In addition to sharing some insights on the challenges facing America and a reminding us that God is our ultimate Commander in Chief, Colonel Richard Toliver tells the remarkable story of how God “woke him up” with a bolt of lightning when he was in a fighter jet at 20,000 feet. A decorated Top-Gun pilot, Colonel Toliver talks about his traumatic childhood and the incredible passion and focus on becoming a fighter pilot that lifted him out of his circumstances. He also transparently admits how that singular career passion made him lose sight of the things most important in his life–his wife, children, friends and God. Surviving the lightning bolt brought him to a new life in Jesus. He reminds us that whatever we may have encountered in life and whatever mistakes we may have made, we each have a God-designed purpose that our heavenly Father wants us to realize, but in order to realize that purpose we must first take any unresolved issues and burdens to the Cross and leave them there, trusting that Jesus can deal with them for us. Colonel Toliver ends with the key imperative to becoming all we were made to be–we must submit our passion to God and make our passion knowing Jesus and choosing to love God with all our heart.
Our brudder Steve Gilbert has a real heart for men–he is a gifted therapist specializing in families, addictions and men’s issues. Steve is also passionate about men understanding that we are not “orphans” who need to earn a place at their Father’s table–we are fully adopted sons of the King of the Universe, loved unconditionally by our Heavenly Father.
What is the key to living the abundant life Jesus promised us, no matter our circumstances? Tom McGehee lost his teenage son in a motorcycle accident. In this message he shares about looking for hope in all the wrong places and how he learned that surrender is the key to a life of eternal hope. Tom teaches that we fill our lives with things of the urgent. Yet, it is the things of the eternal that bring us life. Its all about your perspective and your choice to see the world not through your lens, but with God’s view.