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“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭13‬ NIV)

In his book, The Blue and the Gray, James Robertson shares a story about a cowardly Confederate Chaplain:

“We got into a little row with the Yankees a few days ago and our parson, deeming, no doubt, that discretion was the better part of valor, took to his heels when the shells commenced flying and I have not seen him since. A New England officer who had witnessed the same misbehavior insisted that ‘undue susceptibility to cannon fever were ample grounds for the disqualification of a chaplain.'”

Standing our ground can be tough to do. While we may not face a barrage of Civil War cannons, we do face public pressure, peer sentiment, and relational confrontations. The last thing God needs is cowards on the front line, caving in to popular opinion or flat-out false beliefs in order to save face or keep a church pew filled! The right thing will always be the right thing, regardless of pop culture’s windblown preferences!

Being brave isn’t always easy, so let God help you. He gives you the strength to do it, the backing to stand with you, and the healing of the heart afterwards. But caving in to cowardice will always lead to heartache! Stand your ground! You are loved today! 

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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me, that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬ NLT)

There is a place that I love to be. Every year during Thanksgiving, we visit family at Bearden, AR, where my father-in-law pastors a Methodist church. In the bright of the day, with the sunshine passing through the stained glass in the sanctuary, it bathes the room with a warm glow. Coupled with the architecture style inside from generations past, it creates a nostalgia of wonder and peace!

When I sit in that century-old room, it’s like I can feel the generations of Central Arkansas families that stayed faithful to their spiritual post, passing down to each successive generation the faith and beliefs that they themselves had received. And in this very room are future generations of believers being groomed and trained to know what they believe and to stay faithful to the truth, regardless of society’s ever-changing ways.

In a place of continued thankfulness, say a prayer of thanks for countless hands that have helped to pass down the saving knowledge of Christ to you! Beyond persecutions and death, fads and false teachings, it now lies in your hands. Be careful to pass it on to those that follow so that they may share in this blessed legacy too! You are loved today and forever!