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By Pastor Calvary Callender

No matter if it is in business or in our personal lives, authenticity is a trait cherished by all. When we encounter other people, we want them to be who they say they are; and when people encounter us, they want us to be who we say we are as well. I stumbled across an article by a good friend and mentor, Jim Williams. Let me share with you what he wrote:

"I remember the slogans of my childhood days. Some of them are still around today, but more of them are long gone. For example, if you were making a promise to someone, and that person wanted to really seal the promise, he or she would ask you: "Cross your heart and hope to die?" Immediately you would answer, "Cross my heart and hope to die" at the same time as you were crossing your heart with your hand. But if you didn't really mean it, you would put your other hand behind your back and cross your fingers, because most promises weren't deserving of death.

Another phrase we would throw around was "Honest injun!" But I guess the phrase we used when we really wanted to make sure someone was really telling the truth was "honest to God" – which meant "As God is my witness, I'm telling the truth."

Through my years of walking with God, I have discovered a brand-new meaning to the phrase "honest to God." I've learned that many times we as Christians don't like to stand in front of the mirror and really become honest with God. When we fail to become honest, there is an inconsistency that becomes commonplace between our talk and our walk. Too often we live one way when the spotlight is on us and another way when we're behind the four walls of our private world.

If we are to become transparent and authentic, there must be a consistency between our words and our actions and between our claimed values and our actual priorities. If something is authentic, it must conform to what it represents or claims to be. "

There is a call back to authenticity in our society today. I challenge you to stand in front of the mirror and take a good look at who you are. Does who you say you are match with who you really are?

(Portions of this article taken from the book Authentically His by Jim Williams)

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"As iron sharpens iron, find healing so one man sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

Oil Field Christian Fellowship also known as OCF is a group of fellow oil field christians that have formed groups through out the nation to bring us together for a monthly time of fellowship and getting to know each other. Today OCF luncheons and dinners are held in Canada, ampoule Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, with more chapters in the making. Here, speakers share how they came to know Christ and what He is doing in their lives. Because of this, thousands of men and women have been encouraged, lives have changed and many have accepted Christ for the first time.

Callender, Inc. as well as many others that are involved in the oil industry are coming together to re-organize a chapter here in the Permian Basin. We want YOU to be the first to know about it and begin getting the word out!

We will follow up with further instruction, dates, times and speakers as we go however, we would like to you to spread the word! Thanks and God Bless!

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"As iron sharpens iron, purchase so one man sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

Oil Field Christian Fellowship also known as OCF is a group of fellow oil field christians that have formed groups through out the nation to bring us together for a monthly time of fellowship and getting to know each other. Today OCF luncheons and dinners are held in Canada, cialis Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, with more chapters in the making. Here, speakers share how they came to know Christ and what He is doing in their lives. Because of this, thousands of men and women have been encouraged, lives have changed and many have accepted Christ for the first time.

Callender, Inc. as well as many others that are involved in the oil industry are coming together to re-organize a chapter here in the Permian Basin. We want YOU to be the first to know about it and begin getting the word out!

We will follow up with further instruction, dates, times and speakers as we go however, we would like to you to spread the word! Thanks and God Bless!

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By Pastor Calvary Callender

I have always loved sports. When we weren't playing organized ball of some kind, my friends and I would play football in the yard, toss the baseball around, or put together a schoolyard game of basketball. In fact, one of our favorite things to do was play basketball. This was probably because you could play one on one or teams or even a game of HORSE. We played enough that we thought we could size people up and gauge how good they were by just watching them a little bit. Quite often, we would play on an old outdoor court where everyone would hang out on Saturdays and after school.

I'll never forget one day when I was home from college I went back to the old hang out to see how everything was going. Of course I had my basketball shoes on...just in case. As I had hoped, I was quickly able to get on a team with a couple of my old friends. It wasn't long before we strung a few wins together and were feeling pretty good about ourselves. We played by some pretty simple rules, games were to 15 and the winner got to stay on the court to face the next team.

The next team came up and they didn't look all too bad. We thought we would have another one in the bag. I can still remember the site of this slightly pudgy guy, not too tall (about my size) in his long socks, looking a little out of place. It all happened so quickly, I can barely remember the details. This slightly pudgy, not too tall guy was the first to touch the ball. What happened next is nearly impossible to believe to this day. When he got the ball he exploded towards the rim. He covered half the court in what seemed like three steps, and in one bounding leap towards the goal, he slammed it home.

We were left speechless. Not only was this guy faster than all of us, he could slam it. I mean, he couldn't be any taller than 6 feet. It was on this day that a valuable lesson I had learned long before was reinforced. You can't judge a book by its cover.

Over this past Thanksgiving holiday I had the privilege of going deer hunting with my sister and her family. We have trail cameras set up around our deer feeders and they captured an image that reminded me, once again, of that same lesson. My sister had shot a deer and was tracking it with her 6 year old son. The camera snapped a shot of her, knife in hand, while she was tracking her deer. When I look at her I still see my little sister, sweet and innocent; not a knife wielding, wide eyed, hunter!

It is in our nature to begin calculating the minute we see someone. This is why our society holds first impressions in such high regard. Sometimes, though, what we see is not what we get. When you look at someone, try to remember to look beyond what you can see, don't be too quick to pronounce judgement. You never know what lies beneath the surface...what gifts or talents they might possess. Who knows, your next great idea might come from the most unlikely or unusual person.

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It was the type of day you only read about. The sun was shining and the powdery snow was glistening. I was in the chair lift on my way to the top for another run down a majestic mountain. This was one of those days that couldn't be any more perfect for skiing. While the sun was shining, it wasn't melting the snow. Everyone seemed to be smiling and having a good time with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Everything seemed perfect. As I got off of the lift, I breathed deeply and took it all in. What a perfect day! I pointed my skis down the mountain and away I went!

I was thinking about how much I was enjoying this run when it happened. I was working my way back and forth as I skied down the hill when all of the sudden the tip of my ski was caught by a hole. I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but there is something extremely unpleasant about wiping out this way while snow skiing. All my weight was going down the hill, but the ski stopped suddenly slinging me to the ground. It felt like my body was the head of a hammer and the ski was the handle. I hit the ground hard, but the ride wasn't over. My skis were ripped from my feet and my body continued to go down the hill. I rolled 3 or 4 times before finally coming to a stop. I started to look up and gather myself when I felt a crushing blow to the temple of my head. Apparently one of the skis, after having been ripped from my feet, flew into the air. Somehow, the tip of my ski found itself aimed at my head and hit its mark.

I often wonder what a sight this must have been. After all the commotion, I gathered myself and my gear together. My head was throbbing so I reached up to grab it. When I pulled my hand away, it was covered in blood. I sat down and collected myself for a few minutes. I put my skis back on and gingerly skied the rest of the way down. I was determined that this "hammer ski wipeout" thing would not end this perfect day.

There's something to be said about determination. In all of our lives, there comes a point when we feel beat down and defeated. Maybe the world feels like it's coming down around us, or you had a bad day on the job, or got into a fight with your family or friends. It's in these moments that the measure of a person is tested. I am determined to stay the course in life. I want to go through life with a certain amount of determination, to "rise above the fray" so to speak. So the next time things start to get rough, be determined to rise above and conquer all of the problems that come your way. And that day of skiing...my head quit hurting, I sucked up my hurt pride, and the blood dried and was able to be washed away. I will forever remember that day of skiing as one of the best ever.

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