What is the CSMR! CA Bear The California State Military Reserve is the official state defense force, and enables the Golden State to do more. It is a part of the California Military Department, along with the state’s National Guard and Air National Guard. Its mission is to augment the National Guard in a variety of support roles, and to specialize in homeland defense and emergency management missions. READ MORE ....

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Conventional wisdom questions how much can be accomplished with little.  We tend to believe that a lot more can be done if we have large financial resources, unlimited manpower, and innovative ideas.  But these things do not always get the job done and, during lean times, are often unavailable.

In the Book of Judges, we are introduced to a relatively unknown warrior named Shamgar.  Judges 3:31 states: “After [Ehud] came Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad; and he also saved Israel.”  

Shamgar delivered God’s chosen people (Israelites) from their sworn enemies, the Philistines, single-handedly.  How?  He won a great victory by killing 600 Philistines with nothing more than an oxgoad (an 8-foot stick sharpened on one end to prod or drive slow-moving animals, like oxen).

Shamgar’s oxgoad, when dedicated to the service of God, became a mighty tool!   As Soldiers, this helps us see that God can use what few resources we have to do great and mighty deeds, as long as we are surrendered to Him.

God is not looking for people with great abilities, but for those who are dedicated to following and obeying Him.  God can use us to accomplish much, regardless of our abilities and resources, as long as our hearts and minds are focused on serving Him and others!

Capt. Christopher Fowler