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Welcome to The “Colonel’s” VFV Motivational/Inspirational Quotes & Message of the Day!

Good “Sunday!” Morning “Band of Brothers & Sisters,” and all great connections. Welcome from the “Colonel’s Foxhole” in The Woodlands, TX — 7 August 2022!

Today’s Message is: “Friendship Day!” Why Not?

“Can Leadership and Friendship Coexist? Leadership is about relationships, the connections that are made, and friendships leaders create. True leadership is the concern about the well-being of others and true leaders will put people ahead of themselves. There are common traits between leadership and friendship. A great trait about leadership and friendship is loyalty. There is a shared devotion between leadership and friendship, it’s called responsibility and commitment. Trust is also very important in having confidence in each other. Both honesty and compassion share a place with leadership and friendship. The key to having leadership and friendship coexist, is never undermine alliances, never compromise relationships or the mission, and know when and how to separate friendship from leadership. Can you balance leadership and friendship?” — COL (Ret) Mikel Burroughs
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The Quote in the Picture Today Reads:

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” — Unknown Author

More Awesome Quotes for Today’s Message:

“Friendship… is born at the moment when one says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself.” — C.S. Lewis

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” — Proverbs 27:9

“Be sure your leadership is grounded in principle so your friendships will not get in the way of doing what’s right.” — Unknown Author

“Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things.” — Unknown Author

“It’s important to make friendships that are deeper than gossiping, drinking, and hanging out. Make friends who you can have deep conversations with. Make friends you can dry with. Make friends who support your life goals and believe in you.” — Unknown Author

“Friendship is one of life’s greatest treasures.” — Unknown Author

“Jesus is my forgiver, my leader, and my friend.” — Les Strobel
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I expect you have a strong foundation of character rooted in the rock of faith in our LORD. Hopefully you and I are increasingly trustworthy in our relationships with companions – especially spouses. I expect that you appreciate the companions who have proved themselves to be steadfast and reliable including life-long friends. No doubt you are grateful for your relationship with the LORD. 'Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.' [John 15:13 ESV] I expect your dependability, compassion, and honesty are inspirational to those who look to you for leadership, advice and friendship. I hope that you make good use of your time and effort and encourage those most dear to you to focus effort on improving relationships. I pray you that I make steady and diligent effort to supplement our faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love [2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV], my brother-in-Christ Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen

I pray for humility, endurance in selfless service, compassion and sufficient fruit of the Holy Spirit goodness, peace, self-control, and patience for each one of YOUR adopted sons and daughters who reads or listens to this prayer. I expect you, like I, have embraced ideas, friendships with less-than trustworthy people, fads, and other whimsical thoughts when we were younger. By God’s grace HE gives us grace to make errors, with lapses in good judgement, and other learning experiences as HE sanctifies our soul. HE always sets boundaries around us from when were born and ensures that each one WHO HE designated to be HIS elect. ‘For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV]


I hope your integrity is intact and I hope your transparency of character does you justice and is worthy of emulation. No doubt your humility is genuine and you do not put on airs in social interactions since you have self-confidence and have no need or desire to demean others. The LORD justified each of us who are HIS adopted sons and daughters at our salvation and cleanses us of all sin and defects. By HIS grace HE sees us as pure with impeccable character even while HE sanctifies our soul to perfectly reflect HIS image. I hope and pray that you and I have taken to heart the admonition of the LORD to confess our shortfalls and failures and ask the LORD to help us genuinely repent and when appropriate ask for forgiveness. Scripture reminds us ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift,’ [Romans 3:23 ESV] and ‘if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ [1 John 1:8-9 ESV]

I lift those struggling tonight because of grief, pain, weakness, fear, abuse and/or injustice to YOU, LORD including the guiltless imprisoned, those afflicted with PTSD and mental illness. I pray for sufficient endurance and a strengthening of the character if each one of us who is going through harder times than we have previously experienced – including widows SPC Diana D. Diana Kuzinski, Barbara Reynolds, widowers PO2 (Join to see) CSM Charles Hayden, divorcees, and others whose hopes, dreams, and love has been upended LORD, YOU know how much each individual can bear. I pray that YOU bless each one with comfort tonight, and infuse joy into the soul of each of those grieving, fearful and/or in pain. We recognize that YOU build character through our challenges. Strengthen our endurance through these trials dear LORD. ‘Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.' [Romans 5:3-5 ESV]

I pray that YOU are seeding YOUR Word in the fertilized soul of those we are each earnestly interceding for their eternal salvation. I thank YOU for guiding people to share faith by demonstration to our loved ones. Draw as many as YOU are willing tonight to YOU. ‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. … As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. [Luke 8:11,15]

