Thursday, October 2, 2014

Who Is Bronson "O"

Just a few short years ago, Bronson Oudshoff was just another Largo resident busy raising his family, going to work, and doing his best to be involved with the PTA and his children's church programs.  He adopted the philosophy that if it did not touch him personally, then he really did not have the time to deal with it, try to influence, or change it.  He was busy, like many are today.

What he found was that the more he got involved in the activities that affected his family, the more he realized he needed to know more and be more involved in the policies that make up his community.

It was this desire that drove Bronson to begin attending, and addressing, the Largo City Commission meetings.  The more he attended the more disturbed he became.  He continued to see very little interaction between the Commission and Largo residents.  In addition, when residents did show up to voice their opinion, particularly opposition, it seemed to fall on deaf ears.  No minds were changed, little, if any, discussion on citizen input.  Moreover, the votes, well, they usually fall along the lines of six to one.  Could it be that Largo had that little diversity?  One consistent lone wolf expressing a different view, voting a different way?  

Bronson Oudshoff decided to find out and is now quickly becoming known as Bronson "O", the name you should know for Largo City Commission, Seat #1.  Bronson filed his paper work, gathered the required petitions and qualified to run for the Commission.
Bronson "O" and his team are knocking on doors, talking to Largo residents asking the question, "Is there diversity of thought in Largo?" 

While out talking to Largo residents Bronson "O" left one house and was heading to the next when a man met him at the sidewalk.  He was working out in his garage and overheard him talking to his neighbor.  He asked if Bronson was running for some type of office. Bronson introduced himself.  The man had just heard about him that morning as one of his friends had shared the Bronson "O" website on his Facebook page.  He is a small business owner, and shared that he lived in Largo but chose to work in St. Petersburg because it was harder for him to do business in Largo.

At another house, he met a wife whose husband works on the east coast during the week because of the economic downturn.  As they spoke, she became more and more engaged.  As she read Bronson's palm card she was very excited to find out how active Bronson is in his church and stated that our government needed more Christians in office.  She was also pleased that Bronson was giving his children such a valuable lesson as well, as two of his children were walking with him.  

Do the six city commissioners in the many 6 to 1 votes really speak for all of Largo?
Bronson "O" does not think so.   Will his message of lower taxes, prioritized spending, and strong values resonate with Largo voters? The November 4th election will tell the voters side of the story.

To find out more about Bronson "O", the name you should know for Largo City Commission, Seat #1visit  .


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mississippi --- In My Opinion

After last month's amazing upset of House Majority leader Cantor we turned around and saw the Republican leadership sink to a new low in Mississippi to defeat Tea Party Candidate Chris McDaniel in a runoff election against Thad Cochran for U.S. Senate.

Thad Cochran was first elected to the Senate with a plurality of the vote in a three-way race in 1978.  McDaniel is Cochran's first primary opponent since 1966.

In the June 3rd 3 way primary McDaniel obtained 49.5% of the vote to Cochran's 49.00%, a difference of 1,386 votes.  Since neither candidate received 50% +1 a runoff between the two candidates was set for June 24th. 

Then came the runoff,  and it got dirty.  In the last days of the campaign the supporters of Thad Cochran pulled out tactics usually reserved for use by those on the left and sent out a recorded  call to black, democrat voters. You see, unlike Florida, Mississippi has an "open" primary.  What that means is anyone can vote in the Republican primary, you don't have to be a registered Republican.  And the call worked.  The runoff results gave Cochran the win 50.9% to 49.1%.

Black voting increased during the Mississippi GOP primary. Statewide turnout increased by almost 70,000 votes over the June 3 primary, with turnout in majority-black counties growing by 43 percent, while in counties where blacks are less than a majority, it grew 17 percent. 

Henry Barbour, the head of Mississippi Conservatives PAC and the nephew of former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, confirmed for that the PAC paid Mitzi Bickers "to make paid calls to potential Cochran supporters."  READ DETAILS HERE:

Listen to the Robo Call Here

Republicans like John McCain have hailed these tactics as effective for reaching the black community and went so far as to say they are "worth emulating."

My opinion is that this tactic is race-baiting and despicable and that every registered Republican should come out loudly against it.   I want the black vote, but I want it based on the idea that Republicans have convinced black voters, and all voters, that the principles of the Republican platform are better for them.  That policies based on personal and economic freedom and responsibility will best serve them, their community and our nation.
Silence Is Consent
That's my opinion......

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This.....

Shortly before Jesus' arrest and crucifixion he sat with his disciples and seemed to be giving them words of warning and comfort that would prepare them for the days and years ahead.  In the middle of that conversation were these words, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13

That is not all that Jesus said to them. I believe those words were not meant just for that time and that place.  He was not only giving them instruction, preparing them for what was to come, but he was also preparing us.

Jesus told us that if we remain in him, and he in us, we would bear much fruit, but apart from him, we can do nothing.  In that message he told us that he chose us and appointed us to bear fruit, fruit that will last.  In addition, in John 15:15 he said, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."  Do we realize how powerful that is?  Think of your closest friend versus a casual acquaintance, the depth of that relationship, the things you share with them.  Jesus, the creator of the universe, has intentionally changed our relationship with him.  We were once thought of as servants, but now He calls us friend!

Jesus goes deeper; he bears his soul as you would to a friend and tries to prepare them for the persecution that lies ahead.  John 15:18-19:  "If the world hates you, keep in mind, that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  If the persecuted me, they will persecute you also."  This was not just a message for the disciples sitting at his feet; it is a message for us today.  The hate we see today towards those who love God and proclaim His truth, is not new, nor is it unexpected.  Furthermore, Jesus tells us "...they hate without reason."  Jesus immediately tells his disciples how they will be able to deal with this hate.  He will send an Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, and that Advocate will testify of Jesus!  In addition, " also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning."  

This Easter season as we think of the price our savior paid for our freedom, and look with concern at what is going on in our culture and across the world, remember how Jesus said to handle it.  Testify, bear much fruit, and abide in the vine.

"He is not here; he has risen!..."  Luke 24:6


Thursday, April 3, 2014

America Needs Peace

Peace, peace, wonderful peace, Coming down from the Father above!

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray In fathomless billows of love!

The words and tune to this old hymn have been echoing in my mind and spirit this week.    America needs peace, and not the "cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension" kind of peace as defined by, but the Philippians 4:7 kind of peace that transcends all understanding.  

We live in a world of magnified uncertainty.  Unexpected and unexplainable changes are occurring daily. The solid certainty we have counted on for decades, and even centuries, are dissolving before our very eyes.  Our culture has become unrecognizable.

How do we handle this uncertainty?  Without the solid rock of God and His word, there is no place to turn but to anxiety, because nothing makes sense, there is no solution.  

Decide today to trust God, his word, and every promise in it.  It is either all true and or it is entirely unreliable.  I can say without doubt, it is all true.  If the shaking of the world going on around us has created any doubt in you, just look back.  God has never failed you. He is causing all things to work together for your good.

Php 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Pray This Week:

Pray for President Obama and our nations foreign policy advisors.  Pray that they would develop a hunger for God's word and God's wisdom.

Pray for the people of Ukraine and those in that region that are living with the uncertainty, and in some cases, the reality of losing their freedom.

Pray for the families of the missing Malaysian airline that they would know the peace of God in this unbelievably trying time.

Pray for the physical peace of Christians across the globe.  Approximately 400 Christians per day are being martyred for their faith.  More were martyred in the 20th century than all other centuries combined.  

Pray for Christians in America to see the reality of their call and mandate to engage the culture and be a voice in the public square.