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DEDICATION T his book is dedicated to my sweet daughter, Kathryn Anne, who finished her assignment on Earth October 27, 2004, at the tender age of 25.  She cared for hurting people more than any individual I have ever been privileged to know.  The reason she cared so much for them is that she was called upon by her Lord to suffer much during her brief time on earth. At the age of 18, she was diagnosed with an acute bipolar disorder. She battled the disease until her death seven years later.  Her last four years of life were her best years, and she left many friends who were deeply impacted by her servant spirit.    I chose to use track events to convey spiritual lessons in this book, because Kathryn was a track star, excelling in long distance.  In fact, she was a world-class runner who was just entering her prime when the Father called her home.  She showed promise as a long distance runner during her freshman year of high school, when she placed 5th in district competition running against seniors.  But running took too much time and her basketball coach demanded that she give up running if she was going to play for him on the varsity girls basketball team.  Her talents in basketball were never sufficient to overcome her 5 foot 5-inch frame, so she sat the bench most of her high school career.  No one who ever saw her on the court doubted her dedication to the sport and she was an excellent defender, but her shooting, unfortunately, never measured up. 
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When we discovered she was bipolar during the days just before she was to enter college, we were all devastated, knowing little about mental illness at the time.  As we began processing her illness and trying to understand it, she fell into deep depression.  One evening she and I went for a ride and ended up on Galveston Island. When I asked her, “Kat, what would you truly like to do with your life?” Her reply caught me by surprise; “I wish I had never given up cross country, Dad.  I could have been very good at that.”  That evening I called her high school track coach and told him what she said, and he agreed.  He then took the time to arrange for us to meet Coach Al Lawrence, the legendary long-distance runner, and former Olympian, who set several world records during his running career before becoming the head track coach for the University of Houston Cougars. After retiring, he began training runners at Memorial Park in Houston.  He took a special interest in Kathryn, and soon she was running every day at Memorial Park, under his supervision.  There isn’t space to list all of her accomplishments over the following years, nor all of her setbacks due to the illness, especially during the first three years.  The medications required to balance and stabilize bipolar people are harsh and dangerous. The most effective drugs in this ever-developing field of study are sodium based, meaning that the patient typically gains weight with the medication. Weight gain is hard for any young woman but particularly difficult for someone competing in long distance running. Kathryn was a determined runner and during the ensuing years, she ran for the University of Houston, helping the cross country team win the Conference Championship. Later, she ran for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack Cross Country Team which also won a conference championship.    At the conclusion of both University team competitions, Kathryn would end up in the hospital due to the tremendous pressure and exertion required to run competitively.  Her mom and I would hold
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her and cry with her during those times.  Seeing her struggle and hurt was simply overwhelming.    Then our dear friend, Freddie Gage, an evangelist who took a special interest in Kathryn, introduced us to Paul Meier, a renowned psychiatrist, who worked with premier athletes who suffered from mental illness.  He recommended that Kathryn be placed on some experimental medications that were not sodium based. That began four wonderful years during which Kathryn ran her first and second Houston Marathons, an annual event that draws runners from around the nation and over 26,000 runners in all.   In her first attempt, Kathryn was the ninth woman to finish the grueling race.  In her second attempt, she was the second female overall, trailing a professional runner from out of state, and the first amateur female to finish, earning the right to represent Houston in Greece later that year. She passed on that honor due to attending college classes.  She also began competing in the 50K distance, a race of over 35 miles.  She reached national ranking status and was featured on the cover of Texas Runners Magazine for her accomplishments.  All under the guidance of Coach Al, who has become a special member of our family.  She was never completely free from occasional setbacks, but by 2004, we believed that she was on her way to a wonderful life of dealing with a difficult but manageable disease.  Then in October, we grew increasingly concerned for her.  On the night of October 26, we prayed with her before retiring for we knew she was struggling.  I checked on her several times through the night.  She lived in a wing of our house during that time.  At seven I got up for the day and she was fine.  Then at 7:15 AM my wife began screaming, and I rushed into Kathryn’s room, where I found her mother holding her lifeless body.  I applied CPR as best I could, but to no avail.  Medics arrived shortly and pronounced her dead.  I will never forget that day as long as I live. 
