Archive for June, 2012

YOU LAW ENFORCEMENT FOLKS

Posted in WOD's on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

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This one is for all our law enforcement friends. Please share with others.

I recently attended the Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA) Seminar that is presented by the FBI. The seminar is really good, and if you are in law enforcement, it is worth a day of your time. The seminar goes over all the stats from 2010 of LEO’s either killed or assaulted in the line of duty. Interestingly enough, in 2010 more officers were killed feloniously than were killed in traffic accidents. First time that has happened in years. Violent crime against police officers is on the rise.

I would have to say that the best part of the seminar is they show video interviews with four very bad guys who are serving time for either violently assaulting or killing police officers. These are not your local wannabe gangbanger types. These guys are wolves. They train. They fight. They have no hesitation to kill anyone who they believe wants to take their freedom. ALL OF THEM basically said the same thing as to why they assaulted the officer: “I sized him up. I knew I could take him.” They all referenced the fact that the cop was either fat, shabby in a uniform, scared, or just flat out lackadaisical in command presence and/or officer safety.

It’s sad really. When most cops graduate from the police academy, they are eating nails for breakfast and spitting fire. Their uniforms look sharp. Many graduates of the police academy are in the best shape of their lives. They don’t really know jack about police work yet, but they are hungry to learn and they want to look good doing it. Academy

So WTF happened?!?!

FatcopLife happens. The structure of the police academy is gone. You work long hours on weird days. With the new job comes a decent paycheck. You buy toys. You get married. You have kids. The kids and wife need toys so you buy more stuff. Pretty soon you are working all the time to pay for all that stuff. Things get worse if you spend tons of time at work and end up divorced. Then you have to work even more to pay for the vicious cycle that starts all over again.

When cop life starts to pile up on you, the first thing that usually goes is your fitness. It’s a shame really. In a job that is listed #10 in CNN’s “Most Dangerous Jobs In America,” you would think that the people doing the job would care about their physical fitness. Type “fat cop” into Google images. 100’s of images of cops who I would think are not even fit for duty. If the shit hits the fan when I am working, I sure the hell wouldn’t want any of them backing me up.

Often, when you let your fitness go as a police officer, you make yourself believe things that are not true. The first lie is the one you don’t tell anyone: “It will never happen to me.” GFY. When it does happen to you it sucks that everyone else has to bail your ass out, and it’s hard on a whole department if you get yourself killed. The second lie, and this one I actually hear officers saying, is “I’ll just use my Taser or my gun.” Yeah….right. Sorry, but recent case law is restricitng the use of force is ways that are turning police work back into a “hands on” job. Armed cops are getting their asses kicked and dying ALL THE TIME. Are you really fit for that fight?

What’s the worst part of letting your physical fitness fall off? When you are not fit, you are unhealthy. Overweight (by a lot) in your twenties or thirties? You can count on some serious medical problems when you are older. Here’s the kicker…. Retirement comes early for us, but with the financial ruin that most cities are in these days, you can count that medical insurance is gonna be the first thing that takes a hit. All those doctor appointments and medications are going to add up FAST. Imagine you work your whole police career and then have to spend all your retirement money on medical bills. Screw that!!!

So how do you fix yourself? The first thing to do is make the time to get yourself back on track. You don’t need to join a gym or start training for the CrossFit Games right off the bat. If you can squeeze in 30 minutes a day of ANY KIND of exercise, you will be headed down the right path. Trust me when I tell you that no matter how hard the job gets, that exercise will make you feel so much better. The next step is to get some counseling on your nutrition and formulate a plan to lose weight. Routine and a loss of weight will lead to you feeling better about yourself. You’ll eventually want to train a little harder. That’s when you come see me and join One World 😉

I love all my brothers and sisters that work in the field of law enforcement. It really is a great job, but it is dangerous. Don’t let something that is avoidable be the cause of you getting yourself killed in the line of duty. I always remember the quote from the awesome Coach Mark Rippetoe:

“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.”

Guest Words – Marc Crawford

Posted in Crawford, D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

The account of the flood begins in Genesis 6. We read in verse 5 and following: “5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them. ” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
 
In verse 6 we read a significant statement. The Lord regretted that He made man on the earth. He was sorry that His creation existed, but Noah “found favor.” Let us observe that Noah’s favor in the eyes of God not only saved Himself, but saved his family. We read in Chapter 7: “The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Noah’s family benefited from Noah’s actions.
 
What if Noah did what he wanted to do all of the time? Would this statement be in the Bible? Would we be here or would the entire human race have been destroyed? Noah realized that his life was more than what he wanted to do; he realized that it wasn’t about him. He led his family correctly and we are all here today because of him. The ramifications of our actions are tremendous. I doubt Noah knew the fate of humanity was held in his hands as he was living his life with the intent of being righteous.
 
God can do amazing this with our lives when we submit to His leadership and lead others towards Him with His Word. I encourage you to see what He will do with yours.

