Spotlight on Guest Writers: Red – Right – Back: By Richard Lewis
As you cruise along a coastline, you may see lighthouses along the way to indicate hazards or port entrances. These important navigation aids only give you a broad overview of where you are. As you get closer to the harbor entrance, buoys and lights will indicate the exact entrance to the channel.
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When Sue and I first learned to sail, the instructor explained the importance of remembering the chorus “Red – Right – Back”. This phrase means that when entering a port or ascending a waterway, red lights or red buoys indicate the right side of the port or channel entrance.
If you come back and the red lights are on the left of your boat, you may be near the shore or sides of the canal and be about to run aground. One can imagine the euphoria of sailors returning home in the fog when they saw the red light indicating that they would soon be sleeping in their own bed at home. Perhaps it was the crew of a fishing boat that sailed far offshore in frightening storms in search of the “deadliest catch” that would make their fishing season profitable. Or maybe it was soldiers returning from WWII, Korea or Vietnam seeing those red lights and knowing that they would soon be in the arms of their loved ones and enjoying the home cooked meal they had. dream.
The red lights represented a return to basics promise and also indicate a warning. If we are sailing correctly, all is well. If we don’t, it could mean being towed across a sandbar or losing your boat on the rocks.
What is God’s message to us if we have been far away and decide to come back? On the human side, one can imagine an everyday scene like that of a prodigal child returning home. At the front door, they can face one of two scenarios. The lost child can be told that there is nothing for him there and that he must go away and never come back. In the other scenario, they can be gathered in the loving arms of their parents knowing that all is forgiven and that all is well. Rest assured that Heavenly Father is anxiously awaiting the return of his prodigal children!
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Paul reminds us that although you were far away, you are now drawn together: Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far have been drawn near by the blood of Christ. “
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus: Romans 8: 1 “Wherefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
The angels throw a feast in your honor when you turn to God: Luke 15: 7 and 10 “Likewise, there is more joy in heaven for a lost sinner who repents and returns to God than for four. – twenty-nineteen others who are righteous and have not strayed! Likewise, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when even one sinner repents.
Richard Lewis is a graduate of Arizona State University (advertising) and California Baptist University (computer information systems). Richard and his wife Sue met while they were on staff at Campus Crusade for Christ for 8 years in the 1970s. Richard served in campus ministry at the University of Texas at El Paso, Louisiana Tech and at international headquarters in San Bernardino, California.
After their ministry at Campus Crusade, Richard owned and operated a bicycle store in Riverside, California for 19 years. After a retraining in the IT field at California Baptist University, Richard worked as a subcontractor and employee of information systems at Boeing for 17 years. Richard has written over 150 articles published in information systems and computing publications, including Windows Magazine and Windows Scripting Solutions. Richard has played a leadership role as a deacon and elder in several churches, as well as a meditation presenter and coordinator of men’s ministry.
Richard wrote hundreds of meditations and devotions that were used in church and small group meetings. Many of them have been featured in The Upper Room and Racers For Christ publications and on their websites.
In 2021, Richard published a collection of his devotions. These are available in a Kindle and Paperback format on Amazon (ISBN 979-8705738878) “Life Stories to Uplift and Encourage”.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
In addition, he writes or has written for several other media outlets; including Riverside Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall / Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and the Law Enforcement News Network, and his reporting has aired on news channels in the Southern California and Northern State areas.
Trevor spent 10 years in the US Army as an orthopedic specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically removed after losing his leg, fracturing his back and sustaining injuries. spinal cord and brain injuries in an industrial accident. (Click here to watch segment of Discovery Channel’s documentary about Trevor’s crash.)
During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including the Robert Presley Detention Center, Temecula Southwest Station, Hemet / Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station; with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Watercraft Based Lake Patrol, Off Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Focused Police Team and personnel and background investigations. He ended his career working as a sex crimes and child sexual abuse investigator and was a court appointed expert in child abuse and child sex crimes.
Trevor has been married for over 30 years and has been the foster parent of over 60 children over the age of 13. He is now an adoptive parent and his “flowing family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.