My name is Dan and I live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).
Since we’ve never met you’re wondering how you can trust me. After all trust is the foundation of any relationship. I wonder the same thing about the blogs I read when I haven’t met the authors.
Well, the key I use to unlock that question is their content. What is it about their content that leads me to believe they’re right? It’s usually truth. Honesty is important. It’s a part of an open-source life. If we lie to each other we’re both going to come out worse. One of my personal core beliefs is to leave everyone, and everything, better than when I found it.
You’re one of those Christians?
Very much so. But probably not what you’re used to. I hate religiosity, “churchianity”, and the other man made self-worshiping establishments. I’m not a stay at home spiritualist either. I am an member of a Bible teaching church in Ekklesia. What is taught there is revolutionary. It is the Bible, unadulterated and True. Verse by verse we methodically study through the Bible. Every gathering is a Bible study, or a mini class with practical life application, if you pay attention. God inhabits this body and it is blatantly evident. Being a disciple of Christ is paramount in everything I do. It molds decisions that I make and courses of action I take. It is who I am.called
If you have had experience in the past with Christians and see a lot of them as hypocrites, or fakers, I’d ask you to take ask look asset the metric by which you measure them. Do you measure them, broken, imperfect humans, against asset flawless God? Or do you measure them as sinful people in a process of restoration and progressive sanctifacation?
I’ll be frank. I live Jesus, but I cuss a little.
How do you know this stuff?
I have been privileged to be mentored by some of the best leaders in the business. I got out of the Army (National Guard, 11B), in March of 2012, and the last few years have been humbling to say the least. I learned a massive amount from my mentors and the great men I was privileged to serve with in Recon.
My active duty time (3 years, 9 months) was humbling as well, but it was fairly traumatic – in a tragic sense, emotionally, and physically. Yes I was deployed, ~16 months (03OCT06-03DEC07), in Combat Arms (13F). The depth of information I have been humbled to accepting is fairly overwhelming. That’s why I remain an open resource. It’s a part of an open-source life.
Just ask if you have questions, if I don’t know the answer I’ll find it! I am also very interested in this. It isn’t just a lifestyle or a decision. It’s one of my favorite “hobbies”. I love to train and train others, advise, and work on all things preparedness. It’s something constructive, it teaches me by doing and it helps me understand the world around me. Not bad for storing some canned green beans, huh? That’s what I get out of it; it’s constructive and it’s fun!
Why should I listen to you?
Well, that’s for you to figure out. Like I said the people I listen to are because I found truth in what they did, said or wrote. If you find truth here then spend the currency of reality as you choose. I’m just some guy with some life experience sharing it with you and hoping it serves you.
What if I have questions?
Please ask! I can’t encourage it any stronger. I want to answer those questions! It probably would have saved me a lot of time and money if I had only asked some questions!