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Because she died in our home, an autopsy was required by law.  They discovered no overdose of medication nor any unnatural cause of death. They speculated that due to her regimen of medications for her illness, coupled with running up to 70 miles a week to stay competitive in ultra long distance competition, that her heart just gave out.    And what a heart she had.  Kathryn was always bringing hurting people to our home for ministry.  She made us live out what she had heard us teach and preach throughout her life. This love for the hurting opened our doors to several people, whose lives were in shambles, that she met through running or on the street, only to see them move out months later in pursuit of the Savior that Kathryn told them about.  Several of them were present for her funeral as were many from the Houston runners world.  I got to baptize two of her special projects in our church.  She left us with stacks of journals filled with both her struggles and her victories.  She lived in constant praise and adoration of her Savior, sprinkled with trips into deep and dark depression, resulting in several stays in hospitals, where she would regain her balance.  But when she died, we were caught by surprise, because we earnestly thought we were beyond those dark days.   She’s been gone for over eleven years, and I still cry when I let myself think too much about her. I miss her, but I know where she is, and I know I will see her again.  She won a room full of trophies that we keep in storage, but the trophy she got when she saw Jesus on October 27, 2004, is the one we treasure the most.  Kathryn was a treasure. Kathryn was a champion. Kathryn was looking for a Mighty Man to marry when she got promoted to see the Mightiest Man of all...Jesus.   On the morning of her death, next to her bed, she wrote down the following verse on a three by five card: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).  This book is dedicated to her.  Dad.
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CONTENTS Dedication....................................................................................... 5 Foreword........................................................................................ 11 Preface............................................................................................ 17 1. How to Achieve Success in Life “The Long Jump”.................................................................... 23 2. How to Stay Married and Love Your Wife “The Marathon”....................................................................... 45 3. How to Manage a Family “1600-Meter Relay”................................................................ 61 4. How to Deal with Children “The 100-Meter Sprint”....................................................................75 5. How to Manage Teenagers “The Hammer Throw”............................................................. 93 6. How to Control Your Tongue “The Javelin Throw”.............................................................. 107 7. How to Avoid Negative Thinking and Achieve Greatness “The High Jump”.................................................................... 127 8. How to Get Off the Merry-Go-Round of Life “The Discus Throw”............................................................... 143 9. How to Push Through Obstacles “The Shot Put”........................................................................ 155 10. How to Overcome Fear “The 400-Meter Run” ............................................................ 167 11. How to Manage Time “The 4x100-Meter Relay”...................................................... 183 12. Overcoming The Devil’s “3 D’s” “The 800-Meter Run” ............................................................ 197 Appendix: A Place of No Pain.................................................... 215 The Eagle Flies.......................................................... 216
CONTENTS Dedication....................................................................................... 5 Foreword........
www.mightymenstayontrack.com FOREWORD By Lt. General Gerald Boykin U pon retiring from the U.S. Army in 2007, I left the Pentagon and moved to a small town in south central Virginia to teach at one of the two remaining all-male colleges in America, Hampden-Sydney College. The school was founded in 1775, making it the tenth oldest college or university in the nation. It has remained all male in spite of continuous efforts by feminist and liberal groups to force it to accept coeds. Currently, there are over forty all-female colleges across the country, yet there appears to be little pressure for them to accept men. Why are male colleges now down to only two in the nation? The answer in part is that the nation has been experiencing an all out assault on masculinity for decades now. Society constantly bombards men with a message that they are no different from women and that their role in society can and should be the same as that of women. Men are confused and demoralized, and American society is suffering as a result. Look at the fatherless homes throughout the nation where children grow up with no positive male role models or worse yet, destructive and abusive role models. This problem of absentee fathers is epidemic now as many men see themselves as simply sperm donors with no responsibility for investing in their children’s lives. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 24 million children in America, one out of three, live in homes where the biological father is absent. This course cannot continue if this nation expects to survive. America needs real men, men of character, Godly Mighty Men. 9
