CSN Sunday – LightWing Messages for 11/7/2021
This engraving is by Otto Elliger and Joseph Mulder (1659/60-1718)
“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:13-15 (NIV)
This Thursday is “Veteran’s Day,” and it comes in a time in which our nation is sorely divided from within, and at a time in which the military is being divided from within. It is truly a tragic and a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, the American merrymakers, viewed by many common people throughout the world as wealthy, self-indulgent fools, may be so self-absorbed in their insular cocoons or self-secured social bubbles, that they may have no sense of what is happening in our nation right now. Yet, it is not them that readers need to examine today. We are using this Sunday’s LightWing edition to focus on the Veterans, and to honor them on Veteran’s Day.
Sadly, since the moment the idea of this great nation was born, American men and women have been called to action again and again to help in the fight for Freedom itself. Additionally, American men and women have been called to action again and again to help fight back the attempts of despots and tyrants of one form or another to take or maintain control of various populations. Despite sentiment from some quarters of this country, the U.S. military is what may keep such forces in check. In reality, our nations’ ideals are those that may most practically demonstrate the greatest concern for all nations when it comes to the preservation of freedom for the world’s peoples.
It is those ideals, as well as those institutions resting upon them, that are the target of those who have no regard or respect for such ideals or the nation’s institutions. Once long ago, years after the American Revolution, several people had been quoted as saying that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Although being attributed to a number of worthy statesmen, such men were probably simply quoting someone else. However, it was the Irish orator John Curran who is credited with the first known statement of such sentiment when, in 1790, he stated: “It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
Given this condition, the most vigilant of the vigil keepers are the ones in uniform. It is they who offer themselves in the breach between liberty and tyranny. This is a serious and significant part of the struggle that America is challenged with as the freedom of humanity is endangered. And ultimately, it is the vigil keepers who are called upon to offer the greatest of all sacrifices for the sake of the higher ideals of human freedom.
America is being challenged in such a time as this because of our Freedom. Even God Himself may be quite concerned whether His children in this nation, who are called by His name, will be able to take up the responsibility to protect and preserve Freedom. Many have trusted the military and have taken it for granted that the U.S. military would always be there to preserve all the Freedoms we have taken for granted for so long. If the merrymakers are oblivious to the domestic enemy that is attempting to secure dominion over the nation, they will not be of much help. It is the veterans who truly love this country that may be the only ones who could once again be called to realize their duty to God and their country.
The article today is from a veteran. He provides his own perspective on such a day of remembrance. The article first appeared as a contribution on the MyFaithVotes website that was written last week. It is not yet clear how many Christians will help to heal this “house divided,” but it may be even more clear that it would be the veterans of faith that will help heal our nation that has been weakened from within. May we pray that God will guide those people to stand once again to pay the price for Freedom.
May Almighty God bless all the men and women who served the people of this nation.
The “Message of Light” endeavor had been part of the “David Project” that originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father, initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. The project developed from 2018, and as we approach our third anniversary of existence, we have formally elevated the “David Project” to the more formal “LightWing Mission,” my personal ministry, which I had announced in previous messages.
These messages are freely offered and sent to you as part of the “LightWing Mission.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words being offered, freely; yet, some contain a deep message of faith, or a much deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it has been written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, seek His truth, seek His love, self – reflect, repent, self -correct, and turn from wicked ways – even if that may mean one’s failure to fathom the significance of the time we are living in, or to act in genuine faith to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
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“On this Veterans Day, I celebrate my brothers and sisters in arms”
By Master Sgt. Randall Martin (Ret.)
I served in the United States Air Force on Active Duty for 20 years, 22 years in Air Force Junior ROTC, and retired as a Master Sergeant from the Air Force in February 1993. In my Air Force career, I was stationed in Washington State, North Dakota, and Alaska. I arrived in the Middle East two weeks after Kuwait was invaded and left two weeks after the war ended.
My faith has guided me through the toughest times in my life, including Desert Shield and Desert Storm. When I started volunteering with My Faith Votes in 2016, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes Christians to vote in all elections, the leadership instincts I honed during my time in the U.S. Air Force greatly influenced the way I volunteered. In 2020, I volunteered to be a state coordinator as part of My Faith Votes’ action partners network, and I am now a state coordinator for five states. I feel without the leadership experience the Lord gave me during my time in Saudi Arabia, I would not have been able to step up and take on the challenge of leading in this organization.
The highlight of my career in the military was serving in Desert Shield and Storm as a Postmaster at the largest Air Post Office, located in what can only be described as “the middle of nowhere.”
I was responsible for serving the postal needs of around 10,000 Air Force personnel and augment support for about 30,000 Army personnel. Because we were one of a few 24-hour post offices in the Middle East, we managed and processed 1.5 million pounds of mail. The internet was just in its infancy so snail mail was the primary way to communicate between military personnel and their families back home.
When Desert Storm began, our office was converted into a potential morgue. Thankfully, we never had to use the makeshift morgue because although we were attacked twice with scud missiles, patriot missiles were successfully launched to intercept them.
