Monthly Archives: June, 2013

The Path to Greatness

Today’s world is filled with competition, notoriety, and prestige.  it’s a fast paced race toward something greater than where we are right now, according to our own intellect.  Time and time again we feel the need to be first in this race, and when we don’t achieve that level of position, we become angry, frustrated with the results.  We all have fallen in the worlds trap.  We want more, more, more, and will get it at any cost.  Even Jesus group of followers fell trap to this way of thinking.  In Mark 10 v. 36, Jesus asked a simple question to his disciples “What do you want me to do for you?  (37) They replied,  “Let one of us sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.”  (38) You don’t know what you are asking, Jesus said.  Often in our lives we see a destination, but we fail to recognize it’s not as easy as it looks.  We race towards something not realizing others along the way could be affected (Read verse 41).  We don’t count the cost (read verse 43, 44 & 45)  The path to greatness is not who we can get to serve us, but it’s just the opposite.  The path to greatness is who can we serve, in the name of Jesus, in our path of life.  For further study, read Mark chapter 10 verses 36 thru 45.        

Have a great day!!!

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How to Reap the Rewards of Righteousness During Tribulation

Luke 22 v. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the son of man with a kiss?  (49)When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord shall we  smite with the sword? kjv

John 18 v 10 – Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear…  (11) Jesus commanded Peter, “put your sword away!  Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?   niv     

  • How do we respond when others try to hurt us, or mislead us for their personal benefit?

Jesus teaches us a lesson in reaping the rewards of righteousness during tribulation times.

  1. Be angry and sin not – Ephesians 4 v 26 – Be angry and sin not, let not the sun go down on your wrath.  KJV
  • John 18 v 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear.  The servants name was Malchus.  (11) then said Jesus unto Peter, Put Up thy Sword… 

     2.  Put up thy Sword – John 18 v 11

  • Romans 12 v 15: Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep.

    3.  Obey God – John 18 v 11 …the cup which my father hath given me, shall I not  drink it?  James 1 v 20:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

* Obey God in the little things, then when the big things come you will have a foundation to stand upon.
* All of us today have cups that we must drink from.
* READ 2 Thessalonians 5 v 1-28

Our prayer should be – Lord, make me an instrument of you peace. Where there is hatred, let me show love; where there is injury, let me show pardon; where there is doubt, let me show faith; where there is despair, let me show hope; where there is darkness, let me show light. IJN AMEN
 

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My Morning Prayer 6-18-13

Dear Lord,  Thank you for the blessings of another morning.  Thank you for your blessings of another safe shift.  Praise and Honor, we lift up to you.  We admire the works of your majesty.  The beauty of your landscapes.  The depths of your seas,  We admire the upward spaces where your stars and moon and sun congregate.  We admire the message of it all, we are surrounded by your greatness, and we are destined to follow you.  Just as creation followed the voice of God, and you Lord said “this is good.” When we follow you O God, we can hear your approval of peace, and direction in our hearts.  Bless this day I pray and may we bless you God with our voice of praise and thanksgiving.    IJN Amen.  (IN JESUS NAME)  

CISD “Critical Incident Stress Debriefing”

Critical incident Stress Management is a vital tool the Chaplains network have in our tool box to aid in support for the emergency worker that has been involved in a critical incident. Critical Incident debriefing occurs one to ten days from the onset of an incident. A team of trained people, usually consisting of fire chaplains and peers (someone trained, that is in our profession that might serve in another fire department), and may also consist of a mental health professional. This team once invited by a department or organization will meet at an appointed time to discuss the incident. The emergency workers that are at the debriefing are encouraged to express their thoughts however are not required to. If you were at the scene of the incident and choose to attend the CISD, you might encourage those in your crew to attend. Our profession is full of stessors as it is, but these unordinary calls that catch us by surprise don’t have to be kept suppressed within us. We have an outlet in CISD. These meetings are confidential and in no way is a critique of the call.
If I can assist you please give me a call. May God bless, watch over and protect you, your family, and your crews.