Posted by: Rolf | September 12, 2017

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How do I shop at Amazon Smile?

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Which products on “Amazon Smile” are eligible for charitable donations?  

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How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

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Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on “Amazon Smile”?

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Thank you…for your support of “International Ambassadors for Christ”. Through your investment, prayers and partnership you are helping to reach men and women in leadership positions here in Chicago and in China with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is an honor and a privilege to work in a ripe and ready harvest with you.

“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35

See you at the first tee…

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Posted by: Rolf | July 4, 2017

Trump Golf Rules

Donald “Donnie” Trump plays by his “own rules” when he plays golf and they are “fantastic.”

Introducing Donnie showing his “partners” the way to get the “job” done.

He hits a nice “tee shot” at Hole Number 1 at the “2012 AT&T National Pro-Am” tournament.

 

And President Trump driving “whenever “and “wherever” and “however” he wants on his own golf is “classic” alpha “male” dominance.

 

Once the video went “viral” on the Internet, stories began to “flood” in about Donnie’s golf “antics.”

I’m “obsessed” with Donnie establishing his “own” rules. Let’s “break” them down.

  1. Trump drives wherever he wants.

I mean, yeah, “duh.” Imagine when Trump “rolls” up and sees those cart “arrow signs” pointing away from the green?

No worries. Donnie just “laughs” at those signs.

He probably plays a little “side wagers” to sees how many greens he can “run over” during a round.

I’m sure he takes carts into “bunkers,” steps out, “flips” his ball on the green, “hops” back in and drives on the “green” to make his putt.

Why “wouldn’t he?”

  1. Trump plays through anyone who’s in front of him.

I’ve never heard of a “savage” move like this but I’m “obsessed” with it. Genius.

Never “dawned” on me to just play “through,” without warning everyone in “front” of you.

Play at your “own pace.” No one else “matters.”

Going to have to “adopt” this rule. It’s a no “brainer.”

  1. Trump has the honor on every rule no matter what.

The first one, driving “wherever” you want? Asserting “dominance” on the course. You “own” that property.

“Macho move.”

The second one, playing through “anyone and everyone” that happens to be in front of you?

Asserting “dominance” against all other “people” on the course.

And this last one, hitting “first” on every tee? No “matter” what?

That’s asserting “dominance” against your playing “partners.”

Oh, you made “birdie” against my “bogey?” Get out of the way. “I’m up.”

 

“#PowerMovesOnly” from President Trump. He never “fails.” He doesn’t make “bogey.”

 

See you at the first tee…

Posted by: Rolf | June 27, 2017

Immortalized in Mural

Tiger is not “escaping” his recent DUI “mug shot” any time soon.

At “least” not if mural artist “Lushsux” has any say in the matter.

Sorry Tiger, but this one’s “pretty darn good.”

What beautiful “piece of art” that is. Tiger might not be “happy” about that but he “should” be and I’ll “tell” you why.

You know the “old” Reggie Jackson quote, “Fans don’t boo nobodies?”

Well they sure don’t make “giant” murals of “nobodies” either. That’s not a thing.

You never “ever” see a “mural” and ask yourself “Who is that?”

You always know “exactly” who it is. You gotta be “somebody” for someone to buy a bunch of “paint” and then spend hours upon hours “painting” your face on the side of a building.

 

So Tiger can take “solace” in that fact. I mean, would Tiger likely “prefer” his celebration after making a “putt” be replicated in “mural” form?

Of course.

But when you’re a “legend” like Tiger sometime you can’t “control” the type mural you get.

Again, they don’t make murals of “nobodies.”

 

Who knows, maybe the “GOAT” will want one for his “personal” collection.  Right next to the “fist pumps.”

See you on the first tee…

Posted by: Rolf | June 18, 2017

Father’s Day 2017

Open Letter to all Men

There is a crisis of manhood in the Christian church.  It has become so obvious to me lately. Five couples I know are having marital problems. In each case, it is the husband that is at fault.  It is no wonder though with the assault on manhood in American Society. All you have to do is watch TV for a little while and you will notice domineering women and wimpy men who are insecure and inept. The characterization of manhood by the media is definitely unbiblical and anti-Christian. In fact, it is creeping into the church and the existence of women pastors is one of the signs of the failure of men in the Christian church to do their job.

