Freedom Preserved, Service and Sacrifices Remembered

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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives, limbs, health, families, or sanity to preserve America’s freedom.

Thank you to all the men and women, past, present, and future who have served in the military and a special thank you to their families for their very real sacrifices.

We are honored by all that you sacrificed. You have personified the values and priorities of true Americans.

Thank YOU for YOUR service. Because of you, we live in freedom.

 

3 Reasons to Love Others

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In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John 4:9-11

When I describe the love of my Mama and Daddy, I talk about Mama sewing beautiful dresses for me while I was growing up. I tell of the time that Daddy stayed up with me into the early morning hours working on an essay I was having trouble with. I tell of their hard work to make the money last through the month, so that we were comfortable.

I know their love for their children when I remember their actions … their self-sacrifices for us. Through their love, I learned what love looks like and how to love others. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Love Others

You can live with Jesus forever!

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Finally, the time had arrived. Jesus’ time. The time to show Himself as the long-awaited Messiah. The Great Promise!

Jesus mounted a young colt and rode down the Mount of Olives as the crowd hailed Him as King, laying down their cloaks and palm branches before Jesus, their King.

As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:37-38

Word had spread about His mighty works … healing the blind, deaf, and lame; feeding the 5,000, calming the storm, and raising Lazarus from the dead. This Son of Man was the Messiah destined to save all of Israel and set  up His kingdom.

He was born for this. It was prophesied. It was promised.

Psalm 118 was one of the traditional Psalms that the Jews sang during the Passover feast.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. Psalm 118:24-26

Jesus rode the colt on the same route the Passover Lamb took that day.

The LORD is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar! Psalm 118:27

Jesus was the festal sacrifice. It would not be necesary to pay for the sins of the people again with a Passover Lamb. Jesus was the Passover Lamb.

Jesus paid the price, once, for all. All that was necessary to be saved from sin after Jesus was crucified was to abide in Him.

That is the greatest miracle of all, isn’t it?

Our Great God, our Creator God, gave the world the greatest gift He could ever give, His only begotten Son, Jesus, as the One who would pay the price of our sins, death on the cross, so that we could live with Him forever.

In Jesus, we have peace with God.

In Jesus, we can come boldly before the throne of God and call Him “Abba, Father” …

Daddy!

Do you know this kind of love, this wonderful Savior?

You can know Jesus today.

Please pray:

God, I am so sorry that I have sinned against You. I want to know You. I want the gift of salvation that You have for me. Please forgive me of my sins. I want to give my life to You. Teach me how to know You and to abide in Jesus. Thank You for saving me, so that I can live with You forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Your next steps:

  • Tell another Christian that you just gave your live to God.
  • Find a Bible-preaching church and start attending it.
  • Start reading the Bible. You might want to start with the Book of John.
  • You might want to check out the free resources at BlueLetterBible.org.

If you just gave your life to God, please tell us in the Comment Section,
and we will be praying for you.

My prayer:

Father in heaven, thank You for sending Jesus to live among us, to teach us, to perform mighty works for us, to show us perfection, and finally, to pay the price of our sins, so that we would not have to live eternity away from You. Father, Your love is higher, wider, and deeper than we can understand. Your grace and mercy are beyond measure. If there are any who are reading this post who do not know You, I pray for them, Father. Show Yourself to them, and soften their hearts to trust You for their salvation. Thank You for Jesus, our Savior. In His name, we pray.

Please share this salvation message widely with your followers and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom cost everything

WashingtonDC NotesFrom Valley Forge to Gettysburg, from Berlin to Versailles, from Pearl Harbor to Normandy, from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan, American soldiers and their families sacrificed their lives, limbs, physicial and mental health, and relationships for the freedom of others.

Today, we remember their sacrifices and celebrate the freedom that they fought so valiantly for.

Freedom cost everything, and they were willing to sacrifice it for us. Some died, so that we could live freely in America.

When Keith and I returned from three years at Clark AB in the Philippines, we were struck by how different America had become. We stopped at a gas station to fill up my Mom and Dad’s car, and we didn’t know how to put gas in the car. In that short three years, gas stations had gone digital!

In that short three years, we had changed and my family had remained the same, except Softsoap was now in their bathroom. We tried to tell them about the monsoons, typhoons, fear of Keith being deployed to Iran, and fear for safety. They could not understand.

Our service men and women have sacrificed much, and we can only see glimpses of how much those sacrifices cost them.

I can only imagine the sacrifices that Jesus made for me. I can recite those sacrifices, but how can I understand them fully? God died for me. God died for you. For freedom!

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For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:19-20

That freedom cost Jesus everything. More than death. Jesus suffered the humiliation of being beaten and scourged so horribly that He was too weak to carry His cross to Golgotha. Then, He was nailed to the cross and died. A Roman soldier pierced Him with a sword. The Divine Son of God, God Himself, took the sin of the past, the present, and the future upon Him. He became sin, and because of that sin, He agonized as God turned away from Him for a time.

Our freedom from sin cost Jesus everything. But He was the Victor. He rose and took His place at the right hand of God to speak on our behalf!

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1

For freedom, our soldiers and their families sacrificed everything.

For freedom, our Savior sacrificed everything.

My Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You for our military service men and women, our veterans, and their families. Bless them, we pray, with the knowledge of You and with the satisfaction that they have made a difference in America. We are privileged to live in freedom in America. Thank You for placing us here. We are privileged to know Jesus as our Savior. Thank You for giving us the gift of freedom in Jesus. May we bring glory to America and to You. God, bless America richly and turn her back to You!