Making a Spiritual Warrior with Col. Evan Trinkle

Making a Spiritual Warrior with Col. Evan Trinkle

Confront the enemy and live in victory as a man after God's own heart. Retired U.S. Army Col. Evan Trinkle was inspired to write a Bible study to help men overcome the challenges they face while he was still in service. Listen to learn more about the book, "Making a Spiritual Warrior." You can help the men in your life make good choices and follow a spiritual warriors creed.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Col. Evan Trinkle

 

Confront the enemy and live in victory as a man after God's own heart. Col. Evan Trinkle, U.S. Army, Retired, was inspired to write a Bible study to help men overcome the challenges they face while he was still in service.

 

Listen to learn more about the book, Making a Spiritual Warrior. You can help the men in your life make good choices and follow a spiritual warrior’s creed.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, and welcome to the Strang Report. I'm Stephen Strang. We know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and it's a spiritual war for every believer. And now there's a resource today to help particularly men deal with this. It's written by someone who should know about warfare. His name is Colonel Evan Trinkle, U.S. Army, retired. He's been a friend of mine for a number of years. He's written a study guide that’s called Making a Spiritual Warrior. The subtitle is Confront the Enemy and Live in Victory as a Man After God's Own Heart. This is a book that I have read. In fact, I may have been one of the first persons to read it. I bought it off of Amazon.com. Now Col. Trinkle is teaching it in the Lexington, Kentucky area where he lives. We're hoping to interest men all over the country because this is a very, very important book that will help many men.

 

Let's get started in talking about this important book. It's very well done and people can go on Amazon and look up your name, Evan Trinkle, or they can put in Making a Spiritual Warrior and the book will pop up and they can see the cover. It's actually a helmet with your name on it that you used when you are in the service.

 

·         Read Steve’s Strang Report newsletter: Retired Army Colonel’s New Bible Study Equips Men to Win Their Spiritual Warfare Battles

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: It is. I took that picture not knowing I was going to use it later. I was being deployed to Iraq, and I was sitting there just waiting my time and I took that picture. When I was in Kosovo, as I was deployed there, when I actually wrote this study, I used that same picture I took years ago to be the cover of this study.

 

Stephen Strang: Why did you write this study?

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: The study is the best practices, it's my life experiences that I've learned from the 40 years that I've been a Christian, plus being in the military. I just retired after 30 years of service. What I'm trying to do here is I'm trying to give the best of all that I've learned to all the men out there because we are in a spiritual conflict every day and our culture is getting worse and worse. This study lays a foundation for a man's life. I wrote it to men. I mean nothing against women. I've raised daughters and have women all around my life. But men are the leaders. Men are the leaders of our culture. Men are the leaders of our homes in our government. So, from a Christian perspective, the scriptures give us a lot of information on how we ought to live. So, this study, its origin started when I was in Texas when I was stationed at Fort Hood. I wrote a covenant called The Warrior Covenant, and it addresses our relationship with God, then family, others, and self. I knew some day that I would write a study based on that. When I was in Kosovo, I started writing and completed it. Then the second part of the study goes ahead in what we talk about as the warrior ring. Warrior ring is foundational to every man's life. The whole study’s foundational and as you go through, it's an engaging study that challenges and develops and molds men to be more than they are right now. One thing I would say, a lot of times to men is change doesn't come quickly, but it comes in small steps. If we apply incrementally small steps, good choices in our lives, we will produce long-term effects that benefit our lives both spiritually and non-spiritually. So, this study helps every man walk through, lay a foundation, or reaffirm the foundation that they already have. It also provides a guide for maybe a more mature man or someone just wanting to be discipled by several men using this as a discipleship tool. So, there's multiple uses and applications for the study.

 

Stephen Strang: It's interesting that you have been working on it for so many years. In fact, I met you at a family wedding and you were telling me about wanting to write this book, so I have kind of followed this and read it in rough draft form and, as I said, bought one of the very first copies on Amazon. I'm hoping that men all over the country will read this in small groups, in churches. You're starting that in Lexington. What kind of response are you getting from the several groups that you've already started.

