Tag: hope

29
Dec

13 – Greg Medford on his life, knife making, philosophy and religion

On this New Year episode, I have a lengthy conversation with a brilliant man that I respect and admire.  Greg Medford is my guest of Medford Knife and Tool Co.  He has some different ideas about faith, religion and philosophy and gives strong opinion about it.  I present him to you in hopes that you will not shy away from hearing someone who knows what HE believes.  I believe that YOU should seek to believe as strongly in Jesus Christ as he does about his philosophies.

Music used with permission from IWillSpeakLife.com and Richard Smallwood and Vision’s “Total Praise”

16
Dec

11 – Star Wars, fiction, Science, and the Bible

Financial tip, science and faith, bible reading of Exodus, Star Wars

Music used with permission from I Will Speak Life©

Music used with permission from Harp 46©  Wild Mountain Thyme

09
Dec

10 – How to get your Christmas spirit back

Conversation with a former skinhead, Neo-nazi, biker now a Biker For Christ. Financial tip on listening to the internet for advice. Suicide prevention line 1-800-273-8255. How do you get the Christmas spirit back?  Bible reading continues from the book of Exodus  http://patreon.com/blanchardministrie

03
Dec

How to Speak Life When Someone Is Grieving

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:31

The ongoing theme of this podcast is to Speak Life to your situation. How do you “speak life” to someone going through the grieving process? Death is a part of life. Nobody likes it. It comes in all forms and never when you are ready. Grief is a part of the human experience, and we grieve not just for the person who has died, but also for the part of our life they take with them

Here are three suggestions on what to say when someone is grieving that is not insensitive, or cliché.

  1. I wish I had the right words, just know that I care.
  2. I don’t know how you feel, but know I am here to help in any way I can.
  3. If you want to talk, I’d love to listen. I’m here if you would like to talk about it.

 

I bring up the often gloomy subject of death, dying and dealing with loss. It is one of those few subjects that is always present just below the service but we rarely want to discuss.

150,000 people die every day. 90% of them die naturally.

I want you to live. One of the purposes of this show is to make you stronger, happier and better. So, to do that I wanted to cover this topic if possible to inoculate you if I could. When the issue of death comes up in your family or you hear about it from a friend, you will have some points of view and things to remember..

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins

What is it about death that scares us?

What is it about death that intrigues us?

Death is the great mystery. It may be a taboo subject, or it may be the most controversial topic I have been spoken publically about. We all must die.

There is no age requirement. It can happen at anytime.

“There are only three things for certain, trouble, death and taxes, this I know.” – Marvin Gaye

So we all must die, but how many of us truly live. What is life then? What is the meaning of life?

How do you know you are living a good life? Can you gauge it, measure it, and quantify it?

To die “naturally today in the U.S. usually means they died from heart disease, stroke, obesity, and aging. Infectious disease is in this equation somewhere and comes when we are weak.

In 2012, suicide took out more people than car crashes, followed by poisoning, and murder.

Death affects us differences. We grieve differently. It’s a loss. It’s guilt. It’s the realization. That we are mortal.

Grieving is a progress. How should we handle death? Should it be with remorse, or with a celebration?

I have learned that there are five stages of grief. They also happen at other times in our lives. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Denial is the first of the five stages of grief. It helps us to survive the loss. In this stage, the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming. Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial. We go numb. We wonder how we can go on, if we can go on, why we should go on. We try to find a way to simply get through each day. Denial and shock help us to cope and make survival possible.

Anger is a necessary stage of the healing process. The more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you will heal. We can get out of hand with the anger. The anger is just another indication of the intensity of your love.

Before a loss, it seems like you will do anything if only your loved one would be spared. “Please God, ” you bargain, “I will never be angry at my wife again if you’ll just let her live.” After a loss, bargaining may take the form of a temporary truce. “What if I devote the rest of my life to helping others. Then can I wake up and realize this has all been a bad dream?” We become lost in a maze of “If only…” or “What if…” statements. We want life returned to what is was; we want our loved one restored. We want to go back in time: find the tumor sooner, recognize the illness more quickly, stop the accident from happening…if only, if only, if only. Guilt is often bargaining’s companion. The “if only” cause us to find fault in ourselves and what we “think” we could have done differently. We may even bargain with the pain. We will do anything not to feel the pain of this loss. We remain in the past, trying to negotiate our way out of the hurt.

