April 26, 2017

How’s Your Husband Doing?

Wedding Rings and Money

A friend of mine recently posted about her experience dining out with her family at a local restaurant. Perhaps much to the surprise of the waitress’s intention, she was boldly insulting the guests she was serving based on her actions and statements. I really encourage you to go read her post, “My Husband Is Not My Other Child“. If you need a little something to convince you, read these words and let them soak in.

My husband is more than a glorified door stop with a wallet. I was insulted she thought so little of him. That was it. Insulted.

How do you see your husband? How do you reference him to your friends or maybe even complete strangers?

You see, as a husband myself there are just a few things I really need from my wife. Her respect, encouragement and her loyalty. If I know those three things are in place, I can probably go without just about anything else whether it be physical, emotional or even dare I say it… sexual needs.

Do I believe there are far too many men in our society that don’t live up to the expectations and needs of being a husband and a father? Absolutely. Do I believe that popular culture and media and also done their part to tear down and destroy the image of an intelligent and capable father in the home? Absolutely? Do I think one of the drawbacks of extremists in the women’s rights movement is an emasculation of men? Right again.

So, let me ask you again. How do you view your husband? How do you talk about your husband to your friends and around complete strangers? I can almost guarantee you 100%, if you will respect, encourage and support him (even if he may not deserve it right now!) he’ll probably start to redevelop and remature into the man he’s supposed to be for you and your family.

Support Wounded Warriors With American Sniper

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper"

One of the most powerful movies I’ve seen in recent times that really tells a character story has been “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, America’s most deadly sniper in history. As Cooper will say about his effort in the film, his goal was to tell the story of American soldiers and their families. Yes, of course this movie is a military movie and therefore depicts lots of violence and language, but I don’t think any of it is gratuitous. That’s very important to me. I’m not squeamish around violence or language when it depicts the reality of the world we live in.

I watched “American Sniper” in the theater with a friend, but my family has not seen it. I’m looking forward to watching it this evening with my family and getting their feedback.

"American Sniper" on Blu-ray and DVDI think the movie sells itself if you’re at all interested in a military themed movie that develops the story and characters, and this movie only more so because it’s based on a real person and their experience in life. Warner Bros, who produced the film, doesn’t need my help selling it honestly. But what I’m wanting to get across with this post is the following:

American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about WWP’s life-saving programs and services, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.

Everything I know about the Wounded Warrior Project makes it something that I want to help promote and support. The fact that we have the opportunity to potentially raise ONE MILLION dollars for their effort by barely lifting a finger seems like a no-brainer. You’ve got the opportunity to have a copy of this powerful film in your collection and contribute to this organization. That’s some good news right? Take the time now to visit the Wounded Warrior Project website and connect with them on all their social media accounts (found in the footer on their site).

BUY American Sniper (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) NOW! on Amazon.com

Some more good news is that I’ve got two copies of the film to giveaway to some of my readers. I love the fact that I’ve been given an opportunity like this by participating with Grace Hill Media to promote this film and this opportunity. But, here’s what I’d like to have happen. If you end up winning one of the copies of this film from my website, I’d love to have you commit to taking at least a significant portion of the money you would have spent on this film and donate it to Wounded Warriors above and beyond this promotion.

All you need to do to enter this contest is one of the items below: (gain more options by doing all of them!)

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Watch this exclusive video below from Warner Bros. with the actors Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller talking about the film and their efforts to achieve authenticity of the story of soldiers and their families.

Various Photos from “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Bradley Cooper and Director, Clint Eastwood - American Sniper

Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper and His Daughter in American Sniper

Sienna Miller in American Sniper

Christians and Science Do Coexist

In a recent small group study we were talking about the book “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. In the introduction to the study, one of the people interviewed on the street made the statement that she didn’t believe in God because she had grown up in the “age of science”. That lead to a discussion that is frequently heard about how Christians seem to be deniers of science. That’s something I believe is a fallacy. I will agree that there are many believers who do seem to deny science in the areas that have been proven and fall within the realm of God’s creation, but there are also many “scientists” who are so stuck in their own understanding, they’ve made a religion of their own over non-belief in something conflicting with their beliefs in an area that they still can’t prove themselves.

I have always enjoyed the sciences. Growing up I loved being outdoors and taking the time to really look at nature, rocks, the sky, animals, all of creation. For me, observing that and denying a Creator would be like observing the Sistine Chapel and claiming it was never painted, it just happened to show-up there one day after a few hundred years. You see, I see creation as a masterpiece of a truly gifted Artist. The original Artist. The original Creator. The Original.

When I watch videos like the one below, I understand that there is no “Mother Nature”, there is only… Father of Creation.