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The Oath

Numbers 30:2 New International Version (NIV)

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

I recently traveled across Nebraska to go see family in Colorado Springs. Most of Nebraska along Interstate 80 is flat. You can see far distances as you drive, but there are areas of rolling hills that surprise you.

As we traveled in Nebraska, I kept noticing the signs about this town that was a stop for the Pony Express. The Pony Express lasted only 18 months from 1860-1861. The Pony Express during this brief time in American History, even through glamorized, was a financial flop.

What interested me most, as I looked up the facts about the Pony Express, was the oath that the riders had to take. It goes like this: I do hereby sweat, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement as a member of the National Pony Express, I will under no condition or circumstances use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other member of The Association, and the in every respect, I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my associates. So help me, God.

Honor God and  honor those you work with. It takes a life time to build character, and it can only take a few minutes to lose it. Think about this oath. It could be applied to our lives today.

Strength and Courage



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The Quest Life

Fellowship of the Sword for Men

Next Men’s Quest is August 5-10 at Pierson, Michigan.

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Want to read a very good book? Theodore Roosevelt served our nation well. This book by Darrin Lunde, The Naturalist, is about the live of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. He loved God and nature passionately, and he pursued the preservation of natural wonders in our country.


My Father

Proverbs 23:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
    a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Have you ever had is said or said it yourself that your earthly father is ‘A Mountain of a Man’. That is how I see my earthly father. I am writing about him today because it is his birthday. He is 77 years old, and he still runs heavy construction equipment, pours concrete, and works hard.

My father has taught me how to work, but he also passed on to me the down to earth wisdom to always work. His greatest phrase to me was to use the KISS system – Keep It Simple Stupid. This is not to be demeaning, but it is how he lives life.

He also taught me to use the same outlook with my relationship to God. He is always telling me to take it to the ‘Big Boss’ because he will always lead you straight. 

I feel like my father is ‘A Mountain of a Man’. You will not see his name up in lights, but if you ask most people, they would say he is a hard working man, his word is his word, he worked hard to love his wife and family, and he loves Jesus. No doubt my father has made mistakes and he has flaws, but he does not allow them to beat him. In his darkest hour, he turned his eyes to Jesus. 

I am thankful that my father is still alive, and I am proud that he is my father.

Strength and Courage



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