Happy Veterans Day

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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:16-18

November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans. An important purpose of Veterans Day is to pause, reflect, and remember to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

As we reflect on Veteran’s Day, let us sincerely thank our living Veterans, remember our fallen soldiers and loved ones who have gone ahead to their heavenly reward, and be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victories we have shared as a nation. But also honor and thank our Heavenly Father for His great sacrifice by sending His one and only Son, who came to seek and save those who were lost and dying in sin. Jesus Christ died in our place to take away our iniquities and to show the depths of His mighty love for us as His children.

Let us remember to not love with only words or speech but with our actions and in truth.

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11 Reminders of God’s Freedom and Protection:
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." - John 8:36
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm…” - Gal. 5:1
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;" - Ps. 23:4
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” - Is. 61:1
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." - Deut. 20:4
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” - Rom. 8:31
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Josh. 1:9
"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge..." - Ps. 144:1-2
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance.” - Ps. 33:12
"The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." - Zeph. 3:17
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’” - Ps. 91:1-2

Please join me in praying a prayer for those who protect our nation. A prayer offered by a preachers' wife, Debbie McDaniel, for those who have given so much for the U.S.:

Prayer: 
Dear God, We thank you for the freedom You have given to us, and for the price that was paid by Christ so that we could live free. We remember today. The cost of it all. The great sacrifice for freedom. We thank You for the brave who have fought, and continue to fight, so courageously for our nation. We ask for Your blessing over them and their families. We pray that You would be gracious and encircle them with Your peace. We pray for Your great favor and goodness to be evident in their lives. Please be with the men and women in uniform, who serve our communities and nation every day. We ask that You provide your protection, that You would be their guiding force who leads the way, and their rear guard who keeps them safe from behind. We ask that You would draw them to Yourself amidst the dangers they face in a dark world, for you are the Truth, the Way, and the Light. Help them to walk wisely. To stay covered in Your armor. Give them godly discernment. Help them to be men and women of prayer, realizing that You where their greatest help comes from. Help them to stay united and strong, bold and resolute, determined and unwavering. Lord bless all those who wear the uniform, who serve our cities, our nation, our people. Bless their families. Give them your great favor, this day, and every day. Thank you that in our nation today, we are free to worship. We are free to pray. We are free to read your Word. We are free to share. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Help us to stand strong in You and for Your purposes. Thank You that as believers, we can be assured, You never leave us, and You are with us always, in this life, and the next. Amen.
Date: 
Nov 11 2018