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Chaplain Struecker: Risk it all for Christ
Lauren Crane, SEBTS Communications
January 03, 2011
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Chaplain Struecker: Risk it all for Christ

Chaplain Struecker: Risk it all for Christ
Lauren Crane, SEBTS Communications
January 03, 2011

WAKE FOREST (BP) — As a chaplain in the U.S. Army, Major

Jeff Struecker said he admires those — like Caleb — who are willing to risk it

all.

The decorated chaplain, who was depicted in the movie “Black

Hawk Down” on the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, was the guest speaker in chapel

at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).

Struecker spoke on the example of Caleb, preaching from

Joshua 14:6-15 recounting Caleb’s request to move into the promised land.

“I’m a fan of men and women who are willing to risk it all

for Jesus Christ,” Struecker said. Noting that Caleb and Joshua were the only

two who had enough faith to desire to move into the Promised Land, Struecker

said believers likewise must “practice faith if you’re going to learn to risk

it all.”

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Army chaplain Jeff Struecker, of “Black Hawk Down” fame, urges seminarians to pray, saying, “Give me the most difficult mission and I’ll go, knowing You will be faithful to me.”

This is what Joshua and Caleb had been doing since first

seeking to go into the Promised Land against the advice of 10 of their

companions, Struecker said. “Joshua and Caleb were the only two men who have

the kind of faith to say, ‘Our God is big enough,’” the chaplain said. “You

can’t say you’ve exercised your faith until you’ve stepped into the dark and

risked it all.”

It was this faith that stirred Caleb — 40 years later — to

confidently take on the God-sized task of, once again, making the request to go

into and take the Promised Land, Struecker said, paraphrasing Caleb’s words to

Joshua: “… if you will let me, my family and I will go into the land, and I

know God — who has always been faithful — will be faithful to us in the

future.”

“It is this that inspires me more than anything else,”

Struecker said. “This man is saying, ‘Without God on my side, there is no way

I’ll win, and with Him on my side, there’s no way I’ll lose.’”

In God’s army, Struecker said, all believers are “generals”

under the command of the Great Commander, with certain expectations of actions

in battle.

“He is calling you to take risks. If you think you want a

ministry that is comfortable, you have something seriously wrong,” Struecker

said in his Oct. 27, 2010, visit to SEBTS’ North Carolina campus. “Some of the

most difficult mission fields are still out there and it’s my prayer you will

say, ‘Give me the most difficult mission and I’ll go, knowing You will be

faithful to me.’”

Because of this faith in God’s faithfulness and ability to

conquer, Caleb received a God-sized reward, Struecker said. “God overwhelmingly

gave him victory and ‘the land had rest from war,’” he said, quoting from verse

15.

“Because he was a man of faith, willing to bet it all on the

Lord, there was really no battle at all and the city of Hebron belongs to

Israel today,” Struecker said. “My prayer is that you would do something

radical across the globe because of your faith in Jesus. Say, ‘Give me that

hill country. Give me victory for our Savior Jesus Christ.’”

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