I pray that you and your family members sleep well Sunday night and each will awake refreshed and healthy on Monday morning.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
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I expect you have a strong foundation of character rooted in the rock of faith in our LORD. Hopefully you and I are increasingly trustworthy in our relationships with companions – especially spouses. I expect that you appreciate the companions who have proved themselves to be steadfast and reliable including life-long friends. No doubt you are grateful for your relationship with the LORD. 'Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.' [John 15:13 ESV] I expect your dependability, compassion, and honesty are inspirational to those who look to you for leadership, advice and friendship. I hope that you make good use of your time and effort and encourage those most dear to you to focus effort on improving relationships. I pray you that I make steady and diligent effort to supplement our faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love [2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV], my brother-in-Christ SFC (Join to see)

I pray for humility, endurance in selfless service, compassion and sufficient fruit of the Holy Spirit goodness, peace, self-control, and patience for each one of YOUR adopted sons and daughters who reads or listens to this prayer. I expect you, like I, have embraced ideas, friendships with less-than trustworthy people, fads, and other whimsical thoughts when we were younger. By God’s grace HE gives us grace to make errors, with lapses in good judgement, and other learning experiences as HE sanctifies our soul. HE always sets boundaries around us from when were born and ensures that each one WHO HE designated to be HIS elect. ‘For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV]


I hope your integrity is intact and I hope your transparency of character does you justice and is worthy of emulation. No doubt your humility is genuine and you do not put on airs in social interactions since you have self-confidence and have no need or desire to demean others. The LORD justified each of us who are HIS adopted sons and daughters at our salvation and cleanses us of all sin and defects. By HIS grace HE sees us as pure with impeccable character even while HE sanctifies our soul to perfectly reflect HIS image. I hope and pray that you and I have taken to heart the admonition of the LORD to confess our shortfalls and failures and ask the LORD to help us genuinely repent and when appropriate ask for forgiveness. Scripture reminds us ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift,’ [Romans 3:23 ESV] and ‘if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ [1 John 1:8-9 ESV]

I lift those struggling tonight because of grief, pain, weakness, fear, abuse and/or injustice to YOU, LORD including the guiltless imprisoned, those afflicted with PTSD and mental illness. I pray for sufficient endurance and a strengthening of the character if each one of us who is going through harder times than we have previously experienced – including widows SPC Diana D. Diana Kuzinski, Barbara Reynolds, widowers PO2 (Join to see) CSM Charles Hayden, divorcees, and others whose hopes, dreams, and love has been upended LORD, YOU know how much each individual can bear. I pray that YOU bless each one with comfort tonight, and infuse joy into the soul of each of those grieving, fearful and/or in pain. We recognize that YOU build character through our challenges. Strengthen our endurance through these trials dear LORD. ‘Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.' [Romans 5:3-5 ESV]

I pray that YOU are seeding YOUR Word in the fertilized soul of those we are each earnestly interceding for their eternal salvation. I thank YOU for guiding people to share faith by demonstration to our loved ones. Draw as many as YOU are willing tonight to YOU. ‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. … As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. [Luke 8:11,15]

I pray that you and your family members sleep well Sunday night and each will awake refreshed and healthy on Monday morning.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
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Belated thank you my friend and brother-in-Christ Sgt (Join to see) for posting the “Colonel’s” VFV Motivational/Inspirational Quotes & Message of the Day! for Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Topic “Friendship Day!”
Empathy, love, compassion and friendship are best demonstrated. The viewpoint that matters most is the viewpoint of the intended recipient(s).
1. I was painfully shy as a child. I had a few close friends who are lifelong friends to this day. God transformed my shyness into a desire and capability to share my faith publicly.
2. Our connections to others are strengthened by our connection to our LORD. After all we demonstrate our love for God through how we love the people HE causes us to interact with.
3. My darling wife is my lifelong friend and by God's grace my adult sons have become life-long friends.
3. Biblical love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is noble and true '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.


Quotes:
1. William Wycherley 'Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.'
2. Donna A. Favors 'Life has taught me that respect, caring, and love must be shared, for its only through sharing that friendships are born.'.
3. Cyril Connolly 'The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.'
4. Robert Ingersol 'We rise by lifting others'
5. Laurence Sterne 'Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.' alt
6. J.K. Rowling 'If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors not his equals'
7. Harvey Mackay 'Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t and believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If is changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy. They just promised it would be worth it.'

Scriptures;
a. Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV 'Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.'
b. Hebrews 6:9-12 ESV 'Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
c. Matthew 22:36-40 ESV ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? 'And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’
d. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV '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. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.'
e. John 15: 12-17 ESV “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another."

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV '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. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.'
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Gotee Brothers, The - Erace-Why Can't We Be Friends
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Scripture: John 15:12-17 ESV “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another."
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"Share Your Faith" Aug 30, 2017 Concert Performance: "Share Your Faith" - with Lyrics
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