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JESUS IN THE TRENCHES 

There is something about the name, Jesus. The love God’s only begotten son has for us causes us to show love under the most extraordinary circumstances.

img_0870-1You’ve heard it said that “War is Hell”. That statement is most true to those who have been in a real war. The kind of war with bullets and bombs. The war where real bodies are lying dead all around you. That kind of war is hell!
Can you imagine two armies trying to destroy each other mercilessly over several months with casualties in the hundreds of thousands actually taking time out to celebrate a holiday, together??? It was totally unplanned but a spontaneous reaction to what? Which holiday would cause a man to stop shooting his enemy? Certainly not Halloween! It was Christmas.

The year was 1914. World War I was in full swing with British and German soldiers in Ypres, Belgium, in the trenches killing each other. Dead bodies in the trenches alongside the fighting men. Dead bodies in the gap between both trenches. Then, as Christmas approaches, the shooting slows and then stops. Silence. Then imagine hearing a song.  I can imagine the soldiers dismissing this as simply their minds playing tricks on them. Then they hear it again, yes a song being sung on the other side. Yes, the language is different, but the tune…yes, you know that tune. It’s Silent Night!  Your heart melts. First, you begin to hum along and then your heart begins to sing along. Then you see on the other side lights that remind you of something…. What??? Christmas lights?!

There is something about the name of Jesus.

To truly comprehend the power of that event, you would have to imagine how tragic and devastating trench fighting was on 1914. You would have to imagine sleeping, eating, and defacating in a ditch for days on end with no hope of seeing your family. It was more likely you would be killed or maimed before leaving that trench. You likely watched your friend get killed right next to you. It is likely that his body was right where he died. You were scared and angry at the same time and yet, that tune. Then an invitation to visit and celebrate Christmas comes from your enemy.  A truce. Jesus overcomes the trenches. Wow. He overcame  the hurt and the anger and the fear. Amazing. It was God’s amazing grace that gave these men this moment.

Can you hear the song while your in “the trenches”?

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Dracarys: Reconsidering Vengeance

2431BC2C-294A-44F9-837C-EC30DFABAFF9Yes, the title is a Game of Thrones Reference. Not sure if  it is a real word, but I do know this, when Daenerys  says it, her pet dragon blows fire. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

So, when you hear it, you may want to back the heck up! 

Daenerys’ best friend was about to be beheaded.  Cersei asked if she had any final words.  She didn’t say, “I love you” to her love interest. She didn’t plead for her life.  She sent a direct message to her best friend.  She said Dra-carys!!!  Daenerys got the message.  

Vengeance.  

We all want it at times.  I’ll tell you, most of us wanted to see Cersei get hers!!! Yes, even us Christians want vengeance.  So there was disappointment when her demise had a more romantic ending instead of one too terrible and gory to be shown on Netflix.

Especially, given her propensity for extreme violence.   Netflix is now showing a movie about the Central Park Five where five young boys were wrongly convicted of raping a woman.  When it happened, most of the people in the city would have screamed “Dracarys”!  Both black and white would have yelled it.  Now, that we know that these men were innocent when they were convicted as boys, many of us want to yell, Dracarys for the injustice these men were cursed with.  Vengeance.

Tyrion’s pleads to his sister, Cersei, for mercy went ignored.  Tyrion’s pleads to Daenerys, his Queen, for mercy on the innocent people in the city, went ignored.  So, Daenerys, lost her best friend and Cersei lost her life and city as Daenerys’ dragon (called Drogon), burned the city and the inhabitants alive.  Both, the innocent and the guilty were burned alive.  

Vengeance always has a cost.  

When Jesus was unjustly, from a natural perspective, nailed to the cross, he could  have called for fire from heaven.  Instead, he asked his father to forgive them.  He said that they know not what they do.  How true.  Do we ever realize at the moment the long term effect of our immediate calls for vengeance. Only the wise can see several moves ahead on the chessboard.

That was what Tyrion understood.  Neither his sister, Cersei, nor his Queen, Daenerys, could see the aftermath of their actions.  Like so, we need to consider the real cost, and possibly heed Tyrion’s message when we have the unction to yell, “Dra-carys!!!”

All ministry should stand on God’s promises. One we stand on in men’s ministry is Psalm 133. So brothers – you are not just invited this Saturday, June 15 to our next Men’s Huddle from 9 to 11am at CCC Bklyn campus – we believe that God is calling you! And at the same time our spiritual Adversary, the accuser of the brethren, is seeking to oppose us! So to our SISTERS – please pray! To the men who can’t make it – please pray! And all the glory be to God! Psalms 133 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David. How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting. #ICBmen #manhood #men #masculine #male #purpose #jesuschrist #jesus #church #gospel #spiritual #spirituality #spiritualgrowth #spiritualawakening #woke #brotherhood #faith #leadership #mensministry #christianity #jesusislord #discipleship #smallgroups #bible #biblestudy #calling #answerthecall #myccc

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Brothers- This is a free event. If you’re available, come celebrate fathers and sons with us. June 14th 2:30pm – 4:30pm. 1400 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11212 #CAACS #culturalartsacademycharterschool #culturalartsacademy #guardyourgates #organize #defend #guard #Insurance #ccclongisland #cccbrooklyn #mancavemondays #senecainsurancecompany #crumandforster #naaia #ipali #plrb #success #paceuniversity #leadership #millennials #keynote #college #university #theinstitutes #guardyourgates #brooklyn

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AWESOME!!! My brother, Dr. Onorio, will be ministering in NJ!! If you are in the area, cone by and be blessed!!! Reposted: I’m looking forward to ministering this message: Answer the Call @tccnewjersey #Repost @ptymcd with @get_repost ・・・ Join us @tccnewjersey this Sunday , June 9th at our 9:30 & 11:30 services , as guest speaker, Dr Onorio Chaparro @profoc412 , shares from the word of God. Visit TCC-NJ.ORG for more info

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NAAIA 2019 Northeast Insurance Conference Event!!! Looking forward to sharing at this event in a panel discussion on Claims & Counsel! The National African American Insurance Association New York Chapter is an organization of talented professionals in New York, connecting the insurance industry to a talent pipeline of diverse and business centric individuals. https://lnkd.in/dP8Chki #networking #newyork #naaia #ipali #guardyourgates #seneca #senecainsurancecompany #claims #litigationmanagement #claimsmanagement #diversityandinclusion #industryleaders

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Remembering Vera Patterson today. ❤️

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3 Signs Your Gates are Unguarded: 1. Missed deadlines 2. Unreturned calls 3. Career derailment Rod Patterson Author “Guard Your Gates” #Senecainsurancecompany #Seneca #Naaia #crumandforster #plrb #indianapolis #insurance #claims #underwriting #success #customerserviceexcellence #adjusters #guardyourgates #leadership #ipali #ICB #icbmen #lossexecutivesadsociation #clm

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