May 25, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 22     

The Greatest Are Those Unknown

“Thoughts for Memorial Day”

2 Tim. 2:3 says, “Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

On May 26th in America, we observe a day called “Memorial Day.” It is marked by parades, speeches; flags and flowers are placed on the graves of many servicemen. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, for the purpose of decorating the graves of the Civil War Dead. Now, it remembers all of those who died in the wars our nation has fought. I think as well, we would be wise to remember the “good soldiers of Jesus Christ,” who paved the way for you and me in our Christian lives. Thank God for the good soldiers of Jesus Christ who have fought well, such as those who are mentioned in Hebrews 11. What are some marks of a good soldier? Let me share a few.

He Is A Follower. See Mark 8:34. No one can be a good leader who cannot first be a good follower. In the military there is almost always someone in rank above you, whose orders you must follow. Following Jesus is no option, it is a command. In the military refusal to obey an order is not allowed. Court martial will follow; yet we take obedience to God so very lightly in our daily lives.

He Is A Fighter. He is trained and taught to be aggressive when necessary. He will not cower or retreat in the face of the enemy. He will defend his own honor and that of his country. The Bible tells us to “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). The verb “fight” in the Greek N.T. is present tense (suggesting not letting up) and is in the imperative mode (which means it is a command and not a suggestion).

He Is Familiar. First, he is familiar with the strategy of the enemy (cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11). Secondly, he is familiar with the skills concerning his weaponry (Ephesians 6:10-18). Thirdly, he is familiar with the shadows of his friends (Hebrews10:25). The good soldier is not only looking out for himself, but also for his friends–there is a mutual need for being close to other soldiers as you fight the enemy.

He Is Faithful. He remains true even when he must “endure hardness” as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy2:3). That expression means, “to take one’s share of rough treatment; to suffer or endure affliction together.” It actually means to “suffer hardship in company with”—the good soldier is always true and loyal.

Tom Walker

Things Griped About in 1959

"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20."

"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long when $3000 will only buy a used one."

"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging seven cents just to mail a letter?"
"if they raise the minimum wage to $1.00 nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

"When I first started driving who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon."

"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts are ridiculous looking. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as girls. And their music drives me wild. This 'Rock Around The Clock' thing is nothing but racket."

'Tim afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying a swear word in Gone With The Wind, it seems even movie has that same swear word in it. What's next I ask you'"

"Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $56,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the president."

"Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?"

"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters."

"I'll tell you one thing. If my kids ever talk back to me, they won't be able to sit down for a week."
"Did you know the new church in town is allowing women to wear slacks to their services?"

"The drive-in restaurant is convenient in bad weather, but 1 seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

"It has become too expensive to go on a weekend vacation anymore. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one can afford to be sick any more, $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."

"If the restaurants raise the price of coffee to 15 cents, I'll just have to drink mine at home."

"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it. I'll have my wife learn to cut hair."

"Did you know that our baby sitter informed us she wants 50 cents an hour? Kids think money grows on trees."

"In Remembrance of Me"
Luke 22:17-23
"Song Service "

Mark Your Calendars:

  • May 25th: Fellowship Meal at noon & Song Service at 6 pm
  • June 1: NO Fellowship Meal
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • June 20-July 8: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • June 29: Song Service
  • July 6: Fellowship Meal
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.
  • July 27: Song Service





Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Boyd Previtt
Walt Thompson
Stepheny Bennet’s mother
Patricia Ford
Barbara Gibbs
Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Lillian Comiskey



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Larry Jenson  


 Patrick Ford  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Delbert Leavens



 Jim Treece



 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece

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