Conviction

Posted in D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah 3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. 4 I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.
Psalm 3:1-4 (NKJV)
There’s a big difference between living by preference and living by conviction. It’s the difference between a godly life and a worldly one, a joyful life and a depressing one. The first contrast we should know about is this: a preference is based on emotion but a conviction is based on principle.
Preference asks the question, “How do I feel about this?” The problem with this is that our emotions are so fickle, they’re hardly worth building our lives upon. How we feel about something from one moment to the next is usually based on temporary circumstances.
Conviction doesn’t ask, “How do I feel about this?”. Conviction asks, “What is the right thing to do?” In the first two verses of Psalm 3, David is focused on his emotions. He’s troubled by what is happening around him. He’s feeling anxious. But then he turns a corner in verses 3 and 4. He realizes that his feelings have nothing to do with what he’s facing. He reminds himself about who God is and what He’s promised to do. Focusing on this “principle” is what gets him through his trouble.
Make a quality decision to live your life by what is right, not by how you feel. Be a person of conviction, not preference.

Change

Posted in D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Luke 6:32-35 (NKJV)
Whether parenting or business, health or relationships, or any other area of our lives, God calls us to be people of conviction, not preference. Life is filled with good times and hard times, smooth sailing and rough seas. When things are going great, it’s easy to do what’s right. It’s when pressure comes that we learn what we’re truly made of.
Jesus makes this clear in today’s passage of Scripture. It’s easy to love those who love you…but can you love those who hate you? It’s easy to treat others well when they’re treating you well…but can you do good to those who haven’t done anything good to you? It’s easy to loan money to someone who you know will pay you back on time and with interest…but can you give to those who will never repay you?
The questions that Jesus poses contrast living by preference versus conviction. If you love those who love you but hate those who hate you, guess what? You love based on preference but not conviction. In which case, your life will reflect what happens to you, instead of the God who lives inside you.
For the next several days we’ll be looking at some contrasts between living by preference and conviction. Let’s see what we’re really made of. And if you don’t like what you see, remember what Pastor Bert Pretorius said, “Don’t cry. Just change.”

God’s Glory

Posted in D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

God’s Glory
O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for you, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. Psalm 63:1-2, Amplified
He will manifest His glory where He is invited, where somebody wants Him and believes in Him.
Even though God is everywhere, He doesn’t manifest His presence everywhere. He will only manifest His glory where He is invited; where somebody wants Him and believes in Him.
You must learn to let the Holy Spirit land on you. You will find out real quick that the Holy Spirit doesn’t land everywhere. If He hasn’t landed on you in a while, you might want to find out what is wrong with your land- ing strip! When the Holy Ghost lands on you, the glory of God is manifested. When the glory of God is manifested, things begin to change.
Confession: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Psalm 42:1

Don’t do your good deeds publicly

Posted in D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 6:1
Have you ever done something to impress people with your spirituality? Maybe when the offering basket went by, you made sure that everyone noticed you were giving—and how much. Or maybe when you worshiped, you sang a little bit louder and lifted your hands a little bit higher. And really what you were thinking was, Look at me! I am a worship machine. I worship better than anyone here!
But it really had nothing to do with God, did it? It was all about putting on a performance.
Jesus said, “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get” (Matthew 6:1–;2).
The book of Acts tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira, who were trying to put on a performance. They lied, pretending to be something they were not in an effort to impress people with how spiritual they were.
People still do this today. Political candidates will start using Christian rhetoric in their campaigns in an effort to get the Christian vote. I have seen this happen in sales as well. Someone will pretend to be a something they are not just to make the sale.
That was the problem with Ananias and Sapphira. They were putting on a big act, a big show. They weren’t really convincing anyone, and they got busted.
So just be what you are. But please don’t pretend to be a Christian when you are not one—because you are not fooling God.

Called to Do your Part

Posted in D. Mann on June 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. —1 Corinthians 12:27
The book of Acts covers a 30-year period of history, reminding us that, for the most part, those first-century believers got up in the morning and simply walked by faith and sought the Lord. Yet God intervened in miraculous and amazing ways.
We also find in the book of Acts three vital ingredients in the way that God worked. It was the Spirit of God working through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God.
On the Day of Pentecost, there were only 120 believers gathered at the time the Holy Spirit was poured out. Their world was as bad as ours and, in some ways, maybe worse. They lived under the jurisdiction of the godless Roman Empire. Immorality was rampant. In cities like Corinth, prostitutes openly walked the streets. The religious establishment was corrupt. Idolatry and spiritism and demon worship were openly practiced. Everywhere the first-century Christians went, they were ridiculed, opposed, persecuted, and physically assaulted for their beliefs. Yet within 30 years, the original 120 believers and their converts changed a good part of the world.
Also, they did this without a lot of the things that we lean on today. They didn’t have magnificent megachurch buildings or modern technology at their disposal. The apostle John did not have a television show. Thomas did not have a Facebook page. Peter never Tweeted. Yet somehow, they were able to impact their world for the better.
So what was their secret? Every Christian believed they were called to do their part. And I think that is still the secret today. You have a part to play. I have a part to play. So we need to ask ourselves, What is my place in the church? If we start thinking that way, it will make a huge difference.