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July 03, 2007



Very well put pastor B. We all must remember those that went before during this 4th of July season, and pray for those abroad and their safe passage home. Be safe friend.

David M

Bravo! Although I would counsel you in that you have paid for these freedoms with your service to our country and God...and I thank you for both.

Judy Schletty

In my church we often sing patriotic songs on civil holidays such as the 4th of July, and for that I am very grateful. Afraid we all take the freedoms you mentioned for granted. Thanks for reminding us how great it is to live in this country. ("On friendly soil" as a soldier who just got back home to Minnesota said, even though he had some difficulties.)
Uncle Randy Luken and I will be going to a city park to listen to music this afternoon and I guarantee there will be patriotic music playing.
We salute you all for the work you do!
Judy and Randy


A though provoking post,as always.

Wishing you and yours a very happy day!


I love how you have cojoined the concept because when good men and women fail to intervene against evil, evil will propogate. As Christians we also are called to be the salt of the earth-the preservers (Matthew 5:13-14).

Thank you Sir for all that you have done to advance these freedoms with your Christian Witness. God Be With You Always...

Kat in GA: A Soldiers' Angel

God bless you sir. On this day of celebrating our independence.....we thank you.


Thank you for such a wonderful reminder. Have a very Happy Independence Day, and have a very blessed day.

Jo Ann

Thank you so much, Pastor, for sharing your words of wisdom. I have come to your site often during my son's deployment. He is due home soon also, and I especially appreciated the words about expectations of a soldier returning home. God bless you and your family for your sacrifice. You have comforted so many.

Judy Schletty

Dear Pastor B,

We will miss your blogsite and hope that whoever replaces you will not have a problem since some blogsites were frozen. Good to find a place where we can come together and pray online even though you and our soldiers are half way across the world.

I pray that you and all our soldiers who are heading home soon, will be able to ease back into their lives after all their sacrifices for freedom.

I'm thankful for the love of Our Heavenly Father, your families and friends who helped you survive. Wish I could have helped more.

Lord of Compassion and Mercy, you are the source of true peace in the world and in our hearts. We pray for that day when there are no more wars. We pray for wisdom and understanding so that a peaceful resolution can be found while thanking our soldiers for their unselfish service so that peace may become a reality. We place our trust in you, Oh Lord.

Blessings for the day and always, Amen. Judy and Uncle Randy Luken


Thanks again, Corey, for reminding us to remember with grateful hearts. There is so much to be thankful for. I have never heard such a respectful silence, with hands over hearts, as when the "Blue Star Mothers" float went by in the Spicer parade on the 4th, a few days ago. One moment there was laughter and candy throwing and excitement and people sitting back in lawn chairs relaxing on the curb. In the next instant, as the float went by, the entire crowd, young and old, suddenly stood up, fell silent with hands over hearts, and gave their moment of respect. Yes, it was only a few moments, but the sense of patriotism and appreciation for the job that you are doing was so very evident. Regardless of how any particular person views this war, our support for you and your sacrifice NEVER waivers. God bless you, and we all look forward to your safe return.

Judy Schletty

Dear Pastor B,
About 600 of our National Guard from Minnesota landed on American soil yesterday (Tuesday)! And now they will have to stay at Camp McCoy for about a week. When one of our Mpls. TV reporters interviewed a soldier who had just gotten off the plane, he remarked how good it was to be back in the U.S. They all noticed how green everything was in Wisconsin. Hadn't seen a tree in 16 months! Yesterday our newspaper, The Star Tribune, showed a picture of one young returning soldier and she said that she had been carrying a U.S. flag in her backpack since June as she anticipated their homecoming!
All of these pictures and stories warm our hearts. We're so proud. Takes our breath away for a moment, while time stands still.
Hug your loved ones for us.
God bless you and God bless America.

Chaplain Mike

Well said, and obviously deeply felt...yet I also feel the dismissal, and possibly disparagement, of the "intellectuals" who have doubts as to how well faith and patriotism go together. I come from a faith background--and you may as well--that suffered considerably at the hands of those running governments. I love my country, but I hope and pray that my commitment to my country is nowhere near to my commitment to God.

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