In the 1930’s, William Beebe and Otis Barton teamed up for the design, testing and maiden voyage of the Bathysphere, a unique spherical deep-sea submersible vessel that had to withstand pressure 3000 feet below the surface of the ocean. It was a precursor for submersibles like the Bathyscaphe that ventured to depths of 30,000 feet in the Marianas Trench. At that depth, the vessel had to withstand 1.2 metric tons per square centimeter – that is like 1600+ elephants standing on the roof of a small car. If there is not an equal opposing pressure from the inside, the car collapses.
Homes today are under immense pressure. The elephants show up in ...read on
It is so easy to take blessings for granted – Good health, marriage, family, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the freedom we have in Jesus the Christ. With the 24/7 news cycle, hyperbole is the norm coming at us across all media platforms. Keeping a healthy perspective requires discipline to navigate through the noise and embrace the blessings of life, to be thankful.
It was like a punch in the gut. His wife shared that their daughter saw him as unapproachable sometimes - She had expressed a feeling of intimidation through his voice and demeanor. The little girl Dad cherished so much was not even comfortable in talking with him. He anticipated the father-daughter relationship might get strained during the teenage years but not to this degree.
The blessing was that she voiced her fear to her mother. Often times the home environment is not conducive to such honest expression with either parent and such feelings can go unresolved for years. In this case, Dad had ...read on
He had spent 15 years trying to prove himself a man on his own terms, independent of his dad. Dad had not made his high school graduation, his college graduation or his wedding. That was okay because he really did not want him there anyway – He did not need his dad. Then his daughter was born and he realized that in spite of his efforts to distance himself from the father-son relationship, they now had something in common – They were both dads. Click HERE to view this testimony of reconciliation.
A son needs his father or a father-figure. Time gets by and wounds do not heal themselves. This is a call to dads and teenage sons – Commit ...read on
Commit a weekend to invest in the relationship with your son or daughter. You know how quick time gets by. There are only a few years left with them under your roof and their schedule is at least as busy as yours. Yet they still spell love T I M E – that is quantity time with you Dad.
You have heard my reference to the jar of 936 marbles. I like to give new dads a jar of marbles when Mom and baby come home from the hospital. There are 936 weekends between birth and age 18. Removing a marble each Sunday provides a visual of how quick time can get by. At age 15 there are only ...read on
His event had been dominated for four decades by the Western Roll, a high-jumping technique that took athletes to new heights - Six foot, eight inches won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics and Charles Dumas cleared the elusive 7-foot height twenty years later. But at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Dick Fosbury introduced his unconventional Fosbury Flop and won the gold medal clearing 7 foot, 4¼ inches. His technique has dominated the event from that day forward. Dick Fosbury ‘raised the bar’ for high-jumping and new world records, now over eight foot.
On the fathering front, the technique that dominated early ...read on
MVP Fathers is a high-energy event designed to recharge dads. Godly wisdom will be shared by four dynamic speakers – view a short promo video by clicking HERE. Von Won will emcee the evening and Vincente Ibarra will provide worship.
Join other dads for an evening with Melvin Adams, Harlem Globetrotter; Buddy Griffin, Author & speaker; Mike Rosas, Houston Rockets Chaplain; and myself. MVP stands for being ...read on
He lost his dad suddenly to a heart attack. The only thing that bothered him after the services was how his kids adored their grandfather. Particularly the oldest daughter. His intent was to set the record straight on the kind of man her grandpa was but before he could, his daughter spoke of a discussion she had with him at a critical juncture in her life. It was a discussion she was scared to address with her own dad. Grandpa listened and then reminded her how much her dad loved her. He said there was nothing she could do to change that and encouraged her to go talk with her dad. The conversation ...read on
The founding fathers wrote the document with quite a vision for the nation yet John Adams said, “Our constitution was written for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Sure enough, things got pretty ugly for the nation in the mid-1800’s but at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln provided perspective in reminding people that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”
The devil likes to present a different perspective ...read on
Our Houston Astros have racked up a number of Most Valuable Player awards over the past year – Jose Altuve was MVP of the American League; Justin Verlander was MVP of the 2017 American League Championship Series; George Springer was MVP of the 2017 World Series; and Alex Bregman was named MVP of the 2018 All Star game! While accepting the individual awards, each player pointed to the MVP performance by the team as a whole including Manager A.J. Hinch, General Manager Jeff Luhnow, President Reid Ryan and Owner Jim Crane. Go Stros!
Houston also has a number of MVP fathers. MVP stands for ...read on