Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fight the good fight of the faith. . .

Fight the good fight of the faith. . .1 Timothy 6:12

  Three times in his letters to Timothy, the apostle Paul uses a variation of this phrase. . .twice as exhortations to Timothy and the last as an old soldier who knows his end is near, encouraging a young recruit in the most worthy and holy of wars. Paul's mortal life was coming to a close: he had fought the good fight of faith; he had defended the gospel and carried it throughout the known world~despite the opposition, the persecution, the physical toll~because of his love for the Lord and for those who were perishing. He now was looking forward to his heavenly home. . to being with his Lord and master, Jesus Christ.
Or, as Bible Commentator Matthew Henry writes, "'Come,' says Paul, 'I have found our Master kind and the cause good; I can look back upon my warfare with a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction; and therefore be not afraid of the difficulties thou must meet with. The crown of life is as sure to thee as if it were already upon thy head; and therefore endure afflictions, and make full proof of thy ministry.' 
  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 
2 Timothy 4:7

"As a Christian, as a minister, he had fought a good fight. He had done the service, gone through the difficulties of his warfare, and had been instrumental in carrying on the glorious victories of the exalted Redeemer over the powers of darkness. His life was a course, and he had now finished it; as his warfare was accomplished, so his race was run. “I have kept the faith. I have kept the doctrines of the gospel, and never betrayed any of them.”

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 16:12

What an encouragement these verses are. . .fight the good fight, persevere and press on! Your Savior has gone before and prepared a place for you with Him in glory. One day, you will be home. Wars will no longer rage, the battles will have ceased . .

A card in honor of Veteran's Day this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11) 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In the United States, in 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans" and and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever and whenever they had served. It is still celebrated in the Allied nations as Armistice or Remembrance Day.

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. We also recognize and honor those throughout the world who have fought for freedom and justice consistent with biblical principles.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Not Forgotten
Card Stock: SU Black, Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede
Designer: Homemade
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, SU Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Canvas Home Basics burlap, mini brads, Spellbinders Scallop Rectangles, scrap bit of twine.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


  1. So meaningful, and so very timely! Have I mentioned what a blessing I receive each time I visit your blog! Thank you, Jan Marie!...Nancy :o)

  2. Jan, oh my goodness, girl, this is out of this world gorgeous!! Love the burlap and your color choice....perfect!! Thanks so much for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Ligt Challenge and Stamping in Time challenge over at ODBD!! Hugs and blessings,Sabrina

  3. what a beautiful card Jan! I love the sentiment and the image you have used. A tribute to our savior indeed! I hope to find my place next to our Lord when time is done. Thank you for such an inspirational card!

  4. Jan, this is over the top gorgeous!! I just love every detail from the background you created to the added texture. Stunning take on the sketch!!
    Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week.

  5. I love this! Very nice colors, and the verse stands out so nicely in black. I always enjoy your work so much!

  6. Well done, Jan! Love the textures and the sponging, your distress work and inking around the edges give it a wonderful masculine touch! A wonderful tribute to our veterans.

  7. Great job, not only on this challenge, but your blog is top notch!! So glad you are here!

  8. Absolutely wonderful - need to look at this set! We live in a Navy town with folks from all the branches serving here or nearby - sure would be handy to have : )


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!