Happy 4th of July!

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The Blood of Heroes Wins Freedom


American, our freedom and independence has been purchased for us by the blood of many heroes.

On this Independence day I heard the booms of the firework filled canons and imagined those with a bloody explosion of ammunition -- that echo through history -- fighting battles and forging freedom at a grave price. I saw a flag illuminated triumphantly but remembered images of flags tattered and torn from the fight as the light fades.  It is true that many men were obedient to attain victory but they were also obedient unto death for our country's freedom. 
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) So what's our response?

Hundreds of years later, have we grown calloused, unappreciative, or even unpatriotic? Doesn't our pride and passion for the liberty won wane?

I believe it's true for the cumulative American. Let's not forget the reality of the sacrifice endured for the festivities that we now celebrate.  BUT, is it not also true for the disciple of Christ?

Jesus, God in the flesh, endured the most horrific death in history to win the greatest victory in history. Obedient unto death, even "the" death fore-known. Hardly did he embody the mild lamb we often picture; the bruised and beaten, battle stricken, wounded Jesus paid the bounty with his life for the Freedom of all men, everywhere... forever. But his physical death, as gruesome as it was, doesn't display the depth of his suffering as the sin sacrifice for the world. His battle wasn't won by earthly domination, but by earthly sacrifice. His blood - the blood of "the" Hero won our Freedom, forever. 

 

Don't let your passion wane for his victory won!!
Celebrate it daily!

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Respectfully, the Pre-2003 Army Soldier's Creed has been adapted below for the Christian. Are we not called as a disciple to be a soldier of Christ? A soldier not victorious in the shed blood of others but in the finished shed blood of Jesus Christ - that we might love others, even our enemies, and even unto death.
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The Christian Soldier Creed

 

“I am a Christian Soldier. I am a member of the body of Christ – a representative of the one and only greatest God on earth. Because I am fully satisfied in Christ’s work, I will always act in ways creditable to Him whom I serve.

I am proud of my God. I will do all that I can to make his name be known as the finest in all the earth.  I will be loyal to Him and to those with whom I serve. I will do my full part to carry out the orders and instructions given to me (mainly to love God and love others).

 

As a soldier, I realize I am a member of a time honored brotherhood—that I am doing my share to spread the principles of freedom for which Jesus Christ died.  No matter what the situation, I will never do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety which will disgrace my faith, my Savior, and my God.  I will use every means I have even beyond the line of duty, to restrain my fellow brothers from actions disgraceful to themselves and to God.

I am proud of my Savior and my God and I will try to point all people to the glory of the God I represent, for I am a Christian soldier.

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The blood of Christ, the Hero, won our true Freedom.
Will you be a soldier for him?

We are so grateful for YOU! 
Thank you for your prayers and support. We are thrilled to get to campus soon!

Please Pray for God's providence in our support raising!
That our goal would be knowing and loving Christ before financial support efforts.
That the final 27% in monthly support would come in through monthly or annual gifts!
That God would be opening doors and hearts of athletes and coaches at UVA to know the freedom, forgiveness and hope that only Christ offers!

In Christ,
      Connor and Bekah