Monday, February 26, 2007

The Shocking Reality

Jesus told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2)

Our static probe man decided to leave on the previous helicopter. This left only two of us on the PZ to slingload the last humvee. One to guide the helicopter and the other to hook-up the vehicle to the aircraft. As the giant CH-47 flew in to pick up the humvee, I slammed the clevis onto the cargo hook unassisted. I got the shock of my life! The jolt threw me off the vehicle. You see, the static probe man’s job was to discharge all the static electricity from the aircraft. Though we were short a key man, we drove on with the mission. We are doing this in the Church today. We are missing key men and women to help build the Kingdom of God. Two things; 1. Prepare yourself to be shocked by those who simply ‘Stand-by.’ 2. Pray that others will roll up their sleeves and join us in the effort.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Running Low

He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." About five thousand men were there… (Luke 9:13-14)

In the military, we know what it means to run low. The logistics tail gets a long and skinny and we start feeling the squeeze. We can remember the times when we were running out of chow, water, ammo, fuel, batteries, daylight, socks, etc… In this life, we can start being drained physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Isn’t nice to know that we have a God who owns the universe? He can supply our needs even when it looks like our personal supply lines are running low.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Belay-Man

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

One of my greatest fears was climbing on Mount Yonah during the two-man buddy climb. It’s a shear cliff and if you fell the only thing between you and rock poisoning was your belay-man. It was his responsibility to hold the rope in case you slipped during your climb and you had to trust him. The only question, ‘was he trustworthy?’ Thankfully, there is no question when it comes to the trustworthiness of God. He is the Great Belay-Man; ‘He is able to keep you from falling.’

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

In Panama while I was doing jungle training we ran out of water. We got so thirsty that we elected to fill our canteens with the water from a mud puddle. It took 4 iodine tablets and sifting the mud and sticks between our teeth as we drank. God makes sure that we always have cool, clean water. But if we don't report to Him and draw our rations, we are left with the foul waters of our own choosing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ (Jeremiah 1:5)

Each person is special in God's eyes. He sees us before we are even born. He equips us with our own special destiny and then ushers us into the world. But each day brings the little choices that lead us closer or further from the glory. God has big plans for us. Are we fulfilling our God-given destiny? It starts with the right choices right now.

Monday, February 19, 2007


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

I've done a lot of dangerous things in my career. Jumping out of aircraft, repelling out of helicopters, surf infiltration, platoon night live fires, and the list goes on. I also took my life into my hands every time I drove my car when I was stationed in Italy. But the things I worry about are usually simple. How are my boys going to do in life, what will my next assignment be, am I doing a good job. We worry about all kind of things. But God says, ‘Stop worrying, call unto me and I'll take care of you.’ We can take Him at His Word. Lift up you worries to Him in faith and carry on.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

At times as a chaplain you have to tell people they are wrong. And sometimes that includes the Commander. When I was stationed at Ft. Stewart I had to go into the Old Man's office and tell him he was making a big mistake in leadership. He sat there silently and listened to what I had to say. Now as the Commander he doesn't have to listen to a Captain Chaplain. And who's to say I was right. I'm only an advisor. But he humbled himself. He said, ‘Chaplain, you are right. I'm going to change that.’ Humility is a rare trait among those who serve in the military, but when you see it, you really appreciate it. I really admired the Commander for that. Remember this, teachability and humility go hand in hand. Don't let your pride get in the way of your personal or spiritual growth.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. (Ephesians 5:3)

There is a very distinct sound when the chaplain comes visiting in the field. You can hear it in the tents, on a M1 tank, in the fighting position, and even in the Tactical Operation Center. It's the sound of rustling pages of the pornographic magazines as they fly to a safe hiding place. Why? Well most guys don't want the chaplain to see such things that a man of the cloth shouldn't. But another reason is because many of them are professing Christians and they know they're wrong. The real damage is not done when the chaplain is around. The real damage is done when our comrades observe a believer acting in a obviously ungodly manner. We call that hypocrisy. Adjust Fire, Fire for Effect, Over.

Application: The worst source of pornographic temptation today is the internet. I assume that if you are reading this Blog entry, you have the internet. If you are struggling, may I recommend that you get an accountability partner and Covenant Eyes at and fight this one with all your might.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ (John 13:34-35)

We have all heard it said, 'Do as I say, Not as I do.' But we also know that this form of leadership doesn't cut it. Jesus was a Do as I Do leader. He says, ‘Here's My Command, Love one another.’ But, He doesn't leave it there. He adds, ‘As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ He leads by example. Now the real question; are we loving one another the way Christ loved us? Follow the leader!

