As the coronavirus pandemic and the social restrictions it has brought about continue to impact all of us, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you again this week.

Like you, we are watching the situation very closely.  As faithful members of FCPO and valued friends of our law enforcement community, we pray for your safety and well-being and encourage you to do all that you can to stay safe and healthy during this time.  Likewise, we ask you to please keep the ministry of FCPO and its leadership in your prayers.

Below are a few updates we wanted to make you aware of:

  • The National Office is open.  We have a small staff but are doing our best to maintain normal operating hours.  Although we discourage in-person visits at present, we are taking extra measures to keep our office clean and safe for those working here.  We’re responding as best we can to a rapidly changing situation, so if you are unable to reach us by phone, please send us an email at [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

  • Additional video resources are currently available.  For our non-member supporters, RightNow Media, "the Netflix of Video Bible Studies", is currently offering free access to a limited library of select video series covering a wide range of topics.  Visit their website to learn more.  Active FCPO members, of course, receive unlimited 24/7 access to RightNow Media's complete library of more than 20,000 videos.  Membership is only $5 monthly and you don’t have to be a law enforcement officer to join.  You can learn more about membership here.

  • We want to hear from you.  Are you and/or your fellow FCPO chapter members helping those around you who are most at risk in the coronavirus pandemic?  If so, please share your stories and photos with us.  Learning how God is using FCPO to bless others in communities around the nation is always a great source of encouragement to our members, chapters, and supporters.  We would like to share your stories in upcoming editions of The FCPO Dispatch, our digital newsletter.

Most importantly, I urge you take advantage of this downtime and spend time in prayer to our Heavenly Father.  During these times of uncertainty, we can be at peace knowing our God is faithful and unchanging.  “Be not anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

May God bless you. 

Sincerely,

Paul Lee (Retired Captain, Chattanooga Police Department)
Executive Director, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:20 (NLT), “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

For the last decade, and especially the last two years, the American public has been bombarded with media driven political, racial and religious hatred.  Half truths and full lies, rumors and personal opinions disguised as truths have raged from every media outlet, politician and most of us. And make no mistake, a half truth is a full lie.  And while this unspeakable anger was continuing to grow, so was the stress and business of life, police work, school and family!  I think most were feeling like they were in a pressure cooker ready to explode!  I’m talking to professing followers of Jesus Christ.  

I have found that there are only two kinds of people in the world, saved and lost.  There is no middle ground, you are either one or the other.  We should never think or expect lost society to act like they are saved.  They are only operating and acting like lost people.  Jesus tells us in Luke 6:28, “Bless those who curse you.  Pray for those who hurt you.”  The Apostle Paul tells us in Acts 26:17-18 that he was sent to the gentiles, “to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.  Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me (Jesus).”  As followers of Jesus, we are set apart; we are to look, talk and act differently than the lost.  Have you been acting like a follower of Jesus or have you been acting like the lost?  Can the lost in your department tell the difference between you and your lost colleagues?  Those questions are totally between you and God. 

I don’t know about you but I did not see this hatred for all things, this need for lost and saved people to “vent” their anger and rage at anything and anyone ending.  In fact, it appeared to be growing like an uncontrollable wildfire!  Everywhere I went, people were angry at something.  The Bible says “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”  (James 1:19-20).  The Bible says, “And don’t sin by letting anger control you.  Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil” (Ephesians 4:25-27).  Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-43, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies!”  

There is no exception clause in the Bible for law enforcement or anyone in law enforcement.  In fact, we are examples of Jesus for everyone to look at.  James 1:22 says, “But don’t just listen to God’s word.  You must do what it says.  Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”  Reading, studying and living out what our Lord teaches us in the Bible doesn’t make us weak, it makes us incredibly strong and powerful!  This will set us apart from the lost and give us great confidence in what we do on the job.

Why title this, "Thankful in the Coronavirus Pandemic"?  Because right now in most of the world and especially here in America, all are in some type of quarantine situation.  No public activities, no running the kids from one event to another, no police extra jobs, no business meeting after meeting, we can’t even eat out at a restaurant.  Families are having to spend time together as families; meals are being prepared and eaten at home; the overload on the internet is messing things up; maybe we can dust off the old board games.  Family is having to be family.  

Most importantly, have you heard?  Listen - do you hear it?  It appears because of this pandemic and quarantine the anger and hatred has subsided.  Maybe, just maybe dear believers, we are seeing what truly is important.  Many are extremely sick and many have already died.  Jesus said in Mark 8:36-37 NLT, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul?”   Our anger, hatred and worthless opinions don’t seem so important right now.

The Bible says Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure o f this : I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)

I write this because I love each and every one of you.  I pray that all of your families stay healthy.  May we all use this time to stop and really reflect on what is important.  May we use this time to really reunite with our families.  As families, may we take this down time to repent of all of our sins that the world has caught us up in and return to Christ our Lord and Savior. May we use this time to put down the cell phone and remote and pick up our Bibles.

God makes it very clear in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, “At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.  Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”


Paul Lee, Executive Director (Retired Captain, Chattanooga P.D.)
Paul Lee retired from the Chattanooga Police Department with 29 years of service. He has been an FCPO member since 1995, is a former Chapter Chairman and has served in various capacities on the National Board.

Ruth Wolf

February 1st, 2020

Dear FCPO Family,
It is with mixed emotions that I pass on to you that this morning at 3:30 am Eastern time Ruth Wolf, wife of former FCPO-USA Executive Director Grant Wolf, went home to be with the Lord. Please keep Grant and his children and grandchildren in your prayers. Below is Grant's email.
Paul Lee, Executive Director


"After nearly six months of searching for the source of Ruth's excruciating pain it finally was found on Monday, January 13 to be an aggressive form of cancer, which probably originated from the colon cancer she had in 1999. It was found in her bones as was as a mass in her lower intestine. While the oncologist said one might try to fight it with surgery and other means, both he and we felt that at her age and with Parkinson's, the better path was to choose Hospice and try to keep her comfortable for whatever time she had left to live.

"Today, February 1 at 3:30 p.m. EST that time ran out. At eighty-seven years and seven months, Ruth Marilyn (Myers) Wolf is now "absent from the body and present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). In reading John 14:2-3 the other evening I was struck by Jesus' statement that "I am going to prepare a place for you. When everything is ready, I will come and get you..." For the first time I read it in the singular instead of plural. To me Jesus was saying, "Ruth, I am going to prepare a place for YOU, and when everything is ready, I will come and get YOU." Today He finished preparing HER place, and came to get her without delay. So she's already in her new home, delighting herself in the presence of the Savior she adored and worshiped.

"Though plans still are being finalized, Heritage Funeral Home will be in charge, the viewing and service will be at Grace Baptist Church, and burial will be at National Cemetery.

"Thank you so much for your prayers and concern these past several months. Please continue to pray for me and my family as we go through this difficult time. Ruth and I met 70 years ago this past December, and were married more than 65 1/2 years. Though that may seem like a long time to many, to me it is "a vapor that appeared for a little while and now has vanished away" (James 4:14). Though I miss her with an aching heart, I know I shall be with her again in eternity.

"But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.

"2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

"3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

"4 Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.

Isaiah 43:1-4"

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