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God's Rope: Such Great Faith

During the US civil war Abraham Lincoln met with a group of ministers for a prayer breakfast. Lincoln was a man of deep, if at times unorthodox, faith. At one point one of the ministers said, "Mr. President, let us pray that God is on our side". Lincoln’s response showed far greater insight, "No, gentlemen, let us pray that we are on God’s side." If we want to know what God wants us to do, then we must first strive to live a life of conformity to Him.
Sometimes these days, it seems like we try and make God conform to our faith; especially interdenominationally. Everyone seems to have an idea of what God is and what God does.

The past five weeks I have been going through a class called Introduction to Worldviews. In here we learn everything from Christian Theism to Nihilism, Existentialism and the list goes on. But what got me the most was that they lumped ALL CHRISTIANS into one category. No denominations, nothing…just Christians.

I think President Lincoln was on t…

Perseverence

I want to tell you a story about a man. When he was 18, before he graduated high school, he joined the military. When he graduated, actually the day after that, he left for basic training. Everything he knew, changed. The military became his way of life. It was peacetime when he enlisted; only to have the world turned upside down a year and a few months after joining the military. September 11, 2001 turned the world we lived into a living “Hell on Earth” People were scared, angry, vengeful…name an emotion and people probably felt it.

For the military men, and for our guy, his world turned to one he’d never seen before…only talked about. For a month, he disappeared. No phone calls, no letters, no emails, no communication whatsoever. It was the first of 13 trips overseas in 10 years in the military.

One trip, as he was working the flight line, he discovered a faint flame in the engine of an aircraft prepping for take-off. Reacting and not thinking, he called for the tower to stop the pl…

Living a life of Sacrifice...or is it Mercy???

My brother was fortunate enough to meet a man by the name of Col. Robert L. Howard. Does anyone know who he is? By far, he is the most decorated soldier of the Vietnam War. My brother met and visited with this man while in Afghanistan a few years ago. Col. Howard was on tour meeting soldiers because of this commendation which I will now read:

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Our military is full of stories just like this. Yet none are household names. Col. Howard isn't even a household name. Yet, all are heroes for what they do. No, many times, stories of bravery never make it out of combat because the people to tell them never make it back. In Honor of the Men and Women of the Armed Services who either are serving or did serve, I want to thank you for the sacrifice you’ve made. This weekend we honor those who gave their lives so that we could freely worship God in this wonderful country of ours. If you know someone in the military, thank them. They deserve every bit of appreciation you can give. Tod…