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The Trouble With ISMs

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Have you noticed lately how many “ISMs” there are? ISMs are everywhere and they are all mad about something.

Socialism is mad at capitalism, nationalism is mad at globalism, conservatism is mad at liberalism, and racism is mad at racism. ISMs are bitterly divided and deeply divisive.

Here’s just one example.

I was watching a documentary on Netflix entitled, “The Red Pill.”

The Red Pill is a feminist’s look at the new men’s movement. The various men’s groups go by a variety of names because they haven’t been able to come up with a good “ISM” name yet. The classic men’s ISMs, “chauvinism” and “machoism” have fallen out of favor. So we’ll call it the “men’s movement” until we can think of something better.

The men’s movement is trying to bring balance to the dominant view of feminism.

Obviously, that’s an unpopular idea to feminism and so the feminists attack it like Allies hitting the beaches at Normandy. That analogy isn’t far off because many within feminism have called the men’s movement Nazi’s and hate groups.

So this young feminist journalist decided to investigate. Turns out these guys aren’t the crazy neo-Nazis she expected, and they have some legitimate points.

I’m paraphrasing their argument but the men’s movement guys basically contend that men get the raw end of the deal in a lot of ways. Men die younger. They tend to be killed more often. They are forced to defend the country, many times against their will. Men have to do the dirty jobs women don’t want to do. And to top it off, when the cruise ship hits the iceberg men aren’t allowed in the lifeboats. It’s always “women and children first.” “Why are women and children more intrinsically valuable than men?” (Their words, not mine).

The real stickler had to do with reproductive rights. Feminists make a huge thing about the woman’s reproductive rights. The men argued that they have absolutely no say in whether or not they become fathers. They even point out that some women have tricked men into becoming unwanted dads.

Sure the baby isn’t in their bodies, but they are at least half responsible for it.

A man can’t control any aspect of reproduction except conception, but if she decides to give birth then that man will spend the next 18 years paying for a child he never intended to have.   Conversely, if he does want the child but she doesn’t well then, he’s out of luck.

And here’s what’s really intense, sometimes the child isn’t even his!

I didn’t know this, but according to the documentary, there are countries in Europe where it is against the law to get a paternity test! Yikes.

Then there is the whole custody thing. Many of the men in the documentary had gone through ugly divorces and effectively lost all contact with their children.

The young feminist doing the documentary was profoundly troubled by what she heard. She interviewed some feminists to buoy her sinking confidence, but when asked about reproductive rights the feminist pundits said, “If he didn’t want to have a baby he should have been more careful.”

The irony is heavy. Those are nearly exactly what the pro-life people have said to feminists for decades.

By the end of the show, the young girl was so moved by what she’d learned that she rejected her own ISM and said, “I don’t know what the answer is but I’m no longer a feminist.”

Stunning.

Still, something bothered me. My son watched it with me and something bothered him too. He said, “Dad, do we really need a man’s group to offset feminism?”

I think he’s right.  Don’t we have enough ISMs already, and haven’t they done enough damage.

It seems to me that all these ISMs are just a smoke screen for the age-old problem of man, selfishness. And this is a selfish age. We all want our way!

What happens when YOUR WAY gets in MY WAY?

How do we construct a civilization that lives together in community when every member of the community wants — no demands — his or her way?

Sooner or later someone will have to yield to the will of the other.

That’s why we have ISMs. ISMs are cluster groups that mobilize around some specific right. And the point is to ensure the members of that particular ISM get their way.

So if you ask any ISM, “Who should sacrifice?” every single ISM will tell you the same thing: “YOU.”

YOU should be the one to sacrifice, not me.  Never me.  Always YOU.

But what happens when YOU won’t do it? Well then, I get really angry with YOU. I shout at YOU and call YOU all sorts of names. I demand that YOU sacrifice and if YOU still won’t do it then I’ll pass laws that ensure YOU are the one that bends to my will.

And so our nation, divided by ISMs, starts to look like one big tire fire.

