Friday, January 28, 2011

Warrior and Lovers

It is my honor to be a part of the intercessory prayer team for Law Enforcement that meets weekly at a local church in Las Vegas called Prayer Mountain. Prayer Mountain sits at the base of a mountain at the far West end of Cheyenne Road. It overlooks the city and from the Mountain you can see the whole of the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. We like to say it overlooks THE WORLD. Prayer Mountain is a part of the International Church of Las Vegas of which I am a member. The ICLV focus is the world. As the Chaplain of the IAWP my focus is the law enforcement officers of THE WORLD. We share a common focus.

The neat thing about being the Chaplain of the IAWP and a currently serving law enforcement officer is I have the heart of the church and the heart of the law. I carry a gun and a badge and I carry a bible. I invite the Lord on all my journeys and know he has seen me through them. I am a warrior in the sense of my law enforcement duties and a lover of people in my compassion to serve them and help them have a safer and better life. I am a warrior in the sense of the Gospel that I stand firm on my Faith and believe God will work all things together for good for those who love Him (and His people) and I love His people even the unloveable. Even those who hurt me and do spiteful things against me. I am called to love from a higher authority. Most humans do not understand forgiveness and unconditional love for people one does not even know.

In this past week several Officers walked into darkness to bring the light and were attacked. Some were over taken by the darkness though in the end the light was able to overtake the darkness (the suspects were stopped) and we lost five warriors. Four in Florida and one in Indiana. They chose to enter in to the war as a soldier and all soldiers know that one day their life may be required of them. Yet they still went in. We all still enter in. Daily because of our love for our fellow man. No greater love has a (hu)man than to lay down their life for another.

We prayed for the injured officers for speedy and full recoveries. We prayed for the families left behind when we lost the officers at the hand of violent offenders. We prayed for the grieving colleagues and first responders who arrived on the sceene, escorted the bodies of their fallen comrades, the ones who though they tried could not get there and for those who personally knew and loved them. We prayed for the shocked communities that these officer protected and served in and for the unknown survivors that many do not know are in mourning.

We prayed for a hedge of protection around the officers currently out there in the jails, prisons, patrol car, detective bureaus, on the borders, in our airport and train stations. Where ever they may be we prayed for divine covering and divine eyes filled with wisdom and insight to discern the bad guys and foil their evil schemes.

We prayed and came into agreement with the "Below 100" Campaign. The goal to keep 2011 Line of Duty deaths below 100. We prayed and came into agreement with the "Not Today" awareness campaign. For officers to stay alert on every call and begin every shift saying and focusing on Today NOT being their day, with that shift NOT being their last shift because of evil actions at the hands of a bad guy.

Please join us in this prayer over our law enforcement officers worldwide. We prayed for one week, seven days without a Line of Duty (LOD) death. I hope you can believe for that miracle. 7 Days no LODs.

Join us in faith, will you?

Stay Safe and enjoy your blessings. I pray for each person reading this blog, I pray you will be showered with many blessings for your compassion for our law enforcement officers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Eleven U.S. Officers shot in a 24 hour period

January 23 -24, 2011 was very deadly for Law Enforcement Officers in the United States. Yesterday I blogged about the first seven officers and the incidents they were involved in. Since then four more were injured by gun fire.

This is a call to pray. To cover the men and women of law enforcement worldwide. When times are good and uneventful we do not feel a need to pray. This removes the necessary covering that our protectors need. The power of prayer is undeniable. Regardless of your religious practice most religions have prayer and meditation as a means to communicate with their higher power. The prayer opens the line of communication and allows the person praying to ask for help for themselves and others.

This act of faith is a blessing. When you pray you have to believe that your prayers are heard by your higher power and will be answered.

I prayed for the speedy and full recovery of the injured officers and also prayed for the family friends and colleagues of St. Petersburg Police Department
(Florida) Sergeant Tom Baitinger and Police Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz who died in the line of duty this morning while serving a search warrant.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Seven Officers injured by gun fire in one day

While we were attending church, shopping, hanging out with our families and friends,
watching football, or whatever we chose to do on a beautiful Sunday
afternoon law enforcement officers throughout the country were under
attack. January 23, 2011 in the United States several officers were attacked
while serving their community. Please PRAY for a full recovery for each and every officer involved in these three separate incidents.

At around 9 a.m. on January 23, 29 year old Indianapolis PD Officer David Moore was shot four times and is in an area hospital listed in critical condition.

At about 4:20 p.m. on January 23, in Detroit's Northwestern District a gunman walked into a Detroit police station and opened fire with a shotgun. He wounded four officers before being killed by other officers.

At around 3:45 p.m. on January 23, two people were killed and two sheriff's deputies were seriously injured during a shoot-out Sunday afternoon outside a Walmart store in Port Orchard, Kitsap County (Washington State)officials said. The two injured deputies were rushed to Tacoma General as well, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said. The deputies were listed in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Indiana, Michigan and Washington; three state, three separate incidents, seven officers attacked while doing their duty. While protecting and serving their community.

Please join me in praying for a speedy and full recovery for each of these injured officers. I am thankful though we had seven officers injured we did not have a loss of a law enforcement officer. I believe this was the result of prayers.

Please keep the women and men of our nation's law enforcement communities in your prayers. Prayer makes a difference. When we cover our officers with prayers of safety and wisdom we help our protectors have the edge they need to hold the flashlight on the darkness that dwells and surrounds our citizen's in our local communities.

