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Its A Wonderful Life

Its A Wonderful Life

I caught the entrepreneurial bug early but have not been able to make a living from my endeavors. I have done amazing things. I have tried just about everything in my niches. I learned a lot. One of the most important things is that not all niches are profitable. I am passionate about business. If it weren’t for my love of the outdoors, motorcycles and blues music I would be on my computer 24/7 trying to do something to further my business.

My wife calls me

the most famous broke guy in America

I preached on the National Day of Prayer at the CIA. I have protected people my whole life. I’ve been an law enforcement officer, protective agent, and intelligence officer.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;— 1 Timothy 1:12

I was licensed to preach at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in 2001. This was ten days before 9/11. I was ordained as a Baptist minister in 2007. I was called as the pastor of Historic Berean Baptist Church in 2008 where I served there faithfully for five years. I now pastor the Speak Life Church, Inc.

I’ve been married to the same person since 1991 and have two adult children doing well.

I’ve spoken at a rally in New York with 20,000 friends cheering me on. I’ve been on African television, CNN, Fox News, local news, and so many media outlets, I can’t remember them all.

I have sold six oil paintings. I’ve published five books. The Amazon.com links are on this site. Here are some of the links to articles I have published.

 

  • http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/up-close-and-personal-with-the-daniel-defense-ddm4v9-5-56-new-gun-review
  • http://blog.beretta.com/author/kenn-blanchard
  • http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/25/book-review-how-the-cia-agent-became-a-pastor/#ixzz35gFx1EVE

 

I have traveled to over a dozen countries and have a great appreciation for life, and liberty.

What does all this mean? What’s the point of this post.  To me, it is a reminder what Socrates said.

“An un-examined life is not worth living”

I’m writing this to remember the past so I can continue on.

I have a few rules.

Rule #1- Everything we do is equal.

The size of your obstacle, challenge, or the length of your journey all begin with one step.

 

Rule #2- We all need a lot of small victories before your finish.

If you are stranded on an island and were able to make a raft that floated that is a big deal. The second is making sure it could sustain your trip for a few days at sea. Next that you could actually get it into the big surf. Everything is steps. The keys to success here are patience, and perseverance.

 

Rule #3- Failure is not final.

We can be really hard on ourselves when we fail on the first attempt. I am. I am learning it is actually good to fail fast, and start again. Sometimes your data is wrong, your map is out of date, or your destination needs to change. It’s ok. It’s not over until you give up your last breath. Every day you get up is a new chance to get it right. Almost all the great inventions and machines of our day took years either to be invented or accepted. You might just be too early. If so, be patient with yourself.

 

Rule #4 – Keep Going

 

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.– Dorothy Thompson

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
When Should You Pull Your Gun?

When Should You Pull Your Gun?

When I wake up and begin my day, the last thing that crosses my mind is worrying if I have to use my firearm. I do not live in a very high crime area of town nor do I venture to more high crime areas. I occasionally frequent bars or lounges but since carrying a firearm, I try not to venture to areas where there is a higher probability of confrontation. As gun owners, when the time arises when we are out and things go from casual to downhill, we must determine when to use our firearm and when not to and at times this can be hard to determine. It’s not always a black and white situation as I myself have had to make quick thought out decisions when it came to using my firearm.

I recently went to Ohio with my girlfriend for her cousin’s birthday party. I live in Pennsylvania, and before leaving for Ohio I researched and studied the firearm laws for conceal carry in Ohio. In 2015, any out-of-state concealed carry permit holder became recognized in Ohio. So before venturing to the Buckeye state, I happily included my handgun and a couple speed loaders with me on my trip.

We attended the party and everyone was drinking and having a good time. There were approximately seventy people at the birthday party. It was located in a quiet suburban area. I was an outsider but conversed with my girlfriend’s family and friends. As the party dipped into the evening hours I noticed two drunk men at the party start to argue with each other. One of the guys shovel the other into a fridge and soon people started to separate the individuals. The argument continued out into the street of the suburban neighborhood. The guy who was shoveled pulled a knife out and made a threat to stab the individual who pushed him. My girlfriend and I are about 200 yards away from the altercation and she suggested that I go over there and try to deescalate the situation. I replied that I’m not getting involved because my life nor her life was not in immediate danger. I told her to call the police and it is their job to get involved and keep the peace. As we walked back to the car to leave, I heard someone cock back the slide of a gun and saw some more people head over to the conflict.

The guy with the knife fled but eventually he called the police. The police eventually arrested him and ended the party. No one was injured. On our way back to the hotel that night, I explained to my girlfriend that if I would have pulled my gun out, I could have been arrested and been in legal trouble trying to deescalate the situation. I told her that carrying a firearm isn’t about saving the day, it’s a responsibility. Often times you have to make a judgment call. The situation might have been different if he had someone at knife point, went on a stabbing rampage, or was threatening my or her immediate safety. But I was in no way in danger. I was always taught to use your firearm as a last resort when you cannot escape. I had an out and I took it. I got away from the danger. As a gun owner, I hope I never have to pull my firearm out for a self defense situation. In the case I have to, I want to be justified in my decision to use it.

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