Champions for the cause of freedom … America’s veterans and their families

Change Guard 2Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.

Paul writes, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:3

The word Paul uses is stratiōtēs, a champion for Christ.

America’s soldiers are champions for freedom. They are also champions for doing what is right.

Paul paid a great price as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.                        2 Corinthians 11:25-27

Many of our veterans have paid a great price to champion the cause of what is right and the cause of freedom.

Our veterans and their families have packed their belongings and traveled to unknown parts of America and the world to serve for a few years, make friends, and then move to another city to do it all over again.

Our veterans have left their families to go to unfriendly lands and returned to broken families, returned without limbs, with illness, or emotional scars. They have missed birthdays, graduations, and family milestones.

Some never returned.

All for the cause of freedom.

I salute all veterans and their families.

Won’t you thank a veteran and the family today for being a good soldier, a champion for freedom?

My prayer for you:

Almighty God, thank You for Paul and all the good soldiers who paid a great price to champion the cause of Christ and the cause of freedom. May America return to You, champion the cause of Christ, and honor those who champion the cause of freedom. May America recognize the great cause our veterans and their families have paid to champion the cause of freedom. God bless our veterans and their families.

2 choices when Jesus asks, “Do you want to be healed?”

Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”  John 5:8

Jesus walks through the blind, lame, and paralyzed to one man and asks him if he wants to be healed. The man gives an excuse rather than the answer “Yes!”

“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”

The man has two choices

  1. Make another excuse,

“That’s impossible!”

2. Place both hands on the ground, swing both legs around, roll up on knees, curl toes under, force legs up, straighten the back, fix eyes on Jesus.

“With Jesus, the impossible is possible!”

It takes courage to obey Jesus and attempt the impossible. When the man decided to do what Jesus commanded him to do, strength surged through his legs and straightened his back, so that he could fix his eyes on Jesus.

And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. John 5:9

It took courage to take up his bed and walk in health. This man had to discount what men would think and exclusively focus upon the walk Jesus had given him.

What is your impossibility? It’s possible with Jesus.

My prayer for you:

Thank you, Jesus, for stretching our faith, so that we have to step into the possibilities that only You can create. It’s Your power, Your love, and Your wisdom that equip us and renew our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Transform us, renew our minds, and renew our bodies, so that in all we do, we point people to You.

What path are you taking for 2013?

Great Wall looking backBut one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

It’s helpful to look back over the year and reflect on those individuals who made a difference in our lives.

It’s helpful to reflect on those defining moments in 2012, and the choices we made.

It’s helpful to reflect on what we’re grateful for.

It’s helpful to look forward into the new year and consider the path that the Lord has set before us.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gracious touch during 2012. Thank You for the people, the blessings, and the defining moments that blessed us throughout the year. Bless, I pray, all Your dear children and direct our paths in 2013. May we sit at Your feet and bask in Your Presence in 2013. Direct our thoughts, our actions, and our choices, so that we bless You and Your children. May we point people to Jesus and give You great glory.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

What path are you walking in 2013?