RE Verse reading–Matthew 3 (day seven) I am reading Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken. It is a moving story of the courage of the American pilots in the Pacific theater of WWII. It reminds me of John the Baptist who was not a man to value comfort above duty. From uncomfortable clothes to unappetizing diet, his path was not chosen with an eye for pleasure. His only focus was on truth, and if “truth hurts” then so be it. This same selflessness allowed him to face his opponents without surrender. Their disapproval did not frighten him. Neither did Herod’s which eventually cost him his life. What an absolutely courageous man! Pray that God makes us a generation like John. Our nation, church and families would be radically changed if people served God with stubborn resistance against the softening desires of the flesh, with the knowledge that the approval of Christ demands both physical and spiritual courage. Have we grown soft, friends? Pray not! I will look for you in worship in a few hours.