“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.


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.