Jesus came from a completely different angle. When someone asked him, “Who will sacrifice?” He didn’t say “YOU.” He said, “ME.” And then did it.  And now he asks you to follow his lead.

Take a minute and read Philippians 2:1-11 and you’ll see that you don’t need another ISM. If you want to live a more meaningful and joyful life you won’t find it by following an ISM.  You will only find it by following the IAM.

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The Secret of Happiness

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The year 2017 will go down as one of the tough ones for America.

Hurricane Harvey was like that crazy uncle who came to visit but just wouldn’t leave. He rolled into Matagorda Bay, hung around Rockport, then left to gather up some more water to dump on Houston and southeast Texas. By the time he was finished the Lone Star state looked like it was trying to impersonate New Orleans. Then Irma blew through the Leeward Islands and set her sights on Florida. It was a near miss that wrecked our nerves.

Meanwhile, a pubescent little dictator playing with his new missiles and atomic weapons dominated the news from Southeast Asia. There are few things more terrifying than a homicidal maniac with his thumb over the button of a thermo-nuclear device.

And then there was Vegas.

It’s been a rough couple of months especially when you sprinkle in a nation divided by acrimonious social activism.

It’s as if 2017 looked down on America and said, “Wipe that smile off your face young man or I’ll wipe it off for you.” Sure enough, it did.

How do we get our smiles back? Where can we go to rediscover authentic lasting happiness?

I don’t want threadbare clichés and tired platitudes. Don’t try to “cheer me up.” There are few things more annoying than someone trying to cheer you up when you are genuinely hurting.

PROVERBS 25:20 LIKE ONE WHO TAKES OFF A GARMENT ON A COLD DAY, OR LIKE VINEGAR ON SODA,
     IS HE WHO SINGS SONGS TO A TROUBLED HEART.

I don’t want to sing songs to troubled hearts. But I would like to learn the secret of singing songs from a troubled heart.

Is it possible to find joy even when our circumstances refuse to allow it?

I did a Google search to find “The Secret of Happiness” and turns out the Internet is filled with suggestions about what will make you happy.

Some advice can be fairly superficial.

One article suggested the following six steps to happiness:

GO OUTSIDE.
SWEAT
PLAY SOME TUNES
SLEEP IN
FOCUS ON PEOPLE
DO SOMETHING NICE

Yeah, there’s probably some truth in there, but I don’t’ think you want to share those pearls of wisdom with the people in Houston.

IMAGINE SAYING TO SOME POOR GUY WITH A HOUSE FULL OF WATER, “GO OUTSIDE, SWEAT A LITTLE, LISTEN TO YOUR TUNES, SLEEP IN, FOCUS ON PEOPLE, AND DO SOMETHING NICE!”

They are likely to drown you in the brackish water that is in their living room.

Other writers are more thoughtful.

Everyone seems to say that happiness isn’t money.

You do know that, right?

Ask the typical person on the street, “Will money make you happy?” Most will tell you, “No.”

When you press them they aren’s sure why they say it.

Maybe its because they’ve heard a lot of friends say it. Or it could be that we all know someone with lots of money that seems genuinely miserable. We also know that whenever we get a little more money the euphoria wears off. Turns out I can outspend whatever I make.

So I’ll say “No, money is not the key to happiness.

But then I spend my life chasing more money. Why is that?

Money won’t buy happiness but not having enough money can be miserable too. So I know that when I don’t have enough it’s a whole lot harder to be happy.

I once heard a comedian say, “Money isn’t the key to happiness but I always felt that if I had enough money I could have the key made.”

Everyone seems to know that another person won’t make us happy.

“Do other people make us happy?”

“No.”

“Why do you say that?”

I think we know ourselves. If we can’t be happy in our own skin then someone else won’t fix that.

Still, it sure does seem harder to maintain a lasting joy when you are alone all the time. If I had more friends I would be less lonely. If I were less lonely I think I’d be more happy.

