Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
|Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
“Only be thou strong and very courageous… Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1: 7a, 9
Webster’s Dictionary tells us that courage is “mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship.” It implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.
Is not being a Christian the antitheses of being courageous? Do we not find that the odds are always stacked against us? Has anything changed since Joshua uttered these words to the children of Israel? Are we to expect that there will be no challenges for the followers of the Lord God in the 21st century? That the modern-day church has somehow become exempt from the rigors of spreading the Gospel? Joshua uses these words to motivate and encourage the people to move forward. Sitting still had cost them forty years of death.
Yes, it is true. It has become extremely difficult to reach the lost generation of our country. And yes, even the people in our own community and surrounding areas. Yet we cannot fail till we quit. But we will not quit because we have the mettle of Jesus through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to meet difficulties with fortitude and resilience. We are resolute, because we understand that our cause is a righteous and just one, that sinners need to be snatched from the gaping maw of hell and be embraced by the love and forgiveness of Jesus, by repentance and faith in Him by the grace of God.
We must be tenacious in our efforts to reach out with the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world. Now is the time to be stubborn! Now is the time to be persistent! Never give up, never surrender! “FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS WITH THEE”. Will there be opposition, danger, hardships and difficulties? Will it be easier to say that we can’t, than to say we can? The answer to these questions is an unequivocal yes. But… but…
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Romans 13:12
Chaplain Lambert is available for Church Consulting and Coaching, Church Growth Seminars, Evangelistic Outreach, and Christian Concerts.
Pastor Russell C. Lambert is the President of Life Passage Ministries, a religious charity, medical family help, and church consulting non-profit organization, an ordained Baptist Minister, a licensed Non-Denominational Chaplain and certified Police Chaplain. His ministry over the years has included virtually every facet, with highlights of five Pastorates, a Church Planter, Police Chaplain, Community Chaplain, and Worship Leader, serving in Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. He is considered a well-rounded vocalist, having performed in the professional arena for three years. He has also served 15 years in Corrections and Law Enforcement, from Officer through Lieutenant with stints as a Tactical Support Unit member, Academy Instructor, and Police Firearms Instructor. He participates in many areas of community involvement.