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4285 Pine Drive, Little River, South Carolina

North Strand American Legion Post 186


Post 186 – Chaplain’s letter, May, 2017


This morning, my heart is heavy.  I have been listening to the follow up reports of the terrorist bombing in Manchester, England. So far, 23 young adults have been slaughtered by a criminally insane person. 50 + are in hospitals with injuries that are visible. What cannot be seen is the lasting fear that has scared the lives of thousands who were injured or running for their lives after the blast. Our world is a place of evil, and from the very first act of terror, when Cain slew Able, there has been a raging spiritual war.  This month, we will pause to remember those who paid the ultimate price defending our Nation and the Nations who cried out for our help. Yes, children died in those wars, so what is happening today is not new.  What it is, is senseless.  Is anything gained by this stupidity?  Not really.  There are shifts of power, but in time, the cycle begins again, and more innocent lives are taken.  As an example, Japan was our arch enemy.  Today, they are a solid ally.  Will they rise up against us again? It will depend on who becomes their leader.  Will we see our Nation invaded? Depends on how crazy the leader is who would consider doing something against us.  Right now, the leader of North Korea is showing all the signs of an unstable individual capable of doing something drastic. 

In God’s Word, the bible, we see the pattern of war repeated extensively in the Old Testament. It dominated the path the Hebrew Nation traveled.  It does not end in the New Testament, as we hear about the Roman Empire’s domination impacting the lives of the Christians through their slaughter; being fed to the lions; crucifixions; and the execution of the Disciples of Christ.  Why would our Bible share so much bad news?  It is there to remind us that nothing good comes out of hatred for one another.  It shows us what Christ wanted us to do to change who we are.  To live in peace. 

The Day when the lamb will lie down with the lion is coming soon.  How do I know?  Because the bible tells us, the Lion of Judah is going to return. There is a unique celestial formation taking place that lines up with what is shared in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation.  On September 23, 2017, something that has never been seen before will take place in our universe. Will it be the sign of the beginning of the tribulation?  Only God knows, but I would not want to be caught off guard if it is the day of His son’s return.  Are you ready? His word says in 1st Thes. 5:1-3 “Now brothers, about times and dates, we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, peace and safety, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape”. The formation is that of a pregnant woman.  Shalom


Sick call as of May 23rd: Larry Reid; “Sarg”; Harry Rosensteel

Taps as of May 23rd: None

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