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Mighty Men Stay on Track My father was a Mighty Man who knew what a man was supposed to be and acted like a Mighty Man throughout his life. Wounded on D-Day, Gerald Boykin was blind in his left eye for life. You would never have known it though since he refused to let his injuries slow him down or hold him back. He was a role model for his three children, always spending time with them, coaching their athletic teams, and sharing his wisdom and experiences to help them develop into good citizens who loved America and committed themselves to service to the Lord. He never graduated from high school, but he was self-taught and well read. Gerald never wanted anything but opportunity; not a hand out or charity, just opportunity. Among his values were hard work and making one’s own way in life without complaint. He was a Mighty Man and a tremendous mentor. How many of our youth today have a Mighty Man for their mentor? Too few, is the obvious answer, which is why America is experiencing such turmoil in the family structure as families are disintegrating and society is suffering. Mighty Men are hard to find. Most historians believe that the modern Olympic games are derived from the Olympic games that occurred every four years in ancient Greece, beginning in 776 BC. Greek legend also holds that these ancient sporting events took place in the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competitors were athletes from the myriad citystates and kingdoms of ancient Greece, and these contests continued until the 5th century AD. The competition included foot races, a pentathlon (discus, javelin, boxing, racing, wrestling, and jumping), equestrian events, pankration, and multiple running events. These games were religious events as well as athletic competition between the top athletes of a culture that valued manhood and the warrior ethos. Participants were Mighty Men. In a sense, these games were a form of warfare among ancient warriors, as many of these competitors were enemies who had previously met or could, in the future, meet in battle as the various societies within Greece struggled for supremacy. In fact, it was 10
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Foreword standard practice for all warfare among city-states and kingdoms to be suspended for the duration of the games and travelers to the Olympics were given safe passage to attend or participate in the games. The Greeks valued Mighty Men who they saw as the hope of their people in both warfare and athletics. The Greeks depended on Mighty Men to preserve and defend their culture and way of life. Athletics was simply a symbol of the warrior ethos that was expected of men in ancient Greece. Can America lay claim to a culture of Mighty Men today? In my view, our country is not even sure what a man is anymore. Like the early Olympics, the concept of the marathon was a creation of ancient Greece. Legend holds that this 26.2-mile run represents the distance that the Greek warrior Phillippides ran after the battle of Marathon to notify the people of Athens that the Persians had been defeated by the Greek army. Phillippides most likely had participated in the battle of Marathon against probably the greatest army in the world at the time, the army of the Persian Empire. In 1896, the marathon became part of the modern Olympics although the distance was not standardized until 1921 when Olympic organizers settled on 26.2 miles. Every four years now people of all nations pause to watch and cheer for their nation’s athletes as both the Summer and Winter Olympics capture world attention. Like everyone, I enjoy watching the world’s finest young men and women athletes compete in venues around the globe where wins are often determined by fractions of a second, where athletes who have trained for most of their lives for this moment put everything they have on the line in hopes of a victory. I have often pondered whether these Olympians are born with natural athletic skills or whether they have just spent their lives developing their bodies and honing their skills. Obviously, it is both. Competing in the Olympics demands a tremendous personal discipline and total commitment to a cause. Similarly, Christian men need to be disciplined and committed 11
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Mighty Men Stay on Track to developing spiritually into serious followers of Christ. Think about it for a moment. There is so much to learn from the world of athletics, especially Track and Field which was the foundation of both ancient and modern Olympics. Individual preparation for competition in the Christian life is no different than preparing for a race. A Christian man must have a concept for how he will prepare for spiritual warfare and a life of service to Christ. Moreover, he then must be determined and disciplined enough to stay with his plan and to overcome setbacks and hardships along the way. So many men in America have lost their ability to deal with hardship and difficulty, especially in the Christian life. This nation was built by Mighty Men who were not deterred by hardship, who were not afraid of the unknown, and who stayed focused on their ultimate objective; a new nation. As a college football player, I wrongly assumed that my sons would love the game as I did and would follow my lead and play the game that gave me an education. But neither of my two boys showed much interest in the gridiron and neither became a star quarterback or defensive guard as I was. However, my youngest son, Aaron, did become a high school track star. He was fast on his feet and had a lot of natural ability, but he was also dedicated to the sport. He trained hard and showed a tremendous commitment to being the best athlete on the field. No one could beat him out of the starting blocks, and he always finished a step ahead of his competition. In the relays, he was the anchor. If his team was behind, he made up the difference to bring home the gold. I learned a great deal watching him and realized that he was developing a lifestyle that would ensure success in his future endeavors. And indeed I was correct. After five years in the U.S. Army after college, Aaron became a Secret Service agent who has excelled in the performance of his job of protecting the most powerful man in the world, the U.S. President. More importantly, he is a committed Christian who runs the race of life just as he did the 440-yard dash or the relay in high school. His early lessons 12
