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PTSD AND ME: CPL CRAIG SILVERSON’S STORY

My friend Craig Silverson is a Canadian veteran of Afghanistan and a brother in the faith. I admire his courage. You can follow Craig on Twitter at @CraigSilverson and on his website FAITHPLATOON.COM We reached our objective shortly after 1100 hrs and dismounted from our vehicle. We proceeded on foot. Moral was good and that’s always a bonus. Everything seemed familiar. Nothing that we hadn’t already done before. Routine. This would change in a fraction of a second. With tremendous speed, a streak appeared overhead. Immediately I felt tension in my chest and all sound was removed. I braced for the concussion. Nothing. They say you never hear the one that gets you. I knew I was alive. I quickly…
Bob Jones
September 3, 2014
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3 THINGS I LEARNED FROM A MARATHON MOMMA

You become what you are committed to. Commitment may develop you or it may destroy but it most certainly will define you. When you talk about commitment think of Mount Hiei, Japan - home to the "Tendai" or  "Marathon Monks." The Tendai are required to run "The Kaihogo" - that's why they are known as the “Marathon Monks.” Incredible Commitment "The Kaihogyo" is a 1,000-day running challenge the monks undertake over seven years. In the 7th year they must run two full marathons, everyday, for 100 consecutive days, wearing only paper shoes. (See below for full details of the seven year Challenge) The sheer volume of running is incredible but there is one final aspect that makes The Kaihogyo unlike…
Bob Jones
August 13, 2014
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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

The queue had stretched out of the Bosnian bakery and onto the street. Starving, war-shattered survivors were lining up for their daily bread. It was 4pm, May 27th, 1992 – one month into the siege of Sarajevo. Suddenly a mortar shell fell directly into the middle of the bread line, obliterating 22 lives. A hundred yards away lived a 37-year-old man - Vedran Smajlovic. Before the war he had been the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera Company. When he saw the massacre outside his window, he rushed to the scene and was overcome with grief at the carnage. Driven by anguish, he decided to take action. He did the only thing he could do. He made beautiful music. Beautiful…
Bob Jones
June 22, 2014
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ARE YOU BUSY LIKE JESUS?

There’s been lots of buzz about “busy” being bad. “Simplify your life." "Learn to say, 'No'." "Don't settle for busy.” Busy, Not Bad I try to follow Jesus’ example in my life. Jesus was VERY busy. Oh yes he was. For example, when his cousin and friend John the Baptist had just been beheaded, Jesus tried to go to an isolated place to mourn, but the crowds beat him there. What did he do? He got busy healing their sick – one at a time - and then he served them all dinner. Only then, in the evening, did he get a chance to be alone. Even that was interrupted. He ends up taking a short-cut – straight across a…
Bob Jones
June 18, 2014
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10 IRRESISTIBLE ASPECTS OF JERUSALEM

In January 2014, I sat in Row B at IMAX for a one-of-a-kind, 3D immersion into parts of Jerusalem and the Holy Land that most tourists and pilgrims never see. I was hooked. Over the past three decades I've always declined invitations to lead a tour to Israel. Not that I don't revere "the Holy Land" but I never felt compelled to travel there. Now, Jerusalem had become irresistible. Within a week of viewing the film we booked a tour to Israel and Jordan with International Tours. We're going back again in March 2019 and you could join us. 10 Irresistible Things About Israel and Jerusalem 1. Jerusalem, not Toronto, is the center of the Universe. Jerusalem lies close to…
Bob Jones
January 26, 2014
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11 IMAGES THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK

This will take you 60 seconds and it may be the best minute of your day. Look at each picture. Read each caption. See what they can do for your outlook on life. Let me know which one is your favorite. 1. A platoon of Marines shaved their heads in support of the niece of one of the Marines who has cancer. 2. Perfect definition of friendship. 3. The compassion of children is an unbelievable thing. 4. Haircuts for the homeless by an 82 year old. 5. Learning empathy in life's kindergarten. 6. Eight years of rigorous training...a Championship football game...or saving the life a stranger? 7. After he went to war two separate times and lost all 4 limbs,…
Bob Jones
January 19, 2014
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16 Profound Statements You Need to Hear

16 profound statements you need to hear. There is something in one or all of them for you. They take less than 60 seconds to read but their influence can have unlimited potential in your life. 1. "No word from God will ever fail." Gabriel 2. "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Jesus 3. The happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. 4. "You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept." Jesus 5. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. 6. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost…
Bob Jones
November 25, 2013