Friday Men’s Group 4/28/23

Aurora Borealis – Yukon River Alaska
Marc Adamus – National Geographic

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7

Hi Men:

In light of the verse above, I love what Ken Boa stated, “Since I am IN Christ, God has implanted His light, glory, and power within me.”  How glorious is that!

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights have been on display, especially in the month of April, so I thought it might be appropriate to revisit it.  The photo above is not one of them, but I liked it so much I just had to include it.

So…….. What causes the Northern Lights? 

Most of you already know it when our Sun emits a solar flare or a coronal mass ejection (CME) and these charged particles head toward earth creating a geomagnetic storm.  If the mass of particles is large enough, it could be “very” dangerous and potentially cause trillions of dollars of damage.  The largest geomagnetic storm (space weather) in recorded history happened in 1859, the Carrington Event, and people could see the Northern Lights even at the equator!  Telegraphs caught fire, even though they were turned off.  If the Carrington Event happened today, it would be a multitrillion dollar disaster causing some of the following:  * Electrical Shorts  * Fires  * Explosions  * Blackouts  * Loss of our communication infrastructure and other stuff.  Heck, you might not be able to facetime, see a hockey game or check the latest political news…… maybe for months!  That might be just enough to make a person jump off Hoover Dam…….  😊 

Here’s a video if interested: Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? (YouTube 9 Mins) 

For certain explanations, I like Kurzgesagt.  They are a team of illustrators, animators, number crunchers who aim to spark curiosity about science and the world we live in. They say, “To us, nothing is boring if you tell a good story.”

Solar Storms remind me of Isaiah 45:7
“The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.”
To reflect on how God created all this is just mind-boggling……. And for now, He is holding it all back with His hand of restraint


My new Hawaiian buddy, Rudy

As I have time, I have been getting my backyard in shape.  A buddy of mine who is a master arborist said I should pick up this very effective plant food at a chemical company that supplies the hotels, etc.  I took his advice and on Wednesday drove down and walked up to the warehouse entrance.  A big guy greeted me and said I need to go to the front and create the order and pay.  I did that and walked back to the warehouse.  The big guy put it on a cart, walked me to my car and loaded it in the back.  I gave him a big tip and he was so surprised and tried to refuse it, but I insisted.  He said God Bless and that’s all it took.  I asked if he was a man of faith and he told me his story.  He’s Hawaiian and spent time in prison there.  All kinds of stuff happened to him in prison, even being stabbed.  But they passed out King James Bibles (KJV) but he didn’t open it until he got a note from his dad to just “open it son!”  Everything changed for him.  It seems clear that God touched this brother in prison, because he appeared to have inner joy!

To cut to the chase, I gave his a Steps to Peace with God and explained that it was the Gospel.  He said it was giving him goosebumps just talking about it and wants to go over it with his nephew, so I gave him one more.  The Million Dollar Gospel of John really got to him……. More goosebumps 😊  Then I remembered I had a new Bible that I was going to give a gal in the plant department of Home Depot.  I said, “Hey Rudy, I have something I think the Lord wants me to give you.”  I went to the back seat and pulled out the Bible and gave it to him.  “Rudy, would you and your wife be willing read this together?”  He said he would and started to cry.  He also said when I arrived in the warehouse, he was officially on his lunch break and sensed that he should talk to me.  “Dan, I know now, why God wanted me to meet you.” 

I can tell you one thing, this Hawaiian can give a serious bear hug!  I will head back next week and visit with him again.  Who knows, Lord willing you may even see him at Zion Boot Camp!  Men, the opportunities to be an image-bearer for Christ are everywhere.  Please be faithful to those opportunities!

Abiding in Him,
(Gal 2:20)

Two great devotionals to ponder…….
As Walt states below,  “I have walked with Jesus for almost 60 years, and had hoped that there would be some abatement in the perniciousness of sin. But I am chagrined to confess that such is not the case, at least in my life..” 

Escape from Reality and Perceiving Reality – Red Book Day 120-1
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

Solomon said, “As a man thinks, so is he

Please pray for the Great Lakes Men’s Retreat
It started last night.  April 27-29

Pray for the men and the speakers.



Men:  Please allocate some time to listen to this message given at Lost Valley last month!
Click Here or on the graphic below:

by Lee Yih

Please read Lee’s short blog re: Romans 16.  I have been on his studies and last Saturday was so good.

The Apostle Paul cared about and loved people. He had relationships as described in the first half of Romans 16.  Paul was in the “People Business,” because God is in the people business.

Are you in the People Business?

Responding in Darkness  –  The Light of Thinking Supernaturally


Men:   This Messianic Rabbi is very good at explaining Biblical Truth

In the April Knights of Columbus magazine, Columbia, Archbishop William E Lori said the following:

The Church [Catholic Church] encourages all to read, study and pray over the sacred Scriptures. Not everyone can be a Scripture scholar, but each of us can learn to read the Bible prayerfully and listen to the Lord speaking. Saint Jerome famously said that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Conversely, as we immerse ourselves in Scripture, and do so with a heart that is pure, thankful and receptive, we will encounter Christ. Then then, filled with joy, we will recognize Jesus “in the breaking of the bread.”

What’s interesting about this quote…… of all the numerous Catholics that I have visited with over the years, I have yet to have one say that they were encouraged to read the Bible.  And……. Not one has ever been able to clearly explain the Gospel.  When I started to read the Bible myself is when I was faced with many conundrums in relation to Catholic Doctrine and Dogma.  If interested you may want to read about a few I encountered (scroll down) E²