Centurion will become a light in the darkness for warriors and leaders. Rising from the ashes since 1984, and honoring the life of a brother fallen in spiritual battle, Centurion will provide extreme leadership (XL) for difficult times. A vision from the Lord to two young men of faith, who would walk together in faith for 35 years. A story of struggle, battle and endurance. Years ago, they called it “Morning Star.” It was new, and to them, the vision represented the light of Christ rising in a dark and fallen world from which they had been radically saved.
In 2006, while in Israel and at the gates of Capernaum, the vision became known as “Centurion.” After years of endurance and life struggle, like the Centurion that met Jesus in Capernaum, both the vision and the men have become something of grit and tenacity. Not by choice, but by the brutality of a world that tried many times to cast them down. But, even the strongest of men sometimes fall to the whiles of the devil and the lures of the world.
Death calls us all, but for one man who was called by God, he fell too early. He gave in and turned on the very principles he lived and taught. We fought these demons together many times – but in the end, the darkness won that battle. I was away on travel, as I so often am called to do. The guilt at times would be overwhelming. Doctors would be the indirect cause of his falling, but he fell nonetheless. Military veterans and law enforcement officers are taking their lives in record numbers. The tremors of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress) and depression are coursing the veins of America’s veterans and first responders as never before. Centurion will address these issues and provide strong answers to many of life’s questions facing our leaders and warriors of today.
This Ministry rising from the dust of two broken men who carried a God-inspired vision for many years, will honor the struggle and determination of those who serve (Romans 13). Centurion will teach of the things they dreamed might one day be true for every man and woman who serve in defense or ministry.
Ivan’s with Jesus now, walking on the shores of some beautiful lake in heaven. My last moments with him were standing at the side of this lake as the sun was setting, talking about how incredible it must have been that day when Peter (and John) walked along those shores of the Lake of Tiberius with Jesus.
I’m David, and Ivan is not the only friend or colleague I have lost to early death and/or suicide. However, his death affected me the most, and it caused me to wander through some very dark places. I plan to post my thoughts here and to provide some lessons-learned from a life that has known great struggle and great victory. I plan to honor a friend here who’s name was Colleen. She was a brilliant practitioner in homeland security. She left too soon. I plan to share a John 21 story with you here about her incredible life and ministry. But first, let’s start this journey in Capernaum, Israel, where the Lord spoke to my heart in 2006 and galvanized in my heart that vision that Ivan and I shared in 1984. Let’s start here:
Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2: 2 – 3