God of the Living

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Matthew 22:23-28 The same day came to Him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him . . .“Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven, for they all had her?” . . .

V. 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB?’  God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’”


Last night I was thinking of my brother, Jim, who died recently. During his last days on earth he went through some soul searching and discomfort, though he was a Christian through and through. We shared often over the phone yet I never quite knew exactly how to reassure his troubled spirit. I remember telling him many a time to read the psalms as prayers to God. “The psalms will comfort you and be assured that the Holy Spirit is interceding for you,” I had told him.

Jim knew he would be going home soon and wanted to prepare the way. Ten days later he departed, his spirit at peace and family beside him.

As I reminisced last night, I found myself talking to him and saying I hoped he had prayed the psalms. Almost immediately I realized the folly of my statement. Jim had no more need of comfort or reassurance. He was home!

Yes! Jim is among the immortal, with the GOD OF ABRAHAM, and the GOD OF ISAAC and THE GOD OF JACOB. He has set down mortality and put on immortality. He lives with the God of the living! Amen!

Lest We Forget . . .

Veterans' Cemetery

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Memorial Day:  a day to honor and remember the countless souls who gave their lives for our freedom and/or were among those who lived through the horrors of war only to face the pain and lifelong adjustments of returning to civilian life.  This distinctive day of remembrance also honors the families of the dead and wounded whose lives have been altered forever.  May we never forget the great sacrifices they all have made to secure our freedom and peace.  Thank God for His everlasting mercy and grace upon this great land. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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War Song–1776

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HARK, hark, the sound of war is heard,
And we must all attend;
Take up our arms and go with speed,
Our country to defend.

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Our parent state has turned our foe,
Which fills our land with pain;
Her gallant ships, manned out for war,
Come thundering o’er the main.

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There’s Carleton, Howe, and Clinton too.
And many thousands more,
May cross the sea, but all in vain,
Our rights we’ll ne’er give o’er.

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Our pleasant homes they do invade,
Our property devour;
And all because we won’t submit
To their despotic power.

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Then let us go against our foe,
We’d better die than yield;
We and our sons are all undone,
If Britain wins the field.

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Tories may dream of future joys,
But I am bold to say,
They’ll find themselves bound fast in chains,
If Britain wins the day.

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Husbands must leave their loving wives,
And sprightly youths attend,
Leave their sweethearts and risk their lives,
Their country to defend.

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May they be heroes in the field,
Have heroes’ fame in store;
We pray the Lord to be their shield,
Where thundering cannons roar.

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American Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)

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War of 1812 (1812 to 1815)

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Mexican- American War (1846 to 1848)

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American Civil War (April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865)

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Spanish-American War (April 25–August 12, 1898)

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World War I (August 1914 to November 11, 1918)

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World War II (December 8, 1941 to August 14, 1945)

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Korean War (June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953)

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Vietnam War (1959 to April 30, 1975)

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Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991)

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Iraq War (March 20, 2003 to December 15, 2011)

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Afghanistan War (October 7, 2001 to present)

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