Application: Start reading a gospel and write down the ways Jesus loved others and then practice the same.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

I must have listened to a 1000 warning orders as a Ranger Instructor. In the warning order you have the mission statement which covers the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Here Jesus gives His mission statement to His disciples and to the church for that matter. Who = You, What = Receive Power, When = the Holy Spirit comes on You (you become a Christian), Where = Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth, Why = to tell others about Christ. Pretty simple, right? It was meant to be. Are you accomplishing the MISSION?

Application: Step 1: Tell someone in your city about Jesus. Step 2: Tell someone in your state about Jesus. Step 3: Tell someone from another nation about Jesus.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10)

One of the things chaplains get stingy about is their vehicle. First, they have to be lucky enough to have one and then they have to be like a pit bull to keep it from being taken away. Another thing chaplain's vehicles are know for is being poorly maintained. I took a lot of pride in the fact that not only did I have a vehicle but kept it in great shape. One day the SGM asked me if he could have one of my windshield wipers. WHAT? Everything in me wanted to say NO but I remembered the law of giving. When you give, you receive. So with great reluctance I gave him one of my two windshield wiper blades. From that moment on the SGM flooded me with things I needed. He gave me a radio for my vehicle, a man to help me when my chaplain assistant got sick, different supplies, and the list goes on and on. All for one windshield wiper blade. When you give, it comes back. That's the law of giving.

Application: How are you giving to the Lord (your finances, your time, your abilities)?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

We were at the NTC and it was time for the arduous task of fixing, cleaning, and turning in vehicles. As I walked through the motor pool talking to troops and passing out ice-cold sodas, I saw CPT B. Now, to see a Captain in the motor pool was not rare, but to see one covered in grease and oil, armpit deep in the engine compartment is another thing. As I talked to the guys in Headquarters Company it was evident they really admired their commander. The good captain did not spend more that a couple of hours playing mechanic, but it sure made an impression on his men. As leaders we have a lot to do but it pays great dividends when we will occasionally pitch in on the mundane stuff our warriors do day in and day out. Christ did it and so can you.

Application: Who can you serve for the Kingdom today? Write down one thing you can do for one person today in order to demonstrate Christ's love.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

As we run in formation we may hear someone calling jodies and hear the term ‘rock steady.’ I love that term because that's the way I'm supposed to live my life. But this doesn't only pertain to the military. It also has a lot to do with living the faith. We, as Christians, can't afford to be weak or wimpy. We've got to give it our best everyday. God's given us our marching orders for the day. Are we hardcore about completing the assignments or do we snivel and fall out? Never Quit! Rock Steady for Christ!

Monday, February 05, 2007


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

In setting up any defensive perimeter you must establish the priorities of work. This is a logical order of tasks to ensure the defense is established in a secure and effective manner. If the priorities of work are out of order you can have confusion, wasted time and resources, and potentially the loss of life. In the Christian life it's the same. Our first priority is to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness. If we put this task anywhere but at the top of the list we will be hindered in all other tasks. What's your top priority?

Application: How can you leverage your job, possessions, family, experiences, knowledge, etc... for the Kingdom of God?

Sunday, February 04, 2007


Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

One of the greatest advantages I have in my ministry to soldiers is my prior enlisted time. I've raked pine needles and piled rocks as a private. I've had to lead my buddies as a newly promoted SGT. I've had the leadership challenges that come with leading a 32 man platoon as a PSG. I've been cold, wet, and hungry. Yup, I've been there and done that. And soldiers appreciate someone who has walked a mile in their boots. But God has too. He came to earth as a man. He showed us that He had to endure hunger, sadness, temptation, pain, and yes, even death. He showed us how to fish for men as a man. He's walked a mile in our boots. He knows what we're going through. We can trust Him because we know He's been there, done that.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

The tensile strength of a climbing rope is about 3000 lb. The strength of a snap-link is about 500 lb. These are the numbers we use to give to the Air Assault students before they rappelled from the 30 ft. tower. There were two kinds of students. Those who were a little nervous but trusted the rope and snap-link to hold them, and those who were terrified that the rope or snap-link would break and you couldn’t pry them off the tower with a crow bar. This lack of faith can be paralyzing. Of course, the parallel can be easily seen in the spiritual realm as well. What's God's tensile strength? INFINITY. He can hold you.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Got Stars in Your Eyes?

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
(Philippians 3:8)

“The writers of the gospels were not afflicted with the biographic mania. Moreover the Apostles were not their theme. Christ was their hero; and their sole desire was to tell what they knew of Him. They gazed steadfastly at the Sun of Righteousness and in His effulgence they lost sight of the attendant stars. Whether they were stars of first magnitude or of the second or of the third, made little difference.” (The Training of the Twelve, A.B. Bruce)

Application: Look up at the dawn sky to watch the sun rise. All those stars that are disappearing before you represent any famous or noteworthy person compared to the brilliance of the Son.