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911 Prayer Breakfast

You and your family are invited to the MFFA’s Annual, Prayer Breakfast Friday morning Sept. 11, 2015, at 8 a.m. The location will,  again be, The Maple Street Grill at the downtown Square, in Murfreesboro Tn.   Mike, and his staff have done an outstanding, service for our event, the past 5 years and I’m sure this year will be no exception.   TPFFA President Eddie Mitchell will be our guest speaker, and will be sharing some of the laws the international has helped pass, involving firefighter safety.  I will be offering a message on “Change in the Fire Service,” followed by prayer and a wreath ceremony.  Thank you for all you do, I appreciate serving you a Chaplain.

See you there!

Lee D.

Nuggets for the day – the sticky notes on my desk

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  • FAITH – Believe that God Can!!!
  • Jesus, Help me to give my life away to you everyday.
  • We are so prone to “finish someone” by what they have done.  We are finished with them because they hurt me.  But God might be just beginning.  Beginning with that person.
  • Problems tend to cause me to trust Jesus, at the same time, I try to refocus on the “what If’s.”  Its a struggle.
  • God can get us alone and wrestle our stubbornness to the ground.  Consider Jacob? Genesis 32 v. 24 – 30.
  • Trust – He wants me to trust HIM beyond my temptations.
  • God is attractive to my weakness.
  • My flesh says “I can’t,”  but God can.
  • God uses the wilderness to get our attention.
  • The people God blesses, the poor in spirit, the mourners, the pure, those who hunger for right living, the persecuted – Matthews Gospel – The beatitudes.
  • To get to the presence of God, we must stoop to enter.
  • The people Jesus attracted Sinners, prostitutes, demon possessed, tax collectors, zealots, the outcast of society.
  • FAITH – Believe that God Can!!!

Thanks for letting me share my sticky notes with you.  Be safe, and have a great evening!

USS Indianapolis Survivor Edgar Harrell 5-16-2015 “You are Invited”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and meet an American Hero, Saturday May 16th 2015 @ Unity Free Will Baptist Church @ 1901 Florence Rd.  Mr. Edgar Harrell has graciously accepted my invitation to come and share his story with  us this Saturday.  Mr. Harrell has already booked over 150 events this year.  He has a story that needs to be heard by our generation.  I read his book last year, call “Out of the Depths,” and to be frank with you, I couldn’t put it down.  He shared details of that horrific day when the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a Japanease submarine.  I want to invite you and your family, especially your children, to be part of this special day.  A love offering will be taken at the end of Mr. Harrells presentation to offset his cost.  He has a team of people that travel with him, including a retired Lieutenant Colonel.  I will see you on Saturday.    Thank you and God Bless you.         

“Out of the Depths”

Where can I go from Thy Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Thy hand will lead me,
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
Psalm 139:7-10

OUT of the DEPTHS

Dedicated to my shipmates, the crew of the USS Indianapolis.
—Ed Harrell, USMC

On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis departed from San Francisco for the American B-29 base on Tinian island with a top-secret cargo that would ultimately put an end to World War II—components for the first operational atomic bombs. After a record run, covering 5,300 miles in only ten days, the Indianapolis successfully delivered her cargo on July 26, 1945, and was ordered to set a course from Guam to the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. Traveling unescorted, at fourteen minutes past midnight on July 30, 1945, she was hit by two Japanese torpedoes midway between Guam and Leyte, sending her to a watery grave in twelve minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, about 900 sailors and Marines entered the water. Due to a series of Navy debacles, no one knew of their plight. Five horrifying days later, 317 men who had survived the terror of shark attacks, hypothermia, severe dehydration and salt-water hallucinations, were accidentally spotted and rescued.

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Time : 9:30 A.M.

Location : Unity Free Will Baptist Church 1901 Florence Rd.

Landmark:  If you are leaving station 5, turn left on Florence Rd., after you cross the I-840 bridge, the church is on the right.  

I’LL SEE YOU SATURDAY!!             Have a blessed week. 

