of Islam is not one of peace, love and harmony that the media likes to propagandize. Christianity preaches love, mercy, forgiveness, it does not propagate murder, violence, selfishness, rape, slavery, evil wickedness. It is time for America to wake up, and call out to our president and leaders to take on radical Islamic terrorist’s instead of blaming gun control, and their pacifist stance of not being even able to name it as  “radical Islamic terrorism”.

Concluding Thoughts:

For you as the reader truly consider obtaining a concealed weapons permit, learn how to shoot a firearm, and purchase a gun for yourself. Being prepared in a horrible situation such as the Orlando night club, a home invasion, or any life threatening situation will give you the upper hand to protect yourself, your family, and others. It may be you who stops a criminal from harming someone else, or a terrorist from killing multitudes. You are an American, our founding fathers believed in the second amendment for this reason.

Also do your own research AR-15’s are not worth banning. The Orlando killer didn’t even have one on him. Learn about guns, the sport of them, the fun, and also the responsibility that goes with them for home and self-defense. Don’t listen to left wing liberal wackos in the media that are just out to push President Obama’s agendas.

 

Educate yourself on the religion of these radical Islamic terrorist’s. I recommend the book “It is about Islam” by Glen Beck