Summary: perseverance enduring to the end
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
NEVER SOUND RETREAT!
*** The little drummer boy who did not know how to play retreat!
We have time and time again seen pictures of very young boys at war and feel it is unnatural and cruel. But for countless reasons boys have gone off to war whether we liked it or not and probably will continue to do so. During the Great War thousands of British teenagers joined it is estimated some 250,000 were underage. Jim Norton at 16 was asked to walk around the corner and come back with a different story which he did adding another 3 years.
The American Civil War has its own stories of the Drummer Boys such as the Bealeton Virginia Drum Corps where children as young as 9 and 10 were present. Tales of bravery and selfless sacrifice are abundant. At the fall of Fort Sumter on the 13th April 1861 Robert Henry Henderson from Michigan was caught in the war frenzy and dreamed of battle. His mother a widow it is told had some problems with the lad and acknowledged that he needed some discipline. He continually ran form school and ignored his education so much so he was unable to w rite his name.