After bargaining, our attention moves squarely into the present. Empty feelings present themselves, and grief enters our lives on a deeper level, deeper than we ever imagined. This depressive stage feels as though it will last forever. It’s important to understand that this depression is not a sign of mental illness. It is the appropriate response to a great loss. We withdraw from life, left in a fog of intense sadness, wondering, perhaps, if there is any point in going on alone? Why go on at all? Depression after a loss is too often seen as unnatural: a state to be fixed, something to snap out of. To not experience depression after a loved one dies would be unusual. When a loss fully settles in your soul, the realization that your loved one didn’t get better this time and is not coming back is understandably depressing. If grief is a process of healing, then depression is one of the many necessary steps along the way.

Acceptance is often confused with the notion of being “all right” or “OK” with what has happened. This is not the case. Most people don’t ever feel OK or all right about the loss of a loved one. This stage is about accepting the reality that our loved one is physically gone and recognizing that this new reality is the permanent reality. We will never like this reality or make it OK, but eventually we accept it. We learn to live with it. It is the new norm with which we must learn to live. We must try to live now in a world where our loved one is missing. In resisting this new norm, at first many people want to maintain life as it was before a loved one died. In time, through bits and pieces of acceptance, however, we see that we cannot maintain the past intact. It has been forever changed and we must readjust. We begin to live again, but we cannot do so until we have given grief its time.

How do you handle death? Religions always have tried to explain it. I give you the views of several different ones on this episode.

I suggest that you handle death and those grieving with compassion and with your ears and your heart. Just listen. Don’t try to be or say anything. Just be a shoulder to cry on and a person. Don’t project your pain.

Death is a natural part of life. We collectively don’t handle it well. We tend to internalize it, allow it to eat at us and hurt us more. Understand that it is a process you learn to handle over time. Loss is a very big issue.

Loss is associated with irrational thoughts and behaviors. It comes from felling like we are out of control. The reality is that loss is inevitable.

How we choose to see things dictates how we’ll experience them. Would you rather see everything as precious or pointless?

I don’t know if I succeeded in helping you with this monologue on death, dying and loss. I would like to know what you think though.

 

It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

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02
Dec

9 – Real Men Follow Jesus

On episode 9, I would like to introduce a new feature that will give you information about keeping your money, and improving your finances.  To start it off this week we are talking credit cards.  You know those little things we can’t do without these days?  The podcast received 1000 downloads for the month and I estimate about 100 subscribers.  If you like the show will you leave it a positive review on Apple podcast or Google Play

 

Our weekly bible reading begins the book of Exodus, the second book of Moses.

 

I have a special guest on this week’s show.  His name is Paul G. Markel.  He is a good guy in my book.  He is an example of a Christian man that is not portrayed on TV and movies.  He is also a warrior, father, and husband.

 

He has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force.  He has a large internet presence under the name Student of the Gun. (SOTG)  In this conversation, he shares info on three books of the many he has penned.

 

·         Dad rules

·         Team Honey Badger

·         Faith the Patriot: a Belief Worth Fighting for

Last week I was pretty successful with my podcasting projects even though I am not real happy with the quality of the recordings that I dropped into my shows.  I hope you forgive me for that.  I think it was because I was off my normal schedule and wanted to produce everything before everybody came home for the holiday meal.

 

Thanksgiving day, I got a chance to go visit my son in his new place.  I am so proud of the man.  I fired up the van that I plan to have restored and made into an evangelical vessel for this podcast. And watched him play one of his favorite video games on a 60 inch tv.  Hard to believe how blessed we are.

 

Well I was getting ready to leave for dinner and jumped back in the van.  Reminded my son, not to be late for Thanksgiving Day dinner, put the key in the ignition and the van wouldn’t start.  It ran and ran.  I decided to ditch it for the day and hope that nobody would leave it sitting on blocks before I could get a tow truck to take it to my favorite mechanic.  We had to literally push this 8500 lb beast out of his driveway and onto the street.  I was praying as I pushed this thing that it would hug the curb and be in a safe place.  The Lord provided.   I jumped in the car with my son and we arrived home to eat dinner with my wife and daughter that had been cooking for 24 hrs. I believe.  My daughter’s boyfriend and son came over later after we were patting our bellies and loosening our belts. 

 

Well, looks like the fuel pump is gone, the sensors need to be replaced, something wrong with the transmission, the Serpentine belt needs replacement, it needs new rims, and a radio but I still like this vehicle.  It’s paid for.  It is a beast.  And after I get all the mechanical stuff fixed its going to get the facelift so that it can be wrapped to market and evangelize.  http://gofundme.com/speaklifepodcast

 

Thank you for being with me.

25
Nov

8 – How To Handle Loneliness

All of us go through periods of loneliness.  This time of year it can be chronic.  Here’s some tips to help you get through this season.  Introducing a group the Lord sent me called Speak Life. iwillspeaklife.com Our bible reading continues and concludes with the story of Joseph in Genesis.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Hello Holiday Season.

