Dr. Lyle Rapacki is a Private-Sector Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment Specialist.  Since June of 2010, Dr. Rapacki has provided selected members of the Arizona Legislature Intelligence Briefings on Border Security and threats to Arizona sovereignty.  Lyle also receives, analyzes and disseminates critical intelligence from and to law enforcement, intelligence, and governmental communities.  He is the author of dozens of White Papers, bulletins and briefings many of which have received distribution to and by local, state, and federal law enforcement, intelligence and public safety agencies.  Dr. Rapacki is the owner of Sentinel Intelligence Services, LLC which carries out these functions, as well as provides consultations to elected officials in and out of Arizona, and clients in industry on threat potentials.

Lyle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and his Doctorate from Clayton College of Natural Medicine specializing in the treatment of psychological disorders.  He holds a Post-doctorate Diplomate in Forensic Counseling and another in Behavioral Psychotherapy.  Dr. Rapacki taught in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayland Baptist University, Phoenix campus, and at Grand Canyon University where he also held the position of Director for the Public Safety Administration, Homeland Security – Crisis Management programs.  He was a member of the FBI InfraGard Program; served as Vice President for the Association for Former Intelligence Officers AZ Chapter; is an Executive Board Member to the Association for Threat Assessment Professionals in AZ, and a member of the International Association Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.  He is a Charter Member of Oath Keepers, and Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.  He also served as Vice Chairman for the Coalition of Western States (COWS), which elected officials and public citizen leaders from six western states, and Texas.  Lyle was inducted into Who’s Who 2020, and also the Continental Who’s Who.   

Dr. Rapacki is most privileged to provide intelligence as a Watchman to the Christian community nationally, and to write a regular commentary for the Conservative Pundit an online Christian publication which is then carried by 25 platforms.  Lyle also writes a regular personal commentary for the Prescott E-News and is the Host and Commentator for the nationally viewed ARIZONA TODAY which is viewed by 1.3 million.  Lyle is the author of the Booklet: “Our Forefathers truly Appealed to Heaven.”  

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE is the Call to Arms now sounding across America!

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE…not away.

This is a time of refinement and recalibration of values among Americans.  This time is especially arranged for Believers in Christ.  Milk Toast Christianity is not what the First Century Christians demonstrated, and you can look for yourself in the Book of Acts.  The timidity rampant thru the present-day church is no match against the testing unfolding across our country, nor that which is yet to come.  I pray the Lord releases a mighty bold conviction to stand; a bold conviction to bring renewed courage by brave-heart confessors of Christ who are not afraid to demonstrate their commitment to be followers of the Lord of lords and King of kings.  This is also a time for reviving and renewing our individual, and collective as a nation, covenant with the Most High God!  A time to renew our pledge to carry-out the promises our Forefathers made creating this exceptional nation.  

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE those who have ears to hear and eyes to see…RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE…not away.

America is a covenant nation – the only surviving nation on earth whose origins and determination are found in the papers and decrees of the Founding Fathers who established a country “to the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”  A Covenant Nation is one that recognizes that God and His purposes are supreme over the nation, that the highest role a nation can play is to reflect God’s righteousness in national policy, but also in domestic service.

There have been episodes in our country’s history when the American Dream faded and grew dim.  Today…there is a real danger the American Dream will become the forgotten dream!  Our founders were quite explicit, and they did not waste words nor where they afraid to stand, give their sacred duty and honor and were prepared to lose their homes, businesses, and even their lives to enforce the words they placed on paper for all to read.  They new well…

That Freedom is not the right to do as one pleases but the opportunity to please to do what is right!

The Founders did not seek freedom from law but freedom in law.

Not freedom from government but freedom in government.

Not freedom from speech but freedom in speech.

Not freedom from the press but freedom in the press.

Not freedom from religion but freedom in religion.

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE!  For we desperately need a return to government by principles, rather than by politics.  

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE!  We need to embrace the letters written in over eight countries sent to me at ARIZONA TODAY , that America is humanity’s last chance at establishing and demonstrating true freedom.  

The Lord Most High is calling a Remnant!  Much similar to the First-Century Church the Lord is calling and seeing who will get off their seat, stop merely ringing their hands and crying aloud, “what do we do” all the while looking for someone else to begin running toward the battle…start running yourself!

RUN TOWARD THE BATTLE is the cry today! I am asking you to stand and answer the call to run.

Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.   

ARIZONA TODAY

Host and Commentator

Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Wayland Baptist University – Phoenix Campus

Social Psychology

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The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment.  It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.  If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God.  You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.

We ask self-centered questions like, what do I want to be?  What should I do with my life?  What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future?  But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose.  You can not arrive at your life’s purpose by starting with a focus on yourself.  You must begin with God, your Creator.  You exist only because God wills that you exist.  You were made by God and for God.  Life is about letting God use you for His purposes, not you use Him for your own purpose.  Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are not at all the same.  You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the world’s standard, and still miss the purposes for which God created you.  