There simply aren’t enough Pastors who teach the biblical model of Christian manhood. And Christian men too often are resting in the comfort of their churches, their homes, and their jobs to grow spiritually, not to mention be leaders. Too many are becoming lax, apathetic, and spiritually atrophied. For some men, their lives are so comfortable, so routine that spiritual testing and growth are things they read about in books and taking risks for the Lord is an uncommon idea. Mission work is something that “others” do. Evangelism is for those who are “gifted in that area.” Comfort can be a killer for the church and for us men. It can make us lazy and it can bleed over into other areas of our lives. Let me ask you men something: “Are you willing to take risks for God?  Is it in your heart to do that?”

At the “Church at the top of the Hill”, the parking lot is filled with new cars and mini vans. The people happily walk into church. Some are talking on their cell phones as they move towards the large building. Others approach are chuckling and laughing. They are well dressed, well fed, and quite comfortable. They drop their kids off in the Sunday School classes and head to the air conditioned church and sit in the cushioned chairs. The worship music is very well done and the message is polished. Very nice. Very comfortable. Very routine. Very blessed. But, this time the pastor has an announcement before the people are dismissed and he introduces an old friend he went to Bible college with.

A man dressed in out-of-style clothes walks up to the pulpit.  He looks at the congregation. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he says.

“I come from a small town in China where I do mission work. The population is about 5,000. The people there are under educated and often don’t have enough food to eat. AIDS is also prevalent. The weather is hot and we don’t have electricity all the time. But, the people are good and they want to know about Jesus. There are cults trying to move into the town and are offering food and literature. Many are taking it and being misled. But, I am only one man and I can’t stop it.

“I am here to ask for help. Is there anyone who would join me in this small town to labor to bring the gospel to these people? You can come for a week or two. Or if not, is there anyone here who would care to donate money to fund the work of another missionary to this small town? I need your help desperately. I cannot do it alone. I will be standing at the back of the church if anyone wants to talk to me. God bless.”

If you were sitting in the church listening, what would your reaction be? Are you threatened by the idea of such a commitment to go or to help. Would donating funds mean you couldn’t get something you’ve been wanting and that would make you uncomfortable? If so, perhaps you are becoming spiritual dry, spiritually atrophied, and your priorities are out of place. But, then again, would you want to do something if you could? Would you feel the pull of godly opportunity tug at your heart?  I hope so. Either way, this small story can help you discover yourself and it can get you to see that change might be necessary. Change down deep is where it begins. Sometimes we men need it straight. Sometimes we need to be told to get our eyes back on Jesus.

The illustration above is a round-about way to offer a challenge to see where you are and what your priorities are as men. So, I have a question for you Christian men who are married. Let’s bring it home to reality. Are you leading your family in regular devotions? Now, I’m not talking about having a devotion every single night with a regimented routine of systematic theology. I’m talking about regular prayer with your family, maybe at dinner time, or reading the Bible with them, and guiding them. They are your primary mission field. Are you doing that with them? If you are, great! But, if you aren’t, then repent right now, confess your sin to the Lord, and start leading your family. I don’t care if it isn’t comfortable. Do it. You can’t be leaders in the church and workers for God if your family is left to spiritually fend for themselves.

The dinner table is a great place to have devotions. Also, I recommend that when you and your wife retire for the evening, read a Psalm to her in bed. You must lead.  You certainly don’t have to be perfect. But, you must realize that the man in the family is the head of the family and he is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the family. Your wife is not responsible for this. You are!  It is your responsibility. You are the captain of the ship and God will hold you accountable for that ship. Guide it with love, truth, and service.

Now if your wife is not Christian and regular devotions are not possible, then pray for her, love her, be patient with her, and lift her up to the Lord. Let her see Jesus in you, in your humility, love, and patience. Wash dishes for her. Take her out to dinner.  Don’t point out her faults. Buy her flowers. Love her with actions and words! Read 1 Corinthians 13 and apply it.

I have a question for you Christian men who are not married. Are you seeking to be shaped by God to become men who honor God in your lives? The Lord desires that you become godly men who honor and glorify God in your lives. You see, the primary reason for marriage is not for your pleasure, not for companionship, and not to have children. The primary reason for marriage is to bring glory to God and you cannot do this if you are harboring sin and selfishness.

