By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell Special to GUIDON One of the most common misconceptions about being a Christian is that life is perfect and so are we. On the contrary, the Christian, by definition, is someone who has come to a realization of just how sinful they truly are and have found a place of repentance before God and confessed their need for Christ. Often times, however, Christians … [Read more...] about The perfection myth
By Chaplain (Maj.) Luis Anda Special to GUIDON I am not a Greek scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but this word, “metamorphoo” means to be transformed or to change into another form. Like a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly, there is a complete change, a transformation, so too there can be a complete change or a transformation of our minds. The definition of … [Read more...] about Metamorphoo your mind
Fort Leonard Wood’s new Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Garrison Family Life chaplain has his boots on the ground and is ready to serve the installation’s community. Chaplain (Maj.) Miller “Ike” Eichelberger, a Louisville, Mississippi, native, husband, and father of three, has been here a little more than a month now and said he is enjoying getting to know the community. “I am … [Read more...] about Post welcomes new Family Life chaplain
By Chaplain (Maj.) Daryl Densford Special to GUIDON Readers over the age of 50 may remember the comedian Flip Wilson, whose television series in the early 70s was the second highest rated show on network television. One of the comedic characters Wilson played was Geraldine Jones, who often justified her questionable actions by saying, “The Devil made me do it!” We find the first use … [Read more...] about The Devil made me do it!
By Chaplain (Maj.) Tony Cech Special to GUIDON Depression (periods of sadness) is one of those things that affects most of us at some point in life. The World Health Organization says globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression; the CDC says 1 in 20 Americans. Elijah, a spiritual giant in the Old Testament, even after great accomplishments sunk into depression (1 … [Read more...] about Meeting God in my depression
By Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon Special to GUIDON Would I die for this great nation of fallen heroes? 4,435 Soldiers died during the American Revolution. World War I and World War II saw 53,402 and 291,557 deaths, respectively. 94,794 died during the Korean and Vietnam wars. While the Persian Gulf War left us with 383 American Soldiers dead, many of us vividly remember those comrades … [Read more...] about Our fallen heroes still live
By Chaplain (Capt.) Brent Sanders Special to GUIDON Sitting in a local coffee shop, looking for inspiration, I heard a familiar voice… “Hey, you…! How about the greeting of the day?” An aloof private declined the opportunity to greet an officer. The drill sergeant’s commanding admonition to this private for military bearing stirred me from my silent contemplation. A chaplain does not … [Read more...] about Hey, you…
By Chaplain (Maj.) Jorge Budez Special to GUIDON History shows that cultures who understand the meaning of hardship and tribulation are more resilient than those that are not aware. A proper understanding of struggle creates a society nurtured with patience, endurance, character, and hope. I am not saying there is no hope without suffering. It would not be accurate to think … [Read more...] about Suffering as a learning experience
By Chaplain (Capt.) Matt Burden Special to GUIDON NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback, Kurt Warner, was a legend on the field. He faced triumphs and defeats almost in the same breath. His football journey at times was tumultuous, but in the end, he was a proven winner on and off the field. Undrafted after only one year as the starting quarterback at University of Northern Iowa, he was cut as … [Read more...] about Against the gridiron
By Chaplain (Maj.) Joshua Metz Special to GUIDON This week’s reading: John 15:1-8 — those churches following the common cycle of readings for the Christian Year will read “The Vine and the Branches.” Although addressed to the nascent Christian Church, this passage presents a metaphor which proves instructive even to a military audience. This eponymously named metaphor unsurprisingly … [Read more...] about The vine, branches
By Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Davenport Special to GUIDON Let’s just face it, at least for some of us, parenting children is the hardest thing a person can do, principally, for a Soldier. For my wife, Courtney, and me, it’s the most important thing a person can do. From conception, to the delivery, to the rearing of the children in their infancy years, the days and months seem to go on … [Read more...] about Parenting children
By Chaplain (Capt.) Jeff Crispin Special to GUIDON I enjoy a bit of gardening, and it is the time of year that I’m starting to see some return on my efforts. Seeds that were planted are growing above ground and I can start to anticipate what I’ll be eating from my backyard garden. I think there are some great life principles that can be learned from gardening. Here are a few that … [Read more...] about How does your garden grow?
By Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Roberson Special to GUIDON My wife and I, like many others in the military, dream of a place to call our own. I would be content to have a home on a few acres, with a pond, and a small orchard. The thought of being able to set down roots and remain in one place sounds pretty nice. However, I know that this dream will not come to pass until my service to Uncle Sam … [Read more...] about Planning for your future
Imagine the silence inside the holy sepulcher on Holy Saturday. Picture the strange silence and stillness of the day when Jesus “died in the flesh.” Jesus the Christ descended into the abode of the dead. An ancient homily captures the pervading silence that surrounded Christ’s sacred body on that day before Easter. It reads, “Something strange is happening- there is a great silence on earth … [Read more...] about By rising, he restored our life
One of our heroes during the Korean War was Navy aviator, Ensign Jesse Brown. Growing up an African-American in 1940s Mississippi, Brown had to overcome long odds and the evils of racism to become a naval aviator. Yet, he succeeded, and in 1950, was assigned to 32nd Fighter Squadron flying F4U-4 Corsairs in the skies of North Korea. He won air combat medals for leading his aircraft section as … [Read more...] about Patriotism knows no color