Author: Gary Black

For my birthday!

All the way from Spain, my oldest daughter Alexis, with some help of the other kids and Gary, put this video together for my birthday today. Amazing! I love you

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Lisa-Marie’s 40th!

June 1 is my bride’s 40th birthday! Lisa-Marie is simply a gift from God… God gave her to me and my three boys in a very desperate time; she was a widow with two little girls, and we were confused and alone – Lisa nurtured us, loved us unconditionally and put us back together. A mother’s heart is as important as a father’s heart. A mom teaches us the tender, soft-side of God. She is a nurturing and forgiving; she has serving heart that knows no boundaries in her depth of love for her family. She can discipline be stern and powerful, only because you know it comes from hours of praying, weeping and crying out for her family. This is my bride, the mother of six amazing children and countless spiritual children; may you all rise up and call her blessed today! Happy Birthday Lisa-Marie Alexis Noelle put this video together from...

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Magdala

From Seth Barnes Blog; Wow! Down muddy, potholed streets, behind a high wall is the Son of God orphanage. We walked through the building and into the back courtyard, 126 orphans sat in rows doing school under a tall Zaman tree. In 2002 Dr. Maccine Hyppolite saw a group of orphan children near his house. He took them into his home. Word got out and the orphans kept coming. An engineer declared that his three story building should be condemned, but Dr. Hyppolite feels it’s solid. “Just a little rebar and concrete to reinforce the beams and it will be OK.” As we walked through the building, an orphan girl smiled at me. Something in me said, “Go talk to her.” I grabbed John to translate and asked her name and age. “I’m Magdala and I’m ten. I’ve been here three days.” I asked her if she had parents and I thought John translated, yes. At that I felt a little relieved – my mind doing some strange triage, parceling out the compassion, “OK, I’m off the hook here. If God had a special assignment for me, she’d be a pure orphan.” And I moved on. The orphans, eager for adult attention, crowd around you and play all kinds of hand-slapping games. One little boy clutched my pants. I told one of the orphanage workers that I was impressed...

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The Sacred Ordinary by Leigh McLeroy

I once recorded a bit of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the places you’ll go” on my home voice mail. It was clever bit about “the waiting place ….. were everyone is just waiting. For a train to go, or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come …. or a phone to ring or the snow to snow …. just ….waiting.” I liked the message a lot. But after the first time or two, hardly anyone who called enjoyed sitting through “the waiting place.” Because the truth is, waiting rather quickly loses whatever charm it might have had early on. Even so, I know very few people who are not-at any given time-waiting for something. To receive test results, perhaps. Or to reach the front of he checkout line. To welcome home a loved one. To hear their name called on a try-out list. To be asked to marry, or to dance. To see a stoplight (or a season) change. To hold a baby in their arms. Like it or not, we all do time in the waiting place. The questions is, will we do anything of value “with” that time? Do we simply languish until our circumstances change-or are we willing to linger in discomfort, and learn while we wait? The bible is full of wait-ers. Sarai. Elizabeth. Hannah. Moses. David. Hosea. Jonah....

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What Every Man Can Do to Stop Sex Trafficking and Exploitation

From Tom Davis today; Men, it’s time to step and take our rightful place as sons of God. No longer can we can’t allow the evils of our culture seep into our souls and steal our power to be who we are created to be: Protectors, Defenders, and Image Bearers of Christ. Watch this until the end, then make the courageous decision to be this kind of man. We have to “Step it Up.” Thanks Mike...

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