Men, if you have sins of lust, sexual impurity, pornography, lying, lying, laziness, etc., then confess them to the Lord. Turn from them. Do NOT become lazy about sin and your battle against it. Do NOT become complacent. Do NOT give in to the lust and pride. Humble yourselves before God and man. Commit in your heart to do what is right, to be honest, men of integrity, humble, truthful, faithful, kind, and gentle. Yet, at the same time, be men who are strong in the Lord, bold in the faith, and ready to serve your families and friends. It isn’t always easy, but it is always right.

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”  2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 NIV

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Posted by: Rolf | June 15, 2017

Future of Tiger Woods

It’s often said and there are “variations” on the theme of saying “Once you hit rock bottom” that’s where you “perfectly” stand; that’s your chance of “restarting” the right way.

Others recognize that “humiliation” is a component of being at “rock bottom.”

Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar organizations incorporate the “recognition” of a need to “hit and acknowledge” rock bottom as being a very real “component or prerequisite” for many who decide to “turn their lives around.”

Whatever is “going on” in Tiger Woods’ life, despite his “wealth,” he certainly appears to be “standing” at rock bottom.

 

He could easily, judging from the level of impairment evidenced in the video, be sitting in a jail cell right now on manslaughter charges, his reputation ruined, perhaps dead himself or crippled and never able to return to golf. 

He needs to “recognize” the second, third or whatever number of “chance this is for him, and have a “serious” talk with himself about ending the “destructive” behavior.

Woods has a lot of “experience” with prescription pain “medications” so he knows what they’re “capable” of doing. He made a “mistake” getting behind the wheel but also in “taking” the pills.

The impaired “judgment” permeates many facets of life and makes itself “evident” in various degrees.

This “overdose,” however it took place, is likely not a “mistake” that he even recalls making but the “consequences” are real.

The need to “face” his own need for drastic “change” is real.

He’s been to “rehab” before, which was likely treated as a “crutch” to get him back out into the same “behaviors” as before, just something he had to do to “appease” the public.

This time around he needs to be “sincere” and to take “action” for himself and his children.

It’s a “tough” thing to do, with his judgment being “impaired” and getting beyond the “acute” situation and the “denial” that usually accompanies such downfalls.

But Woods doesn’t have a “choice.” He needs to make this “incident” the rock bottom that he stands on to “turn” his life around.

He’s a “rich” man but he’s lacking something that “money” can’t buy. Right now he’s probably very “embarrassed” which is a good thing. He needs to “channel” that embarrassment into a “meaningful” change.

Here’s the breathalyzer video. “Keep blowing keep blowing keep blowing keep blowing.”

 

Tiger when asked his hair color: “Mostly brown and fading.” What a GOAT.

The “intervention” by these police officers“prevented” him from making a “serious and life altering” mistake that would have “impacted” himself and others. He can’t “count” on the same favorable “outcome” happening again.

Twelve step “programs” work and there are other “options.” Doing nothing and “continuing” down the road to “disaster” can’t be one of them.

It’s not a matter of “judging” him; it’s just the “reality of where he is and what he must do.”

“I haven’t felt this good in years. As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry. But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.” Future Senior Golfer Tiger Woods.

John Daly voiced his “support” for Tiger Woods saying the best way to “hush” critics after his DUI arrest is “to get back on the golf course.”

In a brief interview with TMZ Sports, Daly expressed “sympathy” for his old golfing pal.

“Tiger probably didn’t think he was feeling that bad. I feel bad for the guy. He’s gone through all these surgeries. I’m not saying because he’s an athlete he should get away with it.”

 

Daly’s “sage advice” to the beleaguered Woods?  “Get back on the golf course, man. This stuff will pass. It always does.”

Daly knows what it “feels” like to be in Woods’s position. His own “unflattering” mug shot was released to the “public” in 2008 after police found the golfer “passed out” at a Hooters restaurant and took him into “protective” custody.

Tiger Woods’ outlook on future will dictate his happiness in present

See you at the first tee…

Posted by: Rolf | August 30, 2016

Covenant Eyes

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Sign up with an “accountability” partner and have a list of all “visited web pages” e-mailed to your partner.

Better than any “web” filter and will “improve” your walk with Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Internet Accountability.

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

Posted by: Rolf | June 7, 2016

Golf Trick Shot

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There are “moments” in life you remember forever, and if you ever pull off this “golf trick shot,” you’ll be right there at the “top” of that list.

