Author: Gary Black

Our 10th wedding anniversary

Lisa-Marie and I have been married 10 years as of November 4th! May not seem like a huge accomplishment for all you long-time married people, but… for us, it is a miracle that I am very proud of. They did a documentary of our lives a few years ago; to watch that now and see were we are today still takes my breath away… Most of you know our story; Lisa was widowed as a young bride and mother of two beautiful daughters. My first wife left our family for another life… God took the abandonment, the tears, the death and brought two family’s together to prove a point. Lisa-Marie had been widowed for 5 years when I met her; she was strong, independent and focused on her career as a Crises Counselor for the pregnancy center. I was beaten down, lost and fighting for the life of my kids. She had NO idea what God was about to ask her to do… (although she tells me all the time she would do it again)!! Three wild boys, one broken man and turmoil from our Church, our community, our friends, and on and on… I had a ministry at the time that within a few months of my first wife leaving was gone. My pastor looked at me one day and said, “I know you are innocent in all...

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Boys of Fall

After playing football and coaching Tyler, Michael, Caleb and now Noah over the past 12 years; this video hit me at the core!...

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Warrior and a gentleman

I have been thinking and praying about starting a mini-discipleship series on how to raise “un-emasculated” boys. Boys that know how to be Warriors and Gentleman; The timing maybe off as I have four boys 7 to 19 years old – and they are still “working out their salvation”! But… I guess we all are at some level!! That “Working Title, Warriors and Gentleman” comes from a statement the USA Rugby coach said to me a few weeks ago. He was speaking of our 19 year old son, Tyler. During one of the USA U19 matches that Tyler was playing in, we took a Thunder and Lighting break in the game… The coach grabbed me and said, “Thank you for allowing Tyler to play with us, I have never met more of a ‘warrior and gentleman’ in all my years of coaching football and rugby, you have done an amazing job in raising him”! Two weeks ago, our 13 year old son, Caleb was playing Baseball in Cooperstown New York; he hit the only homerun against the team that won the whole tournament out of 100 + teams… the coach of the team called me and said, “Your son is a phenomenal baseball player, but more then that, when I met him he looked me right in the eyes, and spoke to me with as much or more confidence...

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NFL Goes to our African home!

A couple of the World Champion Saints and others went to where Lisa and the kids and I lived in Africa; just awesome! From Elizabeth Adcock blog today… watch the video, very cool!! While we were in Swazi, some NFL players came to visit! One of them was Anthony Hargrove of the New Orleans Saints, who had just won the Superbowl only days before. Talk about a crazy cultural shift – from crowds who can’t get enough of you, to masses of kids who are afraid of you! The first glimpse I got of these guys made me burst out in laughter; they were just so gigantic standing next to my Swazi babies! Each NFL player I met was so down-to-earth, and willing to humble himself by fumbling through the Swazi cultural songs and dances. One of my favorite memories in Swazi was doing the hokie-pokie and the harlem shake with the players and the kids. So much fun! A video was recently posted on the NFL website about their trip to Swaziland. I love it! And yes, I did drive a van just like the one you see at the beginning of the video! The first building you see is Pastor Walter’s church – the church I’ve gone to both times I’ve been to Swazi, and is right down the road from where I lived. The man briefing...

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The sex trade is an abomination

Our daughter Alexis has been in our g42 leadership school with a couple of these girls that are going to serve slaves in Cambodia… a generation will save itself; this is a great example! (From Seth Barnes Blog today) It’s sickening to see 13 year-old girls recruited by their parents to become prostitutes. It’s disgusting that a culture would be so sex-obsessed that it would be normative for parents to prepare their children for such a future. If we could see the seamy industry that has grown up to support this abomination, we’d be appalled. Most of us never will see it – you have to spend 24 hours flying just to get to Phnom Penh. The good news is, a lot of advocacy groups have been started (here are a few) to show us what is going on. And here’s some really good news: A group of five young women I know have formed a team to go and live in Cambodia, learn the language, befriend the girls, and help save them from the horror that has become their life. At some point in life, we learn enough about an issue that we have to do something; more information isn’t enough. That’s what happened with this team. They’d heard enough. Steph Tyrna is a good example. Here’s her story: Two years ago I sat down and watched the...

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