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The moment I heard there was going to be an American Sniper movie based on the book by Chris Kyle I knew I had to see it. My plan was to go the day the movie was released locally.
I don’t make it a habit of seeing R rated movies. I have seen a few. Movies like The Lone Survivor, Saving Private Ryan, The Passion of The Christ and now The American Sniper.
I didn’t get to see American Sniper the day it was released and now several weeks have gone by since that release. Finally, yesterday, I had the opportunity. I sat in a theatre without Felicia and with about sixty other people whom I did not know. When the movie was over and the credits rolled to silence (no music) the moviegoers left quietly and for my part, reverently.
I’ve heard so much controversy over the last few weeks about this movie and the legacy of Chris Kyle. Liberal moviemaker Michael Moore was quoted as having tweeted that snipers were cowards. The liberals jumped on board. I watched MSNBC one night just to see what they were up to and they were discussing American Sniper with a panel of liberal journalist who apparently all hated the movie. Why?
There is now a culture in our nation that hates this great country. They hate the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem, patriotism and the God on whom this nation was established.
They  murder innocent children. They have taken prayer out of schools, God out of the town square, Christ out of Christmas, and morality out of marriage. Many Christians barely bristle when they talk hate against heroes like Chris Kyle while in the same breath promote gay marriage and the rights of transgender anomalies.
American Sniper was a great movie about a great American hero. We need more men and women like Kyle who will take on responsibility and stand for what is right.  You may never be a Navy Seal. Even less chance that you’ll ever put your eye to the scope of a 50 Cal and shoot a target 1.2 miles away but, you can still live with courage and conviction.
What I find entertaining is that while the liberals scream their hate for American Sniper those who made it are laughing all the way to the bank.  As of this morning American Sniper is the number two top grossing R rated movie of all time behind only The Passion of the Christ, the two movies that the liberals hate the most.
Live with courage and conviction.


iPhone Photo by Jeff Scurlock

It’s 10:50 in the morning. I’m sitting in a booth at the local McDonalds. I’ve been here since about 9:00.  My seat is next to a window. I can see the traffic going by and the sun is pouring in.  Some days this McDonalds is my office. Why McDonalds? Because my community doesn’t have a coffee shop with deep arm chairs and low light. That would be nice.

A very precious lady from my church came by about an hour ago and expressed to me that she knew I was having a hard time getting anything done with all these people around me. It’s quite the opposite.  I don’t do it often but it seems that I can get more done in McDonalds that in the supposed sanctity of my office.  There my desk is populated with notes, invoices, clutter and more. Things that distract me and draw my attention away from what I need to be doing.  Here at McDonalds the only thing on my desk are a salt and pepper shaker, my phone, my coffee and of course my computer.

I think the employees here think I’m homeless.  Or maybe the owners of this establishment might want to charge me rent for this space. Or, I might get the gossip lovers fired up. I can hear it now. One gossiper is talking to another fan of gossip saying something like, “I’ve been by McDonalds several times this morning and that preacher’s truck has been sitting there all morning. Surely we’re not paying him to hang out at the coffee shop.” Please excuse my limited grasp at humor.  I don’t have any people in my church that are like that (wink).

The truth of the matter is I’ve had a quite productive morning.  Life is full of distractions. Sometime escape is discovered in the  most unlikely place.

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Abortion Texas

In the spirit of full disclosure you must know that I am opposed to abortion. I believe it’s wrong to kill and innocent person.

The Texas state legislature passed a new bill restricting abortions Friday night.  It says, 1. No abortions after twenty weeks. 2.  It requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and 3. It requires all abortions to take place in surgical centers.

If I WAS pro-choice I don’t know how I could argue with these three extremely common sense points.

Democrats want exceptions in the case of rape or incest. What? If you’re raped or conceive a child because of incest or rape and you are pro-choice are you really going to wait 20 weeks to have an abortion?

I still scratch my head over the lack of morals in our nation. I heard former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee say on his national radio show that there are more abortions performed in the United States than any other place in the world.  I’m embarrassed and grieved.

I am proud of the Republicans in the Texas legislature who have taken a stand for life.

I could write pages and pages on this subject. I could rant until the cows come home. I won’t.  I just wanted to comment in light of the battle going on in Texas.

I welcome your input.


starbucks ceo

I like a good cup of Starbucks coffee as much as anyone. I like the casual, relaxed atmosphere that Starbucks offers.

Today Time Magazine reported that Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz has taken an even stronger stance in favor of same sex marriage telling the stock holders that if they didn’t like the position that they were welcomed to sell their shares and invest somewhere else.

Have we completely lost the battle of Biblical values in our nation? Is it time to give up and just not concern ourselves with companies that take anti traditional value positions?

According to an article in The Voice  Magazine, McDonalds pulled back from a position to support gay rights because of boycotts pushed by the American Family Association.

This post is not for people who don’t drink coffee or have never visited a Starbucks. I’m talking to coffee lovers and those who love a good cup of Starbucks coffee or iced tea.

What is your position? Do you care? What will you do, if anything?


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I’ve become weary with the mentality that Christians are not supposed to express their opinions about social and political matters.   If you say something is wrong you will be accused of hate or being hateful. Many believe that Christians should be silent and invisible. I actually can point to places in the Word where Jesus’ words were sharp, abrasive and confrontational.  Are we not supposed to be like Jesus? WWJD? I have been criticized for speaking my opinion. Not by people outside of the church but by those who claim Christ.  Those who would rather we are silent and invisible.

