A Prayer For a Weakening Nation Print E-mail
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Oh God my heart is burdened with memories of a year of unrest and utter disobedience that many of us should have seen coming.You knew and You showed us in Second Timothy Chapter 3 just what we would become if we failed to remain faithful to You. But, did we listen?  No, we did not. First we took You out of our schools and then we took You out of our lives.

 We should know by now that You saw it clearly and absolutely correctly. Now we fewbut dedicated Centurions are burdened with the wounds of an entire nation as well as the pressures of our own personal struggles. I ask You Heavenly Father to continue to stand by the side of each of Your faithful Christian Warriors as they try and hold back the tides of violence, ignorance and utter destruction the evil one has unleashed on this former “One Nation Under God.”

 Please remind each and every one of them that they are loved and also beloved by their Creator and King. I am often amazed that You find us still worthy of Mercy and grace and have told us that if we as a nation will but turn from the seductive and pride-filled ways of Satan You will restore our land to the prosperity it once knew. You alone can help us return peace and eternal justice to the land that was once fkowing with milk and honey

 Remind us all that we may still find warmth and comfort in Your arms and shelter from the storms beneath the shadow of Your wings. Grant that we a small but dedicated “band of brothers” in blue, green, tan, grey or any other color uniform may stand in Your strength and wisdom and return the understanding and message of the gospel to all who truly seek the truth.

 Remind us also that we were once as lost as the multitudes at war with themselves today. Make us aware of just How far you have brought us and of how many blessings you have already showered us with in the past. Let us carry that joy, peace, longsuffering, love , mercy and grace to everyone who is in need of the truth and justice they seek, just as You have carried us thus far.

 I was poor when I found You, but now am rich in blessings, too rich in them to hoard them, so let me, and those like me share with the world just “How Great Thou Art” and with the badge upon our chest, remember the Cross upon your back… and Lead them to Calvary, where they may meet the Holy Spirit.”

 As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, may I once more transfer the weight of the world from my shoulders, back to Your shoulders where you told me to leave it in the first place.

 In Jesus Name… Amen

 
History Before The Re-write Print E-mail
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I was just sitting here remembering some of the things my old American Government & Politics High School Teacher taught us back in 1963 before the historical rewriting began... Mr. Jackson, you thought I was just another example of an American problem, but I fooled you, I was listening:
Here are some of my notes: (I guess this is why so many folks want to rewrite "His-Story")
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Keeping your eyes on the Lord doesn’t mean you are going to have an easy walk. Print E-mail
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I guess that is why God had James write his epistle and included it in the Bible.

Back in my youthful years, I did a lot of hiking, fishing and camping (No not just in the Marines, although I did a lot then as well). No, I mean for recreation. I hiked primarily in the western deserts and mountains of California and Nevada and Arizona, especially the magnificent “High Sierra’s”.

That stretch of mountains is a gorgeous masterpiece of God’s handiwork. And, I might add, a great example of the road of life that I was to follow as my life developed.

As I hiked through those mountains and forests, with their lakes and streams I tried to follow the winding switchbacks and narrow path that traversed the route I planned from wherever I started to my destination.

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"How do we apply “Iron Sharpens Iron” as it is used in scripture?" Print E-mail
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My Answer:

The phrase “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

 There is a mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives or swords more efficient in their performing task of cutting and slicing.

 Likewise, since the Word of God is a “double-edged sword,” as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, it is with this (the scripture), that we Christians are to sharpen one another. We can and should do this every time we meet, engage in fellowship, or with any other interaction we might have. The proverb also indicates the need for constant fellowship with one another.

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YOU’VE GOTTA “ARMOR UP” TO STAY STRONG! Print E-mail
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I think I can get a whole sermon out of my visit to God’s Armory

Do you have regrets about past or present issues or feelings?

Are you slipping back into what you know or feel are bad habits like: getting or staying

Involved with and listening to the wrong crowd, embracing frustration, sadness,

or depression? Are you Bored, or Angry, harboring hatred or animosity toward anyone?

Do you fear Job Loss, or poverty?

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Who is watching your six? Print E-mail
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Brothers and Sisters, these are definitely Tough Times for sure,

“But Never Fear, God still has Your Six”

 I have seen difficult times on a number of occasions in my life. Times when I really needed God to “watch my six.” Times when it seemed to me like I was surrounded by nobody but my enemies, and I must admit that without His help, I would as likely as not have endured the challenges I faced.

 We are currently in the midst of those same kinds of events in our country right now. Especially because of the Knee-Jerk emotional reactions which are being exacerbated by many politicians and the general media outlets, especially the visual and social media outlets.

