Faith and Freedom

July 03, 2017 | Chris Payne

Hey New Charlotte!

I wanted to share a few thoughts from Sunday's conversation with First Lieutenant Josh Marano of the US Marine Corps. You can watch the whole conversation on our podcast page here or listen on your favorite podcast app. 

James 3:1-5

Our words will always have an impact.

1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Proverbs 9:10

Knowledge (intellect) does not equal wisdom (experience). Any intellectual opinion is foolishness when it is void of God’s wisdom.

What is something that every American should know about what you do, and how do you use your position of leadership in the military to advance God’s kingdom?

Matthew 7:5
You have no right to lead others until you first tame the beast of your own self-leadership.

Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 1:16
The purpose of any relationship or position of leadership is to humbly point others to Christ.

Revelation 19:11-21, Psalm 144:1
Never hide your mental and physical abilities; they are gifts from God. This requires that you work tirelessly on developing yourself mentally and physically.

On Independence Day, what is a reason we should personalize and celebrate our freedom and the price that has been paid for it?

John 15:13
The wolf knocks at our door more often than many will ever know. There are few who answer that knock on a daily basis. Their lives and memories deserve that we celebrate our freedom.

How do you trust God through all of the deep adversities and loss you have experienced, and how do you continue to trust He is in control and has a purpose for you in all things?

Psalm 23:4
Resilience is not bouncing back. Bouncing back implies that we are in the same place as before adversity – that we are unchanged. We will never be the same person after an adversity, but its impact on our lives is our choice.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Joshua 1:9, 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
I have learned that I am never too weak or too wounded to fight if the cause is greater than my own life.

How can the church support those in your position?

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19, 1 Timothy 4:12
Quit wishing for a better world; make a better world. Serving others is not exclusive to those in a uniform. Recognize your own abilities, and do your part.