Soldiers For Christ First

Dad & Ben geared up 2

I have been having a blast playing Nerf wars with my son this afternoon!  I just bought the set today for my son’s good grades.  He is doing great in school and we are very thankful and very proud of him!  The game is called Nerf Rival and it is awesome!  They are toy guns that shoot little Nerf balls.  They are very soft and it is very safe.  I still bought the masks though because those little suckers come out at about 100 feet per second!  My son has been wanting to do this for a long time.  He was so excited leaving the store with all his gear!

Nerf Rival set

It is a really cool set and it is a great game for a Dad and his son!  If you have ever played paintball, then you will love this!  It is just like it!  The magazine holds 7 rounds, but you have to rack the charging handle after every shot.  We got fast with it pretty quick though!

Nerf wars Dad

Nerf wars Son

My son is so funny!  He really goes after it and he charges at me over and over!  He had his SWAT outfit on and one time when I had the door cracked and I was hiding in my office, he kicked it open like SWAT and got me!  He has a lot of gusto!  He even did some of his Taekwondo moves on me when he ran out of ammo!  I let him take me down, then he likes to give me a little kick in the bum before he runs away.  It is hilarious!

Here are the patches on my “every citizen a solider” uniform, and no, I’m not part of any group, but I also know most of those men are the good guys.  The media are the ones that make them look crazy.  They always try to make Christians look crazy too!  I am a Christian and an American and I love my country and I am ready if my country ever does call a citizen militia together.  We have the right to stand up for each other and fight back in this country!  In 1 Corinthians chapter 13 one of the definitions of love is that “it always protects.”  Love your family, protect them.  Love your neighbors, protect them.  Love your country, protect it.  Feel me?

Nerf wars patch 2

Nerf wars patch 1

I know there are several veterans that read my blog!  God bless you and thank you for your service!  May the Lord protect all of our soldiers and may He give them great victory in battle and a swift and safe journey home!  If we ever have a time in America where citizens need to step up to defend the country, then I will be stepping up wearing this.  I could not just stand by while evil men rampage through my country!  The Lord will discipline such men.

I never received the opportunity to join the military, but many of you know I once wanted to be a police officer and I did receive professional training in firearms.  My instructor was an old gunny type guy who did 25 years training SWAT teams.  Yes, it was rad and I learned everything I need to know to protect my family and my community.  To be clear, I hate violence and fighting.  I just believe the good guys need to be brave and be ready to fight evil and protect innocence.  Evil men succeed when good men do nothing.  I am glad I know how to protect my family, but I pray that I never have to use that training.  I would much rather God just use His angels!  That has worked real good for me so far!  I usually only carry my .45 in the mountains when we go fishing because of the very real mountain lion and bear dangers that exist out there.

Just know that if there is some nut that starts hurting people, I am going to be the one to rush him hard and give him the discipline he deserves.  Even if that means I go down in the process, so be it!  That is better than a bunch of people getting killed who might not know the Lord.

I pray for peace and I hope my son never has to fight a war or encounter violence.  My son loves playing army guys and he respects soldiers.  I taught him that respect, but I want him to be a soldier for Jesus first and forever.  I know that he will most definitely have to fight the spiritual war we are all living in!  I have trained my son how to shoot a rifle and he takes Taekwondo, but the majority of training I give my son is in the Word of God.

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.  Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.”

2 Timothy 2:1-4

I teach my son that we are in an ancient spiritual war and the only way to have victory in the battles we face in that war is through Jesus Christ.  He knows our enemy is the evil one, and I have taught him to watch out for the kinds of tricks and lies he likes to use.  Fathers, be sure to read Proverbs to your sons too, and pray for them every day!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:10-12

When some person in society goes totally insane and starts shooting people at a church or mall or school, that is not flesh and blood we are struggling against!  That is satan!  That is how he fights the war!  He is the thief and he comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.  Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work, so that we could have life to the full!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus speaking in John 10:10

“He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

1 John 3:8

I train my son how to fight this war in righteous victory.  He knows the Word of God is his sword.  He also knows prayer is a righteous weapon and I teach my son that in order to engage in ground battles victoriously we need to first do battle in the air by lifting our prayers to the Lord!

He knows the battle belongs to the Lord, and he knows the Lord is with him like a mighty warrior (Jeremiah 20:11)!  He knows God’s angels are with him too, and he knows to pray at all times about everything!

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Ephesians 6:13-18

Through faith in Jesus Christ you have the power to extinguish every last one of the flaming arrows the evil one shoots at you!  Armor up brothers and sisters because like my great mentor and friend Jim bro always used to say, “life is a battleground, not a playground.”

Amen brother Jim bro!  Grace and peace to you all!


After we ran around the basement for almost 3 hours shooting Nerf balls at each other, my son said, “Dad, that was the best time ever!”

I had an awesome time with my son today, thank you Jesus!  God bless you all!

Christian soldier at cross

Armor of God





Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

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