Everyone seems to know happiness doesn’t come through satisfying longing.

JOHN STUART MILL SAID, “I HAVE LEARNED TO SEEK MY HAPPINESS BY LIMITING MY DESIRES, RATHER THAN IN ATTEMPTING TO SATISFY THEM.”

The odd thing about a longing is that when you feed the craving it grows. Our appetite never says, “Thank you, that’s just enough. I’ll never bother you again.”

Nope, that monster will lie and say its full and then come roaring back for even more next time.

We know that. And yet, we still spend inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to satiate cravings.

Everyone seems to know that happiness won’t be captured by chasing it.

THOREAU SAID, “HAPPINESS IS LIKE A BUTTERFLY; THE MORE YOU CHASE IT, THE MORE IT WILL ELUDE YOU, BUT IF YOU TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO OTHER THINGS, IT WILL COME AND SIT SOFTLY ON YOUR SHOULDER.”

We seem to know that and yet “The pursuit of happiness” is listed as one of our inalienable rights

As I read through these insights I started to realize that there is a strange contradiction between what we know about happiness and what we do to try to get it.

Ok, we know what won’t produce happiness. But what will?

Two themes seemed to recur through the material I read.

Happiness is somehow tied to FREEDOM

Happiness is somehow tied to CONTENTMENT.

MY MOM USED TO SAY, “THE WEALTHY PERSON IS NOT THE ONE THAT HAS THE MOST, BUT THE ONE THAT NEEDS THE LEAST.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAID, “CONTENT MAKES POOR MEN RICH; DISCONTENT MAKES RICH MEN POOR.”

When we feel truly free and when we feel content then we can know what real joy feels like.

I was reading through the book of Philippians and noticed that it’s probably the happiest book in the New Testament. The words “joy” and “rejoice” are littered throughout the text.

But here’s the thing. The guy that wrote this letter was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and at the time of the writing, he was awaiting trial before Emperor Nero, one of the most sinister characters in the history of the world.

The writer of this little letter had no freedom and by every measure we use, he should have had zero contentment.

And yet here is a man filled with happiness.

What’s the deal? Do contentment and freedom have nothing to do with happiness? Or could it be that we’ve missed the bigger question: “Where do I go to find contentment and freedom?”

MAYBE THE SAGE PHILOSOPHERS ARE RIGHT ABOUT CONTENTMENT AND FREEDOM BEING TIED TO HAPPINESS, BUT MAYBE THEY JUST DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR THEM.

Listen to what that ancient prisoner wrote in chapter four of his letter to the Philippians,

4 ALWAYS BE FULL OF JOY IN THE LORD. I SAY IT AGAIN—REJOICE! 5 LET EVERYONE SEE THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERATE IN ALL YOU DO. REMEMBER, THE LORD IS COMING SOON.
6 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING; INSTEAD, PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. TELL GOD WHAT YOU NEED, AND THANK HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE. 7 THEN YOU WILL EXPERIENCE GOD’S PEACE, WHICH EXCEEDS ANYTHING WE CAN UNDERSTAND. HIS PEACE WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS AS YOU LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS.

Now there’s a secret to happiness that few seem willing to consider.

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The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil

by Bill Dye

Like you, I’ve been thinking about that shooter in Las Vegas and asking the same questions you are probably asking.

What could cause a man to do that? How much hate must someone have before he comes unhinged?

As I read various takes on this twisted and bitterly sad event I worry that, like most of the times when this sort of thing happens, the point is being completely missed.

A lot of people will say, “Why would God let this happen?”

In some backhanded way, God gets the blame for the most heinous of things.

Let’s settle this. God gives us a choice. I love what C.S. Lewis said. Lewis said that in order for there to be genuine love you must be able to choose love. If I have no choice in love then my love can never be real. Automatronic love isn’t love. So for there to be love there must be choice and in order to have choice there must be options. If I can choose to love God then I must also have the option of choosing to hate him. God doesn’t desire that option but its necessary to have choice.

