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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 […]

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 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 Rescue of a Broken Heart:

The Rescue of a Broken Heart:

“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. A look, an act of omission, choosing to remove oneself, and the very lines on our face can tell more than many of us would like to admit about the condition of our heart. We […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

The Search for the Abandoned Soul:

The Search for the Abandoned Soul:

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 […]

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.  […]

Through the Darkness

Through the Darkness

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 […]

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