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September 11, 2012

Never Forget

by pastortimfowler

Honoring Victims of 9/11

THANK YOU!!! This goes out to all who serve the public. Military, police, firefighters, medical first responders and anyone else who puts their own well-being on the back burner in times of others needs. This has been happening for years, well before the attacks on 9-11, 11 years ago. People have been serving the public and sacrificing long before this happened and sadly, it took a tragedy like this to have our eyes opened to these daily heroes.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center building. I was backing out of my driveway when the radio broke the news that an unknown explosion had taken place in NYC and that early reports from witnesses said it was a plane that had crashed into the building. I immediately pulled back into my drive and went in to watch the news, only to turn on the TV in time to see the second plane crash into the second building. It was then that everyone realized that this was not a terrible accident, but was probably something deliberate. As I watched in horror, the third and forth planes crashed and even more lives were lost and I began to pray for my wife who was in Charlotte. I did not know if this was something that was going to happen all across the country or was confined to a region. All I knew is that my wife was in a city with tall buildings and I was scared.
The news continued and I saw the first tower fall. Something inside of me knew that thousands of people were now dead. I began to pray and to cry and as I did, it was not long before the second tower fell and the pain inside grew worse. My only comfort was that I had heard from my wife and that she was okay. But meanwhile, I could only think of those who had died and those who were going to mourn for their loss.
Prior to the towers collapse, I saw footage of police and firefighters and EMS workers running into the burning buildings. I was overwhelmed with pride for their heroic actions. I thought about how many times they must have done that and how many times the lives of those in peril were saved because of their actions. This time, although there were some who made it out and the heroics were not for nothing, many never made out, including those who were going in to rescue the perishing.
Since that tragic day, as often as I can, I say thanks to everyone who serves the public as a first responder or military. If I have the money, I buy their lunch. If I have the time I tell them how much I appreciate everything they do on a daily basis and I shake their hands. I pray for their safety as often I they come to mind in my daily prayer time. I still weep when I hear of one of them loosing their life while trying to save someone else. I get really angry when I hear people who unfairly criticize police, firefighters and EMS as well as the military. Like in every other walk of life, there are those who don’t deserve the honor of the job because of abuse or corruption, but over all, those who work in these jobs are amazing people who deserve nothing but praise and prayers.
So again I say thanks to all who serve in the unselfish and sacrificial ways as public servants and military. Your sacrifices are known by many and appreciated and never forgotten. I pray for your safety and your families and for God’s grace on your lives. 9-11 is a constant reminder of the fact that there is evil in the world, but it is an even greater reminder that Christ’s words are forever true. Matthew 23:11-12
11 The person who is greatest among you will be your servant.
12 Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored.

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October 12, 2011

Dru To Be Daddy

by pastortimfowler

I just heard today that a good friend of mine Dru, and his wife are expecting a baby. It is one of the sweetest times a couple can ever share. There is something about that news that never gets old and almost always brings great joy to those who hear it. I thought that I would give a few bits of advice to my friend and you can feel free to share it with others who are new-found parents.
First: prepare for the next few months to be crazy, but remember it is only nine months. Pregnant women are moody. They want to eat weird food at all hours and then cry because they are gaining weight, even if the doctor says she is right on track. If you tell her she is showing, she will cry, if you don’t, she will say you don’t care. You can’t win, so get use to it.
Second: prepare for lots of sleepless nights. Babies will cry and do their best to mix up their nights and days and you will suffer the loss. But, this only lasts a few months and pretty soon they will they figure out that sleeping is far better than the stupid things you will try to do to keep them quite and put them back to sleep.
Third: enjoy the baby years because the terrible twos are, well about two years away. Once a child begins to walk and talk they also learn to play one parent against the next. They learn manipulation and mind control and can and will embarrass when you least expect it.
Forth: Children always grow up but they never go away. NEVER.
Fifth: This is the greatest experience you will ever experience. You can only fully understand this when you look back in 20 years and every hard time will be worth it and every laugh will be louder and every tear will be worth it.
The Bible says that children are a blessing straight from God. If there is anything that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is this. Children are the greatest source of joy, the greatest source of love and the greatest thrill of you life, so enjoy it. They grow up way too fast. But if you are as blessed as I am, you will get the greater blessing of grand-children.
Congratulations! Life as you know will soon cease to exist.