Boston Police

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

Atlantic Ocean (July 7, 2004) — An SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the “Dragon Slayers” of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron One One (HS-11) hovers over the flight deck of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) steams through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean after spending four days of liberty in Portsmouth, England. Enterprise is one of seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Readiness Plan (FRP). The strike group will conduct a scheduled training excercise followed by overseas pulse operations. Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson. Image released by LT. K.R. Stephens, PAO-CVN-65.


Today we live in a dangerous world. Threats of terrorism, global unrest and the moral decay of our society does not make things easier. The battle is not just in the world we live in. There is a big spiritual battle to be won among our Christian soldiers here in the United States and abroad. The apostle Peter writes:

1 Peter 5:8-11

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The time is now to engage in the spiritual battle we are in. We can go back to the pages of the Old Testament and learn valuable lessons.

Romans 15:4

4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

There is a choice:  We can either fight with the weapons the Lord gives us or lie down and let the enemy defeat us. The Lord exhorts us to choose life.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


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