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A Consuming Fire

A Consuming Fire

The shift ends, our bodies are tired but our spirits are at ease. The aches and pains of a tired and worn body is worth the contentment we receive by fulfilling our calling. Thus another day dawns and begins with the rising of the sun, rising of our bodies, but do our spirits rise as high as they once were? To be truthful, our hearts and minds often grow weary from all of the pain and frustration.  Our tears often […]

A Burden Never Meant For Us To Carry:

A Burden Never Meant For Us To Carry:

A man sits with his head in his hands weeping. He has just suffered the loss of his wife in a tragic accident.  In one moment, they were together and in the next a car struck her, taking her young life. As I checked for a pulse in a lifeless and broken body I knew there was no hope for her. I turned to see his eyes only to hear him say: “Why aren’t you helping her?” I stood with […]

When God Whispers To Our Hearts

When God Whispers To Our Hearts

When God Whispers to Our Heart: There are moments of regret that I experience from time to time… They are inescapable, unforgettable, and their memory forever etched into my mind… These moments are few but so powerful for they have to do with my own ignorance… I pray so often that God will draw near to me… I pray that in some divine way that He will speak to me.. And yet I forget that when He speaks I am […]

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements:   As a firefighter who has served many years, many can say that they have seen numerous examples of firefighters and employees. A firefighter can be defined as one who lives out their calling consistently, gives without though of recognition, and is always working to improve their capabilities to serve their fellow man.   An employee, may be considered as one who only seeks to meet the minimum standards. In many cases there are those who […]

Suicide on the Installment Plan

Suicide on the Installment Plan

Suicide on the Installment Plan: “Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations and it shows up in our attitudes. It never really existed, yet it’s power lives among us and keeps us from moving forward.” Author unknown. Many times, we overlook the distant look in a fellow firefighter’s eyes. Slowly, with the constant assault on our heart we begin to die on the inside.  It begins with […]

A Firestorm unlike any other…

A Firestorm unlike any other…

A Firestorm Unlike Any Other: “When good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people it places us in great dismay. Things are often done to us that we have no control of. In these moments the tendency is to turn away from God, but in heaven’s name what are we to turn to?” (Ravi Zacharias) There will come a time in every individual’s life where those closest to them will be in great pain and […]

The Power of One

The Power of One

The Power of One: Whether we admit it or not a startling fact is that many firefighters (first responders & police) today are suffering. They are not ill, or suffering from a physical malady but they are suffering in their heart.  What is this great suffering that I speak of?  It is the suffering of a dedicated individual in a poisoned environment. It can be likened to a crop struggling to grow in contaminated soil. Their roots are desperately trying […]

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) As firefighters, we don’t like to admit that we often hurt. Not just a physical pain from our work but an inner torment. We often push down the emotions from the things we see, the struggles in our own lives, and the stress we experience. Then in one moment, we erupt as if our emotional pressure relief valve gives up. The tears come and they fall like rain. Perhaps, in […]

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

We thank our brother Jarret Keith for courageously sharing his testimony with all of us. Read on for encouragement: There have been some recent occurrences that have changed my life and I feel the need to share it with all of you. I have recently decided to accept Jesus into my heart again. I accepted him into my heart before and strayed away from the word of God. But this past Friday I was at work at the Fire Dept. […]

Fighting Against Our Purpose

Fighting Against Our Purpose

In the world today, many have struggled to make ends meet. Many have struggled with the loss of their jobs, their homes, and their finances. In the midst of the world of financial insecurity, have we not seen the danger of placing our hope and trust in money? In a blink of an eye, a lifetime of work and savings can be erased… In a bad day at the stock market, retirement dreams can be wiped out… In an unexpected […]

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