VIDEO Happy Veteran’s Day

 

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States, the day we honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. These men and women have given up part of their lives and parts of their bodies, to protect the freedoms that we take for granted.

I don’t know if we still have any World War 1 veterans still living, but if there are, they would be over one hundred years old and would have seen more changes in their life times than they ever could have imagined.

My dad is a veteran of World War 2 and he just turned 90 last month.  He enlisted in the US Navy prior to the US involvement and served 6 years, mostly in the Pacific, and left the Navy after the war had ended. The last 2 years of the war, dad served on the largest ammunitions ship in the world.  Had they taken any kind of hit, not only would it have killed everyone on board, but it would have taken out smaller ship within a couple of miles from them.

My dad’s brother spent nearly 4 years in the Navy as the tail gunner on torpedo bombers, and if anyone has studied the aerial aspects of World War 2 they would learn that torpedo bomber tail gunners had a very high mortality rate. God was merciful in protecting him and my dad throughout the conflict.

Other family members that have served include my older brother who served in Viet Nam, my wife’s brother who served in Korea and several nephews of my wife who have served in Iraq and South Korea. She has another nephew who is currently serving as an Army warrant officer helicopter pilot.

I also wanted to serve my country, so I enlisted for 6 years of active duty in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War. I had a guaranteed position as a nuclear weapons specialist. However, during basic training both of my knees swelled up the size of basketballs and I was sent to the base hospital. When they found out that I had torn up my knees riding bulls prior to enlisting, they didn’t want any part of it and forced me to take a discharge I didn’t want and couldn’t fight. I don’t consider myself a veteran, but do have a little more appreciation of what our veterans went through in basic training.

The veterans who have served in different wars have all been faced with some of the same problems when they came home and each had their own unique and different problems to deal with as well. Many of them have had to look death in the face and see their buddies wounded and dying, and that is never an easy thing to handle. Some of them never find a way to handle the horrors they experienced and find living life from day to day is not an easy task.

Others come home to no job and no idea of where to get a job, especially in today’s job market with such high unemployment rates. Those that come back to a spouse and kids struggle to find a way to provide them and life after the service often seems unfair when they can’t.

Others come home missing legs, arms and eyes as well as those that return paralyzed and unable to walk. Their sacrifices are beyond what most of us would do for our jobs, but it wasn’t just a job for them it was their duty and their life. They sacrificed defending you and me.

I hope and pray that on this Veteran’s Day, you take time to thank family and friends who served our country. If you are out and about and happen upon a serviceman or woman, shake their hand and thank them. You have no idea how much that means to so many of them.

If you have the opportunity, contact your local veterans groups and find out how you can help our veterans with your time, your service or your money. Find out if there are any needy veterans in your area and take them a meal or help them with something around their house or apartment. Offer to take them to the store or to the doctor.

Do something to help serve them since they served us. Don’t take your freedoms for granted, but take some kind of action to let veterans in your area know that someone truly appreciates the years they spent protecting those freedoms.

To those veterans who read this, I salute you and thank you for what you did for me and the rest of the nation. I also want you to know that I pray for our veterans as well as our active servicemen and women on a regular basis and will always continue to do so.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

By David Jolly

https://barbwire.com/happy-veterans-day/


100 Years of Heroes | Veterans Day 2018 Special

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Confident Hope

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Dr. William Wallace was serving as a missionary surgeon in Wuzhou, China, in the 1940s when Japan attacked China. Wallace, who was in charge of Stout Memorial Hospital at the time, ordered the hospital to load his equipment on barges and continue to function as a hospital while floating up and down rivers to avoid infantry attacks.

During dangerous times, Philippians 1:21—one of Wallace’s favorite verses—reminded him that if he lived, he had work to do for the Savior; but if he died, he had the promise of eternity with Christ. The verse took on special meaning when he died while falsely imprisoned in 1951.

Paul’s writing reflects a deep devotion we can aspire to as followers of Jesus, enabling us to face trials and even danger for His sake. It is devotion enabled by the Holy Spirit and the prayers of those closest to us (v. 19). It’s also a promise. Even when we surrender ourselves to continued service under difficult circumstances, it is with this reminder: when our life and work end here, we still have the joy of eternity with Jesus ahead of us.

In our hardest moments, with hearts committed to walking with Christ now, and with our eyes firmly fixed on the promise of eternity with Him, may our days and our acts bless others with the love of God.

Make of me, Father, a willing servant in times of weakness and times of strength.

Sacrifices offered to God are opportunities to showcase His love.

By Randy Kilgore 

INSIGHT

When a believer dies, we often comfort the grieving with these words: “He/she is now home with the Lord.” Paul affirmed this same certainty when he boldly declared that when he dies he will “depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23). Paul’s assurance is built upon the very words of our Lord Jesus. As Christ was dying on the cross for our sins, He promised the believing thief, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

What do we know about heaven? Paul saw it, but wasn’t permitted to say anything about it (2 Corinthians 12:3–4), and John saw it but only cryptically described it in Revelation 21–22. But when Jesus described it as “my Father’s home” (John 14:2 nlt), He spoke of the welcome, warmth, and intimacy we’ll find there with Him.

For further reading on heaven, see Our Eternal Home at discoveryseries.org/rd911.

K. T. Sim

The Lord, Our Shepherd

John 10:7-15

In the ancient world, the man who was given charge of the flocks had a challenging job. He had the responsibility of leading the sheep to new pastures and fresh water, defending them from predators, and finding the lost ones when they strayed. But his was a humble job because it was lonely and dangerous. The shepherd lived among the flock and slept across the doorway of the fold to keep the sheep in and the wolves out. This was hard, constant, and thankless work.

