Lake Minnetonka VFW
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CHAPLAIN CHAT
God's purpose for the United States of America is both appealing
and intriguing.  God has watched over our destiny in previous and
current wars and we can be inspired with trust that He will continue
to do the same.

Chat with the Chaplain will help a pensive warrior who is searching
for an understanding of their service in the military.  Scripture and
war experiences can make a spiritual connection between the heart
and God.

Post-traumatic stress is a medical condition.  We hope veterans with
issues of depression/anger/guilt recognize the importance to seek
treatment.  Trust God.
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If you desire moral support, prayer or just need to converse with
another warrior who shares your same experiences, please contact
the Lake Minnetonka Post Chaplain Art Peterson at 952-944-6991
or artpeterson9202wb@yahoo.com
“Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered.
Nobody was there!”

Mark Twain
                                       Divine State Union

If God Himself delivered a State of Union messge to our nation, what would He
have to say?

Would it be “You have so little
love for each other.”  Could that be the
message of the Lord to us?   It’s not just that we are deeply divided as a
nation.  It’s that we have so much animosity toward each other, so much
hostility, so much anger.   Where is the redemptive heart that seeks to gather
rather than scatter?   Where is the attitude that says:“We’re not trying to
minimize our differences, but can we at least be civil toward each other?      
Can we at least learn to live together as neighbors?”  Where is the
love that
wants the best for others?   Where is the
love that seeks to treat others as
you want to be treated?

Did you see the lack of
love on the congressional faces of our political   
leaders who sat on their hands during the president’s State of Union speech,
refusing to celebrate the wellbeing of other Americans because it was not to
their personal or political interest?   What a sorry picture they painted, and how
they hurt their own credibility in the process.   Black and Hispanic
unemployment is down, and they can’t be happy because a Republican
president is taking credit for it.    This lack of
love is endemic in our society
today.   
Love does require speaking the truth, and love does not overlook
injustice and evil.   But
love goes the extra mile.   Love seeks the wellbeing of
others.   
Love seeks to redeem enemies and not simply destroy them.

In the classic words of missionary Paul: “
Love is patient and kind; love does
not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it
is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with
the truth.   
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures
all things.  
 Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).  The Bible repeatedly
tells us that we will reap what we sow, both naturally and spiritually.   So, before
you speak, before you write, before you act, ask yourself what kind of seeds
you are sowing.   That’s what you will reap.    We can stand unflinchingly for
truth, speak uncompromisingly for justice and work untiringly for moral change
without hating or demeaning our ideological opponents.   And perhaps, with a
little
love, we might even win some of them over.    Could it be, then, that this
is one of our greatest failings today, that we have so little
love for each
other?   Might this be part of a divine speech from our Creator to our nation,
directly from the Commander-in-Chief himself?   What a lesson for all of us,
yes, even veterans.