 

People often say, “Why did God create evil?” as if evil were some commodity like pork bellies. Evil is simply the absence of God. The Bible often compares it to light and darkness. Darkness isn’t a commodity. Darkness is simply the absence of light. When I choose not to love God then I am in fact choosing to love darkness. Evil is the natural byproduct of a wrong choice.

Take our God and you get evil. Don’t blame evil on God. Blame evil on the fall.

At the same time that folks wonder about the goodness of God, they will also try to manufacture some psychological explanation.

We see this already. The shooter’s dad was a bank robber. He grew up in this terrible home. He’s the product of a bad seed in a bad home.

Yeah, that all comes into play. No doubt genetics and environment were involved. But I know a lot of people that grew up in just as bad even worse home situations that don’t kill 59 people and shoot 500 more.

So while the psychological profile might help us it doesn’t answer the question. In fact, this approach can actually mask the problem.

Some will say it’s the result of too many guns.

They will say we need to ban automatic weapons. I may be wrong but I thought automatic weapons were already banned. If that were true then how would banning them have prevented this? The guy that shot all those people owned a banned gun.

Stay with me for a minute and I promise this isn’t a talk about politics or a defense of the second amendment.

This is a talk ABOUT EVIL AND HOW WE RESPOND TO IT.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a gun guy.   I don’t like guns. I don’t like shooting guns. I don’t like being around guns. Guns make me nervous. I own an old shotgun and if you give me some time I might be able to find it somewhere in our house. When I was younger I used to hunt ducks until I killed a wood duck and it’s mate kept circling the pond as her drake lay dying on the water. My friend said, “It’s always hard with wood ducks. They mate for life.”

That was my last duck hunt. I guess I’m just too soft-hearted.

So not being a gun guy I feel fairly objective in this.

I want to drill down on this for just a minute because this anti-gun reaction to gun violence is fairly normal. People tend to make decisions based on emotions instead of facts and sometimes that’s not a good way to form an opinion.

So I dug up some facts. Since 1966 crazed gunmen in mass shootings have killed 947 people. That works out to about 18 per year. And yes, it includes the shooting this week. If you figure the mean average population for America during that 51-year stretch is about 250 million then the percentage possibility of getting killed in a mass shooting is. 000000072% of the population. You are twice as likely to be struck by lightening.

Obviously, 947 people over 51 years is still way too many, but consider that last year over 38,000 died in traffic accidents.

I don’t mean to sound heartless in this, but I think we tend to react with passion and that causes us to miss the point. That’s all I’m trying to say.

Gun-related deaths, (and remember most of this is crime related), in 2016 came to 13,286 including accidental. Nearly 3 times that number died in car wrecks.

I get it, CAR WRECKS ARE accidental and GUN VIOLENCE is intentional. Guns give great power to wicked people. I get that. Again,  I don’t advocate for guns in any way.

I just don’t think the guns were the cause of this.I know a lot of gun guys. I live in the south. This is second amendment country. Many of my friends have concealed carry licenses. Most of the people who own guns will never kill anyone.

I know a lot of “gun guys.” I live in the south. Many of my friends have concealed carry licenses. Most of the people who own guns will never kill anyone.

In fact, in all my years as a southern boy I’ve never known a single person who ever shot or killed anyone.

For me the question isn’t, “What did this guy use to kill people?”  The question is, “Why did this guy kill all those random, innocent people?”

And the only answer I come to is this: HE DID IT BECAUSE HE WAS EVIL AND HE WAS DRIVEN BY EVIL.

If we shift all of the blame to guns we miss the point. There is something deeper in play than the weapons he used.

EVEN IF YOU COULD GET RID OF ALL THE GUNS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD EVIL WOULD STILL FIND A WAY TO HURT PEOPLE. How? I don’t know, maybe by plowing a semi truck through a crowd of people.

I say that because in this sophisticated postmodern naturalistic age we are dismissive of evil. Evil is a magician’s illusion or some cinematic chicanery.