Yet Christ sat among His followers and said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11;John 10:14). The modern church misses the impact of those words. We have a rustic but rosy view of Jesus as a shepherd. The sovereign God of the universe humbled Himself and got His hands dirty working directly with beings just as errant, willful, and sometimes dumb as sheep.

Remember you read a moment ago that tending the flock required lying across the doorway of the sheep pen? Well, Jesus did exactly that—He became the door for us (John 10:9). He sacrificed His life for the great flock of humanity so that anyone who chooses to believe in Him may enter God’s fold (John 3:16). And once inside, we are provided for, sought when we wander, and protected from enemies.

Jesus sees Himself as mankind’s Shepherd. Thankfully, we are more than just a herd to Him. He knows everything about each one of us—our name, character, and flaws—and loves us despite all of our imperfections. What better way to show love in return than to know His voice and follow wherever it leads us?

He Does Speak Peace

“And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” (Zechariah 9:10) 

This wonderful prophecy follows immediately after the verse predicting the coming of the Messiah into Jerusalem riding upon a lowly donkey’s colt (v. 9). That prediction was fulfilled by Jesus as He came into Jerusalem on that last Sunday before His death and resurrection (Matthew 21:4-5), but the prophecy in our text was certainly not fulfilled at that time. There have been wars somewhere in the world practically every year since Jesus came. Nevertheless, the day will come when He shall indeed speak peace to all the nations.

Early in the last century the nations had fought a great war that was supposed to end all wars. They celebrated the armistice that ended that war on November 11, 1918, and established an annual holiday called Armistice Day. But many other wars followed that war, so the name was changed to honor the veterans who had fought in any of those later wars as well. However, there is still no real peace in the world.

The fact is that there can be no lasting peace between men and other men until there is peace between men and God. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can make such a peace, for He alone is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Indeed, He has already paid the price to make such true and eternal peace, for He “made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself” (Colossians 1:20).

In that great coming day when He returns to Earth to establish His kingdom, “he maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth” (Psalm 46:9), “and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17). HMM

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners like you and me

1 Timothy 1

Hitherto we have only read portions from Paul’s letters to churches; we now turn to one of his four epistles to individual Christians. It was written to Timothy, who was very dear to the apostle as one of the most affectionate, faithful, and gifted of his spiritual children.

1 Timothy 1:3, 4

Jewish “teachers of the law” introduced into the churches a kind of mystic philosophy, made up of foolish legends, spiritualizings, and ascetical precepts, which Paul did not hesitate to call “old wives’ fables” and “profane babblings.” Timothy was stationed at Ephesus, to do battle with these mischief-makers, and to set the church in order. In these times there are tendencies to absurdities of the same kind, and we should be upon our guard against them. That which pretends to be wiser, deeper, or holier than the word of God must come from the father of lies.

1 Timothy 1:5-7

Some teachers of our own day are for ever raising questions upon points of no practical value. Such vain jangling let us keep clear of, and follow the simple teachings of our Lord Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:8-15

This is a Christian proverb, an axiom of our creed, “familiar in our mouths as household words,” and right well does it deserve to be repeated and received by all mankind.

1 Timothy 1:17

At thought of the grace which saved him, Paul broke forth into a doxology, and well he might.

1 Timothy 1:18-20

Perhaps they were left to follow out the natural tendency of their doctrines under the influence of Satan until they should see by actual experience where their teachings would land them, and would then have grace to repent. May the Lord keep us free from all false doctrine lest we come under the like condemnation.

 

Now to the God of victory,

Immortal thanks be paid,

Who makes us conquerors while we die,

Through Christ our living Head.

 

God’s Rightful Place As Creator

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things. (Revelation 4:11)

We make a mistake if we do not learn to admire God in all things, great and small; for a new rich mine would be opened in our consciousness if we could learn to recognize God in nature as well as in grace!

We do acknowledge that the God of nature is also the God of grace; and it is true that we glorify God’s redeeming grace no less when we glorify His creating and sustaining power. When Christ came to redeem us, He stepped into the framework of an already existent nature.

If we will obey and believe, we can go on pushing back the narrow borders of our spiritual world until it takes in the whole creation of God!

At one time, the English merchant and renowned poet, William Blake, stood watching the sun come up out of the sea. The bright yellow disk of the sun emerged, gliding the water and painting the sky with a thousand colors. “Ah! I see gold!” the merchant said.

Blake answered, “I see the glory of God! And I hear a multitude of the heavenly host crying, The whole earth is full of His glory.'”

 

The Lord’s Free Men

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Rom. 6:14

Sin will reign if it can: it cannot be satisfied with any place below the throne of the heart. We sometimes fear that it will conquer us, and then we cry unto the Lord, “Let not any iniquity have dominion over me. This is His comforting answer, “Sin shall not have dominion over you. It may assail you, and even wound you; but it shall never establish sovereignty over you.

If we were under the law, our sin would gather strength and hold us under its power; for it is the punishment of sin that a man comes under the power of sin. As we are under the covenant of grace, we are secured against departing from the living God by the sure declaration of the covenant. Grace is promised to us, by which we are restored from our wanderings, cleansed from our impurities, and set free from the chains of habit.

We might lie down in despair and be “content to serve the Egyptians” if we were still as slaves working for eternal life; but since we are the Lord’s free men, we take courage to fight with our corruptions and temptations, being assured that sin shall never bring us under its sway again. God Himself giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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