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Triaging Spiritual Wounds Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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I just returned from a 10-day deployment to a Midwestern University that was the site of a recent campus tragedy. While I was “boots on the ground” as a part of a faith-based response team, I took some time during my daily assignments to just sit with God and observe and assess the impacted students, staff, faculty, nearby residents and first responders from the public safety sector.

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Chapter III "Assessing Samuel's Power of Credibility" Print E-mail
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In I Samuel 4:1 we learn a little about a leader named Samuel. Whenever this leader spoke, the people always heard the truth. Samuel was one of the most credible leaders chronicled in the Old Testament. His rise to prominence began under his mentor Eli. No matter what the message was that God wanted him to proclaim or reveal, Samuel could be trusted to speak only the truth. Yet, whenever Samuel spoke this truth, he always spoke it with real compassion. I know from past experience that credibility without compassion can be counterproductive and devastating.

You might, therefore, call Samuel’s contribution to our leadership lexicon the “Trait of Compassionate Credibility.”

 

Keep reading to see how credibility might be applicable to your life. 

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“Corpsman Up” Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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That call goes out all too often in combat environments. And when it does, generally everyone but the victim knows what it means. That is because "Wounded Warriors" don't always recognize their own needs. This is just as true in spiritual combat as it is in the world of physical combat. How do I know the truth of this matter? Raad on and I'll tell you.
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Chapter II "The Confidence of Gideon" Print E-mail
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The leader who desires to acquit himself well, must naturally exude confidence, a trait that must never be confused with arrogance. When beginning the climb toward a position that that entails the administration of certain powers, the embryonic leader often starts from a position of reluctance and eventually, with the proper seasoning and experience, arrives at their destination with the level of confidence required of that position. All too often, however, there remains the danger of allowing that confidence to take on a life of its own, especially when it is allowed to feast on the fruits of its labors unfettered. When that occurs, it often has a way of morphing the personality of the leader who allows that feasting to go unchecked into that of the dreaded "arrogant moron."

Keep reading to find out how God Taught Gideon a good lesson about confidence.

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"Patrolling The Jericho Road" Print E-mail
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You can hear anything in a law enforcement "locker room", I know because I have spent most of my life in them. Locker rooms are where "rookies" learn the "Real Story" from the tried and true "Vetranos" of the Street. Or so the veterans want the rookies to believe. 

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You Cannot Give, What You Do Not Have. Print E-mail
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Leadership is the greatest gift you can pass along to another generation. So why then is it so rare to find quality leaders in our current self-centered society?  I have been around either the military or law enforcement my whole life. I was born into a Marine Corps family and raised in JROTC and Scouting, until I was old enought to enlist in the Marines myself in 1963 at 17 years of age.
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