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Daddy Don’t Go

Daddy Don’t Go

As I lie here with my five year old daughter nestled in my arms… My mind is a chaotic mess of life’s obligations and commitments…. I gaze upon our precious daughter and pray that God would keep her safe from harm… I rise up to leave and she cries out: “Daddy don’t go.” I calm her fears and lay quietly by her side praying even more… God how many of us cry out to you only when we feel alone? […]

by · September 24, 2015 · 1 comment · Daily Encouragement, Daily Roll Call
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 […]

Leaderships Greatest Challenge

Leaderships Greatest Challenge

As we strive to make a difference, to fulfill our calling, and to seek out God’s purpose in our lives we will all face the same struggle. We will all face an individual that despite all our efforts they will continue to disappoint us. We will all work desperately with someone and they will turn away. We will all strive and pray for them to overcome their demons but they will continue to struggle. We have all met this person […]

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” […]

Two Different Lives-One Person

Two Different Lives-One Person

  Many firefighters today speak powerful words of inspiration, train intensely, and make great sacrifices on behalf of the fire service. But what if someone saw them in their private life? Would they be the same person? Would we witness them speaking words of affirmation and encouragement to their loved ones? Would we see them pouring that same intensity into their faith, their family, and their communities? Would we see them making those same great sacrifices on behalf of their family? […]

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing our own- “Why don’t those who save others call for help?” The United States is seeing increasing numbers of first responders suffering from behavioral health despite the increasing of availability of behavioral health resources. Statistical data has shown an increase in first responders suffering from these behavioral health issues such as: anxiety and depression, PTSD, alcohol & substance abuse, and increased risk of suicide. First Responders are exposed to occupational stress at a higher level than many other occupations […]

Alcohol and The Fire Service: A Long Tradition

Alcohol and The Fire Service: A Long Tradition

Drinking alcohol and being a firefighter seem to go hand and hand. When I grew up at the firehouse it was an every weekend occurrence. Even before I was a member, I would hang out there on the weekends with my dad. Every Friday night after a few hours of bingo it was time for the “boys” to crack open the beers and get the hall set up. All the members would huddle around the bar in the back of […]

by · June 29, 2015 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health
Conducting a Firefighter Size-Up

Conducting a Firefighter Size-Up

As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme 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 22:2 their mannerisms and […]

Predicting Ethical Performance

In the world today ethics and morality are written about, debated, and are often the cause of much controversy in many public forums. In the fire service we see that this issue is also a point of contention. We see that ethics are ambiguous, hard to define, no matter how clearly defined they are organizationally. However, despite the controversial and ambiguous nature of ethics they are inherently necessary to the life of the public servant. “Clearly, public service ethics has […]

Sharpening Our Spirits

Sharpening Our Spirits

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 “Mental sharpness comes from being around good people. And a meeting of minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires discussion partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought-people who know how to attack the thought and not the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper.” (NIV Commentary on […]

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