This last weekend Cheryl and I were privileged to be a part of the 86,000 to attend the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Houston, Texas. What a great group of people. Their patriotism was ablaze as the crowded into the Houston convention center. When America’s freedoms were so much as mentioned applause exploded from these people who love their country and are committed body, soul and spirit to protect those freedoms.
I was blessed to be on the program and bring the keynote message at the NRA prayer breakfast on Sunday morning. It turned out to be the largest ever for the NRA with over 900 in attendance. I was honored to share the program that morning with my friend Dr. Rick Rigsby, artist Brian Keith Daniel, and Buck Knife President Chuck Buck. It will be one of the great memories of my journey. I had the opportunity to call men and women to accept Christ and signed card revealed that 123 surrendered to Christ’s as Savior and Lord, and 97 clearly indicated that they were making a significant decision to raise the bar in their relationship and walk with Jesus Christ. Every part of the breakfast played an integral role in that result and we were all honored to work with each other.
Additional program personalities included Glenn Beck, Ollie North, Ted Nugent, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, former Senator and presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum, among so many others.
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1871 that promotes firearm ownership, as well as police training, firearm safety, marksmanship, hunting and self-defense training in the United States. Their defense of America’s Second Amendment is legendary. NRA membership has surpassed 5 million this year.
For a guy who loves to hunt and speak at Wild Game Dinners it was the thrill of a lifetime to be with so many who love the outdoors, love to shoot for sport, hunt and believe the freedom to own arms is constitutional and essential in a free nation. Wish you could have been there if you weren’t! Maybe next year, in Indianapolis.