All Gave Some Some Gave All

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November 11, 2018 marked the one hundred year anniversary of the armistice to end the War to End All Wars, as it was called at the time of the armistice in 1918.

If only that first worldwide war did end all wars. Then there would be no need to call it World War I when the world found itself in the midst of another worldwide war called World War II.

As is still the case one hundred years later, men and women respond to the call to put their lives on the line. They face enemy fire to protect the freedoms we hold dear at home and abroad.

Men and women still die in battle.

Families still grieve their loss.

All gave some. Some gave all.

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, to all those who served and those serving now, thank you.

Thank you also to the families who sacrificed right alongside their loved ones in service to our country.

Our veterans deserve our thanks every day, not just on the special days set aside on a calendar.

Please remember their sacrifice. And be grateful.

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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus is Our Living Hope

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Hallelujah, Jesus Christ is our Living Hope.

The Lion of Judah roared mightily that Resurrection Day so long ago, and his victorious voice continues to speak to all with ears to hear.

He set us free. He broke every chain that bound us to the evil one.

Jesus is the Victor. The Mighty Warrior. The Conqueror. He defeated Satan, hell, sin, and death.

Jesus Christ is the One in whom our hope is found.

He sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven, waiting for the day he returns for his Bride, the Church. On that day, Christ will take those who confess their hope, trust, and allegiance to the King of kings and LORD of Lords with him to their eternal home in heaven.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.

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Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Where Does Our Allegiance Lie?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Although it was a very soggy 4th in my part of the world yesterday, once again here in the States, we celebrated our declaration of independence from tyrannical Colonial rule on July 4, 1776.

We put out our red, white, and blue flags, gathered with friends and family, listened to patriotic concerts that stirred our souls, considered the cost of so many lives given throughout the years to protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear, and oohed and ahhed over spectacular fireworks.

Perhaps amidst our prayers of thankfulness for sacrifices made to insure we continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave one nation under God, we prayed to God the freedoms we cherish will stand firm forever, will be protected, and never yanked away from us.

As we prayed, hopefully amidst our prayers was grateful thanks for the Savior who came to this earth, lived as a man among us, yet never sinned, and gave us the ultimate freedom from the tyrannical rule of Satan.

A man who willingly laid his life down on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and sits at the Father’s right hand pleading our case daily until such time God tells Jesus to go get his Bride. Us. Those who have pledged our allegiance to the Lamb of God.

When I considered what it means to declare independence from tyrants and pledge allegiance to Truth, I focused on the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag, then compared those colors with Jesus’ sacrifice.

Red is the color of Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary.

Blue is the color of the bruises that covered his tortured body.

White is the color of our sins which have been washed white as snow.

Red. White. And Blue.

We may pledge allegiance to many things.

Football teams. Schools. Churches. Jobs. Money. People. Governments. Political parties. Countries …

But our highest allegiance … our highest allegiance … belongs to Jesus Christ. The Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and LORD of lords.

So when all is said and done, if others looked at our lives, where would they say our allegiance lies? What would they say takes higher precedence? Jesus? Or something or someone else?

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Because of this, God lifted Jesus high above everything else. He gave Him a name that is greater than any other name. So when the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow down before Him. And every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will give honor to God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Jesus Won the Victory

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

On this blessed Resurrection Sunday of Easter we proclaim with the angels in heaven, Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Jesus won the victory over hell, sin, Satan, and death. He sits at the Father’s right hand as our Advocate, Intercessor, Mediator, and High Priest.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

On Sunday morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran to Simon Peter and to Jesus’ favorite disciple and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb! We don’t know where they have put him.”

Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. They ran side by side, until the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got there first. He bent over and saw the strips of linen cloth lying inside the tomb, but he did not go in.

When Simon Peter got there, he went into the tomb and saw the strips of cloth. He also saw the piece of cloth that had been used to cover Jesus’ face. It was rolled up and in a place by itself. The disciple who got there first then went into the tomb, and when he saw it, he believed.  At that time Peter and the other disciple did not know that the Scriptures said Jesus would rise to life.  So the two of them went back to the other disciples.

Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?”

She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.”

As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”

Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her.

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Sandy

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Sunday Scripture — Christmas Eve 2017

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Merry Christmas, everyone. I pray your Christmas is blessed. For each of us I pray we have a renewed awareness of who Jesus, the Baby in the Manger, Redeemer on the Cross, truly is and pray that awareness penetrates deep into our souls as we live our lives for the One who gave his life for us.

“Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God.  “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and tell her that her sad days are gone. Her sins are pardoned, and I have punished her in full for all her sins.”

Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make him a straight, smooth road through the desert.  Fill the valleys; level the hills; straighten out the crooked paths, and smooth off the rough spots in the road.  The glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind together.” The Lord has spoken—it shall be.

 The voice says, “Shout!”

“What shall I shout?” I asked.

“Shout that man is like the grass that dies away, and all his beauty fades like dying flowers.  The grass withers, the flower fades beneath the breath of God. And so it is with fragile man.  The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

O crier of good news, shout to Jerusalem from the mountaintops! Shout louder—don’t be afraid—tell the cities of Judah, “Your God is coming!”  Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; he will rule with awesome strength. See, his reward is with him, to each as he has done.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young. Isaiah 40:1-11 (TLB)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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