Travel Safely

Yesterday, there was an Amtrak train in Washington that derailed over a highway overpass, and so far six people have been listed as dead. Seventy-two others were taken to the hospital. The focus of the investigation has been on the speed of the train. It was traveling at a speed of eighty miles per hour in a section of the track that had a speed limit of thirty mile per hour. The speed limit was low because of the turns in that area. There were signs posted two miles prior to entering that slower zone but the train did not heed the speed limits. There is a required Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system that is required on trains. It automatically warns the driver of the train to slow down, and in the event the driver does not slow down, it automatically slows the train down. The President of Amtrak told reporters that the PTC was not operational on that particular train.

All of us that travel want to know that the vehicles that we are traveling on are in good working condition. All of us want to know that all of the equipment is working. We want to know that the drivers of the vehicles are concerned about our safety, and will follow regulatory signs and procedures.

I believe that our concern for safety is not limited to trains. We want our families to be safe. We want to make sure that our homes are secure. We also want to make sure that our churches are safe. We want to know that the drivers (pastors) of our churches are doing their proper maintenance, spending time in the Word and in prayer. We want to know that the drivers are going to follow Biblical principles and warnings. We want to know that the drivers care more about our safety than how fast they get somewhere. We want to know that the drivers will take us safely to our destinations. I believe all of these are legitimate desires when looking for a church home. At the Connection Church, we care about safety. We care about our passengers. Our pastoral team is diligent in spending time with the Father, and in leading the flock according to Biblical principles. Our crew is friendly, caring, and safe. If you are looking for a safe church, consider traveling with us.

Fly Safely With A Good Maintenance Program

Last week our training center in Trinidad needed an instructor for a class this week in Suriname, South America. One of our instructors out of the Rocky Mountain region offered to go teach the class. In looking at flight arrangements, he looked at flying on a particular South American airline. Our manager in Trinidad responded quickly and strongly recommended not to fly on that airline. Our manager was a commercial airline pilot and still maintains his commercial license. His reason for not booking our instructor on that particular airline was based on safety and maintenance. He said that particular airline’s maintenance program was poor, and he does not consider their planes safe to fly.

How is the maintenance plan in your life, the plane you are flying? Do you have a regularly scheduled maintenance program? Do you have a time each day that you have set aside to renew your mind by spending time in God’s word, reading and meditating and allowing it to transform your life? Do you schedule time for prayer, where you listen to God and also share your heart with Him? What about the key relationships in your life? Do you schedule time to maintain and cultivate those relationships? If you are married, do you schedule time for dates? Do you set aside time to regularly share your hearts and to listen to one another? Karen and I had a wonderful time together yesterday on our date. We shared a meal together at Sadie’s Mexican restaurant, and more importantly, we shared our lives. We shared our joys, our struggles, our desires, and our hearts. These maintenance times are enriching, and I am more in love now than I was forty years ago when I married the bride of my youth.

As we approach a new year, think about your maintenance program for 2018. If you need help finding a good daily Bible reading program, we will be glad to assist you. If you need practical help on what to do in your daily scheduled maintenance program (Quiet Time or Devotional Time), we would be happy to help you. If you need help with a maintenance plan in your key relationships, we would be happy to help you. At the Connection Church of Albuquerque, we connect people to God and to one another. I am looking forward to a new year of flying safely.