Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, September/October 2017
It’s good to be back to writing my letter since there was a question that had to be resolved before I could continue sharing my God inspired thoughts. I’m going to cover some things that September inspired since there were three flag flying days. Labor Day; Patriot’s day; and Constitution day were observed. Labor Day is the traditional end of summer vacation time since schools are up and running. It has an impact on how we feel knowing the next break will not happen until Thanksgiving. You often hear, “bummer dude”, when you meet someone who’s back to the grind. Patriots day is a reminder of how we should feel about this great Country God has given us where we enjoy a freedom that many countries do not have. Just traveling State to State should open our eyes to the privilege we experience in this Nation. Constitution day should cause us to reflect on the uniqueness of our democracy that allows us to voice our opinions without fear of being imprisoned if we do not threaten someone. In Hebrews 13:5, it gives a mindset to follow saying: “let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have: for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” That’s a confidence we should have as Americans.
When I closed my letter for August, I shared that I did not know if it would be the last one I would write. There were many signs and wonders taking place that gave a strong indication that the Rapture was about to take place. As you see, it did not happen, but it does not mean that we are not in end times. I have cautioned you to be prepared because Jesus has shared “that I will come like a thief in the night.” On October 2nd, I conducted the funeral service for Earl Gray. I was comforted in knowing that Earl had accepted the Lord before he died. In doing so, he asked the Lord to forgive him of his sins. What sin nature are you battling that could keep you out of God’s Kingdom? There are many things God tells us about that we need to correct. In 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, it says: “or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators (sex outside of marriage), nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” When you ask Jesus into your life, you are cleansed of any sin. You do not keep on doing the sin, because He will give you a way of escape. God’s word does not condemn you, it is there to convict you. You do not have to clean up your act to receive Christ because He came to set free the sinner, not the sinless. As your Chaplain, I want you to enjoy life to the fullest. I am here to pray with you anytime, anywhere.
Sick call: None as of October 26th
Taps: As of October 26th: Earl W. Gray; Richard E. Jones; Jackie L. Hodges