Evil isn’t real. Evil can’t be real because we all know there is no such thing as the spirit and evil is a spiritual thing. Don’t we know that?

And yet here it is, staring down through a broken window from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

How do we look into the face of this much evil and still cling to disbelief? We try to explain it through psychological profiles and the proliferation of firearms.  What if it’s none of that? What if that guy’s actions were just plain old evil, impure and simple?

HERES THE PROBLEM: IF YOU SAY THIS IS A GOD PROBLEM, OR A PERSONALITY PROBLEM, OR AN ENVIRONMENT PROBLEM, OR A GUN PROBLEM THEN YOU MISS WHAT THE PROBLEM REALLY IS.

THIS IS AN EVIL PROBLEM.

What happened in Vegas forces us to admit that evil is alive and well on planet earth. The Bible has said that all along.

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Evil is real and active and doing whatever it can to create as much carnage and chaos as possible. Evil hurts people.

Like you, I read the stories of heartbreak and heroism in that concert arena as bullets flew all around them.   I wonder what I would do? How would I respond? It’s not hard to imagine the terror.

Men threw their bodies over their wives and girlfriends. One man raced between victims dragging and leading them to safety until a bullet struck him in the neck. He survived, but only just. We saw the pictures of the carnage and the lives destroyed. And we wept at the senselessness of it all.

It was all so unnecessary. People were just out to enjoy a concert. Why would this happen?

How could anyone do this to people that he didn’t even know?

That’s just what evil does.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).

If he can kill he kills. If he can steal he steals. If he can destroy he destroys.

Evil hurts people. And it doesn’t care who it hurts.

So what do we do with this? How do we respond?

I was talking to a group of men at our monthly men’s luncheon and here’s a list I pulled together.

Seven Habits to Handle Evil

1.    Be aware of evil

When we witness moments like this in Las Vegas we get it. Evil is … well… evil.

What we often fail to understand is that these broken marriages we see daily, this drug addiction we fight in our families, this gambling addiction, this lust and porn, this alienation between sons and fathers, all of that is just as much a product of evil as the crazed gunman on the 32nd floor.  We need to be aware of the presence of evil.

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

2.    Don’t fear evil

We are never given permission to yield to fear even for a second.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

We do not fear evil and we must not fear evil people. If you fear then evil wins. The only one that we are ever encouraged to fear is God himself. And the Bible says when we fear God he protects us from evil.

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life,
     So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

3.    Don’t toy with evil

Evil is like a poison that gets on you and in you. And once it takes root it’s hard to shake. That’s why the Bible says to avoid it at all costs.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 abstain from every form of evil.

In fact, we should train ourselves to hate evil.

Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

4.    Don’t give back evil for evil

When evil hurts you don’t become evil and feel the need to retaliate in kind.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

5.    Resist evil

Whenever you see evil in any form you should take up the armor of God described in Ephesians 6 and resist it.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

6.    Trust the Lord to be your defense against evil

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

7.    Do what you can to bring evil to the cross

This is why we are here. I really believe that God has left us on this planet to help evil find the cross. I read about the purpose of evil earlier. Its mission is to steal kill and destroy. But I left out the best part.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY.

Evil seeks to hurt, but Grace always moves to heal. I suddenly realized, this is why we are still here. Evil is our mission.

WE ARE THE ENEMIES OF EVIL. OUR JOB IS TO ROOT IT OUT AND STRIKE IT WITH THE CRUSHING BLOW OF GRACE.

WE DO THAT EVERY TIME WE WIN SOMEONE TO CHRIST.

If there is a silver lining to this dark moment in Las Vegas it could be that for at least a brief pause Las Vegas, “Sin City,” is re-thinking spiritually.

City leaders called together a meeting and invited pastors to lead in prayer. Who would have ever thought that possible?

