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FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might; To promote peace and goodwill on earth; To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our mutual helpfulness.


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Easter Message 


 
Independence Day

Independence Day, July 4th, is just around the corner.  However, I don’t want to write about independence, but rather dependence. The word independence is particularly appealing to us here in America and especially to us as veterans; after all we fought hard and won our independence from the British 228 years ago and our military men and women are still fight hard each and every day to ensure that we keep our independence.  In America we admire the independent spirit, and sometimes that is good. Sometimes, though, being dependent is better.

The Bible speaks clearly about our dependence on Christ for salvation. John 14:6 says:  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 15:5 speaks to this too:  "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Paul writes in Romans 5:10 about Jesus saving us:  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

It should be obvious that without Jesus and the sacrifice he made we would be hopelessly lost. We aren’t dependent on Jesus Christ alone. Jesus created the church because he knew that we would need each other to succeed and build His Church. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 1 Corinthians 12:12 that we are all one body made up of many parts.
The Bible also tells us in Ephesians 4:2 that we should bear with one another in love.

We are dependent on each other. God wanted it that way and it is beautiful. Independence can be good, but dependence on Christ and each other is better.
 
I pray that everyone has a safe and happy summer,
Chaplain Chad



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