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Summary: If Jesus is Lord over all things in the church, how much freedom do I have to quit because I am offended?

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“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” [1]

It was Memorial Day, 2015. Twenty-three-year-old U.S. Marine Sergeant William Stacey had been killed in combat in Afghanistan earlier that year. The young Marine had written a letter to his family which was to be read only in the event of his death. In that letter, the young Marine explained why he was fighting. Marine General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, read that letter which Sergeant Stacey had written during a Memorial Day service held in Kabul in that same year.

Sgt. Stacey’s words which were read that day were, “There will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home to come to his. He will have the gift of freedom which I have enjoyed for so long myself, and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was worth it all.”

Commenting on this letter, Dr. Jim Denison wrote, “We remember [the] men and women who died so we could live. Each of them left the security of their homes to defend ours. They paid the ultimate price for their nation and for each of us. It's been said that the reason you've not received a bill for the freedom you enjoy today is that its price has already been paid. Today we remember those who paid that price and pray for those they left behind.”

In his commentary, Dr. Denison transitioned to the theme that is dear to each Christian. “As we remember their sacrifice, let us also remember the One who gave everything for our eternal life.” Then, he cites ROMANS 5:6-8, reminding his readers that, “Christ died for the ungodly”—that’s us! He also observes with the Apostle that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Now, listen to the rest of Dr. Denison’s commentary written over one year ago. “On March 15, 1985, Wayne Alderson appeared on The Today Show. The occasion was the 40th anniversary of his crossing into Germany, the first American soldier to do so during World War II. He has a permanent crease on his head from a wound he received on that day.


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