A Very Present Help

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A Very Present Help

“. . .I am Almighty God . . .
– Genesis 17:1-

Recently, my wife and I had the honor and privilege of flying back, for the fifth time, to Washington D.C. to attend the National Police Week Ceremonies. We go there with the hope and prayer of ministering to the survivors of our fallen officers. The Lord is gracious and seems to always give us many opportunities to provide emotional and spiritual care with different family members, fellow officers, and friends.

Many of the survivors will want to talk about their loved one, and we give them the opportunity to do so. To sit and listen to their stories is difficult at best, and heart wrenching at worst. As they share their heartache, our own hearts begin to break for them. As much as we would like to heal their hurt, we realize we cannot put a band-aid on a broken heart. These people, in their darkest hour, need comfort and strength much greater than my wife or I can provide. They need the strength of Almighty God to meet their needs and get them through their valley of sorrow and grief. That is the hope we desire to share with them.

I am reminded of an event that took place when I was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. For one week I had the opportunity to ride with the New Orleans Police Department out of District 6 (Fort Apache). As I stood against the back wall during briefing one morning, I noticed a newspaper tacked to the wall, encased in glass. The story was about an officer that had been killed in the line of duty a couple years earlier. There was also a picture of the officer’s wife and their five-year-old son. Underneath the headline was a quote from the officer’s wife. She stated,

“He [her child] said, ‘I want to be a police officer so some mean man can kill me so I can be with my daddy.’ I just grabbed him and cried. I couldn’t believe this was coming out of my five year old’s mouth. That’s when I really began hurting.”

I share this with the hope that we will never, ever forget the pain and loss the families of our fellow officers and firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty endure on a daily basis. Though it may feel awkward to some of you, nonetheless, when we see these hurting people, let us be willing to go to them, talk to them, hug them, and let them know that they, nor their loved one will ever be forgotten. Most of all, when the opportunity presents itself, let’s remind them that God wants to be their strength and fortress in their affliction.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”
-Psalms 46:1-

God bless you,

Chaplain Steve

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Real or Counterfeit

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Real or Counterfeit

“I hate every false way”
-Psalms 119:104-

Recently, the staff at a local bookstore was able to catch an individual attempting to cash a counterfeit $100.00 bill. They were able to detain the suspect until RPD arrived. The officers did an outstanding job investigating the incident. In the end, the suspect was arrested.

Merriam defines counterfeit as, “to imitate; something made in the imitation of something else with intent to deceive.” This suspect was hoping to deceive the cashier in the bookstore as she attempted to purchase something real with something false.

It didn’t happen. Instead, the cashier was able to recognize the money for what it was—counterfeit money. She became suspicious of the bill as she took a moment to not only look at it, but more importantly, feel it. She knew something was not right, and immediately sought the store manager, who in turn detained the suspect.

The suspect will now be spending time behind bars, all because she wanted to play with something that was fake, phony, counterfeit, hoping that she could pass it off as the real thing.

As I thought about this incident, I began to think about the words of Paul when he said, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) I began to think about my own life. Am I the real thing in my walk with the Lord? Am I always imitating Christ? Or, am I a counterfeit? I certainly want to be the real thing, but I also know that, at times, I don’t always appear to be. Sometimes my actions might cause others to wonder whether or not I am a real or counterfeit Christian.

Jesus says that others will know us as His follower by the fruit that we bear in our lives (Matthew 7:16) What is that fruit? The Bible says it is “love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) These are pretty difficult attributes for any of us to attain, yet, if we’re to be the real thing, these attributes will be seen in our lives.

There are times when I become discouraged, when I fail to show myself as the real thing for the Lord, but then God’s word is always there to encourage me, “being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it . . .” (Philippians 1:6;) God’s still working on me and teaching me. And I’m certain that He’s doing the same for you.

“Lead me in Your truth, and teach me”
-Psalms 25:5-

Walk in truth,

Chaplain Steve

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Have You Dropped the Baton?

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Have You Dropped the Baton?

