1st District: ‘Fort Apache’ officers draw the line at the French Quarter
Sunday, December 18, 2005 By Michael Perlstein
The officers holed up in the 1st District station recognized the sound right away: ka-pop, ka-pop. Gunshots.
It hardly came as a surprise in the growing panic and lawlessness after Katrina left New Orleans upside down and under water. But then the officers recognized the source: the Iberville public housing complex just down Rampart Street from their station. Not only that, but the shots appeared to be aimed at their two-story building.

A study by The New York Times of more than 260 Louisianans who died during Hurricane Katrina or its aftermath found that almost all survived the height of the storm but died in the chaos and flooding that followed.

LUKE 2:8 -11
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!

I. COURAGE is a SPIRITUL issue-babies, children, adults, nations
II. COURAGE is a GIFT-from God to His Children-(Proverbs 30:5 Every Word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection
III. COURAGE goes hand in hand with PEACE
IV. COURAGE equips us to SERVE-where we are/what we have


I was afraid
Circumstances encouraged it
Jesus died for me
His life destroyed it
I can claim His strength
Courage comes to me
A gift direct from Christ
Equipping me today

I was frozen
What do I do?
How can I serve you?
Peace came to me
Held my hand
Courage moved my feet
I ceased to stand
And came to walk with you
I wasn’t well trained
Resources were few
In the eyes of man
I couldn’t do for you
Jesus said go
He said He would know
What I should do
As I lived life on the go

Now I’m His man
Storms come and go
He helps me stand
To face the waning sand
Time will not win
Courage comes again and again
Jesus is my King
His joy mends my soul

Clay Corvin 12/18/05