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Foreword from Track and Field have helped mold him into a Mighty Man. This book, Mighty Men Stay on Track, is the most unique book I have seen for men. Dr. Scarborough uses Track and Field as a metaphor for nearly every situation in life and society to show men what God requires of us. It should be instructive that the great Apostle Paul used the same metaphor in his final days to refer to his life when he said in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul recognized that his time was short and that he would soon leave this world to be united with his Lord. Yet Paul compared his life’s work to warfare and athletics. Clearly, he fought the good fight and finished the race well. Did Paul know about the Olympic games in Greece? Most likely he did, given that Greek was such an important language in his time; even to the point that the Gospels were written in Greek. He was a Mighty Man, wise and well informed of the events and issues of his time. Everyone for centuries to come would be able to relate to his comparison of his life to a race and would understand his reference to “finishing the race.” In Mighty Men Stay on Track, Dr. Scarborough coaches the reader on how to live as a Christian man, who wants to be able to say the same thing that Paul did, when he nears the end. Filled with pertinent scriptures, Mighty Men deals with all aspects of the Christian life. The book explains how a man is supposed to treat his wife and family and how to deal with conflict. Dr. Scarborough discusses the differences between men and women and how they communicate or better stated, why men don’t communicate. This book takes the reader through the imperative for managing personal time and using that time wisely and in a balanced fashion. Essentially, this is a book that touches every aspect of life that men ask questions about or that they struggle with. In my thirty-six years in the US Army, I saw combat on four continents. Because I was in Special Operations most of that time, I 13
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Mighty Men Stay on Track served with the very best that the U.S. Military had to offer. Men of uncommon valor were common among the Delta Force and Special Forces units in which I was privileged to serve. They were Mighty Men who knew the cause they were serving and were willing to die for it. And some of them did die for the transcendent cause that made them such Mighty Men. In almost every case, they died for their teammates or their fellow warriors in places like Iran, Panama, Grenada, Mogadishu, or Iraq. These men never died because they were unprepared for war. They trained hard and took their preparations seriously. Christian men must do the same in preparing for the struggles and challenges of life. Every Christian man must know what he believes and what price he is willing to pay for his beliefs. An ever-increasing atheist/Marxist movement in America is challenging all Christian beliefs today. America needs now more than ever these Mighty Men who can lead in the families, the communities, and in the public square. Such men with a biblical worldview can change the direction of the nation and restore the founding principles that were handed down by the Mighty Men who created America. 14
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www.mightymenstayontrack.com PREFACE K ing David is, without a doubt, one of the greatest men who ever lived, and as a leader knows few peers. Beginning with his confronting the giant Goliath, David’s life of courage and valor inspired men to live and die for him. During his lifetime he subdued his enemies and ushered in an era of peace and prosperity in Israel, unparalleled in all of her incredible history. This book is about Mighty Men, and how America needs another generation of Mighty Men, who, like David and his band of thirty-seven heroes, inspired an entire nation to greatness. Men today do not know who they are. They have been feminized and sent to the back of the bus. Our universities are disproportionately filled with women, while men, too tepid to push back, are dropping out. Instead of an education, they are opting for video games and singleness in a nation where many women have cheapened their uniqueness as they have pushed men aside. Before we go on, let me introduce you to... Thirty-seven Mighty Men. In the Message Bible we find the listing of David’s Mighty Men. Josheb-Basshebeth, the Tahkemonite. He was chief of the Three. He once put his spear to work against eight hundred—killed them all in a day. Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite was the next of the elite Three. He was with David when the Philistines poked fun at them at Pas Dammim. When the Philistines drew up for battle, Israel retreated. But Eleazar stood his ground and killed Philistines right and left until he was exhausted—but he never let go of his sword! A big win for God that day. The 15
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Mighty Men Stay on Track army then rejoined Eleazar, but all there was left to do was the cleanup. Shammah son of Agee the Hararite was the third of the Three. The Philistines had mustered for battle at Lehi, where there was a field full of lentils. Israel fled before the Philistines, but Shammah took his stand at the center of the field, successfully defended it, and routed the Philistines. Another great victory for God! One day during harvest, the Three parted from the Thirty and joined David at the Cave of Adullam. A squad of Philistines had set up camp in the Valley of Rephaim. While David was holed up in the Cave, the Philistines had their base camp in Bethlehem. David had a sudden craving and said, “Would I ever like a drink of water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem!” So the Three penetrated the Philistine lines, drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But David wouldn’t drink it; he poured it out as an offering to God, saying, “There is no way, God, that I’ll drink this! This isn’t mere water, it’s their life-blood— they risked their very lives to bring it!” So David refused to drink it. This is the sort of thing that the Three did. Abishai brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah was the head of the Thirty. He once got credit for killing three hundred with his spear, but he was never named in the same breath as the Three. He was the most respected of the Thirty and was their captain, but never got included among the Three. Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time, he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking 16
