D-Day

“Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle hardened. He will fight savagely… The free men of the world are marching together to victory.” (General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944)

It was a day that affected all the world.  It was a day when good and evil would meet on the battlefield.  It was a day that would begin the end of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror.  It was a day when free men around the world cried out that tyranny would not be tolerated.

The time was midnight on June 6, 1944.  Approximately 24,000 paratroopers of the allied armies parachuted into the night over occupied France.  At 6:30 that same morning 160,000 men came ashore in the world’s largest amphibious landing.  5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft were used in the opening day of this march toward Berlin.

Sixty-eight years removed from D-Day many of us think back to perhaps parents or grand-parents involved in that war.  We think of our loved ones, that generation and all who had a part in securing our freedoms, our liberties, our way of life.  Let us determine to never forget and to always remember to show appreciation for those who sacrificed so much for us.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

Jude reported that he desired to write about the faith that was shared by all faithful followers of the Lord.  God did not allow Jude to write that letter but rather had him to write warnings for the brethren.  Jude told of those who were numbered with the brethren but who desired to present a different gospel and to live different lives.

God not only saw the outward manifestations of these brethren but He also saw and knew their hearts and their evil intents.  God had Jude to warn the brethren so the faithful would remain prepared for the ensuing battle.

I thank God for our elders at the Logan Martin church of Christ.  These men, with their hearts and eyes open, lead us in the path of righteousness.  With their knowledge of the word of God, they guide us in the way that leads to Heaven.  With love in their hearts they provide sustenance by which we can grow; they offer protection under which we can live; and they exhort us to exercise our hearts, souls and minds through which we can grow.

The apostle Paul wrote that he was set for the defense of the gospel (Philippians 1:17).  As members of the body of Christ, we are soldiers of the cross of Calvary and we must be set for the defense of the gospel.  We are in a war far more serious than WWII.  The war in which we are involved has eternal consequences.  The war in which we are involved has the ultimate good versus evil.  The war in which we are involved has kingdom of God battling the kingdom of Satan.  The war in which we are involved is for our souls.

Our studies through the book of Revelation show that God has already won the war.  Let us serve on the winning side.

                                                                                                Tim

 

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