"My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart." Psalm 7:10
As I write to you now, I am sitting out in the woods in an unknown location. I've lost my bearings and don't know where to go next. I don't know if I'll have enough food, but I wanted to attempt one last newsletter... JUST KIDDING! Greetings my dearly loved and missed New Covenant church family!
I miss you guys (yes, I know it hasn't been that long since I left) and hope everything is going ok in beautiful Natchez, MS.
Things at Maxwell Air Force Base are going well. Started off with a pretty
rocky transition. I have had many "wake up" moments entering military life,
but all in all I am enjoying everything I've experienced. The Air Force is all about being a brotherhood, as all our Armed Forces are, but one of the main things the Air Force stresses is it's power and protection. We have been labeled warriors of the sky. I completely agree with what I have heard so far. The Air Force is an elite branch to serve in and I love this new opportunity I have been given. However, being a Chaplain, every time I hear one
of these motivational speeches to get us fired up, in the back of my mind I'm thinking, "Yes... but GOD is more powerful."
The Air Force also stresses the resilient camaraderie of service airmen and women, which I completely agree with as well
- BUT - despite all the moving speeches that make me get teary (I try to hide my face so no one else sees me boo-hooing),
there is something greater that YOU at home and myself are a part of each and every day. Something that's
exponentially greater than the Air Force. What is that? Being a Christian in the family of God. Romans 8:14-17 says
"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God... receiving the Spirit of adoption as sons... and if children, then heirs -
heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him."
Revelation 7:9-10 also tells us that "A great multitude that no one could number, from every nation and tribe, peoples
and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!""
I am honored to be a Chaplain in the Air Force. YOU should always be honored to be a Christian in
an eternal brotherhood that will always last, will always have power and protection, and will not fail. Being a chosen
and faithful servant in the family of God has been made possible because of Jesus. Use these words this month
and let God be your shield and protection, always giving Him thanks (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of
our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
Isn't it comforting to know that the God we worship
never stumbles, never falls to pieces, never ceases to be?
Last week, Roberta and I had the privilege to be "tour guides" for the visiting RVICS group who have been with us at New Covenant since the first of February. We took them to the lovely Windsor Ruins and the ghost town of Rodney. Naturally when one goes to places like these, you can't help but imagine what it would be like if Windsor and Rodney still existed today. Both of these beautiful historic locations had tragic downfalls. Windsor was complete and shortly after burned down by a cigarette thrown onto the ground during the Civil War. Rodney at one point in the late 1840s was a blossoming town with a population of over 2,000 people. They had it all: a town doctor, dentist, a bank, markets - it was even going to be the capitol of Mississippi, but lost by two votes! Then one day, God decided to change the course of the Mississippi River and the town literally dried up in the following years.
As we were walking around the mighty 40-foot remains of Windsor and hiking up a hill into the forest to observe the abandoned Rodney cemetery behind the Presbyterian Church, I thought to myself, "Death is a surreal thing. It's something we truly can't avoid in this lifetime." However, isn't it comforting to know that as Christians, the God we worship has a kingdom that will never see RUIN or DECAY? God promises us in His word that through faith in His Son, what He has done for us on the Cross, and by believing in our hearts that He has been raised from the dead, we become born again. We become a part of the Family of God. We enter into a kingdom that will never dry up or burn down by a careless cigarette tossed on the ground. Man can try to build a material empire here on this earth, but in the end our communion and fellowship with God is the only thing that matters.
Windsor and Rodney were both meant to be great places, but the Lord had other plans. What plans are you chasing after?
Are you seeking God and His counsel for all things?
As we finish up the book of James this Sunday, we are reminded in James 4:2-3 that "You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don't receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires." I challenge us all to seek God and ask for His counsel this month. May we ask Him directly what He has in store for us, because our lives here on this earth are short. Without God, as James 4 also teaches, our lives are like a mist, vapor, and even smoke! But with Jesus, we become a part of a kingdom that never expires, that never sees decay, and we can have perpetual joy knowing that it is all because of Jesus His Son!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.