by Stephen Whitney

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Philadelphia: Faithful Church (3 of 4)
Series: Church
Stephen Whitney
Revelation 3:7-13

One of the most tragic events during Reagan's presidency was the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday morning October 23, 1983. Two trucks filled with explosives struck two separate buildings killing 241 American servicemen as they slept. This included 220 Marines making it the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima.

Another 128 Americans were wounded in the blast, of which 13 later died from their injuries. A few days after the tragedy, the Marine Corps Commandant Paul Kelley visited some of those wounded survivors who have been flown to a hospital in Frankfurt.

Among them was Corporal Jeffery Nashton, who was severely wounded in the incident. Nashton had so many tubes running in and out of his body that a witness said he looked more like a machine gun than a man, but he survived.

As the Marine Corps Commandant Paul Kelley came near him he struggled to move and racked with pain, motioned for a piece of paper and a pen. He wrote a brief note and passed it back to the Commandant. On the slip of paper he had written just two words - "Semper Fi" the Marines Latin motto meaning "forever faithful." With those two words he spoke for the millions of Americans who have sacrificed their bodies and lives for their country.

Revelation 2:10 Jesus said to the church in Smyrna,
"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."

God wants believers to be faithful to him no matter what happens.
Faithfulness is being consistent, determined, devoted, earnest, loyal, resolute, steadfast or unwavering.

I Corinthians 15:58 Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain.

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