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Soldiers and Flags


These photos I took at the 2017 Torrance Armed Forces Day parade.

I haven’t been to too many such parades so far, but there’s nothing so encouraging to the patriotic spirit (except maybe a fireworks show) as one of these!

The first few photos show a swearing-in of hundreds of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard cadets.

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IMG_1944IMG_1946IMG_1956IMG_1961IMG_1958IMG_1963IMG_1966These next few tanks and trucks are ones really used by the military today. The announcer mentioned, “If you’re in one of these, you WILL survive, no matter what’s going on around you!”
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With dress swords!

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IMG_2059IMG_2060IMG_2061IMG_2063These kids are from St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, CA, and are the youngest to be associated with the military.
IMG_2068IMG_2070There were even a few historical reenactors! Revolutionary War here.
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Some pieces were on display for a closer look!

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Looking up through a big gun from inside the truck!

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God bless our native land!
Firm may she ever stand,
Through storm and night;
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
By Thy great might.

For her our prayers shall rise
To God, above the skies;
On Him we wait;
Thou Who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry,
God save the State.

-“God Bless Our Native Land”

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War is good for…


Soldier in war

Via Pixabay

I heard someone say the following the other day and wanted to do up a post in response to this common thought.

“War is good for absolutely nothing!”

[…minutes later…]

“Thank You, God, for the freedoms we have and the men and women in our military who protect them.”

…I guess war is good for something, then. Otherwise we’d all be Roman Catholic, saluting the swastika, worshipping the Emperor of the Rising Sun, or some such thing.

It was a Christian leader who said the above quote and it’s crazy because first of all he’s quoting an anti-Vietnam War song that goes hand-in-hand with draft dodging and secular hippies, and then going on to laud the work of American soldiers. It’s an irony that says a lot about the whole issue. You can’t sit in the USA, your freedoms protected by the sacrifices of countless soldiers fighting in wars, and justifiably argue against war. Seriously, you look like a jerk. If you yourself don’t want to fight, that’s understandable and perfectly fine, but don’t go off against war in general. It disrespects those who fought and achieved much good in the world. 

God understands we live in a fallen world full of fallen people because of the innate sinfulness of every human being. He is not against war, or even Christians participating in it. In Heaven everything WILL be perfect; on Earth it’s not. Strife and war have always been a part of our world since Cain killed Abel. While death was never God’s original plan, God gives His servants principles to live by and tells us what to do in the midst of the sin and war that surrounds us in our world.  Sometimes that includes going to war to prevent greater loss.

In the Old Testament, Israel lived in a hostile time and God guided them though many battles. They defended, retreated, attacked, defeated–all under His direction. Yahweh helped Israel win wars, carry out rescue missions, assassinate an overlord, crush hostile enemy nations, decimate heathen populations, and become a formidable force as they walked with Him. (When they didn’t, it was a different story.) Much good comes from war fought God’s way. 

In the New Testament, soldiers came to John the Baptist, who “prepared the way for the Lord (Jesus)” and preached repentance and baptism, asking what they should do. These were average working people asking what God wants, and Luke 3 shows God’s answer proclaimed through John: 

Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.””

If God was unhappy with these men being soldiers, He could certainly have said so. On the contrary, men are encouraged in the Bible to be the physical defenders and protectors of their land and families. Biblical principles are given for all workers to adhere to, whatever their profession. Micah 6:8 teaches, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Now certainly nations go war for wrong reasons, warring over religion, land, or expansion of control. But other times there are clear cut good and bad sides. And whenever an aggressor rises, a defender is needed–someone willing to do battle for the innocent, for freedom, for justice, for peace. War has accomplished much that’s good. 

  • Birthing new nations like America, and freeing many others from their oppressive rulers.
  • Stopping atrocities like the Holocaust perpetuated by evil minds who cannot be reasoned with.
  • Breaking holds of dictators or religious groups like the Holy Roman Empire so citizens have more freedom.

So to those who were or are in the military, thank you. Thank you for all you do to keep our country safe. You are in a profession that God is deeply concerned about. Go to Him for counsel and comfort. He’ll always be there for you, as you are for us.

Valley Forge, PA


Photos from a family trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 

   

 Imagine the Patriot army living in these huts through weeks of bitter winter.   
   
We are blessed to have the heritage of courage, sacrifice and liberty that we do in the USA, and we remember and thank God for those who gave so we could have it. May we cherish and protect what they fought for. 

Animals in their natural habitats


Here’s a post I did on a visit to the Natural History Museum a few weeks back. It was so neat to see the animals as they lived with no human interference. Just them in the places God provided for them.

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A trip to the Natural History Museum!
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What I liked best was the dioramas, with realistic life-sized animals before a painted background of their habitat. These are North American Mammals.

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That is actually a live Emperor Scorpion :O
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Now, the Hall of African Mammals.
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And last, a few gems (literally 😉 ) from the Gem and Mineral section of the museum.
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This is a mammoth from the nearby Tar Pits museum.
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And a family of Saber-toothed Tigers, from the same place.
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Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
~ Genesis 1:31a ~

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“liberty: because”


Why do we have Liberty?

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The American Sniper’s longest shot


An American hero who loved God and loved his country, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was the most deadly sniper in US history, with 160 confirmed kills. His longest shot he credits to God.

In north-central Texas, Kyle grew up dipping tobacco, riding horses and hunting deer, turkey and quail — a cowboy at heart.

He got his first gun at 8 years old — a bolt-action 30-06 rifle.

The son of a Sunday-school teacher and a church deacon, Kyle credits a higher authority for his longest kill.

From 2,100 yards away from a village just outside of Sadr City in 2008, he spied a man aiming a rocket launcher at an Army convoy and squeezed off one shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle.

Dead. From more than a mile away.

“God blew that bullet and hit him,” he said.

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12.13.14


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An interesting and noteworthy date! And here are a couple verses to keep in mind every day of the year.

Times Square and Lt. Col. Francis Duffy


On my awesome trip to New York, which I’ve been blogging about here and here, I got to visit Times Square!IMG_1058
I saw a very interesting thing there—this Cross.IMG_1093
This Cross commemorates Lt. Col. Francis Duffy, the most decorated chaplain in US military history. Lt. Col. Duffy, an Irish Catholic, served with the 69th Infantry/165th Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and in Europe during World War I. IMG_1102
The following is from SixtyNinth.net:

He was most often found along the front lines hearing confessions and saying Mass, as well as visiting and counseling the soldiers. It was by his “ministry of presence” that he had his greatest influence and became an almost a legendary figure. Once the fighting began, he often traveled with a unit first-aid station, providing physical and spiritual care to the wounded and the dying. His presence on the battlefield was inspirational. Duffy was always near the heaviest fighting, exposing himself to constant danger as he moved from unit to unit. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal.

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Holding a Bible.
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It’s so neat that this brave man of God is commemorated in this special, public way!

Read more about Lt. Col. Duffy at NYC Parks and SixtyNinth.

Blessed Thanksgiving!


O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
~ Psalm 107:1

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The exalting of a nation


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Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
~ Proverbs 14:34 ~

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