The National Association of Blind Veterans


Chaplain's Corner

Brother Jeff Bradshaw
Chaplains Corner February 28, 2018
The Great  Switch”
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)"

All through Junior High and High School, I was on the wrestling team. The objective of the individual wrestling match was to get the opponent under your control on the wrestling mat and to pin their shoulders to the mat for three seconds to win the match. As you gained the top position on your opponent you would use various moves to get them on their backs for the pin. Often, as you tried to successfully apply your pin move, the opponent would bridge his body upwards from the mat using his back, head and feet to keep his shoulders off the mat. There was a move to switch positions with the opponent before he could apply his pin move called "the switch". There were many moves to accomplish this in a wrestling match but in life there is only one move, faith in "The Great Switch (John 6:29)".

Whether people realize it or not life's wrestling match is occurring all around us every day. The Good News of Christ leads many through "grace by faith" to avoid being pinned by this life. “Death has been swallowed up in victory. (1 Cor. 15:54)” In addition, God has sent us the Comforter (John 14:16) so that we should never feel like we're being placed on our backs and held down by the enemy (opponent) in a pin move.

If you feel like you are being pinned down by life this day and like I did during too many of my matches are hearing the spectators yelling "bridge, bridge". I pray that you see the "Great Switch" that the Lord has made in your life at the cross. In Christ, we are alive in God's enduring Word. In addition, when the accuser starts trying to tell you "God doesn't love you"; just start praising the Lord for this is how we put the pin move on that rascal called the devil. In and through Christ, the adversary is now under our control as our future is to live with God in paradise eternally and his is to remain condemned, eternally pinned.

Chaplains Corner January 17, 2018

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)"

Just returned from a time of teaching and reflecting on the mystical union of man with God through the cross. In the verse above Jesus had JOY set before Him as he endured the cross. Why do so many of us have a hard time connecting with this supernatural joy during our lives as Christians? I believe it is because we lose sight of the JOY Jesus had set before Him as he endured the cross, the presence of God about to be shared with all people and nations. Remember, the Lord told his disciples "You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16:32)".  You and I (we), believers in Christ are NOT (never) left alone.

We are joined with the victory of the cross, the finished work of cross. I think we all should approach the following words of Peter and Jesus differently this year, not from a perspective of shame and guilt "Be holy as God is holy (Peter 1:15)"; "Be perfect as your Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48). These are forgone conclusions for how the "body of Christ" lives through the blood of Jesus. May you be filled with more JOY this year in the finished work of the cross and the presence of God with His children.

Chaplains Corner: November 27,

Carry the Light

"I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. (John 8:51)" "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)" "He will swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)"

Day after day in this world we encounter its message of death but our God has given us a greater Word. I personally encountered this "Living Word" now over 20 years ago on 7-13-97. Who says that 13 is an unlucky number? In Christ our God (John 8:58) All things are possible! God has swallowed up death forever for His people. During my encounter with God on 7-13-97, I personally saw my death being swallowed up. I was at the end of my rope and offered my life to God to be ended. I said in prayer "God kill me or fix me". The God of Life mercifully took away my death and gave me "new life". I will never see death again as I saw it on that day. Through the power of the blood of Jesus, I shall walk from glory to glory; from light to light held firmly by the one, true God. When I close my eyes for the last time, I will see the bright "light of the world", face to face.

Brothers and sisters, the world needs to hear the word God placed in our souls to counter the world's message of hopelessness and death. Carry the Light, my friends. God is good! His love endures forever! The light of Christ guarantees us that there is no darkness in this world that can overcome God's light, the Word placed in believers that will never fail, even in our weakest moments.

With God's Help We Fly Like Eagles

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