Summary: Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. L. Barrington.
A Soldiers Song
For the Funeral of Sis. L. Barrington
By: Dr. Antonio Carlisle
Senior Pastor of the Greater Truevine Missionary Baptist Church in Lake City, FL
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that
love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4: 6-8)
As with any good nation, the security of the nation depends on the training of the
I have found out that these soldiers endure great trails and extreme training in
order to make them a superior fighting machine.
The latest technology is at the disposal of these highly skilled warriors.
They are conditioned to make life-changing decisions in a moments notice.
Special forces are created to handle special situations. In America, the Army
fights on the land, the Air Force wages war in the sky, and the Navy confronts the
enemy on the sea.
Then there is that special branch and military pride. The branch that is said that
all soldiers dream to be apart of, but only a few actually make it. The Few, The
Proud, The Marines. They are trained to wage war in any condition and any
Those Marines particularly skilled at their craft go on to become the elite among
the elite. The top dogs in a dog eat dog environment. They are the Green
Barrettes, although they are not Marines (they are in the army) they are the most
feared of all warriors.
In the kingdom of God, I have to discover that God has not left has nation without
the protection of military might. In fact, I have found out that the best-trained
soldiers are in the army of God.
There is an elite sect within this army. They called to wage war where many
soldier dare tread. They are on the frontline in areas where the masses may
have given up hope. They are there battling and warring against what people
may say is hopeless cause. They are conquering, achieving, over-coming, and
pushing back across everything that battles against the righteousness of God.
The Bible talks about this special branch. It says:
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of
12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to
16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a
17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the