Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

Monthly Archives: May 2014

Please remember Memorial Day

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (KJV)

Of all the American holidays I have the hardest time with Memorial Day for the following reasons:

• I am not American
• I have never served in the US Armed forces
• I have not perished in battle

Although having been military trained I do understand the comradeship and desire to remember those who have fallen in battle, those who were MIA and KIA and those whom who have never returned for various reasons.

When you sign a military contract you sign up for something greater than you think. I will give an example below.

When the solders signed up for the Second World War was it because they agreed with Franklin Roosevelt (or later Harry Truman) or the Korean War, did they do so because they agreed with Harry Truman? Or the Vietnam war did they agree with Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ or Nixon?

You see, when you agree to write that cheque for the balance up to and including your life, made payable on your death should your country regrettably cash it, you do so with a willing heart, and open mind and you do it for something bigger than you, you do it for your country.

That is why I salute those who have been able to give all for their country, I pray that the veterans families that are missing someone, whether that happened today or 50 years ago, that we as Christians remember them, honour their sacrifice and most importantly comfort or tell them that their sacrifice made a difference.

I live in a country that had it not been for some brave men in the later part of the 18th century deciding to potentially sacrifice their own personal freedoms and liberty by willfully circulating and putting their signature on a treasonous document (to the King who had declared rule over them) on a proud old document that is now revered by many Americans (called the Declaration of Independence) then America would most certainly not be the place that I now call home today.

People who we honour today, put their own personal freedoms on the line for the greater good, as you tuck into your BBQ today, please ponder a second what they have done for all of us, the born Americans and the immigrants like me.

God bless and TGBTG

Not your average Mother’s Day blog!


1 Peter 3:1 (ESV) Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

This is the story all about how…(why do I have the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme in my head?) a woman I would later call my wife showed me a change of path that would change my life when she introduced me to my saviour.

Yes this is Mothers Day and yes most if our messages today will be messages of love about their mothers and how they were wonderful, I have them too, but I would rather give you what the LORD has put on my heart.

I went to a church that I normally do not attend today with my wife, my daughter, my parents and my wife’s mother (Radiant Visalia) and this was the text that was spoken, I felt God speaking to me and thought I would share what was laid on my heart.

Is this not “Missionary Dating?”

This article is not one in support of “missionary dating”! What this means for those of you who are unsure is dating a non-believer in order to convert them, this usually does not work and will usually lead to the believer leaving the faith or the relationship will die, not always a good thing!

My wife (now) and I were, (to quote Phil Collins) Against all odds as I truly was not walking with Christ when we first met! However the promises in the Bible are true and do work! I am living testimony to that!

“…so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives…(v1b)”

Won without a word! (And anyone who has ever met me will know I am a storyteller) That was me! When you are sold out for Jesus and infectious, people ask questions, my lady served me, she showed me grace, she won me without nagging, she lead by example, that a what I mean by saying it works! I have personal testimony!

When I met my wife I was a drunken loser who lived his life in a ever decreasing circle of self fulfilment that was leading to my demise! She saw more for me than that and I am grateful for her! I would not be who I am today without her love!

What does this have to do with Mothers Day?

Well almost five years ago, my wee princess was born! She truly was the icing on the top of our family cake. My wife lights up when she can just “be mommy” it is truly a God given calling.

We are also going through “Foster/Adoption” with our local county so I pray that we get through it and as our family gets bigger, then we grow together in love and in the LORD.

I pray this blesses all you mothers as it is not a normal Mothers Day blog.

God bless and TGBTG