Anger: One of the most basic human emotions

Anger is one of the most basic emotions that we feel. It often is the surface emotion that people see and experience, but it also often covers up a much deeper, more vulnerable emotion.

Because anger has a God-given role in our life, we can rejoice that we have it. But anger is one of those emotions that must be evaluated, and at times controlled. When anger protects, it can be good.

Take a look at this installment, and let’s work on our anger.

 

Reflecting on Iraq

It has been about 8 years.  I know some guys who have spent more time in Iraq over the past decade than they have at home.  For me, I have deployed my fair share and have traveled throughout the country.  As I spent my last days in this place, I reflected back on all the memories.  Some good, some difficult and so much sacrifice.  Soldiers who have left their families time and time again.  Spouses, children and families who deal with the stresses of the homefront while Soldiers deal with the stresses of the battlefront.  Sometimes it seems like we are two worlds apart even after we come home.

I read in the newspaper that on December 15, 2011 the last military base was signed over to Iraqi officials.  The transition to zero was December 31,2001, and now the Iraqi Campaign medal is terminated.  This is a huge change from the “Surge” when there were around 170,000 troops spread throughout the country.

So many memories flood my mind.  Late night missions, chow hall conversations,  chapel services, prayers, baptisms, good friends, convoys, chopper flights, various strange and difficult situations.

I think of all the casualities of war.  I pause to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Those I have known.  I can still see their faces.  I have made notification to many family members, proformed funerals and memorials while in the rear, made trips to the morgue, preformed battlefield memorial services, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) debriefs and have spent hundreds of hours of counseling while deployed.

As I reflect on this war, I don’t think of the politics or the inconveniences.  I think about the people.  Those who have given so much.  The wives, husbands, children, families and friends.  So many people who have prayed and sent care packages.  Gratitude fills my mind as I think of all those who have been supportive and have shown care.

Last Memorial Day I was in Iraq.  Today I pause to remember that period of my life.

This Memorial Day there is much to remember, remember those who have given so much.

Remember all the sacrifices.

Over the years, through many wars and conflict, there has been so much heriosm, sacrifice and loss.

Pray for comfort, strength and encouragement for those who have been left behind.

If you have spent time in Iraq take time to reflect on your journey.  Remember what you have learned.

Pray for Iraq, her leaders and her people.

Remember today the sacrifice of so many.

Check out this video filmed just days before leaving Iraq.

 

Anger – Counting to Ten: Does it even work?

The next in our series on Anger. This installment deals with one simply way to slow down your reaction.

Most of the time our immediate reaction to circumstances is not the best reaction in the long term. By simply slowing down, we allow our brains to fully engage before we react, turning a reaction into an action, an impulse to a choice.

Enjoy this edition of the Chaplain Therapist and check back often to see new videos.

 

David

Experience a unique view of David from the rooftop of a palace in Iraq.

When you hear the name David what stories come to mind?

If you are like me probably two: one about a giant and another about a woman.

What can we learn from the “man after God’s own heart”?  There are things we can learn from his successes and failures.

Our lives are full of peaks and valleys.  Throughout the journey we must draw near to God.  In our success we must praise Him and in our failures we must seek forgiveness and restoration.  Take a look at Psalm 51 and ask, “what does it mean to have a clean heart?”

What will God teach you from this story?  What can you learn from David?

Roman Soldier

Sermon preached at Chapel Next on FT Campbell, KY April 19, 2009.

It was the final sermon in our series called “Steps”.

The sermon is a look at Easter from a Roman Soldier’s perspective.  Questions asked were:

  • What where the powers at play? 
  • What was going on behind the scences? 
  • What would this look like from a very different perspective? 

This is a unique sermon on which I have recieved many comments.

I just found the recording, so I thought I would post.  Enjoy!

Stew

“Stew” is a fresh look at the story of Jacob and Esau from Genesis 25.  It was filmed in our chow hall in Iraq.  The story involves sibling rivalry, trickery and giving up what matters most for a bowl of stew.

  • What does it mean to give up a birthright?
  • What can we learn from this story?
  • Why would someone give up their future for temporary satisfaction?

There is more to this story than first appears, grab a bowl, pull up a chair and check out “STEW”!

 

Anger – Destruction in the Making

Anger is a basic human emotion, placed in us by the Creator of the Universe to help us survive.

But anger can get out of control and cause damage to those around us.

In this installment of the Chaplain Therapist, we will begin to look at the effects of anger on those around us as a starting point for personal change.

Enjoy this edition of the Chaplain Therapist and check back often to see new videos.

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Donkey

Have you ever wondered why Jesus rode in on a donkey?

As we approach Palm Sunday and remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, dig into the text and discover something new about the story you may have never seen before.

Read the story again in all four Gospels:

  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Mark 11:1-11
  • Luke 19:28-44
  • John 12:12-19

Remember Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He entered the city to save, though many misunderstood what was taking place.  Check out this video and take a fresh look at the story.