Chapter Chaplain


Wild Prairie HOG Chaplains -- The Quiner Family

Please let us know how we can pray for you.  All requests will be kept confidential.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you in prayer.

Your faithful servants in Christ, 

Curt & Judi, Christy & Hannah Quiner

Call us at: 952-474-3600

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Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/29/2021

This Sunday is the first Sunday of advent and a theme this week is HOPE. We found this definition of hope: Confident expectancy. Hope does not arise from desires or wishes but from God, who is Himself the believer’s hope. Genuine hope is not wishful thinking, but a firm assurance about things that are unseen and still in the future.

Some thoughts on why focusing on the meaning of Christmas can bring True HOPE (we summarized many of these from various websites):

• God sees all the problems in the world, including yours. He knew we needed HOPE and He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born in the most humble of places to bring HOPE!

• The same thing that causes all the world’s problems is the same thing that causes us to be selfish, bitter, unforgiving, unfaithful, and unreasonable. But Jesus came to take that sin away from anyone who will believe in Him. Knowing Jesus gives us HOPE!

• When someone gives you a gift, it’s yours as soon as you accept it. God gave us the gift of Jesus. Nothing for you to do, but accept Him! He is HOPE!

So this week we pray that every time you see a fancy wrapped gift that you would be reminded of the gift God has given each of us—the gift of HOPE and a future with Him. The gift of Jesus.

As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know.

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/22/2021

As we look forward to Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to share some things from an article by Greg Laurie that really hit us. Here is some of what he said:

“Research shows that grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier… the world’s leading scientific expert on gratefulness states that gratitude reduces toxic emotions ranging from envy to frustration; it reduces depression and increases happiness. Oh, and yes, it will help you sleep better, too…

“I know that we live in difficult times today. The world is a dangerously divided place. Our way of life is being challenged. Our young soldiers are paying the ultimate price. And it would be easy to ask God why and be resentful of what He is doing. Yet, that’s when it’s the most important to give thanks. We have so much for which to be thankful.”

We keep reading things about how important it is for our well being to give thanks—to be grateful in spite of circumstances. An easy thing to be grateful for is you! We are thankful that God brought you into our lives! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. As always, if there is ever any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/14/2021

 

We heard an interesting talk and the speaker mentioned draft horses. Did you know that the champion draft horse – a single horse now – can pull 4,500 pounds! And the second place horse was able to pull 4,000 pounds! That’s a lot to be able to pull all by itself! The speaker asked, with that information, how much do you think they could pull together? You would think you could add those amounts together and get 8,500 pounds – sounds reasonable, right? Not even close! The speaker told us that harnessed together they pull 12,000 pounds!

 

That shouldn't be too surprising, in a way. When you look around at life, isn't it like that? In your family, at work, with your friends... I know you can think of examples of how when we work together, we can go much further than we can alone. I'm not positive about where the speaker got his information about draft horses. But I know for a fact that it's true for people. I see how folks in the motorcycling community work together and we all go farther.

 

If there's ever anything we can help you pull, please don't hesitate to contact us... We'd love to help. And if we can pray for you, that's really like harnessing yourself to the champion draft horse. Jesus is there, just waiting to help you with the load. There are many times in life that we face a challenge that seems impossible. How awesome to be able to bring those challenges to the One who makes all things possible!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/7/2021

 

It seems like we could all use a little something light about now…  So here is a joke that makes me laugh.  Judi doesn’t like it so much…  But here goes:

 

An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny silver walls that could move apart and back together again. 

 

The boy asked his father, "What is this father?" 

 

The father, (never having seen an elevator), responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life. I don't know what it is!" 

 

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. 

 

The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out. 

 

The father said to his son, "Go get your mother!!" 

 

Praying for your week—that God would lighten your heart.

 

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/31/2021

 

We all work as a part of a team in many different areas of our lives.  I’m not a big basketball fan, but there was a quote from Sachin Gupta, Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations. He said,

 

“The core of [servant leadership] is understanding this is not about me.  This is about the team and trying to put the team in the best position to succeed.”

 

I think we can use that in all areas of our lives.  It’s definitely not easy to do.  But when everyone is looking for the best for each other, it makes the team so much stronger.  

 

Praying for your week—that God would bless each of the teams that you are on.  If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/24/2021

 

We heard a message about how important it is to start your day with gratitude.  I guess the attitude you have for the day is set within the first 8 minutes of your day.  So the suggestion was to thank God before you even get out of bed.  And it doesn’t need to be “big” things—just the act of being thankful is enough.  They suggested you can work through the alphabet to get you started…  “A” I’m thankful for air…  “B” I’m thankful for the bathroom…  and so on…  We’re sure you can come up with something to be thankful for for each letter.