“I am your Creator.  You were in My care even before you were born” (Isaiah 44:2a).  Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God.  He thought of you first.  It is not a coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment.  You are alive because God wanted to create you.  God prescribed every single detail of your body; He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality (Psalm 139:15).  Because God made you for a reason, He also decided when you would be born and how long you would live.  He planned the days of your life in advance.  He also planned where you’d be born and where you’d live for His purpose.  Your race and nationality are no accident.  God left no detail to chance.  Most amazing, God decided how you would be born.  Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you.  It doesn’t matter whether your parents are good, bad, or indifferent.  God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom “you” He had in mind.  They had the DNA God wanted to use to make you.

Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God.  God’s purpose considered human error, and even sin.  God never does anything accidentally, and He never makes mistakes.  He has a reason for everything He creates.  Every plant and every animal was planned by God, and every person was designed with a purpose in mind.  “Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love” (Ephesians 1:4).  You were created as a special object of God’s love!  God made you so He could love you.  There is perfect love in the fellowship of the Trinity, so God didn’t need to create you.  But He wanted to make you in order to express His love.  He wasn’t lonely. God says, “I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth.  Even when you are old, I will be the same.  Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you.  I made you and will take care of you” (Isaiah 46:3-4).

                           You are who you are for a reason.

                           You’re part of an intricate plan.

                           You’re a precious and perfect unique design,

                           Called God’s special woman or man.

                           You look like you look for a reason.

                           Our God made no mistake.

                           He knit you together within the womb,

                           You’re just what He wanted to make.

                           The parents you had were the ones He chose,

                           And no matter how you may feel,

                           They were custom designed with God’s plan in mind,

                           And they bear the Master’s seal.

                           No, that trauma you faced was not easy.

                           And God wept that it hurt you so.

                           But it was allowed to shape your heart

                           So that into His likeness you’d grow.

                           You are who you are for a reason,

                           You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.

                           You are who you are, beloved,

                           Because there is a God!

                                                                    -Russell Kelfer

Question to Consider:  Knowing that God uniquely created me, what areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept

Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.     

Consultant at Behavioral Analysis

Max Lucado, noted Christian author and pastor provided several wonderful and inspiring insights in a work he penned called “Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms – Hope and Encouragement from Psalm 23”. In the folksy and inviting manner of an old time story teller, Max shared a dimension to this favorite and often quoted psalm that promotes an intimacy with our Heavenly Father and our true Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

My heart desperately was searching for that intimacy, as well as the medicine which only touches wounds of the heart; those deep emotional and personal hurts that, if left unattended, can and will seep poison into every aspect of your life.  I struggled in seeking God’s help to lift me out of the deep emotional ravine I fell into and in which I became mired.  I sincerely struggled until one night very late, or was it one morning very early, when the calm leading of the Holy Spirit responded to my repetitive vocal cry and the physical tears falling on the pillow.

 

There was a gentle but firm movement of the Great Counselor inviting me to just be still…to become quiet internally without pretending there was nothing wrong, but to become quiet in spite of the grieving and emotional conflict that was raging within me, and to choose to do something out of my ordinary method of problem solving.  So simple and unusual, I had to contemplate the integrity of my Great Counselor’s leading; and yet, my private emotional civil war was reaching a crescendo I could not much longer bare.  Plus, it was now 3:37am (don’t you just love digital clocks with the red numbers!), and I was growing more tired by each change of those red numbers.  So, with acquired wisdom, I submitted to the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and combined with my reading in Max Lucado’s book, I accomplished a step toward a healing which I sorely, sorely needed.

 

I wish I could tell you I was the person in whom the teaching you are about to read first percolated; that I was the one with the insight from which others’ will be blessed and healed; I wish I could say I first developed the thoughts you are about to read.  I wish I could because then maybe Max would phone me

one day and discuss a point or two about his next work – sort of like sharing between two who think alike.  But you would be correct to remember my introductory sentence.  Max Lucado first penned the following thoughts.  I took some literary license to rewrite them for my particular use in this letter (maybe Max will phone me anyway!).  But if I still have your attention, allow me to share a thought first.

 

I do know a couple of things about one’s emotions and wounds of the heart.  After twenty-years in private practice counseling fellow travelers along life’s highways, I have seen, first hand, the results of deep emotional trauma; of grief that seems to envelop a person’s entire world view.  I have sat with and listened to fellow travelers from every age and social strata repeat similar cords of intense and soul wrenching groans; tears with words attached and words with tears attached.  

 

My interventions were usually pretty good, pretty “right-on”, and patients almost always positively responded.  This made my own valley of the shadows that much darker and lonelier as I attempted to rely on my self to make sense of my own need for healing and restoring.  I think many of us react in similar manners when confronted with a devastating experience – guys especially and “professional healers” particularly…and I don’t think we are easy to reach even if the One who heals perfectly is standing right before us.  We tend to grapple with our own issues utilizing our own tools taken from our personal, private warehouse of armaments – you know “Break the Glass in Case of Emergency” type of tools.

