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Spiritual Tragedy or Masterpiece?

Spiritual Tragedy or Masterpiece?

A Spiritual Tragedy…or A Spiritual Masterpiece? Sometimes the Ladder of Life can seem too high to climb… Think for a moment of the beginning of your most passionate ambition… Remember the drive, the energy, and the focus that we all once had… Have we all come to a place of apathy? A place of mediocrity and complacency? Our passion has been worn down by bitterness, opposition, and hatred. Read the following words by James Stewart and reflect upon them and […]

by · November 21, 2017 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Talking About Suicide Can Help You Avoid It

Talking About Suicide Can Help You Avoid It

Sometimes, the pain can be too much to bear. It feels like you don’t have any way out of the difficulties you’re facing, and it seems will only worsen over time. That’s why you started thinking about suicide.   But suicide isn’t the answer, and there is help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (or 800-273-8255), a local emergency room, or even just dial 911. You know that suicide isn’t the right choice, and these resources […]

Pride or Purpose? Which do you seek?

Pride or Purpose? Which do you seek?

Amidst the greatest profession in the world lurks the greatest threat to its very existence… It sneaks in ever so slowly, almost unnoticed… It’s spoken of quite highly, written about, and is often the measurement of a firefighter’s passion…   It is a word, a word that has been twisted, and misused… It is the word Pride!   Pride is used in phases such as:   “Take Pride in the craft” “Pride and Ownership” “Pride is what separates the hypocrite […]

The Keynote Speech of Our Life

The Keynote Speech of Our Life

I recently had the blessing of listening to mentor and friend offer a keynote speech. Those of us in the fire service have probably heard many of these motivating speeches given by passionate fire service leaders but this one impacted me quite differently. What was the difference in this one versus all of the other powerful, motivating, and encouraging speeches I had heard before? The difference was this: Relationship! Let me explain, I witnessed my friend over the course of […]

What Make’s Someone A Great Leader?

What Make’s Someone A Great Leader?

What makes someone a great leader? In leadership, we see examples (good and bad) of those who hold positions of great influence. If we were to break down the leaders we admire; what is it about them that makes us want to follow their example? Here are my thoughts on those traits that define a significant leader: #1) A solid moral foundation: It all begins with Integrity. I believe that to be a successful and significant Leader that our motivations […]

An Unwelcome Family Reunion

An Unwelcome Family Reunion

A gathering is occurring; one that many of us have had quite often… It is one of sadness, yet we sit quietly, silently objecting their intruding presence… Alone we sit at this table, yet we are not truly alone… One by one, members of this family begin to return home… We tearfully object to their presence yet still they come… One by one, they arrive closing in around this singular family… None of which are related but all have been […]

There has to be more to life than this-And there is!

There has to be more to life than this-And there is!

While reading the story of the prodigal son to our daughter I had to pause for a moment as I felt God speak to my heart. The story tells us the younger of two sons who tires of the harsh labor of farm life and goes to his father asking for his share of the inheritance now. The father is sad, yet grants his son’s request.  The son goes and spends all that he has on wild living and is […]

The T-Shirt Firefighter & the Bumper Sticker Christian

The T-Shirt Firefighter & the Bumper Sticker Christian

 The T-Shirt Firefighter and the Bumper Sticker Christian It is not uncommon to see a person wearing a T-shirt that indicates they are a firefighter. In many instances, the words or pictures on these T-shirts are not pleasant and are often proclaiming actions this individual isn’t living out. This often angers firefighters who take the craft of firefighting seriously. But what about our faith? Do we take it as seriously as our place in life as firefighters? What about those […]

Raising Our Children Well

Raising Our Children Well

Raising Our Children Well: The greatest lesson I have received in accountability and responsibility has been through the blessing of parenthood. God has shown me so much and continues to do so even through the eyes of a child. I have received my daily devotion while reading my daughter a children’s bible story. I have felt the weight of my own sin when my daughter has looked upon me when I have done wrong. I have realized that God is […]

The Unappreciated

The Unappreciated

There comes a time in everyone’s life where all their efforts seem to be failing… There comes a time when nothing seems to work out despite our valiant efforts… There comes a time when disaster strikes those closest to us that do well, while the wicked live on and prosper… There comes a time when leaders will abuse their authority, slander & lie, promote mediocrity, and allow certain individuals who “fall in line” to break the rules while they discipline […]

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