Serving in a Foreign Land (Part II)
by Michael Crawford on October 21st, 2021
From the Foxhole to the PulpitIn the first part of Serving in a Foreign Land, I wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a foreign country while in the military. The focus was upon recognizing the dangers of becoming apathetic in faith and evangelism. The warning signs in Europe are the many decorative churches that mark the European continent and yet, fail to impact the European ...  Read More
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Be, Know, Do
by Michael Crawford on August 5th, 2021
From the Foxhole to the PulpitBe, Know, and Do            The U.S. Army does pride itself in the development of leaders at all levels. Although there is a recognized natural aspect to leadership, it is also taught in the classroom, developed in garrison, tested in the field, and realized on the battlefield. At every level of leadership, there are military courses and/or schools available to assist...  Read More
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Serving in a Foreign Land
by Michael Crawford on June 7th, 2021
Serving in a Foreign Land (Part I)            My first duty station, after Basic Training and Advance Individual Training (AIT), was in Amberg, Germany. What I enjoyed about this tour, other than being in another country, is that it also included a real world mission. This is not to say that training for war during peace time is not real; however, I was in a unit that also included the patrolling ...  Read More
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From the Foxhole to the Pulpit: The Soldier's Creed
by Michael Crawford on May 5th, 2021
From the Foxhole to the PulpitThus far, in this blog, I have written about my Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Army; the army slogan, Be All That You Can Be; and the common phrased used in the Army, Hurry Up and Wait. One of my goals for this particular blog is to write about my military experience and show the challenges and connections that exist between my time spent in the foxhole and the call...  Read More
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Hurry Up and Wait
by Michael Crawford on March 29th, 2021
Type your new text here. Hurry Up and Wait               As a 21 year veteran of the US Army, there is a phrase that was commonly used, perhaps you are familiar with it as well. The phrase is, "hurry up and wait." Soldiers are often rushed to get somewhere only to have to wait for an extended period of time before moving on. Hurry up and wait. Sometimes they are pressed to accomplish a task immedi...  Read More
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From the Foxhole to the Pulpit: Be All That You Can Be
by Michael Crawford on March 9th, 2021
From the Foxhole to the Pulpit            Previously, I wrote about my Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Army. I used this experience in comparison to the events leading up to receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The reminder is that periodically, all of us need to recall our conversion and perhaps to even write it down. In doing so, we may remember details that are worth remembering and acting u...  Read More
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From the Foxhole to the Pulpit: Oath of Enlistment
by Michael Crawford on February 17th, 2021
From the Foxhole to the Pulpit In my earlier blogs, I reiterated what I had already written in our church newsletter. This newsletter, Footsteps of the Flock, will now be available on our website. It is for this reason that I decided to change my blog title and direction. My goal in this blog is to demonstrate the sovereignty of God by sharing some lessons learned during my military career. These ...  Read More
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Moving Forward
by Michael Crawford on February 17th, 2021
Type your new text here. Moving Forward in 2021 The New Year has arrived and “Moving Forward” is on my mind. In the midst of the trials and tribulations of our time; the Gospel still must be preached, people still must be ministered to, the love of Christ still must be shared, and the Church of the living God is still in need of revival.              On the first Sunday of this year I began the AM...  Read More
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There\'s Just Something About that Name
by Michael Crawford on December 17th, 2020
There's Just Something About that Name December 17, 2020There is a hymn that most of you will know  and have song. It was written by Bill Gaither in 1970 and has remained a popular chorus since then. You may want to sing it out loud as you read the words below.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There's just something about that name!Master, Savior, Jesus, Like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jes...  Read More
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Birth of Christ
by Michael Crawford on December 10th, 2020
Christ is Born December FootstepsFOR THE MIND!                                        In Galatians 4:4-5 we are reminded; “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Christmas is indeed the celebration of the birth of Christ. Paul taught that the inca...  Read More
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Fear Not
by Michael Crawford on December 10th, 2020
Fear Not Isaiah 43:1-5a December 7, 2020FEAR has been defined as a distressing emotion brought about by many different factors such as anger, danger, evil, pain and the list goes on. FEAR has been describe as an overwhelming sensation that robs a person of their ability to think, speak, and sometimes even move. FEAR has been developed as means to keep people under control. What is certain abo...  Read More
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Words Matter
by Michael Crawford on December 1st, 2020
FOR THE MIND! November 22, 2020                  Scripture teaches us the importance of the words that we say and how we say them. To the church in Colossae Paul wrote, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). Scripture also teaches us that we are to strive for peace. Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the...  Read More
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