Sierra Leone November 12 - 18

Sierra Leone, November 12 – 18 2018
Tuesday:The flight arrived at airport after dark, and we walked out of the airport to get tickets to the ferry. $40 per person to ride about 10 miles across to Freetown. We loaded in a bus who took us the short drive to the boat.Smooth ride on a somewhat small boat at night so it was pleasant. Meet by two drivers who took us to dinner where I had Chicken Shawarma and a coke.Then took a short drive to Barmoi hotel. Nick and I stayed in one room, all the others split into groups of 2.
Wednesday: Woke up early so we could run on the beach.Walked down a little unsure where to find it, but was no problem.The beach itself could be beautiful, but was covered with trash. Mostly just awful. Ran 2.5 miles Nick who was running better than me. Felt super-hot at the end. Walked back up the hill to the hotel and into the big gate with a guard. Got in a quick swim in the small pool there that felt great.A shower then held to breakfast.The restaurant Barmoi is next t…

Living the Christian Life like Eliud Kipchoge runs the Marathon

Discussion in Sunday School class was dominated by the results of the Berlin Marathon. What if we determined to live the Christian Life with the effort that Eliud Kipchoge runs the marathon? What would we need to be successful?

Here is the goal of Christian Living:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31

Here is the results of our discussion:

Be in constant prayer for direction and purpose so that you can be in as close of contact with God as possible. Allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide.Surround yourself with others with the same goal. May include distancing yourself with those who lead you the opposite direction. Be forgiving – The art of wisdom is knowing what to overlook. Take our thoughts and actions captive. Keep a steady focus on the prize. Do not let your circumstances define success. (Running on a dirt track has its advantages…

On Pascal's Wager

You may or may not be familiar with Blaise Pascal, or his famous wager, but if not it is well worth a quick look.Just a bit on Pascal himself, he was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian.A child prodigy who developed one of the first mechanical calculators, did extensive work in many other areas of mathematics and science before dying at an early age of 39. Here is Pascal’s Wager in no uncertain terms: A rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell)

The logic behind it: 1.God is, or God is not. Reason cannot decide between the two alternatives. 2.A Game is being played... where heads or tails will turn up. 3.You must wager (it is not optional). 4.Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wage…

How to live without hate

In my 59 years on earth I have heard, and seen many forms of hate.  That considered, I don’t know of any that top the massacre at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.  The cold blooded massacre of women and children was clearly planned as the gunman fired 15 magazines of bullets regardless of whom he was shooting at.  It’s hard to even carry that much ammunition.
While you might be tempted to think this type of hate is something new, it’s clearly not.  Recently I studied the Reformation considering it’s the 500th anniversary of the event.  If you look at what happened just afterward, hundreds of thousands of people were killed over relatively small differences in beliefs in how to worship correctly within the church.  Did they not read Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice”?  Did they not consider the most peaceful words ever spoken were directly from Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount? If a key exists …

Rudy the Goat that Ate Christmas

Dougy and Lori bought a little goat All black and cute they set Lori's heart afloat From the first they were consumed with its charm What could this little goat possibly harm He will be no trouble just living in the barn What fun he would be on a Christmas Tree Farm
Little did they know how much Rudy would grow They thought he would be small but soon he would show The thought of eating lit Rudy’s eyes aglow That little Rudy starting off so lean Soon he got to work eating his plate clean While Rudy was never mean, he did like eating greens
Just before Christmas they woke with a fright Dougy saw Rudy eating Christmas trees at night What if Rudy did eat all to his delight No Christmas trees on the farm what a sight All his customers would leave and take flight

Like A Christmas Tree farm hit with the blight
Dougy got up and ran out of bed So upset he almost lost his head Little Rudy ate my trees what a dread Yet all the Christmas trees stood full instead It had only been a dream and what a respite Dougy a…

Examine All Your Paths

Yesterday I rode mountain bikes with Nick, Scott and Clayton at Griffen Bike Park.  From past history I know the safest place on a twisty tight trail is right in the middle.  If you get too far on one side or the other trouble follows.  Having spent plenty of time picking myself up off the dirt I know the hard way.  

For about a month now I've spent about 15 minutes each morning reading, thinking about, and praying the Proverb of the day, and today was no exception. Proverbs 5:21 says "For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths."  Like mountain biking, it's safest to stay right in the middle of Gods path.  However, even there you will find problems.  Never the less, it is the only place to be.

So even while trying to stay in the middle of the trail last night I hit a big root just wrong and tasted dirt yet again.  Of course Scott had his GoPro on and recorded me picking myself off the ground.  

Sometimes you just have to pick yourself back…

The Night Bus

Several weeks ago I took the driving portion of the test for a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).  I needed one to drive the church 25 passenger bus up to Canada for a camp we were attending.  Passed the written test no problem, and had to take the last part which is a pre-inspection test and the driving test itself.
The night before the test I had a rather vivid nightmare.  In the dream I had just come from taking the test and had failed.  I was particularly frustrated and needed to pass this test.  Just then a black bus pulled up and opened the back/side door to the bus.  A guy inside said if you need a CDL come with us, we will get you one.  I got on the bus despite the dark nature of the beast and those on board.  It was late at night, and sort of dark glow came from the interior.  Several men and women were aboard the bus.  One particular woman talked to me, and I asked her where she was from.  She said Memphis.  I never did see the driver of the bus even though I was near the fr…