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Preface stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear. These are the things that Benaiah son of Jehoiada is famous for. But neither did he ever get ranked with the Three. He was held in greatest respect among the Thirty, but he never got included with the Three. David put him in charge of his bodyguard. The Thirty “The Thirty” consisted of: Asahel brother of Joab Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem; Shammah the Harodite; Elika the Harodite; Helez the Paltite; Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; Abiezer the Anathothite; Sibbecai the Hushathite; Zalmon the Ahohite; Maharai the Netophathite; Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite; Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjaminites; Benaiah the Pirathonite; Hiddai from the badlands of Gaash; Abi-Albon the Arbathite; Azmaveth the Barhumite; Eliahba the Shaalbonite; Jashen the Gizonite; Jonathan son of Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam son of Sharar the Urite; Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maacathite; Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite; Hezro the Carmelite; Paarai the Arbite; Igal son of Nathan, commander of the army of Hagrites; Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai the Beerothite, weapon bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah; Ira the Ithrite; Gareb the Ithrite; Uriah the Hittite. Thirty-seven, all told (2 Samuel 23:8-39). Mighty Men, one and all. These were men of exploits who inspired a nation. We must find men like that in America today. In 1992, I got involved in taking my faith beyond the boundaries of the local church I was pastoring. During that year I discovered a group of like minded men who were faithfully resisting America’s slide toward Gomorrah. One of those 17
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Mighty Men Stay on Track mighty men was the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, who discovered that I was standing up against the ungodly actions of our local school board and administration, as well as our city council. He started requesting that I come to his major pastor events around the country and share my testimony of how, as a local pastor, I had mobilized our church family to begin voting their values in local elections and urging leaders to run for public office. By 1996, members of our church occupied the majority of seats on our local school board and city council, and both the police chief and the city manager had joined our church. They did this purely because they saw a local church get involved in civil affairs, striving to make its community a better place for people to rear their children. In 1998, I formed a ministry to encourage other pastors to do as I had done while pastoring First Baptist Church, Pearland, and begin mobilizing their congregations. I asked Dr. Falwell to assist me, and he suggested building an Advisory Board of national religious leaders, who would lend their wisdom and provide me with credibility with other pastors. Dr. Falwell personally enlisted Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Viet Nam War Hero and double amputee, Evangelist Tim Lee, Rev. Don Wildmon, Dr. Adrian Rogers, among others, who consented to serve as my advisors. All of them were Mighty Men, from whom I learned so much about what it means to stand up against all odds for that which you believe. Over the past two decades since, I have met many Mighty Men in America. I am reticent to use names for fear of offending some I don’t mention, but there are many. One whom I will name is Dr. James Dobson. I know of no man alive today nor who has lived during my lifetime, who has displayed more courage nor taken more heat for his beliefs, yet without ever wavering, than Jim. He truly is a Mighty Man. Another Mighty Man, whom I have come to admire and deeply appreciate, is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin who now serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President. 18
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Preface He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. In all, Lt. Gen. Boykin spent 36 years in the Army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. During his 36-year career in the military, he spent 13 years in the Delta Force, including two years as its commander. He was involved in numerous high-profile missions, including the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt, the 1992 hunt for Pablo Escobar in Colombia, and the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu, Somalia.  He is an author and teaches at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s Kingdom. I cannot overstate the sense of good fortune and blessing I have had as a result of standing in the shadows of such men during my lifetime. It is often said, you become like the people you spend the most time with. Look at your friends and make a list of men you most admire and ask yourself, “Do they qualify to be called Mighty Men?” If not, perhaps you may want to find a few new friends. I have spent a lifetime trying to read biographies of great men of the past and have benefited immensely from doing so. That’s what this book is about. Becoming a Mighty Man who stays on track. I have used track metaphors to teach spiritual lessons, but in the final analysis, this book is designed to find the secret of becoming a Mighty Man. May you be encouraged to become one as you work your way through the following chapters. You are God’s plan for saving America. 19
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www.mightymenstayontrack.com Chapter ONE HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN LIFE “The Long Jump” I have had a personal fascination and love for politics that began in high school and continues to the present day. I know that sounds crazy, but I have always enjoyed following political races and politicians, and even planned a career in politics myself at one time. I was well into earning a double major in political science and speech, good preparation for law school, which is where I was headed before God informed me He had better plans for my life. I especially enjoyed following men like Governor Mike Huckabee, whom I have much respect for and whom I believe would make our country a great President, if given the chance. I first met Gov. Huckabee while he and I were attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and was delighted and surprised, when I heard he had run for Lt. Governor in Arkansas and won. I had long advocated for Pastors supporting men and women of character running for public office as a major component in restoring our nation, and was thrilled when I heard that Mike was the new Lt. Governor of Arkansas. But over the years I have had a growing awareness that no politician nor political party is going to save America. That’s why I wrote this book. You, sir, are America’s best hope for national 21
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