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Thank You, Veterans!

November 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

veterans-day-shadowIf you’re really still and quiet you can hear them in the distance — the sounds of artillery and grenades exploding against the night sky. And every pop represents a person, a man or woman engaged in a battle for our continued freedom in an increasingly hostile and volatile world.

These are soldiers on a mission, just another wave of military combatants building on the legacy of those who have proudly served their country for generations before.

Today I salute those men and women who have served our country so well — our veterans. It has been said many times that freedom isn’t free. And these folks know that all too well, having experienced first-hand the horror and grief of watching comrades die in battle.

Ask most children today who their heroes are, and you’ll likely hear a barrage of names from professional athletes to Hollywood celebrities to cartoon characters.

I love my country. That’s why my heroes are America’s veterans. They represent the best our country has to offer. They have served us well and faithfully. And although they have given so much of themselves for us, I often wonder exactly what we have given them in return.

On this Veterans Day, if you value your freedom, take time out to offer your gratitude to those who have served our country — and your steadfast prayers for those who currently serve.

[Re-posted from the archives, 2009]

IT’S YOUR TURN!
How will you mark Veterans Day?

graham-bday-2013-editedToday marks the 95th birthday of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. And in keeping with his call to carry the Good News of Jesus Christ to people of all walks of life, over the next several days Rev. Graham will present a 30-minute broadcast on select cable networks and other television outlets. (Click here for TV listings.)

Through a year-long effort called ‘My Hope,’ the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has enlisted the support and partnership of thousands of churches all over the United States and Canada to share the message of Christ’s redeeming love. Rev. Graham’s ‘lifetime audience’ (including radio and television) was, as of 2008, an estimated 2.2 billion! Through his pre-recorded broadcast message this week, the famed preacher will speak what he believes will likely be his final message to millions all over North America.

I’ve never had the opportunity to see Graham in person. However, I remember sitting with my family as a young child listening to the unmistakable timbre of the passionate orator’s voice as he delivered God’s Word right into our living room via our large wooden console television. Ah, yes, those were the days. His crusades were always packed with many thousands of people, and his invitations to ‘accept Christ as Lord and Savior’ resulted in some 3.2 million professions of faith. While times and technology have unquestionably changed, the timeless truth of the gospel remains as relevant today as it has ever been.

graham-quoteThough increasingly frail and weakened with age, Rev. Graham’s prayer life is as strong as ever. In recent years he has admittedly grown deeply concerned about the spiritual condition of our nation. One word summarizes the beloved evangelist’s desire to speak one more time: urgency. Essentially, Rev. Graham has sensed God calling him to deliver a message to the people here in the US and Canada. Click here to read a touching article about the filming process for ‘My Hope.’

You might have stumbled upon this post at random, but I can assure you that it’s no accident. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Billy Graham, or you’ve never even heard his name, I urge you to take just 30 minutes out of your schedule at some point over the next few days to watch ‘The Cross.’ Having seen the program in its entirety, I can tell you that it is an incredibly powerful message that I know God will use to change many, many lives. You can preview it here — or watch the full message by clicking the graphic below:

IT’S YOUR TURN!
How has the ministry of Billy Graham impacted your own life and spiritual journey?