Chaplain’s Words of Encouragement, Inspiration & Wisdom

“Unreasonable Expectations”  March 8, 2018

(Note: All Scripture Ref. is from KJV, 2002)

           In the world today, and with all the high-tech instruments that have been invented, there still seems to be a very serious problem in our communications process, especially among human beings.  This short essay will attempt to deal briefly with the correct way to communicate effectively.  I pray that after reading this article the readers will have a better understanding about how to communicate by following God’s instructions on the art of communicating His way.

          Many people today are guilty of leaving God out of the communications process, thereby causing great confusion.  I will, therefore, refer to Hebrews 1:1-2 as the basis for these words of wisdom.  During this discussion, the following three points of “Unreasonable Expectations” will be considered: (1) it is unreasonable to expect anyone to respond to unclear communications; (2) it is unreasonable to allow anyone to ignore clear communications; and, (3) it is unreasonable for me to expect anyone to do what I am not doing myself.  What then, is clear communications?  Let us see, and hear what God says about it.

                    “God, who at various times and in

                   Various ways spoke in time past to

                   The fathers by the prophets, has in

                   These last days spoken to us by His

                   Son…”Heb.-1:1-2; Matt. 17:5.

           First of all, God spoke by the prophets to the fathers, Deut. 6:4-5 “Hear O Israel…” God used Moses to speak to Israel.  Secondly, God spoke by His son Jesus Christ, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…” Jn.3:16.  Thirdly, Christ communicates by His Spirit today, Acts 2:4.  The Holy Spirit was promised in Acts 1:8, and was confirmed in Acts 2:4.  Therefore, it would be unreasonable to try to communicate clearly without the Holy Spirit.

          It is unreasonable to expect anyone to respond to unclear communications.  The Holy Spirit assists in the communications process.  It is unreasonable to allow anyone to ignore clear communications.  There should be disciplinary action taken against anyone who does not respond positively to clear communications.  Finally, it is unreasonable for me to expect anyone to do what I am not doing myself.  God has demonstrated clear communications through His son, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit has been sent to assist us in our communications process.  Let us not be guilty of unreasonable expectations, of others, rather, let us, as leaders of NABVETS, be clear in our communications.

 From:  The Chaplain’s Corner
Chaplain Leon McClain


“Words of Comfort and Encouragement”  February 11, 2018

When our love ones pass away, it leaves many family members without hope.  This short essay is written to offer words of comfort and encouragement, not only to the immediate family of our late National Commander Richard S. Kornegay Sr., but to the entire NABVETS organization as well.  After considering what the great Apostle Paul said to the church of Thessalonians, it is my sincere desire that the readers of this article will once again regain, and maintain a healthy hope for the future.

It was at Thessalonica that many people had lost hope when a family member died, which prompted Apostle Paul to write and encourage them, so is it today, that I write to encourage you.  Listen what Paul said to the church:

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, NKJV.

In order for you to have hope for eternal life beyond the grave, I have a two-folded question for you today: (1) Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins? And, (2) Do you believe that God raised Him from the dead to justify you a sinner? Read on.

According to scripture, Jesus died on Calvary Cross as recorded in John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished!  And bowed His head, He gave up His Spirit.” “It is Finished” is the shout of victory from the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Jesus paid our sin debt on Calvary Cross.  Sin causes death, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23, KJV,2002.

Not only did Jesus die for our sins, but he was resurrected from the dead for our justification.  The Scriptures records that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus, and found that the stone had been rolled away, John 20:1, and Jesus said to her “…Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father…”
John 20:16-17.  Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene after His resurrection, and she went and told the rest of the disciples that she had seen the risen Lord,
John 20:18.  If you can believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and rose again the third day for your justification, then God will give you the gift of eternal life.

Then, and only then, will you have hope beyond the grave.  As Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Thessalonica, I too, would like to encourage you to look ever to Jesus Christ. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trump of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, KJV, 2002.

I pray to God that these few words will be a comfort and encouragement to the Kornegay family as well as the family of NABVETS. May God bless you.

Chaplain Leon McClain
NABVETS National Chaplain


“Suicide” January 10, 2018

NOTE:  All scripture references are from KJV, 2002

This article is written to those who may be contemplating on taking their own lives — suicide, and those of you who may have thought of it.  Suicide, after all, is a very serious problem in our society today.  It is my sincere prayer and desire that this article will give the reader a better understanding on the nature of the act of suicide — the taking of one’s own life. Only God and God alone have the authority over the stewardship of life.  Anyone who takes his/her own life puts themselves in the place of Almighty God.

Many people today who commit suicide do not understand the consequences of this ungodly act.  Therefore, I am pleading with you today, please, “Do thyself no harm.”  If you wish to know why you should not commit suicide?  Read on.  First of all, God is the author of life, Gen. 2:7, KJV, 2002.
“…And the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Secondly, God created man (you) to have dominion over the whole earth, Gen. 1:28, and by you committing suicide; you abort your God given responsibilities here on earth.  Thirdly, “Do thyself no harm” because God loves you, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.  Please, “Do thyself no harm,” listen to what Jesus said:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

My dear friends, God did not create you to take your own life by suicide. God created you in His own image and likeness to have dominion over the whole earth. God loves you so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, a ransom for your soul. I shall like to join Apostle Paul in his appeal to the Philippian jailer when he was about to take his own life “… Do thyself no harm,Acts 16:28.  Let God and God alone, decide your eternal destiny.  Please my friend, “Do thyself no harm.”  May God bless you all.


Chaplain Leon McClain
NABVETS National Chaplain


“Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way” December 8, 2017

Note: All Scripture References are from the Scofield Bible, KJV 2002.

When God gives instructions on how to do something, but we choose to do it another way, our sincere efforts may be ever so noble, but, in fact, we’re “Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way.” Such was the case with King David as recorded in 2 Samuel 6:6-7, KJV 2002, in transporting the Ark of the Covenant. Many leaders today do not understand that God’s word is the only sure foundation upon which we are to operate. When God gives us instructions on how to perform, we need to obey Him. Let us get an understanding of God’s will, and perform accordingly.

When we, as leaders, choose to do things our own way, it causes problems in any organization, it may even cause the loss of lives, such was the case with King David—a man after God’s own heart. What then is “Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way?” Let us observe what God said through Moses and what King David did. First of all, God gave Moses instructions on how to carry the Ark of the Covenant, Exodus 25:10-14. Secondly, God gave Moses instruction concerning a King—that the King was to make a copy of the Book of the Law “from the one before the Priests and the Levites,” Deuteronomy 17-18. The King was to make a copy of the Book of the Law that the Priests and the Levites (the religious leaders) used, no exceptions. Thirdly, King David chose to carry the Ark of the Covenant his own way, not the way God had instructed, thereby, causing the death of a man, 2 Samuel 6:6-7. King David was guilty of “Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way,” and a man died because of it.

As Leaders of NABVETS today, we need to do several things. First, of all, we need to ask for a copy of The Good of God’s Law (The Holy Bible), read and study it. Secondly, we, as NABVETS Leaders, need to get an Updated copy of our By-Laws, and practice them. Thirdly, we need to make sure that we lead by example. God is still speaking to His Leaders today—by his Spirit: To Do The Right Thing The Right Way. The Word of God is the only sure foundation upon which we are to operate. King David was sincerely wrong in his disobedience. Let us be obedient to God, and not be guilty of “Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way.”

Chaplain Leon McClain
NABVETS National Chaplain


“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.

Chaplain Leon McClain
NABVETS National Chaplain


“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
NABVETS National Chaplain


“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
NABVETS National Chaplain


“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
NABVETS National Chaplain