When I played football as a kid, my main position was offensive line…because I had the spiritual gift of taking up space. But, every once in a while, Coach let…
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The Church and the military have a lot in common. Both involve large groups of people. Both have missions. Both exist for the benefit of others. Both require personal sacrifice.
But they also have one very remarkable difference.
For three years, Dr. George Schaller stalked lions on the Serengeti as they stalked their prey. His observations were cataloged in a book so everyone could learn about African lions.
But one incident he witnessed should help Christians learn about another “lion,” the devil.
Snakes can lead to really big problems, which is why they’re best handled by experts. When ridding themselves of the slithering nuisances, do-it-yourselfers face the risk of getting bit, getting hurt, or even getting killed.
Or, like one woman in Texas, they can even cause you to burn down your house.
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Each Christmas, millions of holiday greeting cards are shared by friends and family members. Those of a spiritual nature usually feature angelic choirs, gift-bearing wise men, a baby in a manger, or some other fond image found in the Christmas stories of Matthew 2 and Luke 2.
But we never see Christmas cards based on Revelation’s version of the Christmas story…and we never will.
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Major General John Sedgwick, better known as “Uncle John” to the men he commanded during the Civil War, was a solid, dependable, and highly decorated military officer. His bravery got him shot in several battles, though he recovered and resumed fighting each time.
That is, until he underestimated a nameless Rebel sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania.