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Good Morning May 27

(Sorry about the previous  posting. I sent the message before I was ready.)

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. This is a day we set aside to remember those who serve in our armed service, and especially those who have given their lives to maintain our freedom. We set aside a number of days throughout the year to remember special events in our history. For example the Jews set up a number of stone monuments at places of importance as they left slavery in Egypt. Fathers would tell their children what God did in those place for the good of His people. Christians have the cross as a constant reminder of the redeeming sacrifice our God has  made  on our behalf. We live near Washington, D.C. a place filled with monuments of our past. Our nation sets aside a number days throughout the year for remembrance – if they don’t become replace by car sales and store bargains. What is the point? It is covered by the simple phrase – lest they forget. Our history is important. The past actions of our Lord, and those of our ancestors, are important for understanding who we are. They give us direction and commitment for our present days. They remind us of the cost that has been paid for us to live life today, thus keeping us from being arrogant and self satisfied. Days of remembrance are important – lest we forget.

Good Morning January 31

Research and technology do a great deal to protect those in our armed services.  We’ve made body armor, vehicles to withstand road side bombs, and all manner of high tech equipment.  This is all necessary for the safety of our troops, as best as we can protect them.  There is an even greater protection that we all need for our daily lives.  It’s called “the full armor of God”.  We really are in a daily spiritual warfare, battling things that would pull us away from the values that honor our Lord.  We are told in Ephesians to, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (6:14-17)  Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation – these are very real strengths we possess from the grace of God.  They must not be neglected.  We have only one offensive weapon – the Word of God.  That above all must be with us daily.  Together, this is a protection greater than anything our technologies can make.