Los Angeles Time Newspaper reported this:

Pastor Mike Hatch of Prayer Center Revival Church said Vegas has been known as Sin City.
“The Bible says where sin abounds, grace does much more abound,” he said. “That means, where there’s a lot of sin, there’s a lot of grace.
“Guess what. We have God’s favor in this town.”
They lit 59 candles for the dead and sang praises to God.`
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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

The old business guru Peter Drucker said that whenever he was called to consult with a company he would ask the leadership two questions: “What’s your business?”  and “How’s business?”

He said that he asked the first question because sometimes leadership forgets the purpose of their business.  They get sidetracked and lose focus.  So he starts by trying to clarify the company objectives.

Peters and Waterman shared a similar concern in their fine work, In search of Excellence.  They called it, “Sticking to the knitting.”  The writers point out that back in the 70’s and 80’s conglomeration became the rage and many good companies saw their fortunes crumble through poor acquisitions.  The problem was, they got into business that they didn’t understand.  Westinghouse went into aircraft engines, RCA tried computers, and Exxon tried their hand at telecommunications.

Peter’s and Waterman quoted an article  from Business Week concerning the problems of Ling-Temco-Vault.  Most today have never heard of LTV.  I remembered that company because my dad had stock in LTV and every morning at breakfast he would check the stocks in the Wall Street Journal, and boast about his latest windfall with LTV. LTV was a great company in the 1960’s.

So what happened?  Ling-Temco-Vault started as an electronics and aviation company.  Then it went into the steel business.  Then it bought a meatpacking consortium that included sporting goods.  By the time the conglomerate had finished expanding it comprised 33 companies employing 29,000 and producing 15,000 different products.

Peters and Waterman wrote:

“Jimmy Ling was down in Washington appearing before an anti-trust committee describing why conglomerates were not in restraint of trade. He put up a chart that said, “How many people in LTV (then Ling-Temco-Vault) know the steel business?” He had just bought Jones and Laughlin. The answer? A big red zero was the next chart in his presentation. I bet today Jimmy Ling wishes the answer to that hadn’t been zero, because when Jones and Laughlin went down, Ling lost control of LTV”[1]

In July of 1986 this company that was worth $3.6 billion in 1969 ($23.3 billion in today’s dollars), was in bankruptcy.  The final asset, “LTV Steel,” liquidated in a second bankruptcy in 2000.

What happened?  In simple language, they took their eye off the ball. They forgot why they were in business.

If you plan to stay in business then you’d better know what business you are in.

Church isn’t a business but like those international conglomerates we too can forget why we exist.

Years ago I read the story of some guys traveling through the southern United States.  It was lunchtime and they were hungry so they started looking for a restaurant.  They stumbled across a greasy spoon with an odd name, “The Church of God Grill.”  Curious, they phoned in an order and asked for an explanation.  The cashier told them that it was originally a church but finances were tight so they started selling burgers and things to help make up the difference.  The burger business took off, but the church kept on declining.  Eventually they dropped the church all together and today it’s just a grill.

What’s your business?

No, we aren’t a business, but I still think we need to ask this question.  Why are you here?  What purpose do you serve?

Sometimes churches forget who they are and gradually morph into something God never intended.  I’ve seen churches start acting like a country club.  The focus turns inward, and while they may not say it, they certainly live by the unwritten credo, “Membership has its privileges.”  Some churches turn into shrines.  The key mantra is, “Don’t mess anything up.” Churches can become academies of learning. “Forget about the lost, we’re here to study the Bible.”  Some churches become strange self-help centers.  Some are like giant pep rallies.  Some churches feel like political conventions.

It seems as if there are countless ways for churches to take their eye off the ball.

So what’s your business?  If the Lord were to walk into your church and ask that question what would you say?  It’s really not a hard question because Jesus defined our purpose in Matthew 28:19-20:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit ,teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The church exists to tell the world about the beautiful grace of Jesus. When you think about it, church is one of the only institutions in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.

