Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: November
I'm a Big Fan of Grace...and the American Veteran
Hello everyone in the Name of Jesus,
I hope that everyone that reads this is doing well and rejoicing in the goodness and grace of our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ His Son. I’m thankful that God the Holy Spirit dealt with my heart about my sin and revealed to me my need for a Savior. I’m thankful that when I confessed my sin and repented and called on the Name of Jesus to save me that He did just that. I’m thankful that God chose me to be in the ministry when I was probably one of the last people that others would have seen ever being/becoming a pastor. That is grace. God didn’t have to do it, but He did and that is what grace is. It is God’s favor on a person or a people that don’t deserve it, but He does it anyways. My wife, our children, our grandchildren are all a part of that grace; the favor of God on an underserving person. I’m a big fan of grace.
With that being said, I am also a big fan of America and the American veteran. As a veteran myself, I understand the commitment that the men and women who wear the uniform of this wonderful nation have made to the 330 million citizens of this country. They raised their right hands and swore on their lives that they would defend this country, our Constitution and our citizens, “…so help me God.” Active duty personnel are about at 1.29 million, which is about ½ of 1% of the total population of the United States. The number of veterans in America is at about 18.8 million, which is 7.6% of the total population. So, at any given time in our country, only 8.1% of the total population of our citizens are or ever have worn a military uniform and served in the 5 branches of the military or Reserves or National Guard.
This November 11th is Veteran’s Day, so on that day take time and thank those men and women who missed birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other important occasions so that 330 million people could enjoy the freedoms that we as Americans have. Don’t get mad if they ask about discounts. Don’t get upset on the 11th because the Golden Corral, Chili’s and Applebee’s is going to be slammed with us veterans eating a free meal and sharing our ‘war stories’. Here is my complimentary tour on Veteran’s Day: breakfast at Denny’s, lunch at Little Caesars and supper at Golden Corral. I’ll sit at a table with men/women that I’ve never met but we’ll talk like we’re the best of friends.
NOW, you might be thinking, “What has this got to do with church or a church newsletter?” I’m glad that you asked. The scriptures say, and Jesus said this, “Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend.” Veterans understand this and so should believers: the willingness to give our life for something greater than ourselves. That is the essence of sacrificial love.
Next, Paul wrote in Romans, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Vets recognize a fellow veteran, and Christians should be able to recognize other Christians. Just as the military changes a man or a woman from a civilian into a service member, so does the Holy Ghost with believers from unbelief to belief. Our walk, talk and demeanor are different because we have been “passed from death unto life.” I could go on and on; whole armor of God is the uniform of the believer, “If you love Me keep my commandments” as in obeying orders in hand, etc. On November 11th, thank a veteran.
Every Sunday, get to Church and thank the Savior that laid down His life so that we could be a part of His family.
We will be observing our Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday the 20th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll be talking more in Church about what the Fellowship Committee will be preparing and what we will need to bring so keep your ears open at Church and we’ll have a great time of food and fellowship that evening.
I’ll hush now but God bless all of you and we’ll see you in Church on Sunday!
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell