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The Key to Understanding

The Key to Understanding

As we travel along the road of life, we begin to notice a trend in the world around us. We only are able to see this trend and understand it because we were as John Newton says “I once was lost, but now I am found.” If we are honest with ourselves “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” […]

The Haz-Mat Rule of Relationships:

The Haz-Mat Rule of Relationships:

In the fire service, we are taught when dealing with hazardous materials incidents that we are to: Recognize, Notify, Identify, & Protect: In our personal lives, we will ultimately find that our environments are often hazardous to our health. We may be in the most vibrant, passionate, and fired up stage of our lives and yet be in an environment that does everything to poison, condemn, and cause us to doubt. We often forget, that we were made for a […]

The Loss of Work Ethic

What is work? Is it burdensome or bothersome? Or is it the place where our passion is pursued and a part of ourselves receives fulfillment Have the days of feeling satisfaction from a job well done gone by?  Has the loss of morality and the endorsement of situational ethics caused us to lose hope in our work?  Has the world of instant answers caused us to quit at the slightest sign of adversity? Have we considered our own work ethic? […]

Forcing Entry: Are we up to the task?

Forcing Entry: Are we up to the task?

 As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme in all humanity that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world. Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm […]

Do we go to work! Or do we just go to work?

Do we go to work! Or do we just go to work?

As firefighters, another occupational hazard exists among us that is often overlooked. We tend to be more judgmental than most professions. Let’s explain this further: We are trained to make quick assessments of patients, size-up and implement strategies in dangerous situations, and quickly assess individuals under our supervision. In this process of becoming proficient in our world we can fall into the habit of judging others. We then become especially hard upon our own brothers and sisters in the fire […]

Leadership: What’s Our Motivation?

Leadership: What’s Our Motivation?

It is apparent that leadership is a hot topic in the fire service today. One quick search on the internet reveals that leadership is something that is written about, lectured on, and taught on many different levels across our nation. Why is it that leadership is such a “hot topic”? Perhaps because it is painfully absent it most places. In this series we will address a definition of leadership that will set us apart. Let us begin: “What a waste […]

The Cultivation of Character

The Cultivation of Character

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 and able. […]

The Trinity of Turn-out Gear Part 1

The Trinity of Turn-out Gear Part 1

As firefighters, we are taught all of the foundational aspects of our tools, equipment, and P.P.E. in the beginning; so that we can build upon this knowledge throughout our career. In the Christian life, we often feel confused or lack clarity about certain issues that we face. This article is an analogy of our turn-out gear and The Trinity in hopes to help explain in terms that anyone can understand. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, […]

Chain of Command-Going Straight to the Chief

Chain of Command-Going Straight to the Chief

In the fire service, we follow the ‘chain of command’ in which we communicate to our immediate supervisor. We follow this out of respect and out of the knowledge we are not allowed to go directly to the Chief without representation. In our lives, we sometimes feel we cannot go to God with our troubles. We feel unworthy and that the distance between our hearts and God is too far. Let us consider for a moment what Jesus did for […]

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone The world that we live in can often cause us to grow calloused and cold. We see so much violence and hatred that we become conditioned to it. Terrible things no longer shock us or impact us and as firefighters we treat the dilemmas of our own lives with a ‘tactical-practical’ mentality. There lies an inherent danger of becoming removed from ourselves. Before long, we wonder if we can even feel anything at all. In an […]

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