Did you know that there are approximately 80 million landmines that are lying around the world active and unexploded? Did you know that in Tanzania APOPO is a charity that trains rats so that they can detect landmines? Meet Magawa. This African Giant Pouched Rat is larger than the average rat but light enough to walk over a mine without setting it off. It took nine months to train him in the art of detection before shipping him to Cambodia.
I am reminded of a story that I found in his journal. On, December 4, 1987 while in Sibu, Malaysia, Dad dreamed about a silver dollar. When he woke up he remembered he had promised Johnny Ting, a Malaysian he had met a year earlier in Bintulu, Malaysia, that he would bring him a silver dollar the next time he saw him.
People think the White House is where the power is. It’s not. I saw in prison, where people were powerless, that the only power that really mattered was the kind that changes a human heart. And that can only happen through Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.—Chuck Colson in “True Power and Security,” in The Transparent Leader by Dwight L. Johnson
King Cyrus reigned over Persia from 559–530 B.C. He was a pagan king and yet he credited God with giving him the idea to issue a proclamation. What Cyrus did not know was that he was fulfilling what God had already said would happen through the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah focused much of his prophecy on the destruction of Jerusalem and deportation of the people from Judah; something he experienced himself. But he also prophesied in Jer. 29:10-14 that God would bring back the exiles from their captivity and restore Jerusalem. It was not the king’s idea to rebuild Jerusalem it was God’s plan.
Jonah was in trouble! He was running from God’s assignment but his Father in heaven could not be outrun and sent a storm to swamp the boat he had boarded as a passenger. The boat handlers knew by the severity of the storm that something supernatural was happening. When they confronted Jonah at least he admitted his responsibility. Then, he let them know that he worshiped God. But what is worship? What does it mean to follow the Creator?
Barbara Jo was born on January 14, 1929 in Kellogg, Idaho. Trapped in a nursing home by Covid-19, depressed and unable to leave her room for months, she wasted away to a mere 75 pounds before finally reaching earth’s finish line at the age of 91. Fortunately, her life was not defined by her death.
On November 18, 1952, LT E. Royce Williams from his ship the USS Oriskany, off the coast of Korea, was given a bombing mission against North Korean targets as part of a strike group. The pilots flew near a river that bordered the Soviet Union. Upon completing their mission, they received information that 7 MIGs were scrambled to intercept them. Williams was ordered to return and provide protection for his ship.
Imagine authorities breaking into your home in the middle of the day and hauling you off to jail because you “belonged to the church.” James, one of the twelve disciples was killed precisely for that reason.
At the age of 88, my dad is walking the final chapters of his life on earth still on fire to share the gospel with any and every person he can. Mark Cahill wrote the book One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven and that one thing is evangelism. Dad is making sure he maximizes now what he won’t be able to do once he is home.
I’m working on writing a biography of his life and was challenged by an entry in his journal on October 10, 1983 while he was serving as the country leader for the Navigators in the Philippines.
British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a speech given in 1988 said:
We are a nation whose ideals were founded on the Bible. Also it is quite impossible to understand our literature without grasping this fact. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Judaeo-Christian tradition has played in moulding our laws, manners and institutions.
 Vishal Mangalwadi in The Book That Made Your World, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011)
The people are the ultimate guardians of their own liberty. History, by apprising them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future. It will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men.—Thomas Jefferson
The central task of leadership is influencing God’s people towards God’s purposes.—Robert Clinton in The Making of a Leader
Saturday afternoon we hosted a block party at our home on Westchester. All but two of our neighbors showed up which was downright amazing.
Daniel York teaches from Eph. 6:10-18 Why it is Critical to Apply our Spiritual Armor!
Learn about the six marks of insecure leader from Daniel York's message from Esther 5.
Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.—C.S. Lewis in Christian Behaviour
If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest
Hope does not depend on what's happening around your boat. Hope depends on who is in your boat.--Skye Jethani in with
My desire is to specifically address the two major issues that dominate our society at this time: politics and racism/prejudice. By the sheer complexity and magnitude of this undertaking this devotional will require your patience and time to digest.