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Eating With The Troops (5 of 8)
Series: B.A.S.I.C. Training Being A Servant In Christ
OPEN: There's an old saying: "An army marches on… (its stomach)."
What that means is: if an army doesn't feed its men it's not going anywhere. Without food the troops eventually can't march, they can't maneuver, and they can't fight.
So one of the logistical problems for armies has always been - where do you get the food to feed your men?
Back in WWII, one of the ways the US tried solving this issue was called "K rations". They were about 900 calorie meals packed into handy little boxes. (http://www.qmfound.com/Rations_K_Dinner.gif)
There was the Breakfast Unit where you might get canned chopped ham and eggs or veal loaf, biscuits, a dried fruit bar or cereal bar, water purification tablets, cigarettes, chewing gum, instant coffee, and sugar.
Then there was the Dinner Unit: which could have processed ham and cheese, biscuits, malted milk tablets or 5 caramels, sugar, a salt packet, cigarettes, chewing gum, and a powdered beverage
And the Supper Unit often would have canned meat (such as Spam), with an carrot and apple, biscuits; a 2-ounce chocolate bar, a packet of toilet paper tissues; cigarettes; chewing gum, and a bouillon soup cube.
One of our military men recently told me that he once ate one of the K rations… "and they were pretty good" he says (the meal had to be at least 50 years old).
APPLY: An army marches on its stomach.
Food is an indispensible need for soldiers in combat.
And (as you might imagine) God knows that.
One of the images the Bible uses of Christians is that of "soldiers".
Paul refers to a man named Archippus as a "fellow soldier…" Philemon 1:2
And to another man named Epaphroditus as "… my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier" Philippians 2:25
Then in 2 Timothy 2:3 he tells Christians to "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus."
We are soldiers of Christ.
A Spiritu ...
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