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A Veterans Day Sermon
On this Veteran's day we honor all the men and women who have stood and who have served this country, some at home and some abroad in far-flung places. When I think of the men and women who have served and who continue to serve this great country, several characteristics come to mind.
1. In the heart of every veteran is I believe a strong commitment to an ideal, a belief in the principles of liberty that our nation has been established upon. Our veterans are our defenders of the American Ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they believe that these ideals are worth defending and preserving. Veterans are men and women with deep convictions about the American Ideal that we hold to, and that we enjoy in this great land that God has blessed. You will find no other men and women more patriotic than our veterans.
2. In a sense every veteran serves by faith in that American Ideal. That is, they hold on patiently to that ideal, serving faithfully, but they do so with great patience knowing ultimately that the battle is never completely won. Freedom must be defended and preserved in every age and because this is true our men and women who serve, serve with great patience.
Great faith in the American ideal and great patience, a willingness to go the distance for that ideal is what drove those who have stood for our country and it is what continues to drive men and women to serve this great land of ours. And so we truly thank our Veterans for their service to God and country.
As Christians, we too our in a never-ending struggle, a struggle that calls for great patience and endurance. We are in the world but not of the world. We are standing for an ideal, an ideal that transcends all boundaries, the ideal of God's kingdom. And yet we live in world that is hostile to God's kingdom, sometimes even among our own countryman who do not hold to ...
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