>Atten – tion!

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“The true Christian is called to be a soldier, and must behave as such from the day of his conversion to the day of his death. He is not meant to live a life of religious ease, indolence and security. He must never imagine for a moment that he can sleep and doze along the way to heaven, like one traveling in an easy carriage. If he takes his standard of Christianity from the children of the world, he may be content with such notions; but he will find no countenance from them in the Word of God. If the Bible is the rule of his faith and practice, he will find his course laid down very plainly in this matter. He must fight.”

~ J.C. Ryle

>Forgiveness – Better Late Than Never

>Thanks to a good friend, I watched this video with tears. I served in Vietnam ’68-’69 attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry. At this point I’ve no desire to return. But I’m glad this man did, and am so grateful for the forgiveness Christ purchased (at such a horrific cost) for those who repent and trust; and will continue to strive to obey His command to “pass it on” – “forgiving one another even as God in Christ Jesus has forgiven you.”
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>Life is War – Maintain Communication!

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John Piper offers a crucial reminder:

“Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that.

Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth.

Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den.

God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of front-line forces, and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider.

The one who gives the power gets the glory. Thus prayer safeguards the supremacy of God in missions while linking us with endless grace for every need.”

>No Undinged Knights

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There will be no “knights in shining armor” in God’s kingdom; our armor
will have many dings and dents. No, no perfect Hollywood heroes will
ride to save the day; just wearied saints to look to God and, in
weakness, find Christ’s strength. This, indeed, is the essence of God’s
kingdom: divine greatness manifest in common people.

Francis Frangipane

>"Against" What? or "Against" Who?

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Forty years ago I was in Vietnam, attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Forty? Good grief! What is such a young guy doing in such an old body???

I was not a follower of Christ. I was into a lot of garbage. Vietnam was a lot like my subsequent years in prison – I learned a lot there, but I don’t wanna go back.

And though it was a different war against a different enemy, it gives empathy to our troops serving in warzones today.

And I am thankful – once again – that the people who are “against” the current wars are, in large part, not “against” the warriors.

It’s not unlike being “against” sin, but not “against” sinners.

And I encourage you to ponder that last sentence, examine what (who?) you are “against,” and leave some thoughts in the comment section.

And…of course…even as we celebrate memorial day…let us never cease to wonder at the memory of the One who loved us so much He would rather die than be without us…