Your Call to be a Chaplain in the Civil War

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on April 24, 2020

Today's devotion takes us back over St. Paul's history to our second pastor who served as a chaplain in the Civil War. Watch it here.

Your Call to be a Chaplain in the Civil War

Our first reading,  Judges 9 (read it here)is a frightening account of the destruction that civil war brings to God's people under Abimelek. Civil wars were evidence that God's people were losing their relationship with the LORD.

Our second reading, Galatians 6 (read it here)contains your call to be a chaplain. In the previous chapter, Paul wrote about the civil war going on in each of us. Here he calls us to "carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

What does a chaplain do?

  • He listens to the burdens of his fellow soldiers.
  • He applies the healing power of God's promises. And then 
  • He joins the soldier in carrying their burdens to God in prayer. 

Who in your circle of friends is growing tired of the civil war going on in their hearts? Whose burdens are too heavy to carry alone? Pastor J.F. Kilean was a chaplain in a Civil War. So you are you! 

And as you serve others, this is my continued prayer for all of us: "And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding shall guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Amen. 

Pastor Pete 


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