Daily Encouragement

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 […]

The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones

It is a commonly known fact that those that care for others the most often receive the least care or concern in return…   It is commonly known that those who give the most of themselves, who bear their souls, and lift up others in prayer often suffer in silence with their own struggles of sin and pain…   To those who call out from the depths of despair… When you have walked through the darkness of your circumstance… Take […]

Not So Rapid Intervention 

Not So Rapid Intervention 

As firefighters, we understand that no other words on the radio bring more intensity and emotion than these: “May Day, May Day…” Yet, we also know that the rescue of our own is often the most difficult and least successful in some instances due to the obstacles we face in order to rescue them. We understand it takes numerous firefighters to rescue one and the effort is not as the acronym implies as “Rapid.” But what about when we see […]

Opposition or Opportunity

Opposition or Opportunity

Opposition or Opportunity: “A clue to life’s meanings are hidden in life’s relationships.” Ravi Zacharias In this life, it is truly a blessing to have friends and family who support, love, and counsel each other out of Christ’s love. But what about when we interact with others who are harsh, obstinate, and speak hateful words to others? We tend to react with anger and want to be harsh with them also. Have we considered that we, in our past, we’re […]

The Mission Statement 

The Mission Statement 

The Mission of Bringing Back Brotherhood: Do you have a mission statement? Do you understand what your purpose is? In life, we often need maps to get where we are going yet many choose to journey through life without seeking their true purpose. I encourage you to seek the one who made you and find your true purpose, your mission, and your fulfillment: Jesus Christ. So how did I find my mission statement? The fire service had become a spiritual […]

The Cultivation of Character

The Cultivation of Character

Have you ever noticed that people will stand up for just about anything except for their faith?  Why is this so? “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 The courage to face adversity and opposition is one of the most difficult types of courage to cultivate. For it often only grows through the challenges of adversity. Faith, like our bodies, must be exercised regularly to stay ready […]

The Cost of the Fire Service

The Cost of the Fire Service

Another week has flown by, and I am reminded how blessed I am to return home safely from another many hours away from home. But, many times in life we work these long hours without thought of the great cost that is paid on our behalf in our absence. For example, in this one week consisting of 168 hours, I will have missed over 100 hours of it with my family. Double shifts and teaching all seem to fall into […]

The Firefighter Rescue Plan

The Firefighter Rescue Plan

Part 1: The Need to be Saved.“A Firefighter’s Interpretation of the Roman Road to Salvation” Every firefighter wants to save a life. It is not any firefighter’s wish that anyone should die. Our very existence is to save lives and property. In the course of our service to our fellow man we see many people saved and sadly we see many people lost. In those time when someone dies, we often question our efforts.  If we had gotten to them […]

In One Moment

In One Moment

Many of us complain through our joys rather than celebrate them… We fail to realize that our lives are but mere moments… And it’s up to us to either live with remorse or cherish them… In one moment, we stand before God at an altar… In one moment, we cannot believe that our marriage has faltered… In one moment, we hold a precious new born child… In one moment, we are signing papers over differences that can’t be reconciled… In […]

Is BroHERhood Dead?

Is BroHERhood Dead?

Is Brotherhood dead? Perhaps you have heard or even said this statement before: “BrotHERhood is dead!” Really? First of all, what is brotHERhood?  Is it the unmistakable bond shared by firefighters that cannot be explained but must be lived?  Is it the sacrifices shared by the collective hearts of those who carry one another’s burdens thereby fulfilling the law of Christ? (See Galatians 6:2) Is it the gift of one another’s unwavering presence not only in a fire but when […]

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