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: I’ve got men in the group that just absolutely want to be here on Tuesday nights, and they can't wait to get here. One man, for example, he's having some issues with his marriage. He's gone from talking about divorce to actually being back in love again with his wife, just because of the things that we're talking about: honoring your wife and taking care of that responsibility. That's just some of the materials that we talk about. I've got men that are saying they can't wait to be here for the discussion. The group that I'm in, that come to my house, there are guys from in their 30s all the way up to their 80s. I like that diversity. Last night, one man said what I like about this group is that we can come here, we can talk about issues and we can discuss it and I'm not always right. But I hear other people's perspectives and I get to change mine. So, it's the interaction, it’s the iron sharpens iron. As Proverbs 27:17 says, as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. That's what's going on in this study. That's what the Lord is using this study for, to shape, mold and fashion men to be more than they are right now.

 

·         Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (MEV).

 

Stephen Strang: Talk about how you paralleled the army values in this study.

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: The Army values, loyalty, selfless service, we go through each of the Army values and we do a parallel. What does it look like for the Christian to have selfless service? What does it look like for the Christian to have loyalty.?We take every single one of the Army values and we go through them and we convey that. You were right in the introduction, Steve. I know a thing or two about warfare in the military because I served 30 years. The Lord has given me a lot of very, very important applications for how we're to do spiritual warfare in our daily lives right now. As an example, the Lord led me when I was stationed in Italy, to write what's called The Warrior Creed. The army has what's called the Soldier’s Creed. Now, the Warrior Creed, it goes something like the word of God is a standard inspiration from my life. I believe every word it says, I believe what it says about me. I would daily live by the word of God, as the Holy Spirit of God lives in and through me. I'm a man after God's own heart. I've got one man in the group that I lead one of the groups and he says, he's almost insistent that we read the Warrior Creed before we start every single one of our meetings. He thinks it's so valuable because it's the first line. The Word of God is a standard and inspiration from my life. We live in a culture where, where do we get our values? Where do we get our guidance from that we use to make decisions? It's because of our daily living the Word of God, as the Holy Spirit of God lives in through us. So, we look at that because the Soldiers’ Creed, the army values, they have application in our Christian walk every single day. Those that do the study they get to look at that and discuss it and engage it.

 

For the rest of the interview with Col. Trinkle, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

 

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Col. Evan Trinkle

 

Confront the enemy and live in victory as a man after God's own heart. Col. Evan Trinkle, U.S. Army, Retired, was inspired to write a Bible study to help men overcome the challenges they face while he was still in service.

 

Listen to learn more about the book, Making a Spiritual Warrior. You can help the men in your life make good choices and follow a spiritual warrior’s creed.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, and welcome to the Strang Report. I'm Stephen Strang. We know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and it's a spiritual war for every believer. And now there's a resource today to help particularly men deal with this. It's written by someone who should know about warfare. His name is Colonel Evan Trinkle, U.S. Army, retired. He's been a friend of mine for a number of years. He's written a study guide that’s called Making a Spiritual Warrior. The subtitle is Confront the Enemy and Live in Victory as a Man After God's Own Heart. This is a book that I have read. In fact, I may have been one of the first persons to read it. I bought it off of Amazon.com. Now Col. Trinkle is teaching it in the Lexington, Kentucky area where he lives. We're hoping to interest men all over the country because this is a very, very important book that will help many men.

 

Let's get started in talking about this important book. It's very well done and people can go on Amazon and look up your name, Evan Trinkle, or they can put in Making a Spiritual Warrior and the book will pop up and they can see the cover. It's actually a helmet with your name on it that you used when you are in the service.

 

·         Read Steve’s Strang Report newsletter: Retired Army Colonel’s New Bible Study Equips Men to Win Their Spiritual Warfare Battles

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: It is. I took that picture not knowing I was going to use it later. I was being deployed to Iraq, and I was sitting there just waiting my time and I took that picture. When I was in Kosovo, as I was deployed there, when I actually wrote this study, I used that same picture I took years ago to be the cover of this study.

 

Stephen Strang: Why did you write this study?