 

 

 

23
Nov

Secrets of a happily married man [podcast 7]

On this episode of the Speak Life Podcast I share some thoughts I call “Exposing the Secrets of A Happily Married Man”
You can get the Kindle version here http://a.co/diLX7mM its not a pretty book, but all the text I spoke can be found there if you want it.

In our Bible reading, we continue with the story of Joseph of Genesis.

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We are still fundraising for the van. http://gofundme.com/speaklifepodcast

1 Peter 3:7
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

Prayer

Thank You Lord for the gift of my dear wife.

Help me to be the husband that You would have me be – to encourage her and love her as Christ loved the church and to think of her needs and wishes before my own.
Let me, make me, be a encouragement in her life and her covering of protection from the evils of this world. Help me to be sensitive to her needs – knowing that I have often not realized that some of my actions and attitudes have come across as uncaring….

Father, You are love. We are not. Help us to remember that it’s not our job to get it right all of the time. We are created in Your image but we are not You and cannot love, or receive love, perfectly. Bless our marriages with a camaraderie of seeking You above each other, in trust that You hear us, love us, and are capable of the impossible.

Lord, teach me to be a good husband – a man that is prepared to lead and to listen – a man that is prepared to carry out my duties, both wisely and lovingly – for I desire to take on the role that You have ordained for me in our marriage, in a manner that is well-pleasing in Your sight, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

 

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10
Nov

6 – Guns Don't Kill People, Depression Kills People

Shout out to my brothers from MSG Det Am Embassy London 82-83  Happy Birthday Marines, Happy Veterans Day.

 

Depression and the silence of men in pain is my subject this week.  I have a talk with a professional mental health friend and contributor to the show Dr. Dave.  

 

 

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the podcast is now on google play, stitcher and iTunes of course, a app is being developed for us specifically.  if there is a feature you would like on it please let me know ASAP

 

I am also working on a very special course on church security with some friends of mine in the business of protection, its going to be a presentation, a webinar and probably one of the biggest projects I have ever done.  If you or someone you know might be interested in it please subscribe to our email list so I can pass on the info as it comes, 

 

I am also working on a cigar night fellowship in Maryland, details to come.

 

we are still raising money for the van, please visit gofundme.com/speaklifepodcast  and see what I am talking about.

 

07
Oct

Rebranding

“Speak Life” Explodes Stereotypes of Firearms, Religion & Race

 

 

Kenn Blanchard’s new podcast – “Speak Life” – is a must for every man and woman who wears a badge, owns a gun, hunts and believes freedom is life’s first right.

 

“Speak Life” takes an unconventional, corrective and spiritual approach to understanding and redefining the most demonized, trivialized and misunderstood sectors of today’s society. It speaks to and about law enforcement, the firearms owner community, as well as outdoorsmen and women. It tackles tough issues and brings a unique understanding to misconceived stereotypes including unnecessarily contentious race relations.

 

“Speak Life” exposes for all to see the spiritual core of each constituent group that is too often ignored and denied by the national media, politicians in both Parties, academia, the business community, and institutional religion.

“Speak Life” is a no-holds-barred assault on fear, misconceptions and prejudice against the law enforcement, military, and civilian firearms owner/outdoors hunting communities. It’s straight talk designed to make every listener think and reevaluate commonly held but falsely coined perceptions.

Kenn Blanchard is unconventional.

Kenn Blanchard is a former Marine and former law enforcement officer. He spent nearly 30 years as a security and counter-terror specialist, operative, and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He is a firearms activist, trainer, and public speaker who shared a stage with U.S. President Donald Trump. He lobbied and testified on firearms rights before the United States Congress as well as state legislatures in Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and Maryland.

His dedication to truth and freedom earned him the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom Award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award and the St. Gabriel Possenti Medal from the St. Possenti Society. He’s worked with the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA), the American Shooting Sports Council, the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the National Rifle Association and the CATO Institute.

He founded the 10th Cavalry Gun Club honoring the men, labeled “Buffalo Soldiers” who fought throughout the nation’s military history. His tenacity defending his beliefs is derived from the definition of the “Buffalo Soldiers” coined by Cheyenne warriors as men who fought like a cornered buffalo, who suffered wound after wound but would not die.

He confronts racial stereotypes head-on using – “Black Man with a Gun” – as the title for his successful earlier podcasts and website.

Most important, he is a husband, a father, and an ordained minister.

“Speak Life” can be heard on itunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/speak-life-making-sense-of-things-eternal/id1292993928

 

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