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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.

Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Vintage TV Shows


Barney Milton Fife? Singing Cartwrights? Lucy Ricardo beat President Eisenhower in what? Loved reading through these fun facts on vintage TV shows 🙂

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Surprising Facts From “The Andy Griffith Show”

Andy Griffith Show Via Wikipedia

  • Andy and Barney were first introduced as cousins, but that concept got scrapped by the end of Season 1.
  • Opie really didn’t throw that rock during the theme song; it was a crew member.
  • The well-loved whistled theme song is called “The Fishin’ Hole.”
  • Barney gave his middle name in some episodes as “Milton,” and on others as “Oliver.”
  • In addition to starring as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith won a Tony for his work on Broadway, and starred as the title character in the TV detective drama Matlock.
  • The police car on the show always looked new because the producers were given a new model whenever the nearby dealership got one.

Read more here!

Surprising Facts From “Bonanza”

Bonanza cast Via Wikipedia

  • The actors all sang on a album called Christmas at the Ponderosa.
  • Pernell Roberts, the actor who played Adam, actually…

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From church this morning 🙂

Literary Picture Quotes #6: LOTR Heroes


It’s been a while since the last Literary Picture Quotes, so I’m posting several this time 😉 Made purely for inspiration and enjoyment 🙂
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Rio Recap


Just a few great moments from America’s stellar and record-breaking performances  at the 2016 Rio Olympics. All photos are from Getty Images.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.

Katie Ledecky is making a name for herself as a world record setter and breaker, and won more medals than any other woman at the Rio Games.

Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold in Olympic swimming, with a win in the 100 meter.

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kochian, and Gabby Douglas soared to worldwide attention and victory in women’s gymnastics.

The American men’s and women’s teams won both 4 x 400 meter track & field relays, with English Gardener and Tori Bowie starring.

Ashton Eaton became best all around athlete by winning the decathlon.

America ended up with the most medals, 121: 46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze.

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. 

Rough and Ready’s secession


Rough and Ready is a little town of just under a thousand residents in northen California.

In 1850, it was a mining town with 3,000 residents. To avoid alcohol laws and taxation they deemed unfair, they seceded from the Territory of California and the United States! Tempers were high and a Mexican War veteran with a devoted following led the effort which resulted in the Great Republic of Rough and Ready. This was a short-lived independence, however. Dealing with complications of being a tiny landlocked foreign nation, townsfolk voted to rejoin the Union 3 months later.

Today, Rough and Ready is proud of and clings to its old Western heritage, including an annual festival known as the “Rough and Ready Secession Day,” on the last Sunday in June.

Read more, including details on the upcoming (free!) festivities, here.

Stitches though history


An interesting little piece on embroidered samplers, from a crafting magazine. Just had a little time to leaf through it, but I wanted to share this with you!
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From Issue #2 (September-October 2013) of Stitch-It…today

Literary picture quotes #5: Resurrection


C Easter 1 rain

C Easter 2 purple daisies

Blessed Resurrection Day!

SuperBroncos!


Celebrating with my Denver Broncos over their Superbowl 50 victory! Peyton Manning’s leadership, a stellar defense, successful field goals, and a team effort carried them to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Here are some records and incidents of note:

•Manning is the only quarterback to win 2 Superbowls with 2 different teams (his first was with the Inadianapolis Colts in 2007)

•Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is the first person to win Superbowls as a player, then as a coach for the same team

•The Broncos won with the fewest number of offensive yards of any Superbowl

•Bronco Jordan Norwood had the longest punt return in Superbowl history

•Manning now has the most wins of any quarterback – 200 games won

•Manning is also the oldest quarterback to win a Superbowl

•Superbowl 50 was the most watched program in TV history

•Over 1 million people turned out for the victory parade in Denver

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Norwood's punt return

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The Denver defense forced Newton to fumble twice

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Manning with Von Miller, MVP

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United in Orange!

Pictures from the Denver Broncos’ Facebook page.

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