 

Praying for your week! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 
 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/17/2021

 

When I do a biker blessing, I usually talk about giving Jesus the handlebars of our lives.  I stole that idea—someone else suggested people give Jesus the steering wheel.  But since we’re motorcyclists…  The point is that we need to put Jesus in the “driver’s seat” of our lives and let Him lead.  

 

Sounds good, but if you’re anything like us, it’s hard to do!  We want to give Him the handlebars, but are quick to tell Him how things should go.  Go this way—go faster—wait—stop.  It’s much easier to say we have given Jesus the handlebars than to really do it.  

 

Thank God, He sticks with us anyway!  Daily, our job is to hand Him those handlebars.  And daily it is our job to trust Him to lead us in the right direction.  I heard it suggested that we make this our prayer several times throughout the day, “Not my will, Jesus, but Your will.”  I can promise, we’ll never be perfect.  But the better we get at it, the better things go.  Because He really does know best.

 

Praying for your week—that you would trust God and keep handing over those handlebars.

 

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/10/2021

 

We wanted to share something that we read in our devotional.  Hope it hits you the way it hit us.

 

“If you turned on the faucet in your kitchen and no water came out, what would you do?  Would you say, ‘oh my, the world has run out of water—there’s no water coming out of the faucet, so there must not be any left in the whole world’?

Of course not.  You’d know the problem is not with the source.  There’s plenty of water in the world.  The problem is the channel.  It’s gotten blocked one way or another.  

If one channel gets blocked in your life and the “faucet” stops working, God can turn on another faucet just as easily.  If God closes a door in your life, He can open another door.  And if another door closes, He can open a window, and you can crawl through it.  

Jobs may come and go.  Bank accounts rise and fall.  Economies go up and down.  Home prices can peak or hit bottom.

You can trust in God’s unlimited resources for your security.”

 

Praying for your week—that you would trust God and His resources.  If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/3/2021

 

We were reminded of an illustration we’ve heard a few times before…  Raw eggs alone don’t taste good.  Flour alone doesn’t taste good.  Baking soda alone doesn’t taste good.  Many of the ingredients you need to mix together to make a cake don’t taste good alone.  But when you put them together to make a cake…  You have a cake.  And that tastes good!  In the same way, we are promised that all things, even the bad, work together for good for those who love God.  So no matter what you face this week, you can trust Him.  Doesn’t mean that everything is good on its own.  But God will use it for good.

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/26/2021

 

We read an article in Epoch Times lately by Joshua Becker.  It was good enough to send you the whole thing (don’t worry—it’s short)!

 

Imagine the society we could create if we valued a different kind of success.  

A success not defined by the brand of clothing we could afford, but by the number of people we had helped to clothe.

A success not defined by the amount of money in our bank account, but by how much money we used to help others.

A success not defined by the size of our house, but by the amount of love that was shown there. 

A success not defined by our level of education, but by the degree of our integrity.  

A success not defined by the type of car we drive, but by those we had picked up in life and set down on a better road.  

A success not defined by how loud our voice was, but by how often we spoke up for those without one. 

A success not defined by the quality and quantity of our personal possessions, but by the level of selflessness we have shown to others.  

A success not defined by the number of people who loved us, but by the number of people we have loved.

 

Can I challenge you to pick one of these and focus on making some changes this week?  Really it sounds a lot like the old phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”  Praying that He would give you wisdom this week as you reflect on how success is defined by God.

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/19/2021

 

This really hit from our daily devotional.  Maybe it will be helpful for you, too.

 

“We all have EGRs—people who come with Extra Grace Required—in our lives.  They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us.  But they also help us grow.  God calls us to bless people who cause us the most trouble.  How much more is this true for those who only annoy us?"

“…  You cannot control what other people think about you.  You cannot control what other people do to you.  But you do have 100 percent control over how you respond."   

“  You might be completely within your rights to retaliate, but Jesus calls you to take the higher ground, for it is where you’re given a clear perspective.  When you take the high ground, you can see past a person’s actions to their pain.  When you take the high ground, you rise above the irritation and the conflict, choosing to keep the peace."

“…Real love doesn’t just love people who are lovable; real love loves the unlovable.  Real love is patient with the irritable people in your life.  God empowers us to love even those we find hard to love.”

 

Praying for you this week. That you would be given the extra grace we all need sometimes. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/12/2021

 

We read a quote from Elisabeth Elliot that made us think. Elisabeth Elliot was the widow of Jim Elliot who was killed in 1956 while attempting to minister to the Auca Indians in Ecuador. She said, “If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Our feelings are very fleeting and short-lived. We cannot depend on them for five minutes. But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe.”

