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Freeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel Thread ~ DARE TO DREAM ~ April 10, 2011
The Canteen Crew ^ | April 9, 2011 | Serving The Best Troops In The UNIVERSE AND BEYOND!

Posted on 04/09/2011 5:07:31 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma


 
 

 

 

DARE TO DREAM


Someone once commented that "One of the most powerful things in the world is a dream. Not those dreams that come to us while we sleep, but those we consciously pursue while we are awake." Think of how dreams have shaped our modern life. Of Martin Luther King whose famous speech began, I have a dream today." And of Robert Kennedy who said, "Some men see things as they are and ask "Why?"; I dream things that never were and ask 'Why not?'" Think of how children's lives are often shaped by their parent's dreams. I remember, for instance, that the mother of Moses was more influential to his eventual development than all the scholars of Pharaoh.

William Herbert Carruth once wrote:

"We are all of us dreamers of dreams;
On visions our childhood is fed;
And the heart of a child is unhaunted, it seems, By the ghosts of dreams that are dead....
"There's no sadder sight this side of the grave
Than a shroud o'er a fond dream spread,
And the heart should be stern and the eyes be brave
To gaze on a dream that is dead....
"Let him show a brave face if he can,
Let him woo fame or fortune instead,
Yet there's not much to do but to bury a man
When the best of his dreams is dead."

Genesis 11:31-32 in the Hebrew scriptures may give one example of how dreams can get sidetracked or forgotten. Just two verses. But what a story. Terah, the father of Abraham, had started out on a journey for Caanan. He had enough religion to hear God's call and leave paganism. But he was attracted by the bright lights and comfort of Haran. Now, Haran (in what is now Turkey) was a good distance from his old city of Ur (in what is now Iran) but it's on the same side of the river. A fun place, perhaps, but not God's destination for his people. I heard a rabbi once say that Haran symbolizes a place of arrested development, forgotten dreams and unrealized opportunities.

Abram (whose name would eventually be changed to Abraham), was not satisfied with half-way, however. He moved on to Canaan to become "The Father of the Faithful." Hebrews 11:10 (in the Christian scriptures) describes him as looking for a city "whose builder and maker is God." A worthy legacy. And one which has influenced us all.

Think for a moment. What are the dreams that have shaped YOUR life. That determined your direction, or helped you to make it to this station on your life's journey? Have they empowered and called forth the best in you? Can they help you become the person you think God intended you to be? Do you still hold on to them, and nurture them? Important questions. I hope you can take some time this weekend to reflect on, and perhaps recover, "the power of a dream." But be careful what you dream! It may come true, and even if it isn't realized in your lifetime, it will affect you, and perhaps even the way people remember you,... forever.

CAPT J. David Atwater, CHC, USN

 

 


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1 posted on 04/09/2011 5:07:37 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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Onward Christian Soldiers



Dear God:
I ask that no Airman, Coast Guardsman,
Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Reservist, or National Guardsman
Feel alone or forgotten.



O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Psalm 130:7 & 8


2 posted on 04/09/2011 5:07:53 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: Jet Jaguar


Hai! Hai! Hai!

3 posted on 04/09/2011 5:08:13 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


4 posted on 04/09/2011 5:08:13 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: HopeandGlory

Oh wow. I beat YOU? ;)

Thank you, H&G...have a BLESSED Lord’s Day!


5 posted on 04/09/2011 5:09:04 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: oldteen

Happy BE-lated Birthday!!!

Have a BLESSED Lord’s Day!


6 posted on 04/09/2011 5:09:35 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: Brad's Gramma; xzins; bethelgrad; lightman; LiteKeeper; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; ...
Please join us for Sunday Chapel, DARE TO DREAM, and Liberty






Please stop in and say a prayer of protection for the military.
Prayers from all denominations are needed.


           



Sunday Liberty starts after the Guest Military Chaplain's Service!

7 posted on 04/09/2011 5:11:20 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma

A blessed Lord’s Day to you Gramma!


8 posted on 04/09/2011 5:18:01 PM PDT by PROCON (Republicans: we elected you, DON'T let us down; 2011: the year of REPEAL!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
G'Day All.

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9 posted on 04/09/2011 5:18:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (For the Left It's far easier for them to preach tolerance than practice tolerance.)
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To: PROCON

And to you, too, PROCON!!


10 posted on 04/09/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: SkyDancer

Oh wow...thanks, SkyDancer. THAT says it all, doesn’t it...

Have a BLESSED Lord’s Day!


11 posted on 04/09/2011 5:20:58 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thanks, Grammie, for today's Sunday Chapel


12 posted on 04/09/2011 5:44:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: SkyDancer

Awesome!....and SO true!


13 posted on 04/09/2011 5:46:23 PM PDT by LUV W (God is in control)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Good evening, Gramma! May you have a Blessed Lord's Day!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
14 posted on 04/09/2011 5:50:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; beachn4fun; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; PROCON; ...


GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS!





Amazing Grace

by John Newton


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, .
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.



Lamh Foistenach Abu!
15 posted on 04/09/2011 5:56:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; beachn4fun; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; PROCON; ...


GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS!



The Lord’s Prayer – Andrea Bocelli

DEAR GOD, who suffered torment, agony,
and death upon the Cross to free our souls
from the chains of iniquity, protect and defend
our troops. Guide them in the performance of
their duties. Strengthen them to endure hard-
ship,danger and deprivation in Your service. Let
their efforts free the people of Iraq and Afghan-
istan from the chains of terror and slavery,
foster a lasting peace in the region, and bring all
to a greater share in Your Mercy.
Amen.







Lamh Foistenach Abu!
16 posted on 04/09/2011 5:58:12 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; beachn4fun; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; PROCON; ...


THE NAVY HYMN

Eternal Father, Strong to Save



The Marine Corps Verse:

Eternal Father, grant we pray
To all Marines both night and day,
The Courage, Honor, Strength and Skill
Their Land to serve, Thy Law Fulfill.
Be Thou the Shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps!


This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24(KJV)



Have a Blessed Lord’s Day!







Lamh Foistenach Abu!
17 posted on 04/09/2011 5:59:56 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
A Blessed Lord's Day to you, Kathy!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
18 posted on 04/09/2011 6:03:05 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!

Good Lord's Day and Shavua Tov to you!


19 posted on 04/09/2011 6:05:50 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Thanks! Having a great Sunday of rest. Best to you. Janey


20 posted on 04/09/2011 6:09:07 PM PDT by SkyDancer (For the Left It's far easier for them to preach tolerance than practice tolerance.)
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