The Ultimate Rags To Riches Story

This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley

We all love this kind of story. And as much as we’re encouraged by the experience of an ordinary person who due to personal drive and perseverance rises from humble beginnings to become a leader of business or industry, we’re especially fond of stories where an absolute nobody is plucked from the faceless crowd and instantly propelled to the pinnacle of success. Great Hollywood stories have been built upon this premise, and they’ve never failed to delight us. But by far the absolute best example of this comes from the Bible and is about you.  Our story begins in the Old Testament Book of 1st Samuel with David and Jonathan.

And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:3-4)

The making of covenants was serious business because people’s lives depended them. A covenant was the strongest bond known to men, and had both business and personal applications that extended even to the descendants of the two parties involved. Here’s an example.

How Not to Have a World Without Nukes

by Stephen Flurry

As if on cue, the same day the Nuclear Security Summit ended, we learned from U.S. and Israeli officials that Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon. If the report is true, the next clash between Hezbollah and Israel will place Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Israel’s nuclear installations, well within striking distance of Iran’s terrorist proxy.

Yet the focus of the two-day summit in Washington earlier this week, which included representatives from 47 nations, was aimed at loose nukes that might fall into the hands of terrorist groups like al Qaeda, rather than the nations actively engaged in building nuclear weapons and supplying terrorist groups with weapons intended for use against civilians.

On Tuesday, President Obama said, “[T]oday is an opportunity—not simply to talk, but to act. Not simply to make pledges, but to make real progress on the security of our people.” Ironically, perhaps the most notable “achievement” at the summit was convincing China to talk about the possibility of sanctions against Iran.