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11/5/17 – Not In Denial

Veterans’ Day (November 11th) differs from Memorial Day—a remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. By contrast, Veterans’ Day honors living service-people who put their own lives in harm’s way. We value their loyalty to these United States of America: e pluribus unum (out of many, one).

How distressing it is that some American citizens delight in dishonoring Old Glory, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Star-Spangled Banner. They abuse the freedom that was won and preserved under the red, white, and blue. They are in denial.

The Lord also values loyalty. Paul challenged his protégé, Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:1-13 not to abandon his post. Paul had just mentioned two that went AWOL (Phygellus and Hermogenes). Elsewhere, he discusses Demas, who also had forsaken him. Of course, we remember Peter’s three denials the night before the cross.

What does Paul say would happen if Timothy were to deny the Lord? His words must be in harmony with those of Jesus, “whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father.” Do Jesus and Paul say that one must persevere to the end to be with the Lord forever in heaven? This passage has much to teach us about grace-period.

I am looking forward to sharing the Word of Life with you this Sunday,
– John Niemelä

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