January 31, 1945, was the day that the life of Eddie Slovik came to an end. Eddie didn't die of natural causes, nor did Eddie live a long, prosperous, and glorious life. No, on January 31, 1945, private Eddie Slovik became the first American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion. He was executed because he deserted not only his country but those who needed him the most, which was a time of war. And when they needed him the most, when they thought they could count on him, not only to protect their nation but to protect their own lives, Eddie deserted them.
In 1976, some 44 years ago, a man, a Christian author by the name of Francis Schaffer, wrote a book that asked the question of believers, "How Should We Then…
In John chapter 10, verse 10, Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Now, Jesus said, "I came that they may have life and have…
"If you want to show the world that Jesus is King, that Jesus is Lord, then live as a citizen of his kingdom should live."
"Your joy, as a Christian, will never be found in your circumstances, regardless of how good they may be at the moment."
"How do you have joy in trying times? How do you have joy when your movements are restricted? By understanding that in God's sovereignty, you are exactly where you are because, before the foundation of the world, that's where God appointed you to be."
"Therefore, if you were saved by grace and not through any effort of your own, then there is no room for self-centeredness in Christ. What did you bring to the table?"
"Be passionate, but not for your political party. Not for your political position. Be passionate for Christ and for people. Do you want to see change in our society? So do I. You want to live in a better world? So do I. Be a passionate evangelist. The world as a whole has a heart problem. We don't have a legal problem. We don't have a political problem. We have a heart problem. Until and unless those hearts are converted, we will be in this endless cycle of violence."
"Human effort always fails in the face of God's sovereignty."
"God can, God does, use our hurts. God can, God will, use those difficult times and difficult experiences not only for your good but for the good of others and for the glory of God. Jonah was destined to go to Ninevah. What are you destined to do for God?"