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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 […]

#Firefighter Be-Attitudes

#Firefighter Be-Attitudes

#Firefighter Be-attitudes: Ask any firefighter that has been in the fire service for a few years what is their biggest struggle and you will often hear: “I am tired of the constant negativity that surrounds me and I know that it is having an effect on me. How can I be positive influence in such a negative environment?” Unfortunately, many firefighters fall victim to the trap of bad moral, negativity, and bitterness. Rather than focus on the negativity of others […]

photo courtesy Chief John Buckman

Modern Firefighter Behavior

The fire service is filled with information about modern fire behavior these days. Have we considered the importance of understanding the modern firefighter’s behavior? Do we recognize the signs of a hurting brother or sister? Coming alongside another who is hurting takes one of understanding. It requires empathy over sympathy for the injured party to confide or open up to us. In other words, we have to be able to relate. Simply put, Firefighters feel comfortable talking with other firefighters. […]

by · September 29, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement, Daily Roll Call
Fighting the Fires of our lives:

Fighting the Fires of our lives:

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God,” (Isaiah 43:2-3). As a firefighter, we look at fire differently than anyone else. Everyone else sees a tragedy whereas we see an opportunity: an opportunity to make a difference, to apply our skills, and to give back to the community. In the world of firefighting, the words “control time” mean to stop the forward progress […]

by · September 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement, Daily Roll Call
Beauty out of the Ashes:

Beauty out of the Ashes:

Not too long ago, I had fallen victim to the poison of bitterness and even considered leaving the fire department. I would often ask “Does my service even matter anymore?” I heard a man speak by the name of Rick Lasky on Pride and Ownership. It was as if God told him to speak directly to me. I felt renewed and energized, but sadly I fell down again. It was not until one day in church when I cried out […]

The Pain of Suicide & The Power of Encouragement

The Pain of Suicide & The Power of Encouragement

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 […]

Do we Respond or Do We React?

Do we Respond or Do We React?

“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 […]

The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help?

The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help?

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.  […]

Enabler or Encourager?

Enabler or Encourager?

“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 […]

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way!

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way!

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3 How do we glory in our sufferings? Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As firefighters, we solve problems for others but respond differently when they affect us. Why is this? As a firefighter, we understand this concept better than we would like to admit. We […]

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