That’s our business.  So… how’s business?
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The American Investment Banker

The American Investment Banker

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

 

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AMR Private Hunting Lodge Memberships

AMR – Private Hunting Lodge Memberships Available

At present we are offering membership access to 4 Executive Quality Family Friendly Hunting Ranches  located in Brady, Junction, Fort Mckavett and  Eldorado, Texas. These are Limited Memberships for people wishing to experience a high quality adventure without the hassle of a hunting lease. Featuring Whitetail, Turkey, Dove, Quail and many species of Exotic Game. Hunting is by Spot and Stalk, High Rack Safari Style, Stand and Feeder and more. We offer a safe, family friendly executive quality experience at very affordable pricing. Call us at 800-277-1647

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AMR – Eldorado Hunting Lodge Membership Packages and Rates 2016-2017

Limited Memberships Offered on 11,000 high fenced and low fenced acres separated into four locations near Brady, Junction, Fort Mckavett and Eldorado, Texas with 20 Executive stand and feeder areas, Fed year round under MLD3 Management. Offering Whitetails, Exotics, Hogs, Javelina, Spring Turkey, Dove, Quail, Pheasant, Chukar, Varmints, Skeet and Long Ranges. 2 Lodges, Game Processing area with Cold Storage, Pool and Private Lake.
Full Membership

$4,000

Allows for 1 Quality Buck, 1 Management Buck and 2 Does, 6 hogs and 2 Rio Grande Gobblers* Up to 2 Guests Per Trip Hunting Trip Dates must be reserved 7 days in advance. (1) Private Room in our B & B style Lodge.  Includes Up to (16) days/nights of lodging and hunting . Need more days? No Problem just let us know. No more than 4 consecutive days. **
Antler or Horn Only Membership

$3,000

Allows for 1 Quality Buck and 1 Management Buck* One Guest Per Trip (1) Private Room in our B & B style Lodge. Hunting Trip Dates must be reserved 7 days in advance. This MembershipIncludes Up to (12) days/nights of lodging and hunting . Need more days? No Problem just let us knowNo more than 4 consecutive days. **
Meat Hunt Membership

$2,500

Allows for Cull Buck or Management Exotic (Broken horn etc…)  and 2 does with 4 hogs and varmints* No Guest Privileges. Hunting Trip Dates must be reserved 7 days in advance. (1) Private Room in our B & B style Lodge. Membership Includes Up to (8) days/nights of lodging and hunting . Need more days? No Problem just let us know. No more than 4 consecutive days. **
Custom Memberships and Packages are available starting at $2,500 .           Call For Details 800-277-1647

$2000

* Animal Substitutions may be made as follows: A Single Dybowski Sika, Fallow Buck, Scimitar Oryx (either sex) or Axis Buck are equal to a Combination of a Quality Buck and Management Whitetail Buck, Axis and Blackbuck Does may be substituted for Whitetail does.
**Additional 2 day Hunting Trips may be purchased if necessary. A Hunting Trip is defined as Arriving at Noon the first day and hunting that evening, staying the night, hunting morning, afternoon and evening the second day, staying the night, hunting the morning and leaving by noon on the third day. We offer NOON check ins on Wednesdays and Fridays with departures by 10 AM on Fridays and Sundays. Please no early arrivals or late departures without manager approval. This allows for any cleaning of linens, towels etc.

$250

 ADDITIONAL ANIMALS AVAILABLE IF DESIRED
Species

Price

Addax

$3,500

Aoudad

$1,750

Axis Buck

$2,500

Axis Doe

$500

Blackbuck

$2,000

Blackbuck Doe

$350

Dybowski Sika

$2,500

Elk – Bull

$5,000

Elk – Cow

$600

Fallow Buck

$2,000

Fallow Doe

$500

Mouflon

$2,000

Nilgai

$3,500

Rams

$1,250

Scimitar Oryx

$2,500

* Other Exotics available – Call for Prices and Availability
Whitetail Deer
Bucks must be over 3 1/2 years old for Culls and 5 1/2 years or older for both Management and Quality Class bucks.  Eldorado Hunting Lodge Quality Buck Season Begins December 1st thru January 31st each year. Cull and Management Buck Season is October 1st thru January 31st each year.  NOTE: Whitetail Doe season is from October 1st until November 15th each year. No does are to be harvested after November 15 on certain ranches.