There is too much at stake. So here’s what I believe Christians should do about social and political situations.

#1 Pray – If my People……

#2 Fast – Isa 58:6 “Is not the fast that I have chose: To loose the bonds of wickedness……

#3 Be involved in the political system.  We don’t need more greedy lawyers in Washington. We need real people who know God and want to please Him.  Run for office.

#4 When running for office do not run with parties that have un-godly platforms. If you can’t find peace with either party, run as an independent.

#4 VOTE- If conservatives had gone to the polls  in our last election like they should have things might be different (for the good), maybe.

#5 Speak – Don’t let pseudo Christians intimidate your voice.

#6 Pray!

I’m just one person and this just happens to be my opinion and I’m standing by it.


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 I don’t know exactly what to call it. Being in a winter funk,  writers block or something else. I love to write however it seems that the last few months I’ve drawn a big fat blank when it comes to writing.


Writing experts say that writers should write everyday. No matter what, write something. I’ve failed miserably at that.

It hasn’t helped that I’ve been dealing with a painful health issue for the last couple of months. It’s some kind of back thing that causes sever pain in my leg. It’s called anterolisthesis .  I’ve been under the care of my physician who has really done nothing for me and now I’m seeing my chiropractor.  The whole episode has put me in a bit of a funk with the pain and pain medication.  Well enough excuses.

So I’m writing this ramble about the fact that I haven’t been writing hoping to just get the juices flowing again.

I know that in order to make this blog a success and build a readership I have to write and post regularly.  I’m going to really try to get  back in the groove.

Maybe you can help me. Give me some subjects to write about.  Subjects such as Family, Christian life, leadership etc. etc. etc.

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The title of this blog is Real Issues. I named it that because my plan was to write a lot about just that, the real issues of life. Now I need your help.  I need you to give me subject matter. If you will help me what I plan to do is use your suggestions for this site and for chapters in a future book.

So, what are the real issues that you deal with, that you would like for me to address?

  • The Real Hard Issues
  • The Real Discouraging Issues
  • The Real Family Issues
  • The Real Financial Issues
  • The Real Christian Life Issues
  • The Real Child Raising Isses

I think you get the idea. I’m not looking for deep theological subjects. I can use those for another project. This is just the stuff that you deal with day to day.

You can respond in a couple of ways.

  1. As a comment right here on this post. It’s simple. Just click on the Leave A Comment Link at the top then on the page that you are taken to  there is a box close to the bottom for your comment.
  2. The second way is to email me at This Link.
If possible I would like to use your name and city so please give me that information. If you would rather that I not use your name just let me know and I won’t.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.



Here are some great Christmas shopping ideas. 

Here are some awesome books that readers in your life would enjoy getting for Christmas.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey


In the book of Colossians chapter 3 verses 15 and 17 the Apostle Paul wrote these words. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

In verse fifteen he says, “and be thankful.” In verse seventeen he says “, giving thanks to God the Father….”

Thankfulness is not just something we do on a holiday. As believers it  should be a  part of our spiritual and emotional DNA. Should Be!

So many are not thankful. Why?

They are negative: they don’t see anything positive in anything and would rather complain about what is not than to be thankful for what is.

They are Selfish: Just spoiled brats who think that life is all about them.

They have an attitude of entitlement. It’s sad but so many people in the world today think that they are owed something. So when they do get blessed they are not thankful. Whatever it was, it was owed to them.

People are not thankful because they are thoughtless. They just don’t take the time to think about the things they should be thankful for.

Are you a thankful person and if so, what are you thankful for?  I made a quick list for me. I’ll share it with you but not to be bragging or to somehow convey the thought that my thankful list should be important to you. All I’m trying to do is get you thinking. So, here’s a quick  list of the things I’m thankful for.

My Life Partner , Felicia

My three grown children who all bring me joy in their unique way..

My Son’s in law’s.

My grandson, Jackson.

My parents and Felicia’s parents.

My home.

Reasonably good health, which is a big deal concerning where my health went. I’ll write more about that in the future.

My Job.

The ministry.

My church.

My salvation,  along with the temporal and eternal benefits that come with it.


I could have given some sort of explanation with each of these items but it would make this post too long.  I just want to get you thinking.

Now my  challenge for you and the question I ‘d like you to answer is this. What are you truly thankful for? I hope to hear from you.

I love to read. Admittedly when I started blogging and podcasting my reading schedule hit a wall. I started this year with intent to read 52 books. I’m not going to make it. Now I’m hoping to finish with 30. But, I do love to read.

Catagories of the books I like to read include:

  • Fiction – Clean Stories. I really like legal thrillers.
  • Leadership – Anything that will help me grow as a leader.
  • Christian Life – Books that encourage me and help me in my life as a follower of Christ.
  • History

I think books make great gifts for someone who likes to read. Their not expensive and they bring pleasure.  If the reader in your life is like me not only do they like to read they like to collect books.  There are those who like to read but would rather use an electronic device such as a Kindle or iPad. Oh by the way Kindle’s and iPads are AWESOME Christmas gifts.

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