"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." One of our own, Union General Joshua Chamberlain became one of the most noted heroes of the Civil War for leading his men to hold the Union line at Little Round Top during the decisive battle of Gettysburg. There will always be opportunities for us to make concessions to the enemy and give in to temptation, surrender. But when faced with trials and temptations, we must stand firm. Those who have gone before us have set an example that should encourage us to hold our ground.
Our Lord expects and deserves nothing less than our full devotion. In this time of life may we hold fast to the principles that our King taught us. Let us not negotiate the values and ethics Jesus taught. Let us stand united in how we speak to each other, how we show compassion to others, and how we love our neighbors. Let us not give in to greed or anything goes mentality as long as the end profits us, but instead let us hold fast to Jesus Christ as our true King. I hope to catch up with many of you later today.
Pray for this Nation, our church and our communities.
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006