 

This week, in spite of all the junk going on, we’re going to try to focus on the faithfulness, love, and mercy of God. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/6/2021

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11, we thought the words of Billy Graham as he addressed the nation are appropriate.  He started his message with this:

 

“No matter how hard we try, words simply cannot express the horror, the shock and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a Day to Remember.

Today we say to those who masterminded this cruel plot, and to those who carried it out, that the spirit of this nation will not be defeated by their twisted and diabolical schemes. Some day those responsible will be brought to justice.

But today we come together in this service to confess our need of God. We’ve always needed God from the very beginning of this nation. But today we need Him especially. We’re involved in a new kind of warfare. And we need the help of the Spirit of God.

The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

But how do we understand something like this? Why does God allow evil like this to take place? Perhaps that is what you are asking. You may even be angry at God. I want to assure you that God understands these feelings that you may have.

We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.”

 

These words seem very appropriate with the events facing our nation and world today.  No matter what you are dealing with this week, know that God IS our refuge and strength. May we never forget the events of twenty years ago.  May we never forget that God was with us then and is with us now.

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know. 

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/30/2021

 

We found this on facebook and really liked it…  It’s a bit longer than I usually send, but I think it’s worth it:

Dr. Ben Carson (Retired world renowned neurosurgeon) wrote this beautiful piece. Read and be blessed.

 

Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of flying. But, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home. That's life!! Enjoy yours.

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing in the streets. But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages. But those who live simply, walk humbly and love genuinely!

All good will come back to you!!!

Man asks, “Where was God when Myles Munroe, wife and his associates were killed in a crash? He answers, "The same place I sat when John the Baptist my servant was beheaded. When Stephen my servant was stoned to death. When Paul my servant was murdered in Rome. The same place I sat when my only Son was brutally crucified, wounded, bruised and killed. I have not moved from my position."

I am the same. It is not the means of exit from earth that matters but the destination. Live simply. It's all about God!!

 

Have a blessed week.  As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you this week, please let us know.  

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/24/2021

 

Judi and I heard another good message this weekend (we listen to messages on CD as we go to the cabin in the truck…). This one hit me, maybe because developing good habits and discipline can be so hard to do. Some comments that struck me:

  • Nobody gets to the Olympics on “I just hope to get there someday.”  You have to set up habits and be disciplined.
  • Successful people are normal people who develop good habits…
  • It takes 6 weeks to develop a new habit…

I don’t know about you, but there are a number of habits I know would be good to be intentional about. One of them is making my relationship with God a priority. It’s amazing to me that He is the creator of the universe, yet He always has time for me. Praying that you would choose one new habit to make a priority this week and for the discipline to stick with it for 6 weeks!

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/18/2021

 

We read this illustration and really liked it…

I appreciate road crews who post bright yellow signs warning me of bumps on the highway. It helps to know what’s ahead, so I can slow down and avoid a huge jolt. I sometimes wish Jesus would warn me about all the impending bumps — relationship issues, sickness, money troubles — in my future. Then I could prepare myself.

But Jesus is too wise to grant my wish. He knows if He forewarns us about future problems, I’ll do one of two things. I’ll worry myself into a state of panic. Or I’ll create a giant list of possible solutions. Either way, I won’t be trusting Him. When I rely on my own limited understanding to repair the broken places in my life, it’s as if I am telling Jesus, “Your love and power aren’t enough. I need to fix this myself.”

I know I can trust Him and calmly rest in His love. Whatever life may bring and whatever bumps loom in my future, Jesus will always be more than enough.”

Our catch phrase these days is “God’s got this!” And no matter what this week holds for you, can I let you know, God’s got this!

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, it would be our privilege.

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/19/2021

 

This really hit from our daily devotional.  Maybe it will be helpful for you, too.

 

“We all have EGRs—people who come with Extra Grace Required—in our lives.  They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us.  But they also help us grow.  God calls us to bless people who cause us the most trouble.  How much more is this true for those who only annoy us?"

“…  You cannot control what other people think about you.  You cannot control what other people do to you.  But you do have 100 percent control over how you respond."   

“  You might be completely within your rights to retaliate, but Jesus calls you to take the higher ground, for it is where you’re given a clear perspective.  When you take the high ground, you can see past a person’s actions to their pain.  When you take the high ground, you rise above the irritation and the conflict, choosing to keep the peace."

“…Real love doesn’t just love people who are lovable; real love loves the unlovable.  Real love is patient with the irritable people in your life.  God empowers us to love even those we find hard to love.”

 

Praying for you this week. That you would be given the extra grace we all need sometimes. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi