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Make Veterans Day a Day of Service

Honor our nation’s veterans either as an individual, unit, or department by participating in activities and events that show our appreciation for our country’s heroes.

For Veterans Day — and every day, the American Legion Auxiliary encourages Americans to take the time to thank veterans, servicemembers, and their families, and engage with them in meaningful ways which recognize their sacrifices for our nation. One way to do that is to make Veterans Day a time you commit to volunteering for a worthy cause. Make Veterans Day — Nov. 11 — your Day of Service to others!

Why serve on National Days of Service?

National Days of Service are a great way for you to help make a national impact while serving your local community.

Why should ALA members get involved in National Days of Service?

National Days of Service are terrific ways for American Legion Auxiliary units and members to fulfill ALA’s nearly century-old tradition of selfless service while introducing the Auxiliary to our communities. It is important that the American Legion Auxiliary members spread the word about ALA’s mission of honoring and helping our military heroes and their families.

Here’s an added benefit: Since National Days of Service tend to attract media attention, ALA members’ participation in activities and events at these times are chances for the Auxiliary to get positive publicity for our service to veterans, servicemembers, military families, local youth, and our communities.

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Not sure how you can serve on Veterans Day?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

(information from www.veteransunited.com/network/honoring-those-who-served-11-ways-to-celebrate-veterans-day)

At home

  1. Organize a care-package packing party. If you don’t know someone currently stationed overseas, work with your unit/district/department to identify troops in need. Also, become familiar with what deployed troops really want in their care packages.
  2. Visit a veterans’ hospital. If you don’t have a local VA office, contact an assisted living or nursing home facility nearby. Chatting with elderly or injured veterans can brighten their day, plus you’re likely to hear some fascinating stories about their time in the service (if he or she wants to talk about it). Flowers, cards, or an activity might be a pleasant surprise for them. Before your visit, ask hospital officials if it’s ok to bring something at the time of your visit, and what would be an appropriate activity or gift for the veteran(s) you are visiting.
  3. Get creative. For young children, a fun project is a great way to start teaching about the holiday and its importance.

At school

  1. Encourage your child’s teacher to develop a Veterans Day lesson plan. A timeline or short writing project is a great way for students to learn about the holiday’s history. Consider organizing a creative writing contest with the theme of Veterans Day. Talk with school officials to get their approval, and to learn their requirements for such projects. You may find willing volunteer judges among student organizations, local veteran organizations, active duty military personnel, reservists, teachers, or professors at a local university.
  2. Invite a veteran to speak to students about what it’s like to be in the military. Don’t know any veterans to invite? Contact your local VA office’s public affairs department. Someone there might be able to identify a possible guest speaker. There are many veterans who work at VA facilities and would be happy to speak to students.

At work

  1. Wear a red poppy to show support for veteran and active-duty servicemembers. The American Legion Auxiliary distributes red crepe paper poppies throughout the year, notably on National Poppy Day®, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day nationwide. Many of the poppies are handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, and donations received in exchange for the flowers go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities. Contact your local American Legion office to find out where you can get one in your community.
  2. Take time out of the day to acknowledge veterans in your workplace. Consider an office-wide coffee break featuring patriotic-themed snacks and treats, such as these remembrance poppy cookies (information about these cookies can be found in the Members Only section of the ALA website, which is accessed by logging in). During the event, make sure to recognize each employee who is a veteran. Plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss anyone.

Honor veterans year-round

  1. Celebrate with service. Show your gratitude throughout the year in personal ways, such as  by offering a veteran, servicemember, or military family a home-cooked meal or by giving them a thank-you note. You could also volunteer for a worthy cause as a way of honoring their service.
  2. Support veteran-owned businesses. It’s not always easy to identify which businesses are founded or operated by veterans. Contact your local chamber of commerce to see if they have any resources and check out this post to help you find veteran-owned businesses near you.
  3. Express thanks. Whenever you see someone in uniform, extend a word of gratitude or perform a small act of kindness to show how much their service means to you.
  4. Send a card. Start compiling a list of names and addresses of veterans you know and send each of them a thank-you card this year. Continue building your list and make a tradition of sending cards each year.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, servicemembers, and their families. The nonpartisan organization, founded in 1919, is committed to advocating for veterans’ issues, mentoring America’s youth, and promoting patriotism. It was founded to advance the mission of The American Legion, incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans service organization. Learn more at www.ALAforVeterans.org.

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What kind of Christian service will God reward?


A Short History of the Poppy

https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/documents/American%20Legion%20National%20Poppy%20Day%20In%20Flanders%20Fields.pdf

http://www.morpoppy.com/Poppy-History_ep_41-1.html

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His Presence

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

The anxious father and his teenage son sat before the psychic. “How far is your son traveling?” the psychic asked. “To the big city,” the man replied, “and he will be gone for a long time.” Handing the father a talisman (a kind of good-luck charm), he said, “This will protect him wherever he goes.”

I was that boy. However, that psychic and that talisman could do nothing for me. While in that city, I put my faith in Jesus. I threw away the talisman and clung to Christ. Having Jesus in my life guaranteed God’s presence.

Thirty years later, my father, now a believer, said to me as we rushed my brother to the hospital, “Let us first pray; the Spirit of God goes with you and will be with you all the way!” We had learned that God’s presence and power is our only security.

Moses learned a similar lesson. He had a challenging task from God—to lead the people out of bondage in Egypt and into the Promised Land (Exodus 3:10). But God assured him, “I will be with you” (v. 12).

Our journey too is not without challenges, but we’re assured of God’s presence. As Jesus told His disciples, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

When the journey seems long and dreary, dear Lord, help me to remember that You are traveling with me.

There’s no need to fear where you’re going when Jesus is going with you.

By Lawrence Darmani 

INSIGHT

For the enslaved Israelites, part of the reality of God’s presence was evidenced in His awareness of what they were suffering. In Exodus 3:7 we read, “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.’ ” This should be encouraging to us as well. In our own seasons of struggle and pain, knowing that God is intimately aware of our suffering is the first step in trusting Him for the help and strength we need to endure. Not only does He see the struggle of His people, He moves to act on our behalf. In an ultimate sense, this is the same compassion that fueled the cross—He knows the depths of our brokenness and, in Christ, has provided a way of rescue.

Bill Crowder

The Benefits of Devotion

Psalm 141:1-4

Do you think of yourself as a person of prayer? In other words, does your devotion to the Lord express itself in a desire to be with Him, to bring Him all your concerns, and to know Him more deeply?

David was a man of prayer. Whether he was facing threats, confessing sin, or voicing praise and gratitude, his consistent habit was to call out to God. The result of his devotion was an intimate relationship with the Lord.

When we are serious about prayer, we too will discover increasing intimacy with God. As we spend time talking with our heavenly Father and reading His Word, we’ll start to see the world from His divine perspective—things that matter to God will become our concerns as well, and our petitions will increasingly reflect His interests and desires. Then as we see prayer requests answered, faith will strengthen and our heart will overflow with gratitude and love.

In time, the discipline of prayer and consistent exposure to Scripture begins to have a purifying effect upon us. When we allow regular study of God’s Word to fuel our communion with Him, the Holy Spirit implants His truth deep into our heart. As the Lord reveals personal areas of ungodliness, the Spirit gives us power to change. What’s more, we learn to recognize where to become involved and how to invest our time, finances, and spiritual gifts in His work.

The benefits of prayer are many, but greatest of all is the joy derived from being with the Lord whom we’ve grown to know and love.

Be Filled and Fulfilled

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (Colossians 1:9) 

In this prayer, Paul sought for the Colossian Christians the full knowledge of the will of God. For the Christians at Rome, he prayed they might be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). For the Ephesians, he prayed they “might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19), and then urged them to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). He wrote to the Philippians, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; . . . Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11). For the Colossians, he also prayed for their “full [same as ‘filled with’] assurance of understanding” (Colossians 2:2).

Together, all these prayer requests constitute an ideal description of a complete Christian—an ideal for which we should all strive and pray—both for ourselves and for others. Summarizing again, the list is as follows:

• “[Filled] with all joy and peace in believing.”
• “Filled with the fruits of righteousness.”
• “Filled with the knowledge of his will.”
• “Filled with the Spirit.”
• “Filled with all the fulness of God.”
• “[Filled with] assurance of understanding.”

