Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
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"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

09 May, 2009

Imagine that you are standing in the middle of a circle that is about 6 feet in diameter. Now imagine that there is another circle around that, only it's 12 feet in diameter. Repeat this process until you have several progressively larger circles all around you with you in the very middle.

Now picture 1,2 or 3 people in your inner circle. Those are the ones that your heart beats in unison with. They know everything about you. It does no good to fake it with them because they can see right through you. They know you so well they can almost read your thoughts. They might be your spouse, a parent or sibling, or your dearest friend in the whole world.

The next circle contains a few more people who are your very dearest friends. You don't see them every day, but they are near and dear to your heart and you would never want to do life without them.

In the next circle are those that you are acquainted with. They are people you don't see very much but when you do it's always a good time of sharing and laughter.
And so it goes with each circle further away. From dear friends in the center to total strangers a few circles out.

But WAIT! As your life goes on many of the occupants of those circles move in and out. They are not static, they are changing. Relationships change, personalities clash, friendships are reignited and new ones are made.

Recently I have been reacquainted with my high school class of 1976 via e-mail. There are names that come up that I haven't heard in years and stories that I had long ago forgotten. Every graduation day, the promise is made that "We will always keep in touch" and "We'll always be best friends." Then life happens as it always does. College, military, trade school, marriage, kids, careers, t-ball, drivers ed, broken hearts, and skinned knees. Sometimes even divorce and remarriage. The circles change occupants over and over.

This past week I had an opportunity to get re-acquainted with a childhood friend. His name is Scott and we lived next door to each other. It was good to see him and I'm looking forward to spending more time with him. He is a biker too and I told him that we'll go for a ride in a few weeks and I can hardly wait. It will be fun to reminisce and get caught up.

My class of '76 is having a mini-reunion over Memorial Day weekend, but I won't be able to attend. I will be spending time with my inner-circle family in Nashville that weekend. It will be great to see my son and his family and spend time with my precious grandson, and yet I'm a bit sad that I can't go to the reunion. There is a tug in my heart that I can't explain. It is a desire to see them and re-connect.
I'm glad that the circles aren't static. I believe that God brings people into our lives for a certain time and a certain purpose and that we touch each others lives for a reason and a season that only He knows because He sees the bigger picture.

05 May, 2009

The talking dog

A guy is driving around the back woods of Tennessee and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: "Talking Dog For Sale." He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

"You talk?" he asks. "Yep," the dog replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says "So, what's your story?"

The dog looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded several medals. I wanted to help America, so I interviewed with the the CIA. In no time at all they had me traveling around the world and hanging out with spies and world leaders. After all, no one figured a dog could eavesdrop. I proved to be one of their most valuable spies for a decade. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger. So, I decided to settle down. I got married and had a mess of puppies. Now I'm just retired."

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

"Ten bucks," the guy says.

"This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him for just ten dollars?"

"Because he's a liar! He never did any of that stuff!"

(So...he could probably be president...)

04 May, 2009

The American Trinity...

This was sent to me by one of my good friends, Steve.
Dennis Prager is a syndicated conservative talk show host who is loaded with wisdom and common sense.
This is 5 minutes well spent.


03 May, 2009

Run for the Son

I've blogged about my brothers and sisters that I ride with in CMA before, but I'm going to do it again.
Every year every chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association has their Run for the Son ride. This is the main fund raiser for the association, and they support outside ministries such as supplying motorcycles, horses or bicycles to preachers in third world countries to make it easier to move from village to village. They also support various other ministries that spread the gospel to those who have never heard. We had about 45 bikes in the ride and from my vantage point at the rear of the pack it was really cool to see the group stretched out for about a half mile or so.
As always, whenever I'm with these people I feel like I'm spiritually pumped. I don't want to ever do life without them. Under all of the leather beat hearts for Jesus. Their desire is that everyone experience Him like they do...with every fiber of their being.
I just love each and every one of them...