Courage, or Obedience?

The First Minnesota, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1863, Don Troiani, via National Guard Bureau.

Courage is always desirable, but it can be dangerous if recklessly pursued. If our God exhorts us to be strong and of good courage, then maybe we should learn how to cultivate the kind of courage He would find admirable.

1 Samuel 15:22; Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; Matthew 8:5-13; Mark 12:28-34

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Music: “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” Gettysburg College Singers, Songs of the Civil War, Vintage Music, 2015.

What Happens When Good People Sleep

Chancellor Adolf Hitler and President Paul von Hindenburg, March 21, 1933, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S38324 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons.

Everyone wants to be a good citizen and a good neighbor, or at least that’s what we should want. But is that enough? Perhaps there is more to living out our Kingdom calling than simply trying to avoid evil.

Jeremiah 5:20-31; Matthew 5:13-20, 23:27-28; 1 Peter 5:5-11

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Music: “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV, by Edvard Grieg, performed by Wiliam T. Strømberg conducting the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Music to Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt, Blikkboks Ltd, 2018.

Citizen Soldiers of Heaven

The Minute Man, Daniel Chester French, Concord, Massachusetts.

Our Messiah won a decisive victory at the cross, but He did not call us to lay down our arms. In fact, He said He had come to bring a sword to the earth, not peace. How can this be? This is another paradox, but the answer becomes clear when we understand the type of warfare He calls and equips us to wage.

Judges 3:1-4; Isaiah 2:2-5; Micah 4:1-5; Matthew 10:34-39; Luke 22:35-38; 1 Corinthians 15:42-47; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6

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Music: “The Minstrel Boy,” by Thomas Moore, performed by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Irish Gold: The Best of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Essential Media Group, 2007.

The Nuts and Bolts of Victory

The ‘Cobra King’ crew — 1st Lt. Charles Boggess, Cpl. Milton Dickerman and Pvts. James G. Murphy, Hubert S. Smith and Harold Hafner — pose for a celebratory photo in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium shortly after the tankers led the armor and infantry column that liberated the city on December 26, 1944. (US Army Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The enemy of our souls is relentless, and his attacks seem never to cease. It’s a weary struggle. How do we win? Or, more appropriately, how do we avoid losing?

2 Kings 6:15-17; 2 Chronicles 32:1-8; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 6:10-13

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Music: “Patton,” by Jerry Goldsmith, performed by The BBC Concert Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra Greatest Hits, Big Eye Music, 2008.

When I’m 84

Alexandra Pennycook, Portrait of An Elderly Couple, used by permission of the artist (http://www.pennycook.com/)

Somewhere in our journey of life, we will encounter others who are growing old. How should we treat them? This is important seeing that eventually others will be asking the same question about us.

Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 23:33; Ecclesiastes 12:1-8; John 21:18-19

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Music: “When I’m Sixty-Four,” by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon, performed by The Hit Co., Love Songs: A Tribute to the Beatles, Planet Music, 2006.