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The Police Officer Who Didn’t Fail

We should offer an important caveat at the outset… I have never stood outside a building, hearing gunfire inside, and been trained and expected to enter that building and engage the shooter. I have sympathy for the Broward County School Resource Deputy, Scot Peterson, who, apparently stood outside Marjory Stoneman High School for at least four minutes, while Nicholas Cruz was inside, murdering sixteen fellow students and an adult. Some reports are giving him the benefit of the doubt - that he thought it was firecrackers or gun shots outside….

I would have hoped that Peterson would have sucked up his courage and entered that building, for the sake of the children. One officer did… Sgt. Jeff Heinrich of the Coral Springs Police Department. He was off duty and unarmed when he was at the school, watering the athletic field. His wife is assistant athletic director at the school and his son is on their football team.

When Heinrich heard the gun shots, he did what (we thought) police officers are trained to do… he ran toward the danger. In that situation, does training always “kick in” or do you have to consciously tell yourself to have courage?

As Christians, we try our best to follow Jesus Christ. We are in “training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). We are trying to talk more like Jesus, with His attitude, His tone of voice, His words. We are trying to live more like Jesus, with His values, His morals, His high standards. We are trying to think more like Jesus, with His aspirations, His goals, His worldview.

The more we “train” with Christ, the more we should look much like Jesus would look if He were in our shoes. The more we “walk” with Christ, the more our “training ought to kick in,” when the going gets rough. The more we are with Christ, the more His attitude, His words, His thoughts will automatically be revealed in our own lives, attitude, words, and thoughts. That ought to be our aspiration.

-    Paul

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Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!