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Loyalty... the Forgotten Virtue

In 1947 Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson both played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and they were great friends. Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player to break the race barrier. This was such a radical move for that day that some of his own teammates even turned against him. There were also many fans that responded to his presence in baseball with death threats.

Once, during a game in Cincinnati, while Jackie Robinson was playing second base, the crowd started throwing stuff, booing, and shouting horrible things. Short Stop Pee Wee Reese, a white player, took his glove, threw it down in the dirt, walked over to the Jackie, looked up at the booing crowd, and put his arm around his friend. The crowd fell completely silent.

Robinson later shared that that one simple act did more than save his career, but probably saved him in more ways than we could have imagined. Pee Wee Reese’s gesture was such a special moment in history, a statue capturing the two men commemorate…

“Goose is dead.”

Those fateful words, spoken by Commander Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf, were a crushing blow to Lt. Pete Mitchell.  Mitchell, known by call sign “Maverick,” already knew that Goose had been killed during a cockpit ejection.  It threw the F-14 pilot’s life into a tailspin.  Although the board of inquiry clears Maverick of responsibility, he feels guilty for Goose's death, losing his own aggressiveness for flying. Maverick, whose “…ego was writing checks his body can’t cash,” refused to get back into the saddle.

The movie? Top Gun.  Soon after graduating from fighter weapons school, Maverick, along with  Iceman/Slider and wingmen Hollywood/Wolfman, were deployed back to sea aboard the USS Enterprise to deal with a crisis situation. Their orders were to defend a communication ship which had become disabled in enemy waters and to return fire if attacked by hostile Soviet assets in the area. Iceman and Hollywood were the first two US planes in the air, and they quickly encountered five Soviet M…

What's in Your Wallet?

Do you know what percentage of income the average person in Japan saves each year?  They sock away 18.2 percent of their annual income. In contrast, the average American SPENDS $1.33 for every $1.00 earned.

This boat won’t float for long.

Proverbs 6:6-8 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  The ant, it has no commander, no overseer, no ruler, and yet it stores provisions in summer and it gathers its food at harvest.”

The ant instinctively saves for a “rainy” day. We also should exercise the sense to save. There are three “circumstances” we are going to put into practice for saving:

1. We are going to save for emergencies.  “What emergencies?” you may ask.  Your plumbing will back up, your car will break down, or someone in your family will get sick and go to the doctor.

2. We are going to save for purchases.  You may need a new couch; you may want to go on vacation. The idea is to save up and pay cash. We’ve just had Christmas, and you may not have eve…

What did that Cost?

Where are the people that have the money?  Just looking around at ourselves and our neighbors we see people that have the home, the car, the toys, the look, and the debt, but not the money.  Many Americans today are pretenders.  We are pretending to live a lifestyle that we cannot really afford.

Proverbs 13:7 says, “One man pretends to be rich, but in truth he has nothing.” Another verse, Proverbs 12:9, “Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.”  There are two groups of people in America; those that “have paid” and those that “have not paid…yet.”

The real differences between these two groups are the questions we ask. And, all too often, we as Americans have learned to ask the wrong questions.  What we tend to ask when buying something is, “how much money down is this going to take?”  And, “how much is it going to cost a month?”  Instead of asking “how much is the real cost?”

Another example is when someone walks into a business and a…