 

Well…that’s where I was very late one night or very early one morning; all I know is that it was very dark – both outside my window and inside my heart.  And I truly felt alone.  My mind told me God was watching but that made my heart all the more cry with devastation and disappointment – have you ever been there?  I mean so alone you feel like you are naked and in the middle of a crowd but no one even notices you or your nakedness, much less cares; not even to acknowledge your nakedness! At least you would think someone would say something about THAT!  I believe indifference may be a word that can be inserted here.  I confess I thought my Heavenly Father was indifferent to my grief over this particular loss.  Not because He was pre-occupied with world affairs…I knew better; plus, I was in the world He had to at least notice.  No, I thought my grief was low in priority and not really earth shattering – except to me.  Pile on profound disappointment.

      

Well, I was wrong.  So here comes the Holy Spirit (actually He had been along on this journey with me from the scintilla-of-the-moment Jesus entered my heart in 1975).  The Great Counselor whispered my name, and…well let Max Lucado tell what happened.  No, Max was not with me in my darkened room that night/morning but remnants of Max’s words taken from his book previously mentioned were with me.

 

“Shepherds tending sheep use oil to promote healing of wounds.  Sheep get hurt – a lot!  So, the ever-watchful shepherd looks after his sheep to prevent such occurrences, but when a wound develops the ever-tending shepherd skillfully anoints the sheep with oil to promote healing.  He doesn’t want the wound to worsen.  He doesn’t want today’s wound to become tomorrow’s infection.  Neither does God.”

 

“Just like sheep, we develop wounds but more often than not our wounds are of the heart that stem from disappointment after disappointment.”  We receive deep cuts, not from thorns and rocks, but from life’s betrayals.  We face bitter disappointments and injustices; hurts from as many varied sources as there are people; cuts and gashes from malicious words spoken or from someone who refuses to speak to us.  We are injured from loss, be it the death of a loved one, or as in the case of my tormented night, the loss of one I loved completely but who decided that level of love could not be returned.  

 

Max Lucado gently teaches us to accomplish a couple of things with our all-abounding disappointments and wounds of the heart.  They are simple, and at the same time complicated for us who don’t trust the shepherd or believe the shepherd doesn’t know what’s best or that the shepherd is far busier with other matters concerning the flock to pause and care for “the least among these;” namely, you or me.   

 

Here is what Max taught me to do, and finally, at that late hour, I did:

  1. Go to the right person.  Go to God, directly.
  2. Next step is to assume the right posture.  Bow before God; literally.  In my case, get out of bed and bow – even in the middle of the night!
  3. Ask God to anoint you with His oil.  Ask Him to heal your wound(s).   Be specific.  Be assertive.
  4. Stand still.  Wait.  Seriously.  At any hour on any day – even in the middle of the night in all darkness, bow and wait.  
  5. State what you want, but pray for what is right.  This is most humbling.  It also is most trusting to give over what you desire to accept what God desires for you.

Like sheep that learn to trust the shepherd, we are on a journey to trusting our Great Shepherd – the Lord, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.  Allow the Holy Spirit to introduce you to them in a deeper, more intimate manner than you have previously known.  As Max Lucado wrote, “sheep don’t understand why the oil works.  All they know is that when they come to the shepherd, assume the right posture and wait, something happens.”  What happens is good; it is healing; internal peace is restored.

 

The storm of grave disappointment in my life was stilled.  The pain of immeasurable loss from one who had the keys to my heart was soothed by the oil from the Great Shepherd.  Even in the midst of absolute darkness very late one night or very early in the morning; the true Shepherd who knows me and was not so busy with worldly affairs to hear my groans and see my tears anointed me with His oil.  

 

Thank you, Max Lucado, for teaching me this truth, and thank you for allowing me liberty with your words (I look forward to your call).  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for healing me.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for patiently bringing me to a posture of bowing and waiting, for patiently standing by me as I waited for the

Great Shepherd to anoint me with His oil.  Thank you, Heavenly Father, for delighting in this sheep who can be stubborn but continues to learn to walk in humility trusting the voice and the hand of the Great Shepherd.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  It began as an exercise of healing in itself – just for me.  I then became aware of someone who was in the midst of their own valley of shadows, and I thought Max and I had something to share with them, and you (I bet he will phone me now!).  

 

May God’s love and the friendship of the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you this day, and in your tomorrows.  

 

Most sincerely yours in Christ,

       Lyle –

 

LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D.

Consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment

Private-Sector Intelligence Analyst 

December, 2007

Phoenix, Arizona –

 

Max Lucado, Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms – Hope and Encouragement from Psalm 23 (Nashville, Tennessee 37214, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002)  

 

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