Chaplain’s Words of Encouragement, Inspiration & Wisdom

“Why Jesus Christ is Greater Than Solomon”      November 9, 2017

In my previous article dated October 9, 2017.  I wrote “A Greater Than Solomon is Here,” and I told you that His name is Jesus.  In this article, I hope to explain to you (scripturally), why Jesus is greater than Solomon.  It is my sincere desire that reading this article, you the readers will gain a much better understanding of who Jesus Christ is, not only to you but who He is to the whole world.  So many people today think that Jesus is just another “good man”, but do not understand that He (Jesus) is the “Express image of the invisible God” The Creator of heaven and earth.  Therefore, let us turn to scripture (for those of us who believe that the Bible is God’s infallible written word) to prove why Jesus Christ is greater than Solomon.  According to scripture, why is Jesus Christ greater than Solomon?

First of all, I would like to present the greatness of King Solomon.  Solomon was a very wise and learned man.  His wisdom was greater than that of the wise men of the east as well as Egypt.  He was an expert in Botany and Zoology.  Solomon was well versed in Philosophy and Politics.  He was a writer credited with more than 3,000 Proverbs, 1,005 songs, (1 Kings 4:32, KJV, 2002); and was named the author of The Song of Songs (Song of Solomon 1:1, KJV, 2002); The Book of Proverbs, (Proverbs 1:1, KJV, 2002); Ecclesiastes, (1:1,12); and two Psalms, (Ps. 72 and Ps. 127). Solomon truly was a great and wise man; however, he was only a creature, and not the Creator.

Second of all, Jesus is greater than Solomon for the following reasons according to scripture: (a) Jesus Christ is the Eternal Word of God, John 1:1-2; (b) Jesus Christ is the Word who became flesh, and dwelt among us, John 1:14; (c) God so loved the world that he gave his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, John 3:16; (d) Jesus rose from the dead with all power in His hands, Matt. 28:18.  Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty of God the Father according to scripture, Heb. 1:1-3, KJV, 2002.

After reading the above evidence, who do you believe to be the greater of the two?  Solomon or Jesus?  The choice is yours my friend – individually and personally.  My prayer is that your choice will be Jesus of Nazareth.  I sincerely hope that you will see that the scripture evidence has proven to you that Jesus Christ is truly the Saviour of the world, because your eternal destiny depends upon the choice you make.  Please choose wisely.

Bishop Leon McClain
NABVETS National Chaplain
704-301-0109

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“A Greater Than Solomon is Here”        October 9, 2017

If there ever was a time in the history of mankind that a word of Divine Wisdom was needed, it is now. We truly need a work from the Lord today. We need a word of Divine Wisdom. “A Greater Than Solomon Is Here” is such a word. We need to know today who it is that is Greater than Solomon.

After reading this short essay, it is my prayer that the readers will come to know who it is that is Greater than Solomon and start imitating Him. Many people today who find themselves in a leadership position are acting like King Solomon because they do not know who it is that is Greater than Solomon; therefore, I would like to introduce Him to you. Who is it that is Greater than Solomon? Let us believe and see.

First of all, I would like to give my personal testimony, secondly, who Solomon was, and finally, who it is that is Greater than Solomon. I was once a follower of King Solomon (I practiced masonic) for many years, and very, very dedicated to my profession until in 1975, while stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
I heard a voice speaking to me saying, “A Greater Than Solomon Is Here!” The voice I heard directed me to read Matthew 12:42. I drove 10 miles to get to my Bible and when I found the scripture this is what it said:  
“The queen of the South shall rise up in the judgement with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the farthest parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Matthew 12:42, KJV, 1967.

When I found out who it was that was speaking to me, I stopped following Solomon, and started following Jesus. Solomon was the third King of Israel who turned his back on God, and started practicing idolatry, 1 Kings 11:1-13, KJV, 1967. The Kingdom of Israel was divided because of Solomon’s behavior. In Ecclesiastes 2:1-26, King Solomon testified that pleasure and riches could not satisfy any man “under the sun,” it is all vanity. Solomon concluded in Ecclesiastes 12:13 – The whole duty of man is to “Fear God, and Keep His Commandments.” Someone Greater than Solomon has to show us how to do this. Who Is He? His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. According to Colossians 2:1-3, Jesus is the fount of the Wisdom of God, therefore, Jesus Christ is He who is Greater than Solomon. “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given to him.” James 1:5, KJV, 1967

Truly, A Greater Than Solomon Is Here.

May God Bless You!

Chaplain Leon McClain

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“Mend Your Nets”                                  July 24, 2017

​I am a fisherman, but I did not know much about fishing nets at the time. I remember back in the 1980’s I went to Tampa Florida with a friend of mine to fish. When we got to our destination, my friend took out his fishing net, hung it up, and told me that he had to repair some holes in it. I replied to him, “I don’t see any holes,” and I really didn’t. However, when he threw the net in the Tampa Bay, and started to pull the net in, some of the fish were finding their way out of one hole in the net. My friend exclaimed to me “See?”! I told you that they would get out through the hole in the net!” I then understood what he was talking about.

​As leaders of NABVETS, our lives are similar to fishing nets. If we intend to influence other men positively, we must then mend our nets. Note the following quotation from God’s word:
“Going on from there, He saw two other brothers….mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” Matt. 4:21-22, Mk. 1:19-20, KJV, 2002.

​Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, and saw two brothers, Simon Peter, and his brother casting their nets into the sea to catch fish. Jesus said to them “…follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their nets and followed Jesus, Matt. 4:19-20, KJV 2002. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers…mending their nets. He called them, and they left all, and followed Jesus, Matt. 4:21-22.

​As NABVETS leaders today, we must constantly inspect our lives to see if there are any “holes” in them, and if so, then let us do as the disciples of Christ did. They mended their nets, and followed Jesus. So, let us “mend our nets”, and follow Jesus. Those of us, who are to fish for men, must therein follow Christ, and do it as He did, with diligence, faithfulness, and tenderness.

​May God Bless You!

Chaplain Leon McClain

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“Repent and Return to Your First Love”     June 23, 2017

These few words are words of wisdom from the Lord Himself to the leaders and members of NABVETS.  The following words were spoken by the resurrected and ascended Lord to the Ephesian church during the first century:

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love…repent and do the first work.”
Rev. 2:4-5, KJV, 2002.

It is my hope that NABVETS leaders and members will acquire a better understanding of the foundation of NABVETS standing on the Word of God.  Through the passing of time NABVETS might have drifted slightly off course, and if so, then the call is:  To repent, return to your first love.  1. Repent;  2. Return;  3. Stay the course.

What does it mean to repent?  It is to change your mind about how you’re doing things, or how you are performing your vows of office.  If you promised to be faithful in your service, then you should do what you promised.  The Church of Ephesus promised to love the Lord and their fellowman; however, the Lord rebuked them for leaving their first love, Rev. 2:4-5, KJV.  What about NABVETS, are we performing our vows?  NABVETS has constitutions and by-laws, are we following them?  NABVETS has good leaders (at every level:  local, state, regional, and national), are we following their leadership and directions?  If your answers are no, then you need to repent, and stay the course.

If NABVETS leaders or members find themselves wandering off course, listen to the voice of the Lord:  Repent, and return to your first love – Jesus Christ is our first love.  “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, Jn. 3:16, KJV 2002.

NABVETS:  Repent, Return, and Stay the Course.

May God bless you!

Chaplain Leon McClain