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Welcome All,

It's hard to believe we are already into 2014. Please remain vigilant and practice self care each and every day. "No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

CH Ron

A snippet of history pertaining to the chaplain

“When George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, chaplains were already present for duty. Washington could count fifteen chaplains serving with the twenty-three regiments gathered around Boston. The Continental Congress gave the chaplains its official recognition on 29 July l775, when it voted pay for various officers and enlisted personnel in the Continental Army not previously covered in its resolution of l6 July.” Nearly a year later General George Washington issued the following General Order:”

July 9, 1776
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third pr month—The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives—To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger—The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country. Signed, George Washington
[Source: The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1931), Vol. 4, p. 347, February 26, 1776 Order; and Writings (1932), Vol. 5, pp. 244-245, July 9, 1776 Order.]

 

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Comment by Ronald Jones yesterday

We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.

Meanwhile, someone is laboring away as an accountant or a waitress or a nurse or a teacher and might be thinking, I'm not as significant as they are. They're really making a difference for the kingdom of God—and what am I accomplishing?

God has called each and every one of us to different vocations. Paul was called to be an apostle by the will of God. But Steve can be called to be an architect by the will of God. Mary can be called to be a nurse by the will of God. Joan can be called to be an attorney by the will of God. Jack can be called to be a police officer by the will of God.

Each of us has a part to play. The highest calling of God is what God has called you to be. There is no higher. We need to be faithful to what the Lord has called us to.

You may think it is a higher calling to preach. Granted, it is a high calling—and a great privilege. But the highest calling is what God has called you to do. So don't feel like a secondclass citizen if you aren't in full-time ministry.

(an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013)

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Comment by Janet Liebsch on June 26, 2014 at 11:55am

Great post CH Ron - thank you!

Comment by Ronald Jones on June 26, 2014 at 9:12am

It’s been said, “Practice makes perfect”. That is not necessarily true. Practice makes permanent. Do it over and over again incorrectly, and you have simply developed a bad habit. “Perfect practice makes perfect”. It takes a lot of sacrifice — blood, sweat and guts — to achieve excellence — to separate yourself.

The Apostle Paul understood that this same degree of intensity was necessary to reach a level of “spiritual” excellence. In his letter to young Timothy, Paul urges him to “… train yourself for godliness.” (1 Timothy 4:7 ESV) It’s interesting that the Greek word for “train” is gymnazo, from which we get the word gymnasium, and it means to exercise vigorously. Strenuous spiritual exercise in order to produce godliness. Paul goes on to say, “… godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4: 8 ESV)

Promise for the life to come — but also for this present life. Too often in this world, our spiritual lives are lethargic and weak. Maybe our lack of power as Christians is simply spiritual inactivity. Maybe we need to get our fight back. Get back in the Word. Seek spiritual excellence in prayer. Inspiration comes by perspiration. (from a devotional by Dr. Tim Clinton) CH Ron

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Comment by Capt. D Lewis on June 21, 2014 at 1:48pm

I've been MIA Chappy, but I'm back now and looking forward to reading the wisdom of the Word. I will also contribute more to this group.

Comment by Ronald Jones on June 21, 2014 at 6:26am

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.  

- Richard Baxter

Comment by Ronald Jones on June 13, 2014 at 7:55pm

Had the awesome privilege of presenting a seminar on domestic violence and sexual assault to the Victim Advocates of Tyndall Air Force Base who do an amazing job as volunteers to their brother and sisters in need. Job well done!!

Comment by Ronald Jones on June 13, 2014 at 7:41pm

 
 
 

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