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It is not the critic who counts

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the  doer of deeds could have done them better.   The credit belongs to the one in the arena, whose face is marred by  dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly . . . who knows the  great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy  cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high  achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while  daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and  timid souls who have never known neither victory or defeat.

- Teddy Roosevelt
There are so many out there with the "gift" of criticism.  As loud and  as discouraging as they might be - they do not count!  God is honored  by those whose faces are marred by dust and sweat and blood as they  strove for obedience.

I worry that too many of the great battles Christians are fighting  today are over styles of music, money spent on fixing up buildings  used once a week, curriculum to be used for a vacation Bible School, etc.  Seldom are our battles over the souls of men and women, the  saving and preservation of marriages, the leading of our children to  Christ, discipling new believers into mature Christians or the  standing tall against an ungodly culture.  Oh that more Christian men  would enter the arena of battle, to strive valiantly for Christ.  Away  with half-hearted devotion which is no devotion at all.

I thank God that Paul said to Timothy, "I have fought the good fight,  I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" and not, "I played it  safe, I didn't muss my hair, I took no risks, I watched from the  sidelines, and I was valiant in my applause of others."

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Guarding an Oath and Cove...

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

Written in my 16th year of serving as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserves.  I am since retired.

My life as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain has gone through many changes since I entered ...

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Who Will Escort You Home

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

I was on C-17 talking to a young sergeant who was “escorting” his friend home.  His friend had been killed in a firefight and was now lying in a transfer case under the American Flag.  ...

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What Breaks the Heart of ...

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

My daughter is down in New Orleans for the summer rehabbing houses damaged by the hurricane.  At 21 years old, it wasn’t the way she had originally envisioned spending the summer before her senior ...

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Veteran’s Day

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

I’ve been to so many churches and men’s breakfasts and weekend retreats and I’ve listened to so many pastors and others thank God for the veterans who have served and especially for ...

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Two Phone Calls

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

Recently, in the course of individual conversations with two men, I learned about a phone call that both of them had made.  Both of them had found themselves in situations that they knew could happen, ...

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Fourth of July

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

Americans will make a mistake the Fourth of July, well intended, good hearted, but none-the-less, a mistake.  I’ve seen it begin already as June ended and the calendar pressed forward to this day, the ...

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Bentley and His Dad

By John Groth on October 3rd, 2011

Bentley called the chaplains’ office when I wasn’t in, so my sergeant took the message and left if on my desk.  When I called him, he explained that he just wanted to see a ...

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Mowing the Lawn

By John Groth on September 28th, 2011

I never wanted it to happen though somewhere deep in my heart I knew that maybe it was a very real possibility.  I even took the precaution of thinking the scenario through and prepared myself ...

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