Joint Chiefs urge former service members to serve their communities
By Cheryl Pellerin
| DoD News, Defense Media Activity | February 04, 2015
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.
Martin E. Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs of address leaders of veteran
organizations prior to signing a "28-star" letter during a Commitment to
Service ceremony in the Pentagon, Feb. 2, 2015. The letter is written
for veterans, who have served in uniform since 9/11, to embrace their
transition into civilian life and to build upon their experiences while
seeking new ways to serve their communities. (Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen.
Martin E. Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs signed a letter Monday that will
go to all transitioning service members, urging them to continue serving
the nation as civilians in their communities and in their new jobs.
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Chaplains have been a key part of the U.S. military for hundreds of years, even before American won independence from Great Britain.
Their ministries follow the call of duty and their church is often a battlefield. BUT NOW many Christian chaplains fear the recent acceptance of homosexuality may silence their biblically held beliefs. [Read more: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/july/under-fire-life-of-militarys-spiritual-guardians/ ] --- Pray for the Chaplains of your U.S. Military and they serve with their military members around the world.
InfraGard is a partnership between the FBIand the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S. [ Pray for these sixteen major sectors of our country. ]
Ezekiel 37 reminds me that we cannot mobilize an army of intercessors without the work of the Holy Spirit. Without His guidance and His breath of life we would neither discern the issues at hand, nor speak meaning into the situation before us. Three stages of obedience appear in the passage. First, in verses 1-3 Ezekiel goes to the place where God presents him with the big-picture dilemma....
"Son of man, can these bones live again?" Ezekiel plants himself in a place where he doesn't shy away from questions that are too big, or too heavy, or too far-reaching to answer. Instead, he trusts God to enlarge his vision and broaden his understanding along the way. He answers, "Sovereign Lord, You alone know," ultimately trusting God with the outcome.
Second, in verses 4-8 Ezekiel speaks the Word of God as he is commanded. In a context that is dry and motionless he speaks action and health. Rather than relying on his own intuition, he hears God's voice and becomes His mouthpiece. Suddenly, the bones come together, "bone to bone." Tendons and flesh appear, as well as skin for covering. With this second step of obedience comes greater revelation.
Third, in verses 9-14 Ezekiel waits for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, relying upon the breath of life to make the vision complete: "...they came to life and stood upon their feet-a vast army." The prophet speaks and then trusts God to add flesh, muscle, spirit and life.
What about us? With our burden to mobilize a vast army committed to pray for America, are we also committed to wait for the Lord's anointing, to speak His Word as commanded, and to trust Him with the final outcome? I pray that as you join us in saving America through prayer, the destiny of this nation would be revealed to us in greater and greater ways as we walk in obedience before Him.
Isaiah once warned against the wrong attitudes associated with the kind of fasting that is not acceptable to God, and contrasted these attitudes with true, practical charity: If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul. (vv. 9-10) "The yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity" may be summed up in three words: legalism, criticism, and insincerity....
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.
It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.
With the recent airing of an al-Qaeda video that encourages Muslims to attack religious institutions, Christian churches are being warned.
In a video released by al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, the American-born Muslim asks jihadists to quickly obtain guns and carry out terrorist attacks against the West. He states that Muslims are placed in the region to "do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places, and things and brethren."
"That's very troubling," admits Steve Amundson of the Florida Security Council. "Adam Gadhan lived here in Southern California for a number of years. He studied under Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi at the Islamic Center of Orange County, which is in Garden Grove."
Gadahn's statements to U.S. Muslims follow the death of Osama bin Laden. In response, the Christian Emergency Network has issued a warning for churches in the United States, and Amundson advises Christians to stay alert.
"Churches, just like everybody, I tell them to be vigilant; be aware of your surroundings," he urges. "Don't walk around like everything's okay, because we're in different times now, and it's time for Americans to be vigilant, be aware, [and] be alert because something could happen."
"The hostile and discriminatory actions by the Veterans Affairs officials in Houston are outrageous, unconstitutional and must stop," said Jeff Mateer, Esq., general counsel of Liberty Institute.
June 30, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs and its Director of the Houston National Cemetery, Arleen Ocasio, are engaging in religious viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by adding new incidents of religious hostility.
Since taking the directorship of the Houston facility in April, 2010, Arleen Ocasio has used her position to bully Christians, repeatedly trampling on the religious liberties of Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, The American Legion Post 586, and the National Memorial Ladies.
On March 15, Director Ocasio told Nobleton Jones, Honor Guard Junior Vice Commander, that he couldn't say "May God grant you grace, mercy and peace" to grieving families.
"The hostile and discriminatory actions by the Veterans Affairs officials in Houston are outrageous, unconstitutional and must stop," said Jeff Mateer, Esq., general counsel of Liberty Institute. "Government officials who engage in religious discrimination against citizens are breaking the law. Sadly, this seems to be a pattern of behavior at the Houston VA National Cemetery."
Our friends at Liberty Institute have amended an earlier lawsuit against the VA that states the new violations against religious liberty include:
• VA Forbids Mention of God at Funerals for Veterans and Requires Families to Submit Prayer for Approval to the Government
• VA instructs the VFW and a Private Funeral Home that they may not present the option of prayer to families
• VA Tells Volunteers to Remove "God Bless" from Condolence Cards to Grieving Families
• VA Closes Cemetery Chapel; Uses it for Storage
You can read Liberty Institute's detailed report of Director Ocasio's offenses here.
Director Ocasio has already been successfully sued this year for religious discrimination. Obviously, she is not qualified to be the director of a National Cemetery and should step down.
I wish for you a very Happy 4th of July. But it seems the basis and the freedoms from our foundation and all the wars we've fought are being negated by the enemy within.
I spent 26 years in the military, twenty as a Chaplain. I retired in 2002. I am deeply upset at the way not only Vets are being treated, but the audacity of our Government leaders to trample on the very faith and freedom for which these Vets have paid life and limb to secure ... for us.
This is a spiritual stronghold that needs to be confronted in the name of Christ, just as boldly as the opposition in prayer. And then also call upon the Law of the land to defend us, by God's grace and power. It must be restraint in the Spirit realm, so that the legal may prevail. I pray the family of God in Texas will raise on behalf of these, but ultimately the entire country.