The Cover is Here!

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One of the things I have learned is there is a lot of work that goes into making an idea turn into a book that is put into print. However I am also somewhat inpatient and like to get the ball rolling in several areas where I can. So I worked with some very talented folks to finalize the cover design and begin the marketing and word of mouth for the book while the rest is being finished, planned out and ready for editing.

Do you like it?

Other Progress

I am making some great progress towards my goal, but would love to go into the release date with the cost covered for initial production and distribution of copies to several veterans and churches near major military installations. We are still targeting first quarter 2015. http://www.gofundme.com/hewilldeliverus

 

 

He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counseling After Combat #crowdfunding campaign

A Little Intro Teaser:

My time at war is over, in all likelihood I will never put on a flak and comm helmet again. For many of you that reality is the same as much as it hurts to admit it. Most will never experience the battlefield again and that tears at the core of your being to accept it. So we are home, and yet we are still at war. With this book I am fighting for you.

The world moved on but we can’t. Now the warriors at home fiend to carry the weight of the duty that we once bore and it kills us little by little. Many of us are laden with anger at everyone, anxiety and fear of a reality that doesn’t really exist or we carry the painful reminder of a battle gone wrong by the wounds that wake us at night or the terrors that cause you to scream out at night.

Our war has come home with us and no earthly armor can us protect from it. The VA cannot heal us and the medicines are only lipstick on a pig. Society pities us as once valued treasure but broken and left for scrap. Our family hurts for us, leaves us, or we run them off and all we seem to have left are those who understand this life and the memories. Tragically, 22 of us daily beg for an escape through a bullet or a bottle because without real hope it seems like the only remaining choice.[1]

But this existence as merely human flesh is not our only choice. This life of emptiness is not the truth. The Author of all things is ready and able to shepherd us and take this burden from us. While we yearn for this to end, there is hope if we believe the truth that He will deliver us. May we rest our weary hearts knowing it is not our burden, but all of this, every single moment and detail is God’s plan that through Christ He would be the most supreme treasure, comforter, protector, provider and Sovereign Savior King to every single weary warrior.

Will you look to Him? Will you set your sights on Him? Can you taste the freedom that comes from forgiveness and rest? In this book, my prayer is to show you the hope and healing that comes from the only One who could accomplish the mission. The only One who knows your battle. The One who took all of this to a place that looked a lot like the hills we fought for and died there, but before He did he said “It Is Finished!”.
But that was not the end….

To Him be glory and honor and power forever. Amen.

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Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat: Assurance and Freedom in Christ

Of all the resources out there for my fellow veterans struggling to find relief after war, There is only one true resolution to our woes and that is assurance and freedom in Christ. Freedom from fear of the unknown, freedom from the guilt for their actions at war, freedom to commit to a relationship and to be loved, and freedom from the guilt of their reactions as they face the reality that their life has changed after they experienced terrible things. William Bridge in A Lifting Up for the Downcast said “a man that lacks the assurance of God’s love, and of his interest in Christ, is fit neither to receive mercy from God, nor to make return of love and praise to God as he should.” He goes on to say lack of assurance leads to the misinterpretation of the mercies offered to him and that lack of assurance affords to many conversations with Satan. The veteran who lacks assurance has doubts, which is conversation with Satan, and then The Evil One bears false witness that he is not a child of God[1].This is ultimately where the combat continues. Veterans must be reminded of the sheer power, absolute truthfulness, and complete ruination of the power of death and guilt in Christ so that ultimately while their physical body may still show the effects of war, their hearts will wear the crown of victory.

The promises of God must be a reinforced and assured that they are true by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jeremiah Burroughs once said “God gives a man an eye to see the love of God in every affliction and as well as in prosperity.” And this eye looks upon what Christ has endured.[2] The Christian who bears guilt must be reminded to fixate upon the finished work of our Great High Priest. Geerhardus Vos said that through the priesthood of Christ in the book of Hebrews, the “the eternal covenant becomes religious ideal, since as a mere means to an end could not be eternal…and what is true of the covenant is true of the priesthood through which the believer attains the goal of all religion.” The goal attained is “through the Priest the people enter representatively into the safe sanctuary of perfect communion with God.”[3]Through the work of Christ and the Priestly office that God is satisfied and through which He may allow veterans suffering from guilt, fear, anxiety, anger and moral trauma to be reconciled to God. The goal of the priesthood throughout Scripture is to satisfy God so that He would allow our uninhibited communion with Him.[4]It is because who Jesus is as the Eternal Word and Son of God, that the covenants are fulfilled in Him, and through Him that God is satisfied and man is graciously reconciled. Through the work of Christ and the reconciliation accomplished from it, veterans are forgiven for their anger.

Through the union with Jesus Christ and therefore perfect communion with God, veterans are never abandoned or isolated but in eternal communion and community with other believers. Through the atoning work of Christ all guilt and burdens are cast upon Jesus who bears the yoke and makes their burden is light. It is the Great High Priest who is also the Shepherd who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV)  

excerpted from: He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat  by Marc Mullins

[1] Bridge, William. A Lifting Up for the Downcast. (Carlisle, Banner of Truth, 2001), 129. [2] Burroughs, Jeremiah, “Learning to Be Content” in Be Still My Soul,  ed. Guthrie, Nancy. (Wheaton, Crossway, 2010), 164. [3] Vos, Geerhardus. Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation, (Phillipsburg, P&R, 1980), 137. [4] Stott, John R. W. The Cross of Christ. (Downers Grove, IVP, 2006), 124.