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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
While he was a pastor in Indianapolis, Henry Ward Beecher preached a series of sermons about gambling and drunkenness. He soundly denounced the men of the community who profited by these sins.
The next week, Beecher was accosted on the street by a would-be assailant. Brandishing a pistol, the man demanded that Beecher make some kind of retraction about what he had said the previous Sunday. Take it back, right here!, he demanded with an oath, Or I will shoot you on the spot!
Courage involves more than convictions. It has been said that one man with courage makes a majority. While that may be true, courage involves a willingness to speak and to act in order to bring about change in individual lives, in families, in neighborhoods, in cities, and in nations. That kind of message requires courage because it will be actively opposed, both by those who dont want to change and by the evil one who doesnt want them to change.
Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us be strong and of good courage... for the Lord thy God...will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Its not enough to just believe something. We must be willing to speak out, speak up, and stand up in order truly to be a courageous person. Today, lets remember that our voice can make a difference in the lives of others if our courage will help us stand up and say what needs to be said.
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: August 10, 2001
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