 Many fantastic law enforcement officers I work, and have worked with over the decades of service I have given to the communities in which I served, are feeling about like I did when I came home from The Vietnam War.  The popular term for we returning servicemen was “Baby-Killer,” now the popular term for my other profession is “murderer.”

 Most Americans realize that neither term is applicable or true. But, they will shout it from the highest mountains now and if you live long enough, (about 40-50 years in the case of my return from Vietnam) you just might have some of the children of today protesters say “Sorry about 2020, Thank you for your service.”

 Now for those of you still wearing “Blue – or any other color with a badge pinned on it”, and wondering where God is during all of this turmoil, and looking over your shoulder at your six; I am going to show you that He is where He always is … On His throne watching your six , just as He promised.

 Let me remind you about 3 powerful examples from the Scriptures and show how God was watching someone’s six each time.

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Let Me Never Forget Why I Do What I Do and That I Do It in A Free Society Only by Permission Print E-mail
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Let Me Never Forget Why I Do What I Do and That I Do It in A Free Society Only by Permission.

That is a concept that I was taught back in the 70’s, very early on in my Law Enforcement career.

I must admit though, I am getting just a little bit tired of hearing all the rhetoric and one-sided press coverage, and support they are providing for the “non-systemic” issue of police brutality and ignoring of civil rights.  And that they are taking advantage of the current situation to avoid the facts and simply fan the flames of crisis in order to draw enough attention to win awards and increase profits. Even if those awards and profits destroy our current Democratic Republic and God fearing (?) way of life.

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When Emotions Override Reason Print E-mail
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Why is it that when we fully know not everyone drives cautiously with and consideration, we still expect them to do so? Why do each of us expect our spouse to be frugal, even though many years of history together tells us otherwise? And what causes us to rigidly expect perfection from everyone else, when being human means we also make mistakes, have weaknesses, and failures of judgment?

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COVID-19 Resolutions Print E-mail
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My COVID-19 Resolutions

New Year’s Day 2020 has come and is now long gone and once again many of us who took time to make those pesky New Year’s resolutions are now looking back and asking ourselves why. As we all know, making them and adhering to them is never the same and is never quite so simple. To achieve any worthwhile goal will always require making some kind of earnest sacrifice.  Maybe that’s why I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. But, if I were to make one, it would most likely be the same resolution that I try to live by every day of my life.

Whenever I place my vanity and the riches of the world at or near the top of my own value system, I’ve generally discovered that whatever I gain never seems to be enough. I always seem to expect more from myself. Whether my goal was to lose weight or earn more money or help more people, it usually makes no difference.

Truth be told, in the end and with my last breath on this earth, my last thoughts will surely not be about the amount of weight that I lost or how much younger that I looked or the size of my bank account. It will hopefully be all about the people that I loved and cared about, and the people who loved me and cared about me; therefore, it might just behoove me to consider them a bit more important right now, don’t you think?

I have read about and known men and women who said, as they approached their “end of days,” that they wished that they’d spent more time with their families. (Well I guess we all are working on that for a while, aren’t we?) Conversely, I’ve never met a single person who stated that they had spent too much time with family; and I’ve never seen a U-Haul filled with possessions in a funeral procession.

So I guess my COVID-19 resolutions will remain the same as they were yesterday and the week before and even last year and will continue to be even after the crisis passes.  I’ll try not to fall into the trap of self-aggrandizement or of seeking the short-term glitter laden pleasures of this world, but strive to remain faithful to my duty to God and my country, to mankind and to you my fellow warriors and family by remaining faithfully anchored in prayer, God’s word and the continued service of others. You see, by doing so, you and I will be truly amazed at just how much that will ultimately result in our building and maintaining incredible relationships with others.

I wish that I could say that I have this down pat, but of course, I’m far from it. I only walk on water when it rains or in the shower (and occasionally very carefully when it is frozen), and that’s okay, because this attitude of service is, I pray, becoming a daily habit. And as we all know, your habits define your character and your character eventually exhibits just who you really are.

All to say this, I hope that you find true joy this year and that you all receive the greatest blessings throughout the entire year and experience the love of God in its purest form.

Semper Fidelis

Ray Fairman, Chaplain                                                                                                                                   

 
SITREP 2020-04-6-1 Print E-mail
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Chaplain’s SITREP

 Well the chaplain has returned from his “AWOL” excursion, but really I was on “Permissive TDY” to Florida and Texas. I spent some time on the gulf coast of Florida with my entire family from GA and TX and then deployed to Austin Texas on a support mission to assist my daughter. While There I was drafted by the Austin TX Chapter of MOAA to fill in for their Chaplain who was also out of pocket. I want to thank Both “Bud” Kinney and our President David Dupree for covering my six. Now today I would like to talk about family. You see most of us reading this belong to 3 families’. Yes, three families . . .

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