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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Faces to the Coal"

"For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son," –Romans 1:9

"Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." –Colossians 3:24

Sowing the Gospel

 


 

During World War II, England needed to increase its production of coal.  Winston Churchill called together labor leaders to enlist their support.  At the end of his presentation, he asked them to picture in their minds a parade that he knew would be held in Piccadilly Circus after the war.

First, he said, would come the sailors who had kept the vital sea-lanes open.  Then would come the soldiers who had come home from Dunkirk and then gone on to defeat Rommel in Africa.  Then would come the pilots who had driven the Luftwaffe from the sky.

Last of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in miner's caps.  Someone would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of our struggle?”  And from ten thousand throats would come the answer, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal."

Not all the jobs in a church are prominent and glamorous.  But it is often the people with their "faces to the coal" who help the church accomplish its mission.  Thank God for those in this church who keep their "faces to the coal."  May we all be willing to do our part in this spiritual war!

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Previous devotions

"Sowing the Gospel" - April 1, 2015
"Be Watchful" - March 18, 2015
"The Greatness of Service" - March 11, 2015
"You. Can. Pray." - February 25, 2015
"A Godless Christianity" - February 18, 2015
"Waging War on Worry" - February 11, 2015
"Vision" - February 4, 2015
"Strong Confidence" - January 28, 2015
"Revealing Words" - January 21, 2015
"Dark Days" - January 14, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax" - January 7, 2015

"Priceless Gifts" - December 17, 2014
"Authority" - December 10, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving" - November 19, 2014
"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014
"Go Ahead and Laugh" - May 21, 2014
"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014





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