Update: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 12:20PM EST
"I Can" Series
Police officers and law enforcement agents are in constant communication with their dispatcher and each other through police radio transmissions. As such, police codes are signals and numbers used that correspond to words, phrases, and messages. I’m sure you’ve all heard the police say “10-4,” which means message received or an affirmative. Side note: there is no universal or official set of police codes, they usually vary between one police jurisdiction and another.
Well, back in the ‘70s when I patrolled the streets of Detroit, the DPD had their own radio code language; it has since been updated. At the time, we used what was called the 8000 to 9000 series. 9330 was a very important code: lunch or dinner break (LOL). An 8330 was a bomb threat. An 9300 meant you were out of service with an arrest, and an 8100 was the dreaded, meet the medical examiner code because a dead body needed to be processed.
Now there was one number that took precedence over every other code in the series, and that was 9000. A code 9000 meant there was an officer down or an officer in trouble, and he or she desperately needed assistance. Whenever we heard a code 9000 come out over the air, the whole police world came to a halt. Every available unit, no matter what they were involved in, stopped what they were doing and proceeded, “lights and siren” to the officer-down location. Having to request a code 9000 myself on two different occasions, I can tell you there’s nothing that compares to the sound of a police siren when you’re in trouble. Knowing help is on the way, and your current crisis is going to get better brings a tremendous amount of confidence and assurance. Go ahead and read that last sentence again.
No doubt about it, we are experiencing an “officer in trouble” crisis situation. In the spiritual realm, a code 9000 has been dispatched; and I can promise you this, help is on the way! I know that to be true; that help is right around the corner because the Church of Jesus Christ has been crying out to God in prayer. This current storm has united the Church, and we have flooded heaven's gates with prayers, fasting, and petitions. The bible is very clear: when we pray, God responds. God listens carefully to the prayers of His people and moves into action. There’s a result! I hear the sound! I hear the beautiful sound of heavenly sirens; and in the very near future, I look for the Lord to slam the door on this virus and begin to turn this whole situation around for His glory. As much as I appreciate the scientists and experts, along with all their models and projections, that’s not where my focus is. My eyes and heart are fixed on Jesus; He’s the author and finisher of my faith. I’m convinced beyond a shadow of doubt, He will come through for us.
“Do not be afraid… Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.”
Jesus replied, “…Why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and He brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
The Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore, He will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!
People… you will weep no more. How gracious God will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you.
“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Love & prayers,
Update: Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:45AM EST
Years ago, when I was a police officer, I was involved in a lights-and-siren, hot pursuit of a stolen car. A short time into the vehicular chase, the driver of the stolen car bailed out, and it was off to the races—me chasing the bad guy on foot. He had a pretty good head start and was a full city block ahead of me. I chased him for what seemed like an eternity (about a minute LOL). We ran through backyards, raced down alleys, and jumped over several fences. After running at full speed for a long time and not really gaining any ground, I slowed down and thought to myself “I can’t run anymore. I can’t continue this pace any longer."
But no sooner did that thought enter my mind when, to my surprise, the guy I was chasing collapsed and lay motionless on the ground. That's when it hit me, "This guy is out of breath too.” I was pretty tired, but he was exhausted; that gave me renewed strength. I took a deep breath, basically crawled to the place where the bad guy had fallen, cuffed him; and then, completely bushed, laid on top of him until help arrived.
You see, oftentimes during the storms of life, it’s just natural to think, “I can’t… I can’t do this anymore…I can’t continue at this pace…As hard as I try, I just can’t find a level of peace or get to an emotionally or spiritually healthy place.”
Paul the apostle had some of these same thoughts when he faced extremely uncomfortable circumstances in his life. However, instead of succumbing to his own feelings and fears, instead of concluding “I can’t,” the Spirit of the Lord rose up inside of him, and in Philippians 4:13, Paul said, “I can—that’s right—I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
I know you’re weary, I know the around-the-clock pandemic bad news is extremely exhausting; but check it out, the enemy has already been defeated. By faith, the bad guy collapsed! Jesus chased Satan down and has already handcuffed him. Colossians 2:15 confirms it: "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, Jesus made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
I pray you find renewed spiritual strength today, and to help you along let me encourage you with a few bible verses.
but those who hope (wait upon) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Please know, we are thinking about you and praying for you. We will get through the latest Michigan “stay home, stay safe," order. If you have any prayer or resource needs, please do not hesitate to contact the church office. 586.323.1730.
Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:25PM EST
It is the hope and prayer of our staff that every person in our church is experiencing a greater measure of faith leading to hope at this time!
Our Sunday livestream service was a great unifying experience for us! Thank you for participating and sharing all the positive encouraging remarks during the service and over the last couple days. We are making plans to provide an even better experience this Sunday!
Regarding the status of activities at CCC, here's a couple updates we want to bring to your attention:
1. We will be livestreaming again this Sunday. We plan to help you stream either from our website directly or from Facebook. Details will be provided in a day or two. Stay tuned! It will be another memorable time of worship and teaching on 3/22!
2. For parents with kids at home, we've added some downloadable content on our website (HERE) for you to use. Some age-specfic videos and curriculum will help add value to the time your family spends together at home! Just click on the "CCC Online" button on our homepage. We'll refresh the content every Sunday!
3. In agreement with the current social recommendations from our nation's leaders, we are canceling our midweek activities at CCC through the end of March, including life groups, prayer focus groups, the Exchange and C3SM. Leaders of these ministries will touch base with their groups with more information or alternative ways to connect.
Remember that your church staff is working this week with you in mind. We are here to receive calls, visits and emails -- and we desire to assist, bless and encourage during these challenging days. Have a need or prayer request? We're nearby to help! We will send periodic updates through email and on our website (check the red banner at the top of the homepage) as information is made available. Let's stay connected!
Our God is wonderful -- He speaks peace during the storms of our lives. He is present, powerful and personal! If you make a little time with Him, you will be empowered to maintain a positive outlook and a hopeful disposition.
Love & prayers,