by Steve Jones

Faith for the Last Days
Steve Jones
2 Timothy 3

INTRODUCTION: At the pinnacle of a soaring career in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was tapped to serve in a high-profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Weeks later, a routine physical revealed stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty-eight-year-old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight a desperate battle he wasn't trained for, with his wife and boys as his reluctant but willing fighting force.

When Weber realized that he was not going to survive this final tour of combat, he began to write a letter to his sons, Matthew, Noah and Joshua, so that as they grew up without him, they would know what his life-and-death story had taught him-about courage and fear, challenge and comfort, words and actions, pride and humility, seriousness and humor, and faith and inspiration. The book, entitled ''Tell My Sons'' is a NY Times bestseller.

The chapter headings of the book are taken from a 1962 speech by Douglas MacArthur to the cadets at West Point and are as follows.

Chapter 1: Not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge.
Chapter 2: Not to substitute words for actions.
Chapter 3: To be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success.
Chapter 4: To seek out and experience a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Chapter 5: To seek a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, and to exercise a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity.
Chapter 6: To be modest so that you will appreciate the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
Chapter 7: To be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously, to cry, but also to laugh.
Chapter 8: To discover the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what is next, and the joy and inspiration of life.

What about you? Put yourself in Mark Weber's posit ...

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