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: The study is the best practices, it's my life experiences that I've learned from the 40 years that I've been a Christian, plus being in the military. I just retired after 30 years of service. What I'm trying to do here is I'm trying to give the best of all that I've learned to all the men out there because we are in a spiritual conflict every day and our culture is getting worse and worse. This study lays a foundation for a man's life. I wrote it to men. I mean nothing against women. I've raised daughters and have women all around my life. But men are the leaders. Men are the leaders of our culture. Men are the leaders of our homes in our government. So, from a Christian perspective, the scriptures give us a lot of information on how we ought to live. So, this study, its origin started when I was in Texas when I was stationed at Fort Hood. I wrote a covenant called The Warrior Covenant, and it addresses our relationship with God, then family, others, and self. I knew some day that I would write a study based on that. When I was in Kosovo, I started writing and completed it. Then the second part of the study goes ahead in what we talk about as the warrior ring. Warrior ring is foundational to every man's life. The whole study’s foundational and as you go through, it's an engaging study that challenges and develops and molds men to be more than they are right now. One thing I would say, a lot of times to men is change doesn't come quickly, but it comes in small steps. If we apply incrementally small steps, good choices in our lives, we will produce long-term effects that benefit our lives both spiritually and non-spiritually. So, this study helps every man walk through, lay a foundation, or reaffirm the foundation that they already have. It also provides a guide for maybe a more mature man or someone just wanting to be discipled by several men using this as a discipleship tool. So, there's multiple uses and applications for the study.

 

Stephen Strang: It's interesting that you have been working on it for so many years. In fact, I met you at a family wedding and you were telling me about wanting to write this book, so I have kind of followed this and read it in rough draft form and, as I said, bought one of the very first copies on Amazon. I'm hoping that men all over the country will read this in small groups, in churches. You're starting that in Lexington. What kind of response are you getting from the several groups that you've already started.

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: I’ve got men in the group that just absolutely want to be here on Tuesday nights, and they can't wait to get here. One man, for example, he's having some issues with his marriage. He's gone from talking about divorce to actually being back in love again with his wife, just because of the things that we're talking about: honoring your wife and taking care of that responsibility. That's just some of the materials that we talk about. I've got men that are saying they can't wait to be here for the discussion. The group that I'm in, that come to my house, there are guys from in their 30s all the way up to their 80s. I like that diversity. Last night, one man said what I like about this group is that we can come here, we can talk about issues and we can discuss it and I'm not always right. But I hear other people's perspectives and I get to change mine. So, it's the interaction, it’s the iron sharpens iron. As Proverbs 27:17 says, as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. That's what's going on in this study. That's what the Lord is using this study for, to shape, mold and fashion men to be more than they are right now.

 

·         Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (MEV).

 

Stephen Strang: Talk about how you paralleled the army values in this study.

 

Col. Evan Trinkle: The Army values, loyalty, selfless service, we go through each of the Army values and we do a parallel. What does it look like for the Christian to have selfless service? What does it look like for the Christian to have loyalty.?We take every single one of the Army values and we go through them and we convey that. You were right in the introduction, Steve. I know a thing or two about warfare in the military because I served 30 years. The Lord has given me a lot of very, very important applications for how we're to do spiritual warfare in our daily lives right now. As an example, the Lord led me when I was stationed in Italy, to write what's called The Warrior Creed. The army has what's called the Soldier’s Creed. Now, the Warrior Creed, it goes something like the word of God is a standard inspiration from my life. I believe every word it says, I believe what it says about me. I would daily live by the word of God, as the Holy Spirit of God lives in and through me. I'm a man after God's own heart. I've got one man in the group that I lead one of the groups and he says, he's almost insistent that we read the Warrior Creed before we start every single one of our meetings. He thinks it's so valuable because it's the first line. The Word of God is a standard and inspiration from my life. We live in a culture where, where do we get our values? Where do we get our guidance from that we use to make decisions? It's because of our daily living the Word of God, as the Holy Spirit of God lives in through us. So, we look at that because the Soldiers’ Creed, the army values, they have application in our Christian walk every single day. Those that do the study they get to look at that and discuss it and engage it.

 

For the rest of the interview with Col. Trinkle, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

 

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