The Centurion Law Enforcement
FCPO Newsletter and Bible Study

The "thin blue line" covered by the blood of Christ.
Fellow  Sheepdogs/Officers
& Supporters:

UPDATED 08/03/2018

Hoping that this week's newsletter and timely, profession-focused Bible study finds you staying the course (a tough, narrow one, as I share in this week's Bible study below) in Christ.

Here on the local front (the Colorado Front Range), two quick invites:
(1) We invite you to join us for our Men of Truth men's breakfast and Bible study set for this morning, Saturday, August 4th (see the "Men of Truth Update" for details), and...

(2) Join us this Tuesday evening (August 7th) in Highlands Ranch for our next Centurion/FCPO "cop church" fellowship and Bible study. We start at 7 PM -- email me for details (and see below-right for more). As always, spouses are both welcome and encouraged to attend with their LEO.  Refreshments will also be served.

Speaking of these newsletters and Bible studies, here's last week's if you missed it:  Pursuing Truth.   Don't forget that I also always  re-post past editions on our website , Twitter and Facebook pages as well.  

Finally, the latest batch of resources, prayer requests and announcements are posted for you below!

As always, I can't encourage you enough to "Run to the Battle" with a front sight ( narrow) focus on Christ our Captain ("aim small, miss small," as we say)!  Hope you're having a good week. 



(1)  Vicki Newman is a friend, colleague and cops' wife. The 3rd edition of her book is out. See How 2 Love Your Cop

(2) All About God is a tremendous resource that is chock full of resources!  


(1)  Colorado Springs PD Officer Cem Duzel has been shot and is in extremely grave condition.  Please pray.  

(2) Pray for those both battling and being impacted by the fires in California and here in Colorado.  Two firefighters have been killed in California, and there are First Responders who have lost their homes but still going to work and doing what we do. 

(3)  Pray for the officer and family involved in a tragic, local event that has made national news: Aurora Officer Shoots Armed Homeowner.

(4) Pray for the officers who recently came to a saving faith at our Centurion/FCPO fellowship.  The enemy is working overtime with these new believers.

(5)  Pray for police marriages!

Have a prayer request or announcement you would like included here? Need prayer?   Email me !  I also post prayer requests on my Facebook page ("friend" me).  


(1)  My own Centurion Church Safety/Security seminars (FREE) aside, I also try to get the word out on other events as well.  Here's the 411 on 1st Annual Faith Based Security Network Security Operations Summit being held August 10-11 in Colorado Springs (at Focus on the Family, no less).

(2)  Fallen Project Event!  Mission Hills Church, August 24th, 6:30 PM.  Click on Fallen for complete details. 

(3)  The Sheepdog Seminars is led by my friends Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Officer/Minister Jimmy Meeks and fellow church safety expert Carl Chinn (among others). Outstanding, highly recommended training for every sheepdog (sworn and unsworn alike)!

(4)  The 411 for the 2018 Breaching the Barricade Law Enforcement Conference and Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day events is up!  Please consider joining us in Elkhart and Sturgis (the "other" Sturgis) Indiana this October 5th and 6th!  

The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry

The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry is a national, FCPO-affiliated, evangelical Christian outreach to our own in law enforcement. These newsletters and Bible studies are part of this effort and past editions can be found on our website and our social media  ( Facebook and Twitter ) feeds. As always, feel free to adapt these messages for your own individual or group use and please share them with others. 

The Centurion LE Ministry is lead by Police Officer and Chaplain/Evangelist Michael "MC"  Williams, a 32-year (and counting) law enforcement veteran and sought-after instructor and speaker at churches [including the well-received Centurion Church Security Seminar], retreats and both law enforcement and civilian conferences and seminars around the country. Contact MC via email for more.   

Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers
FCPO-USA exists to provide biblical support ("backup"), accountability and iron sharpens iron fellowship to Christian officers first in the U.S. and throughout the world as well. Our metro-Denver chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers -- (aka FCPO Chapter 217) -- is a Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry affiliate. We meet most 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings starting at 7 PM in the Denver-Metro suburb of Highlands Ranch (email me for address and details) for profession-focused and life-focused  Bible study, prayer and servant-warrior/sheepdog fellowship (the iron sharpens iron kind). Spouses are both welcome and encouraged to attend with their LEO. 

