Tuesday, May 3, 2011

400-408 – • San Diego 6 (5/3/2011) Former Navy Seal Breaks Down bin Laden Kill Mission.

The Navy SEALs who carried out this week's capture or kill raid on Usama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan are some of the most physically fit and mentally equipped soldiers on the planet – and for good reason.

These men, known as the Navy's sea, air, land commandos, are put through what many experts regard as the toughest and most rigorous training in the world.

It involves a seven-week course known as BUD/S, which stands for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs. This period includes an indoctrination course, followed by a conditioning phase and land warfare phase. If that wasn't enough, the infamous "Hell Week" is thrown into the mix as well.

This phase of the training is the by far the harshest, with 132 hours of continuous physical training and less than four hours of sleep. This is not only a true test of the limits of a person's physical capabilities, but it's really about their mental toughness. 

According to one Navy SEAL instructor, "Hell Week" requires 90 percent mental and only 10 percent physical strength and capability. //

• Fox News (5/3/2011) Navy SEALs Exhibit the Ultimate Mental Toughness.  Currently, there are about 2,500 active duty Navy SEALs with nine SEAL teams dispersed throughout the East and West Coasts. Every year, about 1,000 men start SEAL training with only 200 to 250 making it through the grueling process.

Commander Mark Divine, was a Navy Seal for 20 years, and is the founder and CEO SEALFIT in Encinitas, where current SEALS and SEAL candidates train to become warrior-athletes (  Commander Divine spent 10 years active duty, 5 years with SEAL Team 3, 2 years at SEAL Delivery Team 1, and 2 years at the Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (with a tour in Iraq in 2004), he has a total of 10 years with the SEAL Reserves.  He just retired earlier this year.  Mark is a graduate of Colgate University with a BA in Economics, then he did an MBA at NYU, and was working for Cooper & Lybrand on Wall Street preparing to take the CPA exam on Wall Street – when he decided to take on a real challenge, becoming an officer with the Navy SEALS.  Mark graduated as the Honor Man of his class in 1990, the honor bestowed upon the top student of the class.

Official Website of the US Navy SEALS.  See their training manual!

413-423 – Commander Mark Divine

428-437 – Commander Mark Divine

443-452 – Commander Mark Divine

458-508 – • George Friedman (Stratfor, 5/3/2011) The Death of bin Laden and a Strategic Shift in Washington.  With the President removing Petraeus from the battlefield and placing him at Langley to run the CIA, this removes a key obstacle to an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan.  (Colson's Breakpoint was along the same lines.)

512-523 – • Albert Mohler (5/2/2011) The Trial that Still Must Come — The Death of Osama bin Laden and the Limits of Human Justice.  As is always the case, we are left with a sense that a higher court is still needed. Christians know that Osama bin Laden escaped the reach of full human justice and a trial for his crimes, but he will not escape the judgment that is to come. Bin Laden will not escape his trial before the court of God. Until then, sober satisfaction must be enough for those still in the land of the living.

528-539 – Calls

• Ynet News (5/3/2011) J'lem imam: Obama will soon hang.  (Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque imam vows to avenge killing of Osama bin Laden in Youtube video. 'Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions'.

• Kevin Eckstrom (Religion News Service, 5/2/2011) Is it OK for Christians to cheer the death of a terrorist?

544-554 – Errol St. Clair Smith, with P.I.C.S. Worldwide Ministries (, which stands for Photographers In Christ's Service based at Saddleback Church.  Their vision is to build a global network of Christian photographers to share their knowledge, skills, and experiences.

558-608 – Errol St. Clair Smith,

612-623 – Eric Metaxas, author of the bestseller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy ( – which just won "Book of the Year" from the Christian publishers last night in Colorado Springs!

628-639 – Eric Metaxas,

644-656 – (3:23) Jay Sekulow Montage played today about the death of Osama bin Laden.

• Dr. Dobson will be our special guest-speaker at two upcoming events, both on Thursday, May 26th – first, our Pastor's Luncheon at the Universal Hilton that's free to all church staff and their wives, and second, our big listener event that evening at Lake Avenue at 7pm.  They're both free, but you need to pre-register with us at