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Honor Those Brave Warriors

Nuggets of Faith:  Honor Those Brave Warriors

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

Memorial Day is a reverent solemn holiday which should be respected by our nation and used to be. Nowadays merchants use it to get more money during all sorts of sales. As a veteran that has always appalled me to use a day to honor dead service people to hock their goods. 
 
Honor and respect need to be taught not caught. Take your children to a national cemetery of one is nearby and explain about those heroes who lost their lives in battle defending our precious freedom. 
 
President Ronald Reagan said “Freedom is only one generation from extinction” and the way many progressive politicians jerk us around not serving us but serving themselves is a farce. Lately some woke professors and teachers have tried to smear the history of these United States and teach that  its’ founders and people were horrible. Stand for the truth or you will fall for anything. God has blessed us so honor those who paid the ultimate price to save America. 
 
PRAYER: Father forgive us for taking freedom for granted. Forgive us for standing for the American flag which also represents religious liberty. Forgive me when I have not spoken up when people are destroying our history. Help me always show honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

A Worshp Lifestyle

Nuggets of Faith:  A Worship Lifestyle

What comes to mind when I mention the word ‘worship’?  Do you think of the way people look upon the Hollywood mega-stars or NFL gridiron giants?  What about the Wall Street investors who seem to worship the stock and commodity markets?  Who can ignore that guy who is always out in the driveway washing and polishing that classic sports car?  Should we use the word worship for those temporal things, or would we be better served to say that people are ‘enamored’ by those things?  Worship is a word that is very overused and cheapened when it’s not reserved for God.

Perhaps when I mention worship, you think of a specific time on Sundays where people assemble in a church building with a hymnbook.  Those hymn collections do not always have the soundest of theology, but they are certainly rich in verbal treasures that grip the heart.  A very famous hymn was penned by a man who had lost his entire family at sea.  Many were written by Fanny Crosby who was blind in sight but, certainly could see levels of spirituality beyond what 20/20 eyesight can bring.

Many battles have been fought over worship.  What a strange thing to say!  We tend to think of worship as an event that starts at 11 am sharp and ends at 12 pm dull.  You might think of holding a tattered hymnal that you pull from the back of the pew so you can try to figure out why only the 1st, 2nd and 5th stanzas are sang in a song.  It makes me feel sorry for the poor chap that wrote the hymn since a couple of the verses he labored over are frequently skipped in the interest of time.

The Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, recently pointed out that 99% of our worship opportunities are between Monday – Saturday.  The hour or two we are at church is our opportunity to worship corporately.  However, a thorough examination of the life and teachings of Jesus demonstrates that our worship of God is not to be a once-a-week event.  For a heart that has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, worship is the natural expression of a grateful heart.  In fact, the great A.W. Tozer stated, “If you’re not worshiping God on Monday the way you did the day before, perhaps you’re not worshiping him at all.” 

The old Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “What is the chief end of man?  Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”  Worshipping God is a way of life.  While many self-improvement gurus will tout the value of yoga, martial arts, meditation and other methods to deal with the stress of hectic lives, the time-tested practice of worshipping the creator of all is a way to take the focus off of our own woes as we praise the King of kings and Lord of lords.  A woman once asked Jesus about the best place to worship.  Jesus responded with a comment about God desiring people that worship in spirit and in truth.  In a world of chaos, find an oasis of worship and as the old hymn states, the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Tony “T-Bar” Barnes is a 28 year veteran of the Marine Corps and Air Force.  He also retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 10 years.  He can be reached at tbarnugget@yahoo.com


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