Each day law enforcement officers around the world don their uniforms, guns, badges, bullet-proof vest and courage to man the gap on the thin blue line between order and chaos; between light and darkness; between good and evil. Darkness does not like the light or the people who bring the light exposing the lies, deeds and schemes of the darkness. We must pray for safety, wisdom and protection for all our crime fighters.

I hope you make this request a daily practice.

To each and everyone of my law enforcement readers I pray you stay vigilant and safe as you preform your duties.

Be careful.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011



Today is yet another Binary number day and it falls on the one day in the Bible where it said God used the words "it was good" twice. All the other days in the recounted creation story only said it was good once. So I have seized this day as a doubly good day. I have decided it and decided my attitude will show it. That today is doubly good. Double greetings, double smiles, double good deeds. Double prayers for blessings to all my friends and colleagues that read my Blog post.

Choose that today will be unique for you too. Do something extra special to make a memory. Have a great day.

Monday, January 03, 2011

On The Third Day


So how are we doing on staying on track for our 2011 goals. Yes I said goals. Resolutions seem like a huge thing whereas we set goals for our lives all the time and they do not cause us much anxiety.

Did you make a list? Did you write out your 11 goals for 2011?

If you have not, it is not too late. We are only three days into this new year. You have 362 more days to accomplish your goals. One of my goals for this year is to read many of the inspirational books I have added to my library over the years. I have accumulated so many books I am sure I am at well over a thousand. I have seven book cases full of Christian, Police, Writing, Travel, Movie, Leadership and Self-Improvement related books. I love to read. I actually love to skim. I buy full books, go to the table of content, look for the title of chapters of interest, read that/those chapters and put the book on my book shelves. I have decided this year I will completely read all the books I choose this year.

This weeks book is "It's Not About Me" by Max Lucado. It is a very good book and I have posted insights from the book on my Facebook page. I am dilligently working towards accomplishing one of my 2011 goals.

Another one of my 2011 Goals is to "Pay It Forward" everyday of this year. This means that I am to do a random act of kindness (an action that blesses another person unasked for or requested). This can be paying for the person behind you's coffee or the car behind you's drive through order. You could pay a person expired parking meter. Bring a card, coffee, soda or tea for a co-worker just because. Random Acts of Kindness (Paying it Forward) is about love. Love for your fellow human being.

Join me on this mission. Think of something you can do to bless someone by your actions and then do it. If you cannot commit to doing it every day how about once a month or once a week. Think of how much difference you can make in someone's life by doing this. You could be an answer to prayer. Someone's angel. I hope you consider doing this.

It is never too late to set goals for success. Today write down what you want to have done in your life by December 31, 2011. Look at my previous post about how to define your course of action in accomplishing your goal. I wish you success with your goals this year. The first step is to identify them. Write it down, then act. I look forward to walking with you on this success journey.

Stay Safe.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

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Welcome to 2011. I hope your 2010 was all you desired it to be. If not make 2011 your year. Take advantage of the double digits in the year to double your portion of success this year.

The slate is clean. Today is a gift and that is why it is called the present. Most of us have taken some time to look at things we accomplished in 2010. Possibly at the beginning of last year we wrote out a list of things we wanted to accomplish in 2010. If you did not you can start with a new list today.

All the leadership books teach about the importance of having a vision for your life, with a plan that is written down. Without vision people perish. Without a road map to your destination you could end up anywhere. This year let’s live on purpose. Let’s agree to walk a journey into 2011 with a road map to success.

The way to do that is to first define your goal. By December 31, 2011 what will you want to have accomplished? Is it losing weight, learning a new language, testing for promotion? Where do you see yourself? Traveling, being more active, spending more time with friends? If it is important you have to make it a priority and plan for it.

When we write things out we are better able to accomplish them. Just having a thought is not enough because we know how fleeting our thoughts can be in this era of numerous distractions. From Facebook to video games to work we can quickly forget the initial goals we set for the year. Most people have abandoned their New Years Resolution partially within 10 days of the New Year and fully in 30 day. It take 21 days to form a habit which will carry you through the year. This is why I am challenging you to write down your goals. Post them in a visible place in your house. Put them out there on Facebook.

Share them with your friends. If you tell your friends you want to lose weight. Tell them how you plan to do it. Are you going to start eating healthy and working out three times a week. Tell them and ask them to hold you accountable. Post it on Facebook (or any other Social network you may be using).

My friends on Facebook helped me last year when I lost 50 pounds. I posted on Facebook every time I lost ten pounds. Sometimes I posted when I had cravings for foods I knew where not good for me. My friends would post encouragement and helped me stay strong and focus. When you have accountability built in with your goals it helps you to accomplish them because you do not want to disappoint yourself or others who have invested in your success.

As you make your goals make sure they are S. M. A. R. T.

S-Specific asking What are we going to do? (Develop, direct, organize) Why is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish? How are we going to do it?

M-Measurable If we can’t measure it, we can’t manage it. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress. For example weight loss can be measured on a scale. Language skills can be measured by practice and application.

A-Attainable: Goal should stretch us slightly, but we must feel we can do it. Consider attitudes, abilities, skills, financial capacity, time. Can it be done.

R-Realistic: Doable. Set the bar high enough for satisfying achievement. If losing 5 pounds seems more doable than 50 then set a small goal for 5 pounds. Then when you lose 5 you make a new goal to lose 10, then 15 and so on.

T-Timely: Put an end point on each goal. I want to lose 5 pounds by February 28, 2011. This is a SMART goal. It is attainable if you put your mind to it.

So today decide your 11 things you want to accomplish in 2011. Think about it. Those so inclined to, pray about it. Write them down then apply the SMART measurement to them. Let start a 2011 course towards personal achievement.

Stay Safe.