Give All You Have

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One of the little known stories of our country’s fight for independence, is that of Governor Thomas Nelson of Virginia. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and placed in command of the Virginia Military Forces. During the Battle of Yorktown, the British commandeered Governor Nelson’s palatial home, to be used as the British military headquarters. As the battle raged on, the American cannon gunners were not firing on Nelson’s estate. In a rage he demanded, “Why do you spare my home?” His troops responded, “Out of respect to you, sir.” Nelson cried, “fire on that building, at once, or give me the cannon and I will do it myself.” By the end of the battle his home lay in a pile smoldering ashes. But Thomas Nelson’s sacrifice was not over. He raised over $2 million for the Revolutionary cause, mostly from pledging his own estate. He died in poverty several years after the war. What if every Christian had the heart of Thomas Nelson? He truly had the same heart for his country that the Apostle Paul had for the Lord. Every follower of Christ should be willing to consider their earthly possessions as worthless, for the cause of Christ. Today, will you pledge your lives, your fortunes, and your sacred honor, for the cause of Christ? Remember, He laid it all down for you. – Pastor Brad Brandon Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”

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