Our next meeting is set for this coming Tuesday, August 7th  
A Cop's Narrow Way

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." 
 ( John 7:13-14)

Critics of this portion of Jesus' " Sermon on the Mount" will complain that our Lord is being "exclusive."  There are correct -- the Christian way is in fact rightly an exclusive one!  Praise God, it is also a way (THE way -- John 14:6) that is also completely INCLUSIVE to all who will accept it!
For context (there's that word again), read Matthew 7:13-27. Here God reveals to us that we only two options: We will either follow Christ wholeheartedly ("all in") along the "narrow" 4-wheel drive road that ultimately leads to heaven or we will go down the wide, 8-lane highway to destruction (ultimately hell). There can be no half-hearted commitment to Jesus! If we are not on the narrow road of biblical discipleship, then we are on the wide road to eternal damnation.

Likewise, those of us serving in our God-ordained profession (Romans 13:1-4) of law enforcement will embrace the fact that surviving an academy or making it through field training and our first years on the road is a narrow, difficult path indeed! 
Now understand that salvation is by grace through faith and not of works (we can't "badge" or earn our way into heaven -- Ephesians2:8-10). However, good works, including our confession of Jesus and our obedience to His commands, follow necessarily from a changed heart (v. 10). Here's the text: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them .
The Narrow Way

The phrase "narrow is the gate" is fairly easy to understand (especially for anyone who has owned a boat -- LOL). A narrow gate is harder to pass through than one that is wide, and only a few people can go through a narrow gate at once. In saying "difficult is the way which leads to life," Jesus was explaining how hard being a genuine Christian really is. The word "difficult" as used here comes from the  Greek word  thlibo , which means: "to press" -- as in a wine press; press hard upon; narrow, contracted; completing a really heavy bench "press." The word can also be used metaphorically to mean "trouble, afflict, distress."    
The Broad Way 

This is the life that most seek after and are more "comfortable" with: having our own way; maintaining a private life that suits us; seeking after the things of "the world" over the things of God; focusing on "happiness" (vs. joy); compromise; doing what "feels right" (see Proverbs 14:12). Clearly, the  wide, easy gate is also much less exclusive as it allows for human effort (worldly "goodness"), modern "culture" and all other religions.

The gate to heaven is "narrow" in the sense of having an exclusive requirement for entrance-faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is found only in the Person of Jesus Christ; He alone is " the way, the truth and life" and that "no one" (that means NO one) "comes to the Father" (heaven) but through Him (see Jo hn 14:6 and "Radical" Pastor David Platt's great devo on this -- The Exclusivity of Christ).

Dr. Luke in Luke 13:23-24 adds even more context:  " And someone said to Him, 'Lord, will those who are saved be few?' And He said to them, 'Strive  to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.'"

Jesus says that the narrow gate -- like a cop's life -- leads to a "hard" road, one that will take us through hardships and difficulties (what the Bible calls "trials and tribulations"). God's word also reveals that following Jesus requires crucifying our flesh; living by faith; enduring trials with Christlike patience and living a lifestyle separate from the world.  When faced with the choice between a narrow, bumpy 4-wheel drive road and a wide, paved highway, most of us will choose the wide, easier one that offers worldly comfort and pleasure. When faced with the reality of denying themselves to follow Jesus, most people turn away ( John 6:66).  Jesus never sugar-coats the truth, and the truth is that not many people are willing to pay the price to follow Him (with the understanding that He paid the ULTIMATE price -- death on the cross -- so that we could).

The "inclusive" part is that God offers salvation to everyone who accepts it, but ONLY on His terms (the "exclusive" part). We must come to salvation via "the way" He has provided and versus doing it our own way (a pathway of our own choosing).  Nor can we come to a holy God based on our own efforts, being "good" or our service in law enforcement. Compared to His righteousness, we are all filthy (
Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10). God cannot simply overlook our sin. He is merciful, but He is also just. Justice requires that sin be paid for. At great cost to Himself, Jesus paid that price. Without the blood of Jesus covering our sin, we stand guilty before a just and holy God whom we rejected (Romans 1).