For our efforts and my leadership ability, I was awarded the Bronze Star, my highest military honor. This was the greatest leadership experience I could ever receive. I proudly wore the Air Force uniform for 42 years and am honored to be a veteran.
Veterans Day, not to be confused with Memorial Day which honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
On the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany in World War 1, then known as “the Great War,” went into effect. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” It became known as “Armistice Day,” commemorated by many countries.
One year later, in November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that stated, “Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through goodwill and mutual understanding between nations.”
It wasn’t until 1954 when the 83rd U.S. Congress renamed Armistice Day, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation and later issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.”
Today we celebrate Veterans Day, a federal holiday still recognizing the original tie with November 11, 1918, but now honoring all veterans from all wars.
I have always known Veterans Day as a time to remember those who wore the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. The years a veteran serves create a life-changing experience built by the training we go through, the places we are asked to serve, and the growing willingness to die for our country. No other citizen can fully grasp what it means to be in the military. All veterans, no matter when they served, are brothers and sisters in arms, sharing a bond that will be with them for their entire lives.
Some went to war, some served during peacetime, some came home missing limbs, some came home with mental health issues, and some never came home at all.
Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honor them.” These days, we’re bombarded with ever-changing, media-created heroes. But they pale in comparison to the real American heroes: my fellow men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who took on the duty of protecting our freedoms, our homeland, and the defenseless around the world.
Let us be a nation that remembers and honors all those who have served our country, not just on this Veterans Day, but every day for the heroes that they are.
So from one veteran to all the rest, “God bless you and God bless the U.S.A.”
Onward and Upward!
For our Veterans on Veterans Day: Today We Honor Our Veterans – 11/11/2016
From “Home Free” – God Bless the U.S.A. (featuring Lee Greenwood and The United States Air Force Band) – 7/1/20
From Gen. Douglas MacArthur (at 82): “Duty, Honor, Country” – West Point, May 12, 1962
From The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band: The Battle Hymn of the Republic – 11/22/2016
From The Victory Channel – FlashPoint: The Message of the Hour! Hank Kunneman, Mario Murillo, Lance Wallnau – 10/28/21 (pre Election Day program)
From Maverick Dissenter: Let’s Go Brandon – 1/15/21
For our Veterans on Veterans Day: thank you for your service – 11/11/2016
From Praise on TBN: Jonathan Cahn: How to Recognize God’s Hand in Your Life (Full Teaching) – 10/29/21
From Ronald Reagan: We Must Fight – posted 7/14/20
For Remembering Our Purpose as Americans: Powerful Veterans Day Video
From The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band: America: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee – Soldiers’ Chorus – 11/14/2016
Podcast – From Dinesh D’Souza: 2A ON TRIAL – 11/4/21 – In this episode, Dinesh explores how a new case gives the Supreme Court a unique opportunity to affirm Second Amendment rights. Dinesh reveals how “black supremacy”–a mirror image of “white supremacy”–is the cornerstone of Critical Race Theory.
American Minute by William J. Federer – American Minute for November 5 – Abigail Adams wife of the second president and mother of the sixth president. Over the years, when was a prolific letter writer. Hear what she wrote about those who would “corrupt the morals of the youth” in a letter she wrote on this day in 1775.
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
From CBN News: ‘The Fight is Not Over’: Federal Appeals Court Stops Biden’s COVID Vaccine Mandate for Businesses – 11/6/21
From CBN News: Vaccine or Bust: Biden Orders 84M Americans to Take the Jab – Will a Third of US Workers Quit? – 11/5/21
From The Defender: Microbiologist: Why I Won’t Get Second COVID Shot — and Why Enlisting Kids in ‘Clinical Trial’ Is ‘Unfathomable’ – 11/4/21
From Mario Murillo Ministries: OUR STAND ON VENUES THAT BAN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED – 11/2/21
From Florida Today: Religious leaders may have the answer to tackling mental health issues| Opinion – 11/5/21
From Religion News Service: How religious is your average 22-year-old? A new golden age of survey data opens a door – 11/5/21
From Real Clear Religion: Coup in Sudan Puts Religious Freedom At Risk – 11/1/21
What affects one, can affect all!
From The Christian Post: Ministers call for end to street violence after murder of beloved California pastor outside church – 11/7/21
Review > From The Christian Post: ‘My heart is broke’: Daughter of slain California pastor delivers stirring message of forgiveness and faith – 10/30/21
News From New Jersey –
News From Texas –
From FOX News: Texas begins building makeshift border wall with s urprising material – 11/4/21
News From Virginia –
From FOX News: Loudoun docs show sheriff’s frustration with school board, treatment of residents – 10/28/21
News From Washington D.C –
From LETUSWORSHIP: Spirit of the Living God – Sean Feucht – Let Us Worship – Awake America – 11/4/21
ICYMI > From LETUSWORSHIP:Sling and The Stone Spontaneous – Sean Feucht – Awake America– 10/31/21