Be Fully Equipped

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 Good Morning,  I was just thinking about how we have to be ready in a moments notice to respond to a fire or a medical call.  Equipment, we have about, everything we need to meet the demands of the day.  Yesterday, we swapped back to our pumper, from the standby pumper.  Before we starting moving equipment back over, I went into the office and retrieved the equipment list that was written down during the first swap.  We used this list to make sure we put back on our truck the tools and essentials that was taken off.  Our equipment is so vital to our profession, that every piece of transferred equipment is documented, so it doesn’t get lost in  the shuffle.  We must be fully equiped to met the demands of our profession.  Any piece of equipment, fire or medical could be significant in the way we respond to a situation that occurs.

I was also thinking this morning, how God wants us to be fully equipped to met the demands of life.  2 Timothy 3 v 17 says …that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV)       

  • Ephesians 2 v 10 – For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.   
  • Romans 15 v 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 
  • Hebrews 13 v 21 Equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

God equips, us believers in Christ for His purposes.  As Firefighters, we are equipped to respond in a moments notice, to challenging and changing events. God has done the same for us as Christ followers.  He has equipped us with everything we need to get through lifes hurdles.  Doesn’t mean it will be easy, most struggles are tough.  2 Timothy 2 v 3  says that we are to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”   Soldiers are equiped and prepared for war.  God has no less standards for us.  He has equiped us for the battles ahead, so when life hammers you with a 3 a.m. unexpected house fire, be encouraged, because you will respond with your crew members., and together, equipped, with the right tools, you will be able to take care of the situation at hand.   So remember, your are mightily equipped, and have other believers near you, to help. Never stop, keep advancing with the tools God has given to you.  God will give you the right tool (Holy Bible) to meet your need and challenge. 

God Bless You!   Lee D.         

You’re invited to a time of Prayer Dec. 31 2014

Good morning, I hope you’re having a great day. I want to invite you to an afternoon of prayer.  Starting at 4 o’clock to midnight at Unity Free Will Baptist at 1901 Florence Road, will be a evening dedicated to prayer. I have a prayer tent setup with prayer altars inside it, also,  prayer stations set up for private prayer.  This is not a church service, just an opportunity for anyone to come by and pray.  The prayer tent is an awesome experience, for private prayer, dedicated for you and God.  If you have any questions please give me a call.

 

Thank you and have a Great Day.

Be Thankful

Be Thankful for the little things, such as a beautiful sunrise.  I got up early one morning at the fire station and captured this picture, with the glow of a new sunrise, just beyond the horizon, as the moon stands above the morning sky, welcoming a new day. 

If you need a break, and you have no place to travel to, just look up and enjoy the beauty of a sunrise or the tranquility of a sunset.  The Bible says in Proverbs 8 v 17 – ” I love them that love me, and those that seek me early find me.” and this is true.  Also we might see some things that go along with seeking the Lord early, like finding a beautiful sunrise.  The Lords handywork is all around, even when we are on duty. 

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever – 1 chronicles 16 : 34

Have a Blessed Thanksgivng!!!

911 Prayer Breakfast – Thank you.

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Good evening,

Thank you for making the 911 Prayer Breakfast an annual event.  This was a very special time for all of us, as we reflected on 9-11-2001.  Especially moving with all the testimonies that were given from the floor, and the Chaplain from Shelbyville, giving a great message about life monuments that we should never forget, because it is part of our history, and our life story.  Thank you again, you are the best, and I’m, priviledged to serve as you Chaplain.

Thank You

Chaplain Lee Douglas

 

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911 Prayer Breakfast – ***Thursday 9-11-2014, 8:30a.m. @ Maple Street Grill***

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Good Morning,

September 11th is fast approaching, and with that, comes our annual prayer breakfast.  The Murfreesboro Firefighters Association would like to invite you to our annual prayer breakfast on Thursday Sept. 11th 2014 at the Maple Street Grill.  This year we will be meeting promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the Maple Street Grill 109 N. Maple Street, on Historic Downtown Square, Murfreesboro Tn. 

A friendly atmosphere of fellowship will accompany, breakfast, a time of reflection on Sept. 11, 2001, a time of prayer for our Nation, Government leaders, Emergency Workers, our Military, and Veterans, followed by our guest Speaker,  and a Wreath Ceremony at the Firefighter Memorial on the square.

