Newbies

“Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

(Matthew 9:17)

I loved new Privates. They come into your squad or platoon all bright-eyed, anxious to learn, ready to be molded into a part of the team (I also felt the same way about brand new Lieutenants). They were raw, a blank slate just waiting for you to make that lasting impression. As we start the New Year, let’s present ourselves as new privates or LTs to God, ready and willing to learn new things, effectively integrating ourselves into Kingdom-oriented teams, eager to follow His next command.

Call to Action: Pray that God will give you a fresh desire to love and serve Him.

LT – A lieutenant (abbreviated Lt, LT, Lieut and similar) is a junior commissioned officer in the armed forces, fire services, police and other organizations of many nations.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ten Things I’m most thankful for in 2006

An incredible year of learning about Jesus

God has developed several key laborers

God has developed several new staff

The ministry has grown in breadth and depth

Over all Army work advances

New cooperation with other ministries

The Bible Study on Helping vs Training

Friends who have generously supported the ministry

God protecting my friends who are deployed

My family

Ten Things I’m praying for in 2007:

Apply the ministry and leadership style of Jesus

Strengthen Team Benning by developing laborers

Developing ministries on new Army Posts

Strengthen the synergy of the Branch Work

Begin training three new staff

The richest time in the Word and prayer ever

Friends and Family will experience more of Christ

Communicate effectively thru verbal and writing

Protection for my friends and family who are deployed

Peace and Salvation for all Nations in Christ

Blasting Cap Religion

…a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.


(Ecclesiastes 8:5)

It’s a little unnerving the first few times you do it but after a while, you get the hang of putting a blasting cap into an explosive charge. This is one of those soldier tasks that require the right procedure at the right time. Mix them up and it could ruin your day. There are some things in a disciple’s life that have proper timing and procedure as well, like praying first. Ever make a decision only to have it go south, and then reminded yourself, “I should have run that by Jesus first.” Or have you struggled through days of anxiety and then finally remembered to pray in Jesus name? Remember this sequence and procedure; Pray first in Jesus name.

Call to Action: List three major decisions or worries and pray in Jesus name for the next week.

Blasting Cap – A blasting cap is a small sensitive primary explosive device generally used to detonate a larger, more powerful and less sensitive secondary explosive such as TNT, dynamite, or plastic explosive. Blasting caps come in a variety of types, including non-electric caps, electric caps, and fuse caps.

A New Man

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I can remember walking down the steps of the barracks as a brand new private in a squared away uniform. As a newbie in the 82nd Airborne Division, I was on cloud nine and a very different person. The Army had changed me and I was a new man. But there is nothing that can change us like when we come to faith in Christ. We are regenerated into new men and women spiritually. We experience a new attitude, new actions, and new motivation to live for God. Are you a New Creation?

Application: If you haven’t experienced this new life I’m talking about, take some time right now to pray and ask Jesus Christ to change you, commit yourself to get to know Him and follow Him. Ask Him to come into your life as both Lord and Savior.

Every Man and Woman a Conqueror, The Desire to Win

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

(Romans 8:37)

It wasn’t the toughest obstacle course I had been on but I would soon learn to hate it. We were training with the SEALs on Coronado Beach and my Commander decided to show off a little in front of our Navy friends. We ended up going through the obstacle course 4 times to prove we were the better warriors. Not sure that really proved anything (except for a lot of bruises and barely being able to move the next morning). We are competitive beings by nature. I believe God wired us that way for a purpose, to be winners. Unfortunately, we have made a total mess of the thing with our sin. But He intended the Conqueror Spirit to be used for good rather than evil. In fact, in Christ, we are made overwhelming conquerors. Through Jesus, we win in a big way. We just need to learn from the scriptures how to win God’s way.

Call to Action: Write down 3 things you think God wants you to conquer. Try to find a verse of scripture for each goal.

Poncho Liner Poverty



As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

Luke 9: 57-58

It was the middle of winter in the mountains and all we had to sleep in was a slightly quilted piece of nylon called a Poncho Liner. It was originally made for use in the tropics of Vietnam. Life was rough and I can assure you there was more shivering than sleeping. These kind of sacrifices are part of being a soldier. Following Jesus is the same. When Jesus answered the one who wanted to follow Him, He said it will take sacrifice. We need to be as hardcore about our faith as a soldier is about his profession. “Come out of your comfort zone.” I think that’s what Jesus was saying to this would-be recruit. Do you find your faith taking you out of your comfort zone? Jesus says that’s normal.

Application: Step out of your spiritual comfort zone today and tell someone what Jesus has done for you.

Day 6: Pressing the Envelope for the Kingdom

Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep
(Luke 9:32)

I know men and women in the ministry that I call Warhorses. They are committed to the hilt and run to the point of being expended, pressing the envelope physically and spiritually. They will show up to Bible study or chapel after a week in the field. Hungry and tired, they still make it a priority to minister to others. I think Jesus and His disciples had reached the point of being totally expended by “pressing the envelope” several times in their ministry (Jesus was asleep during a storm (Mat 8.24), not being able to eat a meal (Mark 3.20), asleep in the garden (Mat 26.40).  Jesus left us an example of a work ethic that we seldom hear preached today. Obviously, rest has its place but are we pressing ourselves for the King and Kingdom?

Application: Next time you’re tired and don’t want to have that time in the Word and prayer, meet with a mentor, or gather in church, take it the extra mile and do it anyways.

Field – When soldiers practice simulated battle conditions in all kinds of trained and weather.

Christmas Day: Underwear Again!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
(James 1:17)

Remember as a kid when you would get underwear for Christmas. Man, there ought to be a law against putting wrapping paper on underwear or socks or any such mundane things. Tomorrow morning will no doubt be very disappointing for both young and old because they weren’t given the gifts they really wanted (its one of the trappings of our materialistic society). But aren’t you glad that the real Christmas gift has already been given? Jesus is the perfect gift for those who will trust and follow Him. So tomorrow morning when you get another pair of underwear, a tie, or a new blender, be thankful to the giver and whisper a prayer of thankfulness to your Father in Heaven for HIS perfect gifts.

Application: Do an inventory of top ten gifts God has given you this year and thank Him for each one