Dr. Dan Hayden •
Echoing across the wooded valley, the excited howls of coon dogs announced the presence of a raccoon hiding in a tree. Flashlights pierced the darkness as our hunting party made its way to the scene. A city boy knows nothing about coon hunting, so my country friends decided to take advantage of my naivety.
“The new guy has to climb the tree and throw down the coon,” they said. “It’s just part of hunting tradition.”
So, up the tree I went, clutching a flashlight as I looked for the beady eyes of a frightened raccoon. But I found no raccoon in the towering tree.
“Sometimes a coon will jump trees, using overlapping branches,” someone shouted. Wanting to please, I scrambled down and scaled the neighboring tree. Still no raccoon.
“Coons will top a tree—go higher!” they yelled. I parted branches and tentatively made my way higher. Grasping the sturdiest branch with one hand, I pointed the flashlight to the very top of the tree . . . and there he was, less than two feet above me, baring his teeth in self-defense.
My merciful spirit and love for animals kicked in (to say nothing of the adrenalin surging through my veins). I backed off and hollered down, “No coon here!” Both he and I survived the night, and I confessed my “white lie” to the Lord.
I did learn a lesson about raccoons that night—their agility in the trees was impressive. And they had managed to get the dogs to bark up the wrong tree.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
“I don’t care—whatever! Do what you want.” As a term of disdain, whatever is a popular response. We tend to use it when frustrated in the tension of an argument—“Whatever!” It basically says “I’m done. The argument is over.”
The current climate of political turmoil in the 2016 Presidential Election has tended to elicit that kind of response in me. Of course I care about the consequences of electing the wrong person. I’m a conservative nationalist, not a liberal globalist. I care about financial responsibility, not excessive spending, and I put less government over more government. This election year, character and integrity are out the window and favorability ratings for both candidates are scraping the bottom; therefore, I’m not voting for the person—I’m voting for what I believe is best for America.
“Whatever” is still my response, however—not as a citizen of the United States of America, but as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. I care very much about the outcome of the election, but it will make no difference in who I am and what I do. My allegiance to Jesus Christ and His purposes in the world towers above any political concern. He is the One who sets up rulers and removes rulers. We are about to see what He will do with America.
Dr. Dan Hayden
Throughout its existence, A Word from the Word has clearly been a personality-driven ministry—that is, 35 years of Dan Hayden’s Bible teaching, shared nationally and internationally through this nonprofit ministry, originally called Christolized Ministries. An intrinsic problem exists with personality based ministries, however. When the personality is unable to carry on because of health issues or death, the ministry often dies. This has led Dan to think about perpetuity—the idea of continuing AWFTW beyond his lifetime.
In the providence of God, Dan’s desire for a long-lasting continuance of A Word from the Word will begin to become a reality. As of September 2016, AWFTW will partner with Horizon Education Network, a ministry based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Horizon is experiencing rapid growth as a premier distance learning education network designed to provide accredited biblical training for the international body of Christ. Facilitating course work in a growing number of languages, Horizon harnesses new learning technologies in the development of courses and programs of study that are culturally sensitive.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
What is the prophetic significance of Britain leaving the European Union? That question is on the mind of every student of biblical prophecy.
Brexit, or Britain’s exit from the EU, certainly qualifies as a major event in the course of nations. Only time will tell if this emerges as a grand shift in our understanding of end-time events—or if it is a mere blip in the kaleidoscope of international changes. The temptation to say something notable as a teacher of Bible prophecy certainly hangs in the air, but trying to pinpoint a specific chapter and verse in the Bible to explain how British politics affects the overall prophetic scenario would no doubt border on sensationalism. So, I’m content to wait and continue observing.
Similar questions have been raised concerning the prophetic implications of ISIS and international terrorism, Russian expansionism by Putin, the Greek economic implosion, and the growth of Chinese influence in the world. My answer to these questions usually centers around the idea of stage setting. God does seem to be arranging the international landscape to accommodate His end game. One day everything will be in place and the prophetic picture will be too clear to miss. Until then we continue to work the puzzle, searching for the right pieces and putting back the pieces we thought might fit but have come to realize don’t fit after all.
This is not to imply that there is nothing to say about major current events as we seek to discover their possible significance in the scope of Bible prophecy. We can certainly speculate about “what ifs” as long as we don’t take ourselves too seriously. So, perhaps you won’t mind humoring me as I tinker with ideas about how Brexit may fit into the prophetic picture.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
When you’re 20 years old and plagued with more self-confidence than wisdom, you do stupid things. I was a college sophomore with friends to impress, so I needed wheels. An upper classman had just put his ’46 Harley up for sale and I just knew I had to have it. Straddling a rumbling motor on wheels with a classic windshield and a suicide clutch appealed to my impulsive spirit—and since the guy was selling it for almost nothing, I bought it. Really dumb only begins to describe the decision.
After a few weeks, spring break provided an opportunity to ride The Beast home from school to surprise my folks (school, being in the Chicago area and home located on Long Island, New York). That’s 800 miles. The adventure was irresistible.
Stupid doesn’t consider the consequences of youthful indiscretions, so I was totally unprepared for what happen. In Indiana, one of the two pistons blew. After limping to a motorcycle repair shop, I also blew most of my travel money. By the time I made it to Cleveland the next day, lake-effect snow covered the roads. The foot-activated suicide clutch almost fulfilled its name as a quick change of gears caused the rear wheel to spin out. Sliding down Euclid Avenue behind a horizontal motorcycle in rush hour traffic is not the best way to stay alive. Cars scattered and the sliding bike with its human trailer finally came to a halt. It took a half hour, sitting with my bike on the side of the road to compose myself.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
So, when are you really a loser . . . when somebody says you are? When you, yourself, think you are? Or, when you actually lose?
I am writing this the day after the Iowa caucuses (February 2, 2016), and Donald Trump lost to Ted Cruz. In fact, according to political pundits, Ted Cruz got more votes than any other candidate in Iowa history.
The irony in all of this is that Donald Trump boasted of running the table in the Republican Primaries. He boasted that he’s a winner—and winners don’t lose. The hard reality however is that he did lose. Even Marco Rubio closed his margin on Mr. Trump to finish a strong third. So, is Donald Trump a loser?