“Therefore, I run thus but not with uncertainty . . .”
—1 Corinthians 9:26—

Something I enjoy very much is watching the Summer and Winter Olympics. I’m especially mindful of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. There we watched some nine-thousand Olympians as they competed to show the world that they were the best in their sport; that they were worthy to receive the coveted gold medal. They each knew what they wanted, so they relentlessly trained for years for this very moment, hoping to bring home “the gold.” Unfortunately, 8121 athletes went home without a medal to show for their efforts.

In many people’s eyes, the athletes who failed to medal returned home “losers.” These people couldn’t be more wrong if they tried. The real truth of the matter is every single Olympian came home a winner. They may not have brought a medal with them, but they returned home with something much more important—their honor. They returned home with the honor of knowing they did their best.

I can’t help but think of the women’s 400 meter relay race where the American women were highly favored to win. But as fate would have it, in the last leg of the race, Lauren Williams dropped the baton as it was passed to her by Tori Edwards. Edwards immediately buried her face in her hands in anguish while Williams, in front of a huge audience, returned to the baton that laid forlornly on the track, picked it up, sprinted her leg, and crossed the finish line in last place. However, because the baton had been dropped, not only did the American team lose the race, they were disqualified.

Because of their disqualification, the record books will say that Lauren Williams didn’t finish the race, but she did. And in doing so she showed the spirit of a true lover of the sport. Maybe she didn’t bring home the gold for her country, but she certainly was no loser. Her honor was intact; she never quit, she never gave up.

My point is this: Like the Beijing Olympians, many believers start out their spiritual race with great determination and enthusiasm. They train carefully for a time, but soon they tire of the effort and begin to break training. Before long they become disqualified to be an effective witness because they have allowed their everyday affairs, personal interests, and oftentimes just plain laziness to obstruct their spiritual growth and service. Their failure to maintain their spiritual training amounts to dropping their spiritual baton.

But here’s the good news—dropping our spiritual baton does not permanently disqualify us. All we have to do is what Lauren Williams did. Pick it up, get back into the race, and run until the day you cross the finish line. It’s never too late!

“. . . if only I may finish the race, and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me . . .”
—Acts 20:24—

It’s never too late to get back in the race,

Chaplain Steve

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Rejoice in the Lord

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Rejoice in the Lord

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God…”
–Isaiah 61:10-

I’m reminded of the words in Robinson Crusoe’s ledger, after he was shipwrecked on a small island. In his ledger, he drew up parallel columns. In one column, he listed the bad points of what happened due to his shipwreck, while in the other column, he listed the good points, in spite of his shipwreck. On the bad side, he stated: I am cast up on a deserted island with no hope of recovery. There is no one to help me. I have no clothes. I have no gun to shoot animals that would eat me. On the good side he wrote: I am not dead, like everyone else on the ship. The ship is beached close enough to land, so that I can retrieve many of her supplies. It’s hot and I don’t need clothes. There aren’t any animals that would eat me. In other words, there is always a reason to rejoice and to give thanks.

In fact, the Bible says, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Notice it says we’re to give thanks–not for everything, but in everything. Though work might not be going well, though our bank might collapse, though our house might foreclose, though our loved one might die, though everything in our life appears troubling, nonetheless, we’re to rejoice—not in the problem, but in the Lord, and we’re to give thanks to Him always.

I’m reminded of the words of Habakkuk, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION” (Habakkuk 3:17-18) These words by Habakkuk were spoken on the eve of the destruction of his country, and yet, he chose to rejoice in the Lord and be thankful to Him.

My point is this: There will be times in our lives when we can see no lightening up on our circumstances and no satisfactory good in how we perform our job. Everything we encounter looks dull and dreary. The brightness has dimmed to darkness: That traffic collision that killed an entire family; that beautiful young wife and mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer; that precious baby that drowned in the backyard swimming pool. We cannot pretend that we are not affected by these events. And yet, in the midst of them, we are told to rejoice in the Lord and be thankful to Him.

I will be the first to admit this is impossible to do–in and of our self. But I can also admit that only as our faith remains strong in the Lord, will the Lord give us strength to rejoice and give thanks to Him.

“My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”
-Psalms 73:26-

Don’t ever stop rejoicing and giving thanks,

Chaplain Steve

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