It is also worth noting that the Greek word for “filled” is the same as for “fulfilled.” When a Christian is “filled” with all these wonderful realities, he becomes a “fulfillment,” as it were, of God’s purpose in creating and redeeming him. His ultimate goal, of course, is to measure up to “the fulness of Christ” Himself (Ephesians 4:13). HMM

The Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means

2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3:2

Unreasonable men are almost as troublesome, and quite as dangerous, as those who are really bad; and men who are false and faithless are, above all, painful to deal with.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

God is faithful; this is the great antidote for all the ills inflicted on us by evil and unfaithful men.

2 Thessalonians 3:5

They had been hasty in expecting the Lord to come at once, he now bids them be patient in their waiting. They were to look for the Lord soberly and patiently, and not as those fanatics did who ceased from their labours and neglected their lawful callings because they deemed that the end of the world was near.

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 7

Paul and his friends had not acted in a fanatical manner and neglected sober, orderly labour, and he quotes his own example against the disorderly ones at Thessalonica. When men or women neglect their work on the pretence of religion they are acting improperly, and ought not to be countenanced by honest Christian people.

2 Thessalonians 3:8-10

Laziness is sin. There is bread for the industrious, but none for the idle. May none in our household ever disgrace themselves and us by being sluggards.

2 Thessalonians 3:11, 12

Some eat other peoples bread almost all their lives. It is pleasant to help the needy, but it is a hard tax to have to support the indolent. Young people should strive to ease their parents as soon as possible of the task of supporting them, and receivers of the alms of the church should make conscience of never receiving a penny more than they absolutely need.

2 Thessalonians 3:15

Members of Christian churches have solemn duties to each other, for purposes of mutual discipline. If a man be regarded as a brother he is to be treated as such, but if he errs he is not to stand on the same footing as to converse and confidence as those who walk in an orderly manner. There must be love to him as a brother, but he must be made to feel that his sin grieves us.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

This devout wish seems even now to whisper over this family its gentle benediction. “The Lord be with you all” is a blessing fitly falling from an apostles lips, and to it the holiest of men may joyfully say Amen from their very hearts.

 

Enrich us with thy blessing Lord;

Help us to feed upon thy word;

All we have done amiss, forgive,

And let thy truth within us live.

 

Though we are guilty, thou art good:

Wash all our works in Jesus’ blood;

From every burden grant release,

And fill us all with perfect peace.

 

Must Have Moral Determination

He was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (Acts 11:23)

Though we do not have much of it in this age of spineless religion, there is nevertheless much in the Bible about the place of moral determination in the service of the Lord.

The Old Testament tells us that “Jacob vowed a vow,” and Daniel “purposed in his heart.” Paul determined “not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” Above all, we have the example of the Lord Jesus “setting His face like a flint” and walking straight toward the Cross. These and many others have left us a record of spiritual greatness born out of a will firmly set to do the will of God!

They did not try to float to heaven on a perfumed cloud, but cheerfully accepted the fact that “with purpose of heart they must cleave to the Lord.”

We must surrender—and in that terrible, wonderful moment we may feel that our will has been forever broken, but such is not the case. In His conquest of the soul, God purges the will and brings it into union with His own, but He never breaks it!

 

Walk Without Stumbling

“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved.” Ps. 121:3

If the Lord will not suffer it, neither men nor devils can do it. How greatly would they rejoice if they could give us a disgraceful fall, drive us from our position, and bury us out of memory! They could do this to their heart’s content were it not for one hindrance, and Only one: the Lord will not suffer it; and if He does not suffer it, we shall not suffer it.

The way of life is like traveling among the Alps. Along mountain paths one is constantly exposed to the slipping of the foot. Where the way is high the head is apt to swim, and then the feet soon slide: there are spots which are smooth as glass, and others that are rough with loose stones, and in either of these a fall is hard to avoid. He who throughout life is enabled to keep himself upright and to walk without stumbling has the best of reasons for gratitude. What with pitfalls and snares, weak knees, weary feet, and subtle enemies, no child of God would stand fast for an hour were it not for the faithful love which will not suffer his foot to be moved. “Amidst a thousand snares I stand Upheld and guarded by thy hand; That hand unseen shall hold me still, And lead me to thy holy hill.”

 

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