Additional Services Available if Needed

Guide Services
2 x 1 Guide Service per day

$150

1 x 1 Guide Service per day

$250

Semi Guide Service – Drop Off – Pick Up Haul Game

$50

Game Handling – Pick up, Skin, Quarter and Cape per animal

$25

Cold Storage in 2 Walk In Coolers at No Charge.
Upland Game Bird
Quail Package – 20

$100

Quail Package – 30

$150

Pheasant per bird

$20

Chukar per bird

$10

Mixed Bag – 10 quail, 3 Pheasant, 3 Chukar

$125

Dog and Handler per day (3 hunters max) Provides for 2 ½ hour Morning and 2 ½ hour Evening Sessions.

$250

Target Shooting
Long Range Gun Range by Reservation

No Charge

Skeet 90 Pack – Thrower located at rock quarry by Reservation

$8

Meal Service
All Meals served Home style in Main Lodge Check with Cook for Menu and Schedule. Ordered at time of Reservation.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner per person per day

$35

Breakfast Only Per Person

$5

Lunch Only Per Person

$10

Dinner Only Per Person

$25

Water, Sodas, Sports Drinks, Coffee, Milk

No Charge

Candy, Breakfast Bars, Protein Snacks

No Charge

Outside Covered Grill Patio at Hideout Lodge by Reservation

No Charge

Outside Covered Grill area at Main Lodge by Reservation

No Charge

Pool and Covered Picnic area at Main Lodge Open to all

No Charge

Lodging
All Membership Levels include access to (1) Private Room by Reservation.
Additional Bedroom (2) Adults per night. Extra bedrooms are subject to availability and by Reservation Only.

$50

Prices and availability of Animals and Services are subject to change due to Environmental and Market conditions. See the AMR Hunting Lodge Membership Agreement for complete Rules and Regulations.

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Serve One Another in Love

Last Monday, John and I went to El Llanito to give out some goodies from the organization we are helping…’Serve One Another in Love’.

The founders of Serve One, Scott and Staci, came down to Costa Rica the Thursday before. Their plan was to go say hi to all the kids on Thursday and then on Friday distribute all the goodies they had collected for the kids at the El Llanito public school (backpacks, notebooks, deodorant, toothbrushes, brushes, soap, etc).  Unfortunately, like most news in Costa Rica, they found out on Thursday while they were with the kids that the teachers were going on a one day strike on Friday.  So, since Scott and Staci were going to be gone by Monday, John and I got to help distribute for Serve One.

The kids were thrilled to be receiving their own backpacks. They eagerly got in lines to get their boy or girl backpack. And starting pulling out all the different things they had just received.

I had a little fun with the pics and I think the kids did too. We started using a few props for our pics…they were cracking up.

The teachers also had a field day because they got new trash cans and some new materials (glue/pencils/etc) for their classrooms. AM also gave us some flyers that had been dropped off in Potrero. All the posters had small bible verses on them and all the teachers picked out a couple for their classrooms. It was fun because we teach adult english in the kindergarten classroom on Monday night. And 2 of the posters were already hanging that night!

All the kids had huge smiles and were so thankful for all the supplies! Thank you Serve One and Scott and Staci for all the donations to El Llanito!!

 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ -Acts 20:35
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Texas Hunting Lease Report for July 07, 2016

Texas Hunting Lease Report for July 07, 2016

61 Total Listings  

28 New Listings on Today’s Report,

17 Listings Removed from Today’s Report .

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Texas Hunting Lease Report for June 23, 2016

Texas Hunting Lease Report for June 23, 2016

50 Total Listings  

18 New Listings on Today’s Report,

45 Listings Removed from Today’s Report .

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT REPORT

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