The Back Pew - June 2018


The Psalms

Prepared by Bert Rice

As many of you know, the Psalms are an interesting number of poems or songs of praise, worship, thankfulness, and repentance. Each is quite complete by itself. As you read them you might experience a variety of feelings, emotions, attitudes and interests. From personal experience, I have felt one or more of these when reading most any one of the Psalms.

I will use as an example Psalm 1. It reads as follows: 1. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sits in the seat of mockers. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3. He is like a tree plant- ed by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

When I read Psalm 1, I get a feeling that the decision for me is quite simple. Because I know that one day judgment will come, I am compelled to ask myself this question: Will the Lord judge me as one of the wicked or one of the righteous? Verse 6 is helpful to me in making the decision when it states, For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of wicked will perish!

In my meditations, I pray that God will forgive me of all my sins and am comforted in knowing that my sins are forgiven, as He has promised, because I believe in Him and have faith and trust that His promise is true. I have often felt that maybe I am not worthy. What that really means is that I need to reexamine where I stand for it is obvious that my faith and trust need to be bolstered. God does that for me through His inspired word. In short, that brings me back to the importance of reading and meditating on Gods word daily. I will close with this question: Will you be judged as one of the righteous or one of the wicked?Something to ponder.....!

Let us Pray:

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, we pray that you will give us strength to go the way of the righteous even though we see wickedness all around us. Help us discern right from wrong and to do what is pleasing to you. We believe in your promise of forgiveness and we pray that our thoughts, words and deeds are righteous, not wicked. You give us strength to do thy will and we thank you. Lord bless all members of VOLA and their families. Comfort those who are ill or are recovering from any malady. Hold in your loving arms those who grieve the loss of a loved one or friend. Watch over our military service members and families and be with the leaders of our Nation and the World. We pray for peace and freedom for all who are oppressed.

Thank you for listening and answering our prayers. In Thy Holy Name we pray, Amen

Bert Rice


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Outlaws Devotional - July 2017


Christian Words                                

Ephesians 4:29.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.


            When I entered the U.S. Army in 1960, I quickly learned that getting straight to the point was the norm.  Commanders were “old school;” give orders and demand soldiers execute them.  In later years, younger military personnel were a “different breed of cat” and required more explanation before the order.

As a young commander, I wasn’t attuned to the fact that the “explanation” I gave might be perceived as blunt, harsh, or critical.  My orders were more often than not very straight-forward, even though they contained some explanation.  My Father-in-Law made a statement one time when we were hunting on his Florida farm that really hit home with me.  He said: “Words are like a bullet shot from a pistol; once you pull the trigger, you can’t take back the bullet.”  As my names imply, I have always been earnest and frank!  My Father-in-Law’s words stuck with me as I grew older.

Some years ago, I forwarded an email I received criticizing a politician I didn’t support, only to get a return email from an Army buddy.  “Good Christians don’t criticize others” he said in his lengthy response, but then he criticized me for criticizing others.  I did a great deal of thinking about what he said.

Have you experienced someone that criticizes or disparages someone else in the written or spoken word, seriously or jokingly, knowingly or unknowingly?  Just about everywhere we look in today’s society, there is an abundance of hate, offensive statements, Tweets, Facebook posts, TV reports, and newspaper articles that have clearly moved away from being Christ oriented in our words and deeds.  This is the right time for all of us to take a step back and really see how our words and deeds are received by others.  Maybe we should apply Ephesians 4:29 during this period where our country is trying to find who it is and what it stands for again as a world leader.  Just maybe, some things might work better in our personal lives, our church, our community, and our nation.


My Prayer:  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer.  Amen.

Submitted by Frank Estes



Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

      Source Unknown


Standing Prayer Request:

While most Prayer Requests will remain on the page for 30 days, here is a request that will remain as long as we have uniformed men and women stationed abroad. Please repeat this short prayer often and ask you friends and family to include it in their daily prayers:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Lord and Savior.   Amen.

Prayer Requests: (as of 10/15/2018) 




TAPS for Myhre, Jon F., CPT

Flight Class 66-6
1966-67, 175
th AHC – The Outlaws 1971-72, 146th ASA

Jon F. Myhre died on October 6, 2018 in Sebastian, Florida following an extended battle with cancer.
Jon will be interred at Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, FL, following a private family memorial service. Survivors include his two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.
Jon, a former PFC in the US Marine Corps, transferred to the US Army in 1965 as a Direct Appointment to Warrant Officer, W1. He graduated from ORWAC 66-6, and was assigned to the 175
th AHC at Vinh Long, RVN in 1966-1967. Jon flew many successful missions all over the Delta, in direct support of the 7th, 9th, and 21st ARVN Divisions. His call sign was Outlaw 17 when he was shot down in LZ Alpha on Easter Sunday, 1967. Despite severe leg wounds, he managed to get onto the 82nd Dust-Off flown by Jim Eberwine. Intense ground fire brought down the Dust-Off as they were trying to depart the LZ, causing it to crash land, roll onto its side, and burn. This was Jon’s second shoot down of the morning. That day is called by those who were there, “The Battle of Easter Sunday”.
Col Jack Dempsey, Commander of the 13
th AVN BN, also died there while trying to get his men out of the LZ. Dempsey Heliport, Fort Wolters, TX was named after him. 5 Distinguished Service Crosses, and many other medals were awarded for that Battle, more than any other single day in the history of the Vietnam War.
Jon was ultimately picked up, and evacuated first to Vinh Long, then Long Bin Evac Hospital, and then to Camp Zama, Japan. As he was stabilized, he was sent to Walter Reed for months of surgeries and rehabilitation. Jon was very determined, and regained his flight status when most thought he would never fly again. He then was assigned to a fixed wing assignment in Germany flying the U6 Beaver.
Jon returned to Vietnam in 1971-1972 flying RU-21s for the 146
th ASA, out of Bien Hoa. Jon retired in 1981 as a Captain and Master Army Aviator, from the 138th AVN Co, USAR, in Orlando, FL. Jon was awarded the DFC; 2 Bronze Stars, one with “V" device; 30 Air Medals; 4 Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Jon Myhre also flew as a Charter, Corporate and Instructor Pilot for a number of years, and worked for the FAA (1983-1989) as an Air Traffic Assistant.
Jon was a noted aviation safety specialist, historian, and author of several books. Jon's book,
Discovery of Flight 19 chronicles his 30-year quest to solve the mystery of Flight 19 - the five Navy Avenger bombers that vanished off Florida's east coast in 1945. His latest published work was titled Valor in The Delta which chronicled the individual stories of those who participated in the Battle of Easter Sunday, 1967. He was working on a book about the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when he died.