He beareth not the sword in vain!
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."
— Romans 13:1-4
The Old Time Gospel has one political view, that God is the Supreme and Sovereign Ruler of the entire universe and, "...he removeth kings, and setteth up kings..." according to His will. (Daniel 2:21)
Having said that, I am an American, and over thirty-nine years ago at the young age of sixteen, I enlisted in the Armed Forces and proudly served my country. It is therefore, a great privilege of mine to set this page up as a tribute to our Men and Women in Uniform, may God protect and keep them, and may He bring each one to a full, personal knowledge of the true "Captain of the Host of the Lord" (Joshua 5:14).
A Tribute to our Men and Women in Uniform
To our faithful son's and daughter's, we salute you, and pray for your safe return home to your loved ones, "and may the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:15-16
Read this short biography on the General,
General William Booth,
Founder of the Salvation Army.
An excellent essay on the Attributes of God,
The Knowledge of the Holy,
by A. W. Tozer.
If you have need of special prayer, you can fill out our Prayer Request form here. We will be praying with you.
"When my agony of soul was at its height a sentence in a letter was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before... ‘But how do you get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.’
"As I read I saw it all! ‘If we believe not, He abideth faithful.’ I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how the joy flowed!) that He had said, ‘I will never leave you.’ ‘Ah, there is rest!’ I thought. I'll strive in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has He not promised to abide with me, never to leave me, never to fail me? And, He never will!"
How do we get this strength? We get it by fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-3 Amplified Bible reads:
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony of the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance, unnecessary weight, and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher, [bringing it] to maturity and perfection].
He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1]. Just think on Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
By J. Hudson Taylor
Are you prepared to share your faith?
Do you know what you Believe?
TO MY MILITARY SON
Today my heart was heavy,
As I watched you leave.
The moment I've been dreading
Is finally here... it's hard to believe.
As the bus was pulling out,
My eyes began to fill with tears.
Only a mother's heart feels this pain
After raising a son all those years.
I know your duty is to serve when needed,
And you have to go when Uncle Sam calls.
You'll be in my thoughts and prayers,
And your pictures are on my walls.
This is twice that I've watched you go,
Twice in wartime you've had to serve.
Your loyalty and patriotic duty
Could be more than we deserve.
Folks take things for granted,
Just living from day to day.
But when it comes time for war,
They realize who has to pay.
God Bless you, son...
For your willingness to serve.
For there are a lot of others
That don't have the nerve.
Thank you for loving your country
Enough to leave your home this way.
Freedom isn't always free...
There is always a price to pay.
Some people don't care,
Most people really do.
I for one appreciate it,
I wish you only knew.
My prayers are for our country
And all of the military it sends.
I'll fly the flag every day
Until you are back home again.
I pray for your safe return
And send you my love.
Keep your eyes upon God and
Ask for guidance from above.
Written by: Shirley Evans