The Power of a Wall

26 05 2015

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This is an amazing Memorial Day tribute from the heart and head of a grateful Navy vet. Rejoice and be glad that we have men like Ron White. God Bless America.

Pastor Dave

 

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Three Important Memorial Day Pictures

24 05 2015

International Picture of the Year

 

Here are three very touching photos honored this year.
 First Place :

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,’ he said. ‘They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’

 
Second Place

 

Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

   

 

 

The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.

 

Third Place

(And the one that really tightens MY throat: )

“Son,on behalf of a grateful Nation,

I present to you the flag

of the United States of America ,

symbolizing your father’s service….”

 

 





Invocation for Memorial Day

22 05 2015

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Heavenly Father we thank you for the grace you have showered upon this land. We praise you for the liberty to worship you, the freedom to criticize our government or its leaders, the assurance of trial by jury, the privilege to vote our conscience in a free election, and so much more. We thank you for our rich heritage and continued blessings. We acknowledge your strength when others would challenge our freedom and way of life.

Today we come with humble heart, moistened eye, and profound thankfulness, realizing that our country’s greatness is sometimes carried on the shoulders of 18 and 19 year olds, led by those in their 20’s and 30’s. We remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion. On land, in the air, or at sea they were proven and found faithful. Some are still missing and it is our prayer that they could be brought back to their native land. Families who carry the memory of a fallen loved one, need your comfort today. Let them sense our united heart of gratefulness and may this encourage them when weak. You remind us in your Word that we are to give honor to whom honor is due and with all our heart, soul, and mind we do just that.

As we immerse ourselves in the music of our nation, contemplate the words of our speaker and stand in awe at the sound of taps, let us do so with a reverent respect and a solemn holy silence.

We ask this in the name of Jesus’

Amen





A Mother’s Faith

10 05 2015

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“I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also”—(2 Tim. 1:5).
Lois and Eunice are not irrelevancies in the story of Timothy. What they were had much to do with what he was, or they would not have been named with this honor. As one missionary put it, “To make a sound Christian of a Hindu you have got to convert his grandmother.”
Nowhere will we find a more wonderful example of such feminine spiritual aristocracy than in the life of Abraham Lincoln. When he was a baby his mother said that she would rather have him learn to read the Bible than to have him own a farm. While the boy was still young, in forlorn poverty that mother died and was buried without religious services at her grave. Afterwards came a step-mother—a most understanding woman. She also desired that Abraham learn to read, and to read the Bible. He did.
So the two women of the backwoods and the cabin of the dirt floor had ambition for the boy and gave him guidance. Who knows how much they contributed to what he became? It may be that some of us who wish we had greater opportunity fail to recognize those we have in the nurturing of faith in our children.

Heartwarming Bible Illustrations.





Invocation for Mother’s Day

8 05 2015

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Glorious Lord God, we worship you, we honor you and we stand in awe of you. We are amazed at your grace, love and faithfulness. We rejoice in your salvation. We thank you for the peace that we have with you through your Son Jesus Christ. We love you this morning because you first loved us. Remind us to rejoice in the Lord always. Help us to know the depth of that simple two-word command, “Rejoice evermore”.

Today Lord, we give recognition to all mothers whom we honor with our attention, thoughts, or  memories. We thank you for special mercies you have given to mothers as they sacrifice for their children. We thank you for the daily wisdom you have given them, still treasured into our adult years. We thank you for their patience, love, nurturing, and understanding. We remember the special care you gave to your mother, even as you died on the cross.

We pray for new mothers as they gaze at the toothless smile of their infant. Give them strength and a sense of awe at your plan for the life of their baby. We pray continuing wisdom and understanding for mothers with children still at home. We pray for aging mothers and their growing needs; give her adult children grace as they become caregivers. We pray for those who suffered the loss of a mother this past year; may they find comfort in memories.

We pray for those among us this morning who carry a private or physical pain, touch them with your healing hand. Give direction to those needing guidance and faith to those who can find no answers. Help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask this in the wonderful name of Jesus,

Amen





Love Does

28 04 2015
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I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.

I used to think I had to act a certain way to follow God, but now I know God doesn’t want us to be typical.

I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.

I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.

I used to think the best teachers wore tweed jackets and smoked pipes, but now I know they flip over and leak.

I used to think God wouldn’t talk to me, but now I know I’m just selective with what I chose to hear.

I used to think I needed to pick sides, but now I know it’s better to pick a fight.

Bob Goff, the author of Love Does.





Slavery in the Bible

9 04 2015

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It is a good question asked by believers and unbelievers alike- “how come the Bible permits slavery”? How would you handle that question? Lawren Guldemond gives some helpful insight.  Pastor Dave

By Lawren Guldemond

In several of his letters, the Apostle Paul gave instruction that Christian slaves should be obedient to their masters, and Christian masters should be fair in ruling over their slaves.[1] Those letters are part of the Bible. Adversaries like to point this out and argue that the God of the Bible is in favour of slavery, and is therefore despicable and morally inferior to modern secular humanists.

If God is real and good, and the Bible is His Word, why doesn’t the Bible contain denunciations of slavery rather than apparent endorsements?

First of all, the Bible does prohibit slavery in its absolute form. Exodus 21:16 proscribes the death penalty for those who enslave others, and for those who buy the kidnapped victims of such slave traders. In his first epistle to Timothy, Paul reaffirms this by including enslavers in a list of denunciations (I Timothy 1:10).[2] Deuteronomy 23:15-16 prohibited giving runaway slaves back to their masters, and commanded that they be given refuge instead. If a master struck a slave and knocked out a tooth or blinded an eye, the slave went free (Exodus 21:26-27). If a master beat a slave to death, it was commanded that the master be punished (Exodus 21:20). Furthermore, the laws of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) mandated that everyone in bondage be set free every seventh year. Taken together, these limitations prevent the kind of unbridled despotism that slave owners practised in the antebellum American South. Observe that every one of these commandments was violated by those who ran the transatlantic slave trade and the southern cotton plantations.

The “slavery” allowed for in the Bible is not equivalent to the absolute slavery imposed on Africans in the New World.[3] The biblical model is better understood as indentured servitude. In a typical case, a free man who is struggling and failing to make a living as an independent farmer on his own land might decide to become a bondservant to a prosperous farmer in order to gain food security. According to Paul Copan:

We should compare Hebrew debt-servanthood (many translations render this “slavery”) more fairly to apprentice-like positions to pay off debts—much like the indentured servitude during America’s founding when people worked for approximately 7 years to pay off the debt for their passage to the New World. Then they became free.[4]

It was a provision for the welfare of those who became bankrupt, that they should become servants to others who were financially stable and competent and could therefore provide for them, in return for their service in labour. Biblical jubilee laws (Leviticus 25) mandating debt forgiveness, release of bondservants, and the restoration of farmland back to the family that had sold it all served to prevent those who fell into debt bondage from being trapped in that estate permanently. (For further reading, see the lengthy discussion of the nature of servitude in Hebrew society and the Gentile societies that surrounded them in the Ancient Near East (ANE) on Glenn Miller’s Christian ThinkTank website)