As I clean out my small barn this Memorial Day Weekend. I am thinking:

Don’t be afraid of those that can kill the body, but can’t kill the soul. Instead fear the One that can destroy BOTH the body and soul in hell. – Matthew 10.28.

 

I am a patriot and would not be here without the sacrifices of my forefathers on the battlefield.

 

I also, though, hold in high regard, those who have died taking the Word of salvation to others on the mission field. Women like Lottie Moon, who went abroad in a day when workmen were discouraged from even doing business in the marketplace. She gave her whole life to making sure others knew Jesus, and died penniless, weighing less than 70 pounds because the people she served had no food to eat (therefore neither would she eat).

 

It is veterans like this I honor today, who give all to stand between a lost person and Hell and say “I will do everything in my power to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to keep you from this place.” They make their homes on the beaches of Hell (turning the lost away!) and stay there until God calls them home. These are the toughest of the tough- as God is made perfect in their weakness.

 

Although it is not yet Veterans Day- thank you:

 

Tim and Alison Stephens
Brian and Rachel Weed
Cephas Tankoano
Derrick and Amber Lewright
Ben and Melissa Stokes
The Wright Family
The Cain Family
The Houser Family

 

And all those currently serving as missionaries. We don’t always hear of your sacrifices- the holdups at gunpoint, the bombs in the streets, the suffering through malaria or other sickness, the austerity, the homesickness. You are appreciated and have great wealth in the kingdom to come.

 

Stay the course. Stay the course!

 

-Wes Miller

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Wes Miller is an Oracle ERP consultant with eOneSolutions, a company he founded in 1999. He is also a second year Master of Divinity student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been married to his wife, Renda, for twenty years. While not spending time with his four children, he enjoys leading a church small group and planning pyrotechnic events.