VIDEO You Raise Me Up * A Veteran Tribute * in Honor of D Day

Apr 6, 2011

We are indebted to the Men and Women in Uniform, Past, Present and Future branches of the Allied and United States of America Armed Forces.

This is a Tribute to those who have served in the pursuit of Freedom and Peace.

It is set to the haunting and beautiful song – “You Raise Me Up”
by Brendan Graham & Rolf Lovland.

Sung by Bel Canto Irish American Tenor, Richard Kerry Thompson.

RKT has sung for his county for over 3 decades, consisting of – U.S.S. Constitution, JFK Library, Ted Kennedy Tribute, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Dayton Flyers, Bunkerhill Monument, US Olympics , US National Cemetery, Korean War Memorial, Boston Harbor Fest, Boston Capitol Hill, USS Cassin Young, Swartz Creek Veterans Memorial and numerous other events and ceremonies.

Please honor our VETERANS and those who serve and served America by acknowledging the sacrifice made – and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives – so we may live in Freedom.

If you you have a picture of your hometown veteran memorial or veterans and wish to share it with the world – please send it to rthompson@swcrk.org – More tributes are being created for our veterans and we wish to include photos from around the nation and world.

Veterans – Thank you – We honor YOU.

God’s Assurance

He Himself has said . . . . So we may boldly say . . . —Hebrews 13:5-6

My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him. The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking, and they forget the meaning of God’s assurance— they forget to take a deep spiritual breath. The only way to remove the fear from our lives is to listen to God’s assurance to us.

What are you fearing? Whatever it may be, you are not a coward about it— you are determined to face it, yet you still have a feeling of fear. When it seems that there is nothing and no one to help you, say to yourself, “But ’The Lord is my helper’ this very moment, even in my present circumstance.” Are you learning to listen to God before you speak, or are you saying things and then trying to make God’s Word fit what you have said? Take hold of the Father’s assurance, and then say with strong courage, “I will not fear.” It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in our way, because “He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you . . . .’ ”

Human frailty is another thing that gets between God’s words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be nonexistent. But remember God’s assurance to us— “I will never. . . forsake you.” Have we learned to sing after hearing God’s keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say, “The Lord is my helper,” or are we yielding to fear?

by Oswald Chambers

Jesus, the Perfect God-Man

John 20:30-31

People’s attitudes toward Jesus Christ tend to fall into three categories. First, there are some who don’t believe He is God. They reject, diminish, or ignore His character and lifesaving work, claiming He was simply a good person. Second, there are some who intellectually acknowledge Jesus is God’s Son but have no personal relationship with Him. Third, true followers believe Christ is Savior (Rom. 10:9). Through genuine faith, believers are made part of His family.

Ephesians 2:1-2 says that before salvation, we all are spiritually dead and living according to our sin nature. Those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus remain in that state. But when a person places faith in Him, spiritual birth takes place; he or she is made alive in Christ and becomes a new creation who is no longer to live according to the flesh (John 3:3; Eph. 2:5; 4:24).

Our position in the Lord affects everything about us—attitudes, emotions, conversation, and conduct. The ungodliness of our culture no longer fits who we are. As believers, we are to grow in Christlikeness, embracing ideas, thought patterns, and activities that please God, while rejecting all others.

Jesus is the perfect God-man, who willingly took our sins upon Himself and experienced divine wrath in our place. God accepted His death as full payment for our sins, and He raised Jesus from the dead to a position of divine glory (Eph. 1:20). His Spirit now lives within us. So understand who Jesus Christ is, and let that knowledge strengthen your commitment to be like Him.

Paul as Our Example

“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)

The apostle Paul many times urged his readers to follow his example in living the Christian life. To the Philippians, Paul said: “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Philippians 3:17).

The initial reaction to such exhortations is to think of Paul as arrogant. To the believers in the Corinthian church, he said: “Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me” (1 Corinthians 4:16). To those at Thessalonica, he said: “For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you. . . . Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-9).

At the same time, Paul considered himself to be “the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle” (1 Corinthians 15:9). Later he called himself “less than the least of all saints” (Ephesians 3:8), and finally he said that he was even the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).

In no way was the apostle Paul an egotist. Nevertheless, he knew that his converts needed an example to see, as well as precepts to learn. The Lord Jesus Christ, of course, is our real example (1 Peter 2:21). But by living a life patterned after Christ, however, Paul could say: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

People need to see Christ in the lives of their Christian leaders. By the grace of God, we also need to live as Christ did, so that when people follow us, they also will be following Christ. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). HMM

And now I exhort you to be of good cher

And now I exhort you to be of good cher.—Acts 27:22.
I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.—Psalm 9:2.

IF you have a murmuring spirit, you cannot have true cheerfulness; it will generally show in your countenance and your voice. Some little fretfulness or restlessness of tone will betray it. Your cheerfulness is forced, it does not spring
up freely and healthily out of your heart, which it can only do when that is truly at rest in God, when you are satisfied with His ways, and wishing no change in them. When this is truly your case, then your heart and mind are free, and you can rejoice in spirit. PRISCILLA MAURICE.

Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray to Him to give us the spirit of ever-abundant, ever-springing love, which
overpowers and sweeps away the vexations of life by its own richness and strength, and which, above all things, unites us to Him who is the fountain and the centre of all mercy, loving-kindness, and joy. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN.

He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust

He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.Psalm 103:14

The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? — In him we live, and move, and have our being. —Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Genesis 2:7. Psalm 139:14-16. Malachi 2:10. Acts 17:28. Psalm 103:13. Psalm 78:38,39.

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants. Luke 17:10

Where is boasting then? It Is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. — What hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? — By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

By the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. — For of him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things. — All things come of thee and of thine own have we given thee. Enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Romans 3:27. 1 Corinthians 4:7. Ephesians 2:8-10. 1 Corinthians 15:10. Romans 11:36. 1 Chronicles 29:14. Psalm 143:2.