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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
"GIDEON--FAITH LEARNING FROM THE
BATTLES OF LIFE" PART II
Hebrews 11:32; Judges 7,8
On December 16, 1944, Field Marshall von Rundstedt mounted what
was to be the last great offensive of World War II. Hitler realized
that he had to break out if there was going to be a stop to the breach
that had been made on D-Day, when our allies had invaded the coast. So
on that cold, wintry day, the German force--outnumbering the allies by
huge numbers, and particularly the Americans with something like 7-1
and sometimes more, some of the sharpest Panzer divisions, SS troops
and heavy artillery against a very out-manned, cold American force--
began the offensive that could have lengthened the war for many years.
But as that battle raged back and forth, a little group of
American soldiers in the small town of Bastogne held their own. When
the Germans asked them to surrender, McAulliffe uttered those famous
words, "Nuts!" And they refused to surrender. It cost us a lot--forty
thousand of our American boys were killed in that thirty-day offensive,
a total of ninety-thousand were wounded. When you visit that area, you
can't help realizing that American blood was shed in the Ardennes
Forest and that area of Belgium. A great price was paid by a few men,
and the result was that they saved many lives.
When you realize that they were outnumbered by such tremendous
odds, it becomes even more amazing to see what happened on those dreary
days at Christmas, when some of our loved ones gave their last full
measure of devotion to their country for the cause of freedom.
By like sign, years before that, Gideon and his men faced similar
odds. Here were people who were outnumbered 450-1. Chapter 8 tells us
that there were 135,000 Midianites and Amalekites. God narrowed
Israel's army to 300, so you get a little idea of what it ...
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