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Raised Flags

Two American flags were raised on Iwo Jima where one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific occurred. Find the timeless story in James Bradley's book, 'Flags Of Our Fathers.' Within the details are the events leading to the flag raisings. When American troops captured Mount Suribachi it was not a minor thing for many men died and World War II was harsh.

Back in that day few men had or even carried a camera. Yet two pictures sharing the first and second flag raisings got into the Associated Press news reports. The mothers back home in the US recognized their boys! And since letters home from the young men on the front lines was slow or nonexistent these photographs brought tears and words of grateful thanks to Jesus. Families missed their boys and yet believed in the cause as flags flew.

America had been attacked at Pearl Harbor and the United States choose to rise up in defense, entering the war. The Churches were full each Sunday because faith and hope was strong that their sons and daughters would return home. People needed each other and needed the Lord. And when news came that one of their own, a soldier brave and true, would not return from combat then Christians went out of their way to support, pray with, and nurture that family.

At the Oral Roberts University 60 foot high 'Praying Hands Statue' in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the American flag flies proudly as it is surrounded by the flags of all the Nations of the World. For we are united in Christ Jesus globally and our prayers are lifted together for His Peace. Our flags are meant to be displayed as reminders of who we are to be as peacemakers. Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9 Rev. Walker's message Blessed Are The Peacemakers

All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:18


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