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Summary: Armed Forces Day is time set aside to recognize members of the Armed Forces that are currently serving. I would propose to you that we can and should show appreciation for those who are presently serving in the Armed Forces.

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Title: Appropriate Praise

Theme: Biblically Supporting Our Armed Forces

The Bible says, "No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love." (Psalm 33:16-18) The great preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The strongest [fighters] melt like snowflakes when God is against them.” America has been blessed with great and powerful military forces, yet Americans must understand that the Lord is not on the side of those who have the biggest war heads and largest armies. His eyes watch out for those who look to Him as Lord and who fully understand that victory only comes from Him.

Introduction: Armed Forces Day is time set aside to recognize members of the Armed Forces that are currently serving. In 1947, the Armed Forces of the US were united under one department which was renamed the Department of Defense in 1949. President Harry S. Truman supported the creation of the day for the nation to unite in support and recognition of our military members and their families.

Proposition: I would propose to you that we can and should show appreciation for those who are presently serving in the Armed Forces.

In 1 Chronicles chapter 11: 10-47 we read of King David's mighty men. There were the three and the thirty, warriors who protected David and fought in battles for the people of God. The Bible has "the list of David's mighty warriors." (1 Chronicles 11:11-47) In the battle against the Philistines, the Bible says, "[they] struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory." (1 Chronicles 11:14)

In Genesis 14, we read of Abram taking 318 soldiers to fight the four kings who took Lot captive. After the defeat of the Kings, and the rescue of Lot and his possessions. We read of Melchizedek, a high priest saying, "Blessed be Abram, by God Most High, Creator of the heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." (Genesis 14:19-20) In the Book of Joshua we read, "So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his army, including all the best fighting men. The Lord said to Joshua, 'Do not be afraid of them, I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.'" (Joshua 10:7-8)

America's Founding father, John Jay, (1745-1829) was a strong Christian, serving as vice-president of the American Bible Society (1816-1821) and its president (1821-1827). In a series of letters, he expounds on the Biblical view of war. He writes:

"Whether war of every description is prohibited by the gospel, is one of those questions on which the excitement of any of the passions can produce no light. An answer to it can result only from careful investigation and fair reasoning. I believe they are as lawful to the unoffending party in our days, as they were in the days of Abraham... If wars of every kind and description are prohibited by the moral law, I see no way of reconciling such a [restriction] with those parts of Scripture which record institutions, declarations, and interpositions of the Almighty which manifestly [prove] the contrary. If every war is sinful, how did it happen that the sin of waging any war is not specified among the numerous sins and offenses which are mentioned and reproved in both the Testaments?" (WallBuilders, David Barton; Presenting America's Forgotten History)

It appears in Scripture, in the rising up and protection of the United States of America, war seems to have its necessity.

Interrogative Sentence: Just how can we give intercession, encouragement and comfort to our armed forces and their families?

Transitional Sentence: Armed Forces Day is set aside for us to give recognition and appreciation to those who are presently serving in all the different branches of service. Catch these facts and quotes:

"The creation of Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. It was meant to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days." General George Washington said, "One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war." "As of September 2013, there are 1,387,493 personal serving in active duty in the United States. As of September 2011, there were just over 214,000 women serving in active duty. That is 14.6% of all active duty personal."

In 1999 Senator John MaCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May, National Military Appreciation Month. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling America to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe.

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