Christianity

Road Closed

by Larry Hehn on July 30, 2014

Road ClosedThe road to my office was closed today, as workers replaced the railroad tracks that cross it. The intersection leading into the work area was marked with pylons, a large electronic sign, and detour markers to keep drivers from wandering into a dead end.

Despite the visible warnings and suggested alternate route, I was amazed at how many drivers ignored them and continued down the doomed path.

When they reached the trench where the railroad tracks used to be, it became clear. Yep, that “ROAD CLOSED” sign really meant the road was closed.

Go figure.

To be honest, I’ve done that many times myself. Whether it be challenging a real life “ROAD CLOSED” sign and almost getting stuck in knee-high sand, or simply ignoring God’s direction at different points in my life and choosing my own way instead.

There are good reasons for both the literal and figurative “ROAD CLOSED” signs in our life.

Yes, I am thankful for the truth behind that old cliché that says God allows U-turns. But the older I get, the more I hope to notice – and heed – his “ROAD CLOSED” signs when they first appear.

And not wind up on the wrong side of the tracks.

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. – Proverbs 14:12

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost

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Pack a Shoebox, Jack!

by Larry Hehn on November 6, 2013

pack a shoebox jackAs part of our continuing series Things that are Excellent, we are pleased to feature Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization, founded in 1970. They share God’s love by providing physical and spiritual aid to people around the globe.

Since 1993, more than 100 million children in over 130 countries have received a shoebox gift through Operation Christmas Child.

“The mission of Operation Christmas Child,” notes their website, “is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

This year Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame is teaming up with Operation Christmas Child to invite you to share God’s love with a needy child by packing your own shoebox gift.

The journey starts when you pack a shoebox with gifts for a young child, pray for the child who will receive it, and drop it off at one of hundreds of collection centers across the country.

The shoebox is then transported to a processing center, inspected and prepared for shipping, loaded into a sea container with thousands of other shoeboxes, and shipped overseas to the destination country by a team of volunteers.

The volunteers and local churches organize events by going into their community and inviting needy children, regardless of race, religion or gender. Every child receives a shoebox as an unconditional gift.

For some, it will be the only Christmas present they ever receive.

Would you like to share God’s love with a needy child this Christmas? Let Uncle Si show you how…

National collection week starts November 18. Help give a child a Christmas. Pack a shoebox, Jack!

Click this sentence to access the Operation Christmas Child website for more information.

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Happy, Happy, Happy

by Larry Hehn on October 23, 2013

Happy Happy HappyAs you may gather from this photo, over the past few months I’ve started to resemble Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. Though he’s 21 years my senior, I’m ok with that.

We come from very different backgrounds, but his story still resonates with me.

An autobiography of sorts, Robertson’s book Happy, Happy, Happy reveals the story behind the iconic creator of Duck Commander duck calls, and his 14 rules for “living happy, happy, happy”.

To say that Robertson is “old school” would be an understatement. From growing up in the woods of Louisiana with no bathtub or toilet in the cabin, living off the land and sharing a bed with three older brothers (younger brother Si slept separately since he had a tendency to wet the bed), Robertson has learned to appreciate – and espouse – the simple life.

Each of the 14 rules draws wisdom from Robertson’s background, including working hard, learning to cook, reading your Bible, getting outdoors, avoiding alcohol, and yes, even not trying to understand women.

Agree with him or not, you will always know where he stands.

He shares some amazing tales of his former “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle, and the trials he put his wife and young children through before accepting Jesus at age 28.

There is much more to Robertson than meets the eye. A former star football player who started at quarterback ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education, working as a teacher before getting into the duck call business.

Duck Dynasty fans will be fascinated by Robertson’s account of how he founded and grew the Duck Commander business before handing over the reins to his son Willie.

Happy, Happy, Happy is a sitting-across-the-kitchen-table chat with a man who has travelled many miles and has many nuggets of wisdom to share. Robertson does that with a strong dose of humor and humility, and a love of Jesus that is infectious.

As Robertson confesses, “Following Jesus has been a blast. The Lord has blessed me mightily.

It’s what makes me happy, happy, happy.”

This book was bought with my own hard-earned cash. It was not a freebie, so I felt no obligation to endorse it. I was not required to write a positive review. As a rule I only post reviews of books that I enjoy, and that I feel will be beneficial to my readers. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Embedded in this review is an affiliate link to Amazon.com. If you follow the link from here and buy a copy of this book, Amazon will award me a 4% commission on the purchase.

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