I am excited to announce, I will be publishing my first book in April of next year. I will be giving you previews of the book from now until its release. 
I ask you to pray for me as I finish this 5 year task and that God would use it to bless others. All proceeds will be donated to various charities and used to begin the founding of a benevolent fund to assist firefighters who are in need of counseling.

God bless,

Andrew Starnes

Brotherhood-A Re-introduction:
Let us begin…

There once was a noble profession known as firefighting and then those who loved it most fought for it the least. Their once unstoppable passion for the calling was replaced with the search for fame, recognition, and authority. Their once burning desire for the fire service was extinguished by the negativity of others. Rather than fighting the fires of our lives together we began to fight against each other. 
Division replaced our unity, bitterness gradually replaced brotherhood, for many the calling became a career, and firefighters gradually became employees. Supposed leaders who boldly charge into burning buildings would attack fellow firefighter’s verbally on social media but would lack the courage to speak to them directly. Many firefighters fell victim to their arrogance and followed these supposed leaders who ultimately were destroying the fire service with their anger and insecurity.

All the while, others saw this as an opportunity to continually to divide us. For if we are divided searching for our own success, our focus is distracted, and our strength is diminished due to our loss of the greatest tradition in the fire service: Brotherhood.

This is not a fictional story. This is the slow erosion of our values and beliefs right in front of our very eyes. Many have chosen to ignore it, and not believe that it is true but let us think for a moment about the following questions:

Are you tired of the negativity in the fire service?
Have you noticed the increasing trend of our brothers and sisters struggling?

Do you believe that we do a great job of helping others but fail at helping one another sometimes?

Have you ever felt this way? Has your once passionate desire for the fire service been diminished by others? 

Do you feel abandoned by the calling that you have dedicated your life to?

If so, you are not alone and this book is written out of one firefighter’s desire to restore the hearts’ of firefighters. It is written out of the painful heartache of letting others steal our joy. 

Consider this: Did we let others steal our passion or did we abandon our calling because of bitterness?

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion, I will bring you back” (Isaiah 54:7)

Have you come to such a place in your fire service journey where you felt abandoned? Several years ago, God put a burden on a firefighter’s heart. The fire service had become a spiritual detriment but then God opened the eyes of that blind firefighter and showed him what it truly is: a great spiritual opportunity to encourage one another!

With that in mind, God began the process. He wiped away the bitterness that had become part of the soul. He replaced it with compassion for those who had hurt, betrayed, and drained the soul of this lost firefighter. This lost firefighter has been found and now has begun to see others as God sees them. Firefighters everywhere are silently hurting, they need encouragement, and the painful realization that occurred is that God had not failed them. It was the firefighter who had failed. He chose to let the world drain his passion. He allowed others to change his attitude. He drank the poison of bitterness and blamed the world. He accused others of stealing his joy but in reality he gave it away.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone…

Therefore the mission was born. The mission of Bringing Back Brotherhood is to encourage first responders, firefighters, and all emergency services personnel with the hope of Jesus Christ. The hope that those who read these pages will experience an awakening; their passion will be re-ignited, their mind will be renewed, and their heart will be transformed. That when we look upon our brothers and sisters in the fire service we would see them as Christ did:

“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38)

This message in these pages will be shared through the vulnerable and often painful moments that we all face. And that no matter what we have been through, or mistakes we have made, or pain that we have suffered that we are now uniquely qualified to help others. This is the power of our living testimony showing that we can endure, we can make a difference, and no matter the circumstances: “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

Through the power of sharing our lives and what God has done; therein lies the bridge to connect to our brothers and sisters who feel lost. If you have felt the call, the inner desire to do something more, here is an offering. An offering of one firefighters desire to light a fire in others; the offering of a broken heart that has been healed through Jesus Christ. An offering of pain, tears, and tribulation as an open book to you in the hopes that you will look to the one who will always provide.  

If you have become lost that you will come home. Know that there is one who is searching for you and He wants you to come back home. The Ultimate Primary Search is being conducted for your heart and He will not stop until you are found. He offers you hope, comfort, and encouragement that the world can never take away. Begin your journey home today! Don’t let the world destroy our calling, let’s Bring Back Brotherhood one changed life at a time beginning with our own life!
Andrew Starnes

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries

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