A Visit with Global Media Outreach

There are many great leaders and groups doing wonderful work in sharing Jesus with the world. Several weeks ago I was introduced to Global Media Outreach. GMO as they call it was founded by Walt Wilson. I could write several books about Walt and you’d never be able to put them down. Former marine and former Apple team member and leader on Steve Job’s team, Walt walked away from the professional business world to focus on using digital media to reach the world for Christ. What God has used him to do is simply amazing.

Walt Wilson: Video 1 , Video 2 , Article

Global Media Outreach was started in 2003. Since that time, GMO has served up the Gospel to over 1.5 Billion times worldwide and achieved an astounding 150 million decisions for Christ. With over 4,000 volunteer online missionaries, GMO reaches people for Christ in 126 countries and across 6 languages.

GMOs unique approach targets language groups and then leverages online and mobile digital to reach people for Christ. Early on Walt recognized the power of the internet to reach people for Christ and set about preparing for the day when he would be able to embrace the mission full time. Now 13 years later, GMO is able to present the gospel of Jesus for 10 cents! 10 cents will serve up the gospel to someone in the middle east where not even the most courageous missionaries are able to go.

Being a numbers geek myself, GMO’s use of numbers and analytics made me smile. They have the best numbers on Christian expansion in the world. Serving up the gospel over 250,000 times per day and seeing roughly 25,000 decisions for Christ, GMO has put together what is probably one of the best estimates on where the gospel is being sought.

I’m looking forward to getting more involved with Walt and Global Media Outreach. Take time to look at their ministry. It is truly amazing. http://www.globalmediaoutreach.com

HALFTIME, A Life Journey

My fifteen year career with Dave Ramsey and the Ramsey Organization ended on May 2, 2016. It was a wonderful fifteen years, and while I was sad to see it end, it was time. It was a wonderful journey through which I learned so much. I met and worked with so many wonderful people, and I was able to work on so many amazing projects. It was such a life experience to walk with Dave as his company grew from 30 people in 2001 when I joined  to over 550 in 2016 when I left. Now it is time for a new season and journey.

Fortunately after following Dave’s teachings and principles for fifteen years, I am in a place where I can take my time in figuring out what’s next. Now at forty five years of age, it is a perfect time to begin a new adventure. Over the last four months, I’ve been focused on my family. I wish that everyone could enjoy time like this with their children.

I believe in God’s active hand in our lives. He’s here. All we need to do is seek Him out. During the last few months something interesting happened during this time as I began to meet with people and advisors. The book Halftime by Bob Buford kept coming up. If someone mentions a book to me once,  I take notice and write it down…sometimes I buy it…sometimes I read it. With Halftime, it happened four times over 3 months. Four different people in four different meetings over 90 days recommended I read Bob Buford’s Halftime. That’s never happened before, and it caught my attention…as it should have.

Interestingly enough, I had a copy of the book on my shelf at home…with a bit of dust on it. One of the many books I purchased with good intentions of reading…later…apparently much later. Tonight, I finished it. I wish I had read it 5 years ago. For this season of my life, reading it was perfectly timed.

So what was so good about Halftime that caused four people that I respect to recommend it to me? I’d like to do an indepth review of the book for you, but that would do you a great disservice. I will over you these highlights, for the rest, you’ll have to read it yourself to see what its become such a recommended and appreciated book.

Highlights

  1. Bob Buford offers a very strong Christian perspective on life, its importance, significance and value. Bob’s writing inspired me to seek and aspire for more dedication and value to Jesus and God.
  2. Bob faced some very difficult challenges in life. Challenges that would wreck many people. It caused him to draw closer to God and evaluate at a much deeper level the life that he was leading.
  3. He provided me with a great framework for this season of my life. Tools to evaluate where I’ve been and what I’ve learned. Tools to evaluate where I want to go with the rest of my life and how to get there.

I’ve recently started a new Super PAC, A Better America, and I will soon start a new non-profit, Take God’s Hand. I’m very excited about both of these endeavors and what the future holds, but I must admit there is doubt in my mind. Challenges ahead. Family financials. What sacrifices will be made? For me, Halftime was a very timely book. It challenged me to press forward, never give up, and to trust the God that brought me to this place. He has a plan and he’s equipped me for it.

 

The Only True to Scale Model of our Solar System

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Our universe is an amazing place. It is an infinitely complex system. Truthfully, it is billions of infinitely complex systems called galaxies. I’m constantly amused and bewildered at people who try to explain the universe’s origin with the “Big Bang” or other theories. The universe is more complex than our human minds can comprehend, so we try to simply explain away it’s complexity tih simple terms and theories.

Today on twitter I found this interesting project a group of guys spent time in the Nevada desert building. They have created an accurately scaled version of our solar system. Their team claims it is the first and only true to scale version of our solar system. Once you see it, it really puts things into perspective. It helps you realize that our solar system is only one of hundreds of millions in the Milky Way Galaxy and that the Milky Way Galaxy is but one of billions of galaxies.

True to Scale Model of Our Solar System

Planets, Stars and Galaxies. Our Beautiful Universe.

Ever since my sixth grade science class, I’ve had a fascination with Astronomy. Although it has ebbed and flowed over time, I’ve my desire to learn more about astronomy and someday own a “monster” telescope has remained.

My parents bought my first telescope for me in 7th or 8th grade. I don’t recall exactly when, but I do remember it being during my middle school years. It was a Celestron refractor telescope very similar to this one Celestron Refractor Telescope. It was a fine entry level telescope especially for a kid.

When I married in 1998, I was pleased to discover that my wife had won a Reflector Telescope at a store drawing. It was big step up from the telescope I had as a kid. After having a few kids of our own, somewhere along the way the kids trashed the tracking gears. It was time for some upgrades. 🙂

After a bit of research and deciding on a budget, I landed on a 12″ Zhumell Dobsonian from telescopes.com. Its quite the telescope standing almost 6′ tall off.

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So why all this fascination with astronomy? If you stop for minute and clear your mind of everything you think of during your daily routine. Seriously, clear out all this distractions. Now…

Ponder that earth is 25,000 miles in diameter and its surface is more smoother than a billiard ball relative to size. Its fascinating. Planets rotate, spin around a sun on a set path, all in synchronicity without colliding. Its fascinating. In our Milky Way Galaxy scientists have discovered 500 solar systems. Our Milky Way Galaxy is said to house some 300 billion stars.  It’s fascinating.

I could go on, but pictures speak louder than words.

NASA daily photo site

Google Galaxy Search Images

I’m still completely baffled that anyone thinks that the universe as complex as it is could every have simply “occurred”. Its the most complex thing that has ever existed. Matter, planets, gravity, thermodynamics, magnetism, planets, stars, DNA, life, photosynthesis, food processing, and the list is endless. God’s design is written on everything.