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Marine pulls double duty: serving God, Marine Corps

By Cpl. Michael Kjaer | | May 18, 2000

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Marines join the Corps for many different reasons. Whether they stay in four years or 20 , they discover things about themselves and change along the way. Commanders in charge of Marines hold their troops to very high standards; physically, morally and with their work ethic. Two things which are the cornerstones of many Marines beliefs are a love of God and country. Sgt. Jared Muse, an administrative clerk, holds these beliefs, and has taken his devotion to God further than being pious, attending church on Sundays and keeping the 10 commandments. Muse is studying to take an active role in his church as a minister. Muse, whose grandfather is a minister in Oklahoma, has gone to church his whole life, but has been attending the Greater Grace Church of God In Christ for only 10 months. It was at the Greater Grace Church of God in Christ however, that he decided to begin seeking his ministership. I have always felt close to God, but began thinking seriously about becoming a minister first in November, said Muse. I havent been going there all that long, but I feel it is one of the best churches I have ever been involved with. Although he is still studying, he delivered a sermon on Sunday at his church. According to Muse, most if his lesson time is spent praying with his pastor, participating in leadership training, learning lecture style and reading the Pilgrims Progress and The Book of Proverbs. Muse said he will be at MCLB Albany for at least another year, but when he changes stations, he plans to continue his studies. I will have to find another church to continue in, said Muse. I will have to decide where I want to continue my studies, but I dont see this as a problem. I dont really want to leave, but Im looking at it as my chance to spread the Word and my faith other places. According to Muse, he does not plan to get out of the Marine Corps and become a full time minister. He plans to speak at local churches and serve as a guest minister near where he is stationed. Muse said he does not feel that his duties as a Marine will interfere with his faith, and does not believe his faith will conflict with his Marine Corps duties. They do not conflict at all, said Muse. They are not separate though. I think being a minister makes me a better Marine and being a Marine has helped be to become a minister.
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