The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help? Let us consider each part of this scenario as one who has become lost in the ‘fires of life’: A sudden and unexpected calamity occurs in our life and we rush in to prevent any further harm without thought of a back-up plan. Then the situation takes a turn for the worse and the world “collapses” around us. In this moment, we feel “pinned down” by the weight of this problem. […]
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Have you ever suffered greatly? Have you ever been struggling with something so bad that you desperately needed someone to talk to? Then in your brokenness, you seek out help, and you cry out to someone who is a Christian. In the midst of your misery, you are pouring out your heart, and then the cliché advice begins to be shared. This person begins to slowly invalidate your entire existence. Each answer that they produce makes you feel small, and […]
Have you ever been interrupted? Have you ever thought “I just don’t have time for this right now?” Has someone called, showed up, or caused a change in your schedule because of their urgent need? As firefighters, we stop what we are doing to answer the call of “an unscheduled appointment.” Yet when our loved ones interrupt us we seem to forget that we are still servants to our fellow man: on and off duty. Consider this: Most of the […]
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you. So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.” – C.H. Spurgeon Too often, people go through their lives failing to see their value. Their perspective is clouded by pain, circumstances, or a lack of encouragement. Words of encouragement cost us nothing yet they can make lifelong impacts on others. Some people are appreciated more while they are alive but never truly realize their significance & the […]
#Brotherhood yet we fail to forgive one another? We withhold the greatest gift: “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 In life, we are often wounded deeply by individuals and even more so by those close to us. These events lead us to feel bitter, hurt, and justified in feeling anger towards them. We even go as far as condemning them. The great contradiction in the fire service is that we are willing to lay down […]
As Firefighters we are so focused on training and our duty to the public that we often miss the greatest opportunity to make a difference that lies right in front of us: Our brothers and sisters in the fire house. We have the duty and privilege to share God’s good news with ourselves and our brothers in the fire station. Romans 5:8 says “God demonstrated His great love in this: while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” As […]
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1 It is a challenge to hold our tongue in the face of this world’s cruel language. We must remember that true power lies in our words. We can heal from physical wounds much faster than from hurtful words that wound us deeply. With a word, a man can declare war. With a word, a individual can commit adultery. With a word, one can commit their […]
“Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, but watch yourself or you also may be tempted” Galatians 6:1 Have you ever felt the weight of another’s burden? Have you ever tried out of compassion to help someone by shouldering their load? How did it make you feel when that person fell back into their old troublesome ways as soon as you stopped helping them? Where is the line between being a […]
The call goes out for a possible structure fire with people trapped. It’s three in the morning and the tones jolt your tired body out of bed. You quickly move from R.E.M to R.P.D. onto a fully staffed engine company with a truck company following. As you arrive, you find a single story light weight construction residential home with fire and smoke visible from the Alpha side. You give your size-up and as a family man you notice the bicycles […]
By Brother Stone: Be-Attitude #4 Be-Enthusiastic! In the previous three Be-Attitudes we have been building on what characteristics or attitudes are found in one who practices true brotherhood. Be-Attitude #4 is a defining characteristic of one who is a firefighter versus one who is an employee. It is about being into the job; or simply stated “It is one who is genuinely sincere, passionate, and authentic about their calling. We must find what it is that excites us and pursue […]
Have you ever reached a point in your life where you struggled with defining your purpose? Have you struggled with an inner longing that you cannot describe? Firefighters understand the innate desire to answer the call. Their heart compels them to serve even when others walk away. Have you ever wondered why this is so? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 This […]