by Steve Wagers

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Let's Stay in the Fight! (4 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 1: 12

Sermon Outline
1. A Word of Encouragement for the Tested Man!
A. He has Learned to Accept God's Plan!
B. He has Learned to Affirm God's Purpose!
2. A Word of Enrichment for the Tough Man!
A. His Position in the Midst of the Trial!
B. His Perseverance through the Misery of the Trial!
3. A Word of Enlargement for the Triumphant Man!
A. The Promise we can Embrace!
B. The Prize we can Enjoy!

* Where sailors receive their basic training class for 'Underwater Demolition School,' and are turned into Navy Seals (Sea-Air-Land-Commandos) is called "Hell Week." The sailors go through sleepless days and nights, enormous mental and physical testing in order to be transformed into some of the toughest human beings in the world.

* The effort to change these men into commandos starts at the Coronado Naval Base in San Diego, California. The class starts in October with a 300-yard swim, and it becomes increasingly difficult as it builds to the ultimate challenge known as "Hell Week."

* As the final period of tortuous training begins on Sunday night, lights flash on as recruits are awakened by an instructor. Next to one ear a machine gun filled with blanks is fired. A jet from a garden hose is digging into the other ear. The following schedule unfolds:

Monday: the 6-man teams are ordered to run races with a 250 lb. rubber assault boat on their heads.
Tuesday: with less than an hour of sleep, they row boats to Mexican waters and back; a trip of 18 miles.
Wednesday: they continue the race with boats bouncing on their heads. That evening they run again. At midnight, they're ordered to lie naked in the cold pounding surf. Every 10 minutes, during the night, they are made to stand up and get the full effect of the wind.
Thursday: by this time everyone is hallucinating.
Friday: the week is over, and the new Navy ...

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