Today has been a good day! For several months I have been looking forward to meeting Stanley and Davinsly, two young boys who are being adopted by two wonderful families in our church. We had that chance this morning.
7. They prayed with us and for us every day.
8. They listened before they spoke.
9. They set boundaries and stuck to them.
10. They stayed up until we came home.
11. They took each of their children on a date at least once a year.
12. They knew our friends and invited their families over to our home.
13. They made our home the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.
14. They didn’t sweat the small stuff.
15. They didn’t show favoritism.
16. They made sure we had at least one vacation a year.
17. They loved their parents.
18. They didn’t fight in front of us.
19. They didn’t embarrass us.
20. They didn’t expect us to be perfect.
21. They made sure that our family was involved at a church that ministered to their children.
22. They always made time to bring us to church events.
23. They attended our games, plays, events, etc.
24. They invited missionaries, pastors, teachers, and Christian role models into our home.
The Last Man – Kindle EditionVince Flynn has done it again! The Last Man is an adrenaline packed thrill ride that has more twists and turns than the world’s great roller coasters. The book finds American assassin Mitch Rapp knee deep in a in conspiracy and mystery in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan.
When Joe Rickman, the CIA’s top head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan is kidnapped, a tsunami of epic proportions is set off in the various branches of governments and intelligence agencies around the region and in the United States.
Who was behind this coordinated attack and how to recover Rickman becomes the CIA’s top priority, for in the head of Rickman lies secrets that could cripple the clandestine operations of America and her allies.
What begins as a simple mission gets more and more complicated as Rapp and his team get further into the operation.
What makes this and every other Vince Flynn novel so good is the detail and realism that Flynn brings to the project. There have been many in the government, military and clandestine organizations over the years who have questioned where Flynn gets his information, because it is startlingly accurate.
Flynn’s novel shows some of the serious pitfalls in the U.S. government’s current policy of reintegration in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan. While reading my pre-release copy of The Last Man, from Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was brutally attacked. Flynn’s novel helps readers understand some of the current tensions in the Middle East, with a look at the Taliban, Iranians, Pakistanis, Afghans, Russians, Swiss banks, and the United States.
The Last Man is a welcome reunion of Mitch Rapp and our current day. Flynn’s last two novels, American Assassin, and Kill Shot, were essentially prequels to the story of Rapp, and a very welcome addition to the narrative. Fans of Mitch Rapp will enjoy seeing what the assassin has been up to and enjoy catching up with a number of favorite characters along the way.
The Last Man isn’t Flynn’s best novel, but it certainly a great read and a wonderful addition to the Mitch Rapp library.
As in all of Flynn’s novels the language is a bit rough with plenty of military bravado and assassin angst thrown in. The detailed descriptions of torture and assassinations may make some readers squeamish. All in all, The Last Man, is a great read that opens the eyes of readers into the complexities of the continuing war on terror.
I received a complimentary e-book of The Last Man, from Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster for purposes of this review.
Elections are an opportunity for us to take a hard look at the direction of our country, the policies of our leaders, and issues on the ballot, and to take a look at ourselves. Election Tuesday would be a good day for us to examine ourselves before we vote – to see if there are things in our lives that we need to confess before God. Remember, biblical confession always means that we turn from our sins and to Him.
Do not waste the opportunity that God has given you to vote. Thousands of men and women have died to protect that freedom over the years. There are wonderful Christian people who will vote for Democrats and Republicans this election cycle. There are godly Christian men and women who will see issues from different perspectives. With all issues, it is important to check our perspective with God’s. If God’s perspective differs from ours, then we need to adjust our thinking. I know for some, there is a sinking feeling that you get when you walk into the voter’s booth, feeling like none of the candidates or voting issues are a good match to your faith. When you feel that is the case, do what you would do in any such situation. Pray. Ask for God’s wisdom. And, obey His prompting.
Many of you have asked me to share my personal view on the issue of marriage. I don’t think that the Bible could be more clear. God is the designer of marriage. Marriage was His idea. And, marriage is defined throughout Scripture and has been throughout history as the union of one man and one woman. Marriage has always been a holy covenant, made between two individuals and God. God has never and will never recognize the union of two people of the same sex. That is why you will find my signature among the signers of the Minnesotans for Marriage pastor’s letter: http://www.minnesotaformarriage.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PASTOR-STATEMENT_PFM-Letterhead1.pdf.
Without tackling the political and legal issues, let’s go to the most basic question of all – who defines marriage? As Christians, we turn to the Bible as our authority. Quoting God in Genesis 2:24 Jesus said, “Haven’t you read, that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).
Changing the definition of marriage does not change what God has said marriage is to be. Just because someone faces west and calls the sun on the horizon a “sunrise” does not change what it is. A sunset is a sunset no matter what it is called.
How should we as Christians respond to those who are trying to unbiblically redefine marriage? Positively—let us lift up and live out Christian marriage in our own relationships. Prayerfully—our first and most potent resource is to ask God to defend, uphold and strengthen marriages in America. Politically—we are privileged to exercise our rights as citizens to influence our country because “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Individual letters and phone calls are often more influential than public demonstrations although you may choose to attend a public rally. Personally—we must always exhibit the love of Jesus Christ to all others in our attitudes and behavior. Patiently—our generation is facing a long process of moral conflict, judicial disagreement and political haggling. Romans 12:12 gives wise spiritual advice that we “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
– Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals, written for the Wooddale Church community, March 2004