Clearly, we all deserve to stay on the "wide road that leads to destruction." But God loved us enough to provide the path (the ONLY path) to eternal life anyway (John 3:16). However, He also knows that in our self-centered, sin-saturated world there are not many who will desire Him enough to come to Him on His terms: Jeremiah 29:13 (right after the oft-MISquoted v. 11) says, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

Satan has paved the highway to hell with fleshly temptations, worldly attractions, and moral compromises. Most people allow their feelings, passions and desires to dictate the course of their lives. They choose temporary, earthly pleasure over the self-sacrifice required in following Jesus. The narrow gate is ignored. Most people would rather create their own religions and design their own gods. So it was with sorrow (and not discrimination), that Jesus declared that the road to eternal life is "narrow, and only a few find it."

Pastor and noted Bible commentator
Matthew Henry summarizes Jesus' teaching in today's passage: "We must endure hardship, must wrestle and be in agony, must watch in all things, and walk with care and circumspection. We must go through much tribulation."

Sadly, those who do consider the narrow way often conclude that Jesus' teaching is too tough because of the obedience that is required. Difficult? Yes, but by no means impossible!  As born again believers we have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to help us and the rewards are ultimately both unimaginably awesome and eternal. Do YOU have that?
Clearly, the wide way is an easy road, full of options and latitude. The wide way is the way of self. People on the wide way live as they please. They may be moral or immoral, nice or mean, good or bad, religious or non-religious. But, without Christ, NONE of the "good" will matter.  In the end, the ONLY thing that matters will be if you've trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior and, in His power, are following Him on "the narrow way."  

For more on this, see "The Roman Road" (yes, it's rough and narrow but with incredible engineering, "views" and rewards) and then watch this 10-minute segment of Paul Washer's sermon on "The Narrow Way

So what road are you on? What gate are you passing through?  And if you're on the right road (again, there is only one way), do you have your armor on and sword sharp?  If you can't answer with an emphatic, wholly biblical "yes" to these questions, I BEG you to consider the following: 

(1)  Do you cling to a false hope that you can "earn" or otherwise "badge" your way into heaven and escape hell because you are a so-called "good" cop or "good" person? Take  the  Good Person Test  and see how you do.  

(2)  J esus' first recorded words in His earthly ministry were and remain, " Repent and believe in the Good News " ( Mark 1:15 ).  To repent  is a "180" -- a complete, radical change of mind and heart as it relates our sin. To believe  (pisteuo in the original Greek) as Jesus intends it here is to cry out to God for your salvation and wholeheartedly  surrender in faith to Christ  in the same way we have "faith" that our body armor will do its job against the rounds it is intended to stop, that our weapons will function properly in when facing criminals intent on destroying us, or that a jumper's parachute will open when it is supposed to (we stake our very lives on it)!  And the "Good News"? That is simply the Gospel of Christ

(3)  This same concept of " believe " (the saving kind) is further revealed in John 3:1-21  where Jesus says, "... you must be born again. " Note our Lord's emphasis on the word " must " (not "may" or "should"): this is ultimately the life-saving/life-changing  personal relationship (and NOT "religion") with Jesus Christ that I stress here every week (see What does it mean to be a born again Christian ?) through which we are in fact made "righteous" before a just and Holy God. 

(4)  Then, with this in place, emulate the Samaritan woman and open your heart to:  How can I be saved? 

(5) Need more?  Then check out this powerful, short video message by my friend, fellow officer and noted trainer, Travis Yates:   Cops and Salvation.

(6)  Have you said "yes" to Jesus but are wondering what to do next? Then click on,  Now what?   Understand that the "Now what?" MUST include regular "iron sharpens iron" fellowship with other believers -- including other mature Christian officers -- who can help support you, encourage you, disciple (help you grow) you in the faith and yes, hold you lovingly accountable.  Message me for how you can do that!  

Questions? I'm here to serve -- contact me   

Let's pursue the Truth (Christ -- John 14:6) with all our hearts, minds and souls ( Matthew 22:37) and quench our thirst in Him!

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