Golf trick shot “expert” Josh Kelly teed up a golf ball to “uncork” a bottle of champagne being held by his “smoke” show assistant, and it’s absolutely incredible.

Now, of course, anybody could just take a golf ball and “crush” a bottle of champagne, but Kelly managed to “uncork” that bottle perfectly without “breaking” anything.

Enjoy the champagne. “Cheers.”

See you at the first tee…

Posted by: Rolf | April 15, 2016

Double or Nothing

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“Double or Nothing,” better known as “Nassau” is a type of bet in golf that is essentially “three” separate bets. Money is “wagered” on the best match play “score” on the front nine (holes 1–9), back nine (holes 10–18), and total 18 holes.

“Double or Nothing,” is one of golf’s most “classic” and most “popular” wagers.

 

The amount of the “bet” is established — often $2 or $5 — for “each” nine with a third bet for the “overall” 18-hole match. Points are calculated by “scoring” each hole as a “separate” match. The player with the “lowest” score on a hole “wins” a point. If the scores “tie” for a hole, this results in a “push,” or no points won or lost.

Often there is a “side” bet offered during a “Double or Nothing” match by the side that is “losing” in an effort to even their “money” for either the front nine, back nine or overall.

If the player who “presses” (offers the press) then “beats” his opponent over the remaining holes on a given nine, he “wins” the press bet. In effect it is a “double-or-nothing” proposition.

When a side/overall is two or more points “down” in the match, they may “request” a press. The opposition has the option to “accept or reject” the press, although it is “usually” accepted.

 

The press bet runs for only the “remaining” holes to be played on either the front nine or back nine holes. In addition, a press on “overall” (the entire 18 holes) by the losing opponent will “continue” throughout the match.

Press bets can themselves be “pressed” if the player falls two points behind on the press bet. The “amount” of the press bet is the same as the “original” match bet. For example, in a $2 “Double or Nothing,” presses are for $2.

This is basically a “double-or-nothing” proposition for the player in the lead.

As with any golf game, players of greatly different “abilities” can compete. Handicaps are used to determine how many “strokes” one player must give another.

 

See you at the first tee…

Posted by: Rolf | April 10, 2016

Bubba Watson Roast

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Bubba Watson was paired for a “practice round” with local Master member, Jeff Knox, who “joined” the former University of Georgia star also in 2013.

Knox, regarded as one of the best “putters” ever to set foot on this venue, started with five “straight pars” amid wind gusts of more than 30 mph, but the “two-stroke” advantage disappeared with “back-to-back” bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7.

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Knox and Watson were chatty throughout. When Watson “split” the fairway on No. 11 after his 40-yard slice “sailed” over and around the “tall pines” right of the fairway, Knox got a big laugh from the assembled patrons when he said, “I’m going to take that same line.”

Watson also had some “fun” with the spectators. After slicing his drive into the “woods” on No. 10, Watson asked a patron to “give him some room.”

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“Can you back up, you’re really not supposed to be back here,” he said.

“Neither is your ball,” the fan said.

“I don’t know about you, but I have two green jackets,” said Watson, before he pitched back into the fairway. “Thanks for coming.”

Dead man walking! That was an “epic” comeback. The perfect “response” from that fan.

At this point, if you still “like” Bubba I just assume you’re “related” to him. Honestly.

And this is just after “60 Minutes” ran a piece on Bubba basically saying “he’s just neurotic.”

See you at the first tee….

Posted by: Rolf | April 8, 2016

Shush Belt Buckle

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Remember Patrick Reed’s “shush” moment at the 2014 Ryder Cup? Of course you do.

Talk about “making a statement.”

Reed infamously pulled the “shush” move to silence a “rowdy” crowd at Gleneagles during his Sunday “singles” match against Henrik Stenson.

Since then, “several” players, including Stenson, had “fun” recreating the pose:

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Reed has backed up his “brashness” with his play at the recent “WGC Dell” Match Play. He went 3-0 in group play, including a 5-and-4 “thrashing” of Phil Mickelson.

He’s a “beast” during match play. He was “born” to play match play. You can’t “fault” a guy who loves going “head-to-head.”

We need “more” guys like him on the “next” Ryder Cup team.

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You can’t help but be “reminded” of it when you watch him play.

 

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It’s gotta be the “belt buckle.”

 

See you at the first tee…

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