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Chaplain’s Corner


Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed, that it might live forevermore to fill our every need, that it shall not be just a day, but last a lifetime through, the miracle of Christmas time that brings God close to you.

May your Christmas season be filled with family and many friends. Wishing all a Happy New Year.

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Chaplain’s Corner

With storm after storm affecting US citizens offshore and here on the continental US…
being knocked down or falling down and getting back up is what we do best.

The Art of the Rebound

Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for the most REBOUNDS leading the NBA in rebounds in 11 different seasons, and has the most career rebounds in the regular season (23,924), the highest career average (22.9 rpg).

Watching a basketball game, you quickly realize that just as important as getting the ball in the hoop is when you miss the hoop, catching the REBOUND!

The Bible is chocked full of examples of REBOUNDS. Naturally they’re not labeled as such, but we can learn as much from Biblical REBOUNDS as we can Basketball – i.e. SamsonMosesDavid, and even PeterPaul, and Onesimus.

Proverbs 24:16 tells us, “A just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

Our modern vernacular says, “A just man falls seven times, and REBOUNDS again. By not getting back up, you’ve only shown you’re shallow and lack maturity. In fact, NOT getting back up is considered not just failure, but in Proverbs’ terms…the WICKED are the ones that DON’T get back up!

The true mark of your success is not in never having fallen; it’s most assuredly in the fact that you HAVE fallen, and taken the REBOUND and getting back in the game!

Chaplain’s Corner – September 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain

Two year’s ago, yet another hero was lost to PTSD related suicide and this is how his story ended… thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called the Patriot Guard Riders. 
Membership in this organization is open to any patriotic American that wishes to fulfill the mission of this magnificent group.  If interested; go online for more information.

“This Sergeant’s Remains Were Going to Be Shipped Home In a FedEx Box—Until Veterans Stepped In.  Jonathan Turner was passed from veteran to veteran as he traveled home from California to Georgia.” 


“S.SGT. Jonathan Turner served his country for 17 years, which included seven tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the age of 41 and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Turner retired. A year later, he committed suicide. Turner died in California, and his family back in Georgia could not afford to fly out there to claim his ashes. Instead, the Marines arranged to have his remains shipped home. And how would they transport Turner? In a ­FedEx box.

The Patriot Guard Riders thought he deserved a more dignified journey. Founded in Kansas in 2005, the PGR is an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots dedicated to helping veterans in any way they can. When they heard about the arrangements for Turner’s remains, they organized a caravan—or, as they described it, a “pony express of iron horses.”

On August 5, 2015, dozens of ­Patriot Guard Riders, many veterans themselves, accompanied Turner from Ontario, California, to a Love’s truck stop in Lake Havasu, Arizona, on the California border. A veteran wearing white gloves somberly handed off the wooden box containing Turner’s ashes to the PGR captain from Arizona. Then the Arizona chapter drove the ashes 388 miles to the New Mexico border. The handing-­off ceremony was repeated, and then the New Mexico Patriot Guard Riders transported the ashes to Texas, and so on until the ashes reached Georgia five days and some 2,000 miles after leaving California.

“The great state of Georgia proudly accepts this man on the final leg of his return home,” the captain of the Georgia PGR told his Alabama counter­part. “Thank you, Alabama, for bringing him home.”                                

– Andy Simmons

Chaplain’s Corner – July 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain

Iowa has recently passed legislation allowing the sale of fireworks with our borders. 

One of the most awe inspiring 4th of July pyrotechnic displays in America is the show put on at Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Here is a little trivia concerning one of our nation’s most visited landmarks.  Happy Independence Day and GOD bless America!







“As you can see from sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s model of Mount Rushmore (above left), the carving crew made a few concessions during the monument’s 14-year construction. Time, money, and areas of impenetrable rock prohibited the team from finishing the full head-to-waist sculptures Borglum had planned—Lincoln never even got ears. Still more trouble came when weak rock quality forced the presidents’ relocation to a different part of the rock face than originally planned, leaving no room for what would have been Lincoln’s neighbor and Borglum’s pièce de résistance: a monstrous 80-by-120-foot tablet in the shape of the Louisiana Purchase, inscribed with the nine most important moments from 1776 to 1906 (that is, from Washington to Roosevelt). Some things are better left uncarved.”

Reprinted from Reader’s Digest 7/8/2017

Chaplain’s Corner – June 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain

We all have heard the age old phrase, “GOD answers prayer.”. Well, today, I’d like to share awareness of an organization that helps do exactly that.

Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans honors our veterans’ service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.


Dreams not only serve veterans, but also bring comfort and peace to their loved ones and caregivers. Dreams play a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for veterans and their families.


Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are U.S. military veterans 18 and older diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 months or less, can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, proof of service is required.

Dreams range from basic need items (like a working appliance or wheelchair ramp) to bedside reunions, final vacations with family, meetings with personal heroes or reconnecting with aspects of former military service.

YOU CAN HELP BY referring applicants, volunteering to help make Dreams come true, or donating time or resources to Dreams for Veterans.

For more information, please visit the Dream Foundation for Veterans today.

Chaplain’s Corner – Memorial Day Prayer

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whose hand are the living and the dead: we give thanks for all Thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them Thy tender mercy and the light of Thy presence, that the good work which Thou hast begun in them may be perfect. Deal graciously, we pray to Thee, with all who mourn, that casting every care on Thee they may know the consolation of Thy love.  Amen

Chaplain’s Corner – April 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain








Chaplain’s Corner – March 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain

CHAPLAIN’s CORNER by Gary Phillips, Chaplain

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. According to different versions about St Patrick and his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth continuous prayers of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

About St Patrick and the snakes…. He is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While he may not have, in fact, been the first to bring Christianity to Ireland; it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.

I wonder what St Patrick would think about all that?!

So, whilst you bring a glass to your lips on March 17th; sure you should toast and ask Saint Patrick’s blessing upon all our brave men and women, serving around the world… our American missionaries for freedom and peace.