Channeling your inner wolf


We have a 4-pound Chihuahua who thinks she is a lot bigger than she really is. Should she ever have a conflict with one of our other Chihuahuas, she will pull back her lips, bare her teeth and her ferocious growl is a fearsome thing. You don’t want to mess with her when she gets like this. It looks like she is getting ready to tear you limb from limb, and then you realize that she thinks she can.

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America (still) in crisis


Os Guinness’s observations and prophetic challenges about America and culture are so spot on, they remain true over time and something that needs to grab our attention more than just once. I am re-releasing a summary of an interview we did with him almost two years ago. We need to remember and be encouraged at how relevant what we are doing and talking about here at the Catch is to what is truly needed in the marketplace. This will also be a warm-up to our next interview with Os that will be coming soon. If you have any questions you would like me to ask Os in our that interview, please send them to me by replying to this email.

Os Guinness believes this is an exciting time to be alive. He believes America is at a crisis greater than any since the Civil War. And he believes that what America needs is what you and I have:

  1. truth,
  2. true freedom,
  3. love for those who are different, and
  4. a prayer connection with God.

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Grace riddle


Riddle: Once you get it, you have to give it; and if you can’t give it, you never got it. What is it?

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Changing the world


How do you change the world? By being different. By having a different reaction than the one that’s expected. By being what the world needs.

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Answering the big questions


I met with one of our board members for an early breakfast this morning and it helped me get my head back in the game after a trip around my annual spring training weekend in Arizona. It reminded me of a sports comic strip that has a baseball player in the outfield thinking, “Who am I? Where did I come from? What is the meaning of life?” In the next frame the other outfielder is yelling at him to get his head in the game. So in the final frame, he’s thinking, “Who will hit the ball to me? Where should I throw it? What is the official paid attendance?”

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Arizona weekend


With Nancy and Al Gonzalez

Well, I missed some of my first game on Friday. That was due to a one-hour time change I forgot about. Had it been two days later that time change would have been erased by the fact that Los Angeles went on daylight savings time on Sunday and Phoenix didn’t, putting them both on the same time for over half the year. But that hour, along with two big tractor-trailers colliding on Interstate 10 between Blythe and Phoenix putting them both on their sides in the center divider and slowing traffic to a one-lane crawl, cost me two innings of my first game.

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Arizona baseball


By the time you read this, I will be motoring east on Interstate 10 on the way to Tempe, Arizona for my annual Angels spring training weekend. I love this road trip. Being a creature of habit means my first stop will be for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs at the Steaks ’n’ Cakes in Blythe, California. Second stop will most likely be along the road somewhere between there and my destination to take a few pictures of the desert in bloom. With all the rain the Southwest has received this year, there should be rare wildflowers blooming everywhere. Certain strains of wildflowers can lie dormant for years and suddenly come to life with a wetter than normal rainy season such as we have had. I’m hoping to see an unusual display of color, even along the Interstate.

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Getting the right Jesus


When God moves upon a generation, divisions dissolve. Denominations become irrelevant. All that matters is: Do you know Jesus? Jesus is the central figure in the church, and, indeed, in all of human history. We measure the date by when Jesus was here. Nor is Jesus the sole possession of any particular group. No one has an inside track on Jesus. Jesus comes to us by way of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, which is how you know if you have the right Jesus.

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