This year’s speaker is Geoff Giesemann. I met Geoff during the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains annual training at TFACA, a couple of years ago.  Geoff has a heart for the fire service and the communities we serve.  We have firefighters that attend his church, and I believe, Geoff will be a blessing to us, as he shares what God has placed on his heart, for our prayer breakfast.  

    Geoff is the Pulpit minister at the Fairlane Church of Christ, Shelbyville, TN.   He has been married to his wife Patti for 37 years.  The Giesemanns were missionaries in Venezuela from 1978-1988.  Geoff planted Hispanic churches in Atlanta, GA for 15 years prior to moving to Shelbyville.    Geoff is the President of the Board of Directors for Right Steps Inc. an orphanage in Nigeria, and travels there frequently to work with the children.  He has served as Volunteer Chaplain for the Shelbyville Fire Dept. for one year, and is also a Certified First Responder.   The Giesemanns have two daughters and two grand children.

I Look forward to seeing you this Thursday morning at 8:30.  If you have any questions please give me a call.

  •   May God bless and keep you safe this week.   Lee D.

 

What Causes The Struggles to Resurface?

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 Stress, it is common to all, and does not discriminate.  It effects the wealthy and the poor, the young and the mature in age.  Stress for me causes an intersection of decision to appear.  Thinking about the outcome of stress, can cause, a deeper slide into a pit of despair.  The thoughts of an unwelcome outcome from a situation, a stressor, can trigger actions of self indulgence that temporarily provides an escape to a place that momentarily feels safe, but once leaving that space, we once again are immersed in the struggle.  Added to the struggle is now guilt, why did I resort back to the thing I had victory over.  Condemnation also can cause one to think, “I said I”d never go back to that,”  Now being thrusted back to the intersection of decision again.

Depression is something that many struggle with, including myself.  Lack of self esteem, lack of approval, degrading comments by others, lack of fulfillment, in my opinion, can lead to depression.  Loss of control, not being able to put things in perspective, are signs of depression.  Feeling as if you are in a dark place, a pit that you can’t get out of.  I’ve heard some people say, “How could someone be depressed, look at all the things he or she has going for themselves, or look at what the person possesses.”  It’s not about possessions or status.

Suicide is a subject that we don’t want to talk about, but it resurfaces over and over again.  In the media this week, we hear  of a well liked comedian / actor, that had some deep  battles, which perhaps, lead to a completed suicide.  There is a crossroad of decision, and a load of pressure or thoughts that push one to an unwelcome road of thoughts of ending their life.  The thoughts from the paragraph above are attributes of depression, however the “dark pit,” is a serious place to be.  I hope that you are not at that crossroads.  I hope you are not encountering the “dark pit.”  If you are please seek a trusted friend and express your thoughts.  Maybe there is a co-worker who can be trusted, in which you confide  in. Feel free to call me, I would be more than happy talk with you.  The city has a EAP program that has confidential counseling services to help you and your family if needed.  That number is 1-800-822-4847 to schedule an appointment.  Please don’t let the depression take root, there is counseling available.

Depression, suicidal thoughts are not uncommon.  We can look at the Bible, and find an account of a man, who one minute was on top of the world, and the next minute was running for his life, wanting to die.  Sound familiar?  Lets look a little deeper.

Elijah on Mount Carmel – Elijah Experiencing Gods blessings   -1 Kings 18 – (NIV) The Bible

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

1 Kings 19 New International Version (NIV)

Elijah Flees to Horeb – Elijah is running for his life, and wants to die. – I Kings 19 (NIV) – The Bible

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

You see depression doesn’t escape anyone.  Elijah was a man of God, experiencing the blessings and miracles from God one day.  The next day he is afraid and is running for his life and wants to die.  Seeing God in the midst of trouble is the light that we need to look for.  Nothing just happens to a Christ follower.  Elijah’s experience with depression is an example for us, not to run away, but to run to God.  Sometimes that still small voice is what we need to listen to.  Its not always in the dramatics of life, that God is in, but in the stillness of the moment.  So if your at a crossroads, look for the light, Jesus is the light.  In Him is no darkness at all.

Note: This blog was written, not by a professional counselor, but by a friend wanting to share his thoughts.  This blog is strictly my opinion, and is not intended as a professional counseling page.

May God bless you, and your family this week.