Site Under De(con)struction – He Said

Site Under Construction

Site Under Construction

“The Lord moved the heart of the king to make this proclamation:

The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth (this ministry) and he has appointed me to build a temple (a website) for him at Jerusalem in Judah (virtually). And (His) people are to provide silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem (website for Christian Devotions Ministries.) ” Ezra 1: 1-4

At least that’s how I read this verse. For the past week Christian Devotions Ministries has battled website server issues. I thought when I sold my web company five years ago I was done with web work. But “web” spelled backwards is “bew” which in Yiddish means, “small dog with a deformed something.” Or maybe it means “small god with a reformed theology.” Yiddish is not my first language. Or even a language spoken in my neighborhood.

My point is our ministry’s web site is sick. Sick as in kaput. ( “Kaput,” by the way, is Yiddish for “Chicago Cubs World Series hopes.”) Seven years worth of daily devotions (365 x 7=2555) are gone. Poof! No more. The cause? A deformed database.

Or maybe it’s the Cubs.

Anyhow, this morning during my quiet time God gave me this encouragement from Ezra. “Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord.”

Rebuilt.

On the old foundations.

In fear.

And sacrificed.

Look, I’m not asking for donations for Christian Devotions Ministries. At CDM we don’t pass the plate around and beg for bucks.

But it is a good thing to hear a word of encouragement when your temple lies in ruins.

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(any hipppos associated with this possing are pearly my on and in know refract the quanity fo work assocated with Christian Devolution Minstrees.)

They Gave Their All for a Supply of Shoes

The 26th North Carolina brought 843 men to the field at Gettysburg on July 1. By nightfall 588 men were dead or wounded. The colors fell fourteen times. Only twelve men remained of Company E, all but two wounded. Company F consisted of a single sergeant, Robert Hudspeth.

Shortly after noon Pettigrew's men deployed in line of battle on a ridge 60 yards west McPherson's Woods

Shortly after noon Pettigrew’s men deployed in line of battle on a ridge 60 yards west McPherson’s Woods

Pettigrew’s Brigade moved toward Gettysburg early on the morning of July 1. Shortly after noon Pettigrew’s men deployed in line of battle on a ridge 60 yards west McPherson’s Woods.

The 26th North Carolina stood on the Brigade’s left flank, on the ridge in front, facing the woods and Willoughby Run. In front was the 24th Michigan of Meredith’s Iron Brigade. The order to advance came around 2:30 p.m. As they approached Willoughby Run the 26th received a galling fire from the opposite bank. By Maj. Jones recalled the enemy “pouring volleys into each other at a distance not greater than 20 paces.”

With Colonel Henry King Burgwyn, the 21-year old “boy general,” taking his place at the center of the regiment, and J.B. Mansfield, the regimental color bearer, advanced with the regiment’s square battle flag. Eight other members of the 26th’s color guard joined Mansfield at the front.

Four members of the 26th’s color guard were killed or wounded before they even reached Willoughby Run.  Private John Stamper grabbed the regiment’s colors as they splashed across the stream but fell before reaching the other side.  Private George Washington Kelly gathered the battle flag and charged ahead but was struck by shrapnel in the leg and fell. L.A. Thomas, gathered the flag up and began to move up the hillside.

As they approached Willoughby Run the 26th received a galling fire from the opposite bank. By Maj. Jones recalled the enemy "pouring volleys into each other at a distance not greater than 20 paces."

As they approached Willoughby Run the 26th received a galling fire from the opposite bank. By Maj. Jones recalled the enemy “pouring volleys into each other at a distance not greater than 20 paces.”

Thomas was hit; he passed the flag to John Vinson. Enemy fire dropped Vinson. The flag was passed to John Marley. Within a few steps he too fell wounded.  A tenth, unnamed man, hoisted colors.  In ten minutes the 26th North Carolina had lost ten different color bearers.

The men of the 26th North Carolina rushed up the steep bank, coming on “with rapid strides, yelling like demons.” Waiting in the thick woods were the trained rifles of the 24th Michigan and the Iron Brigade.

Seeing the Hardee hats of the Michigan men, some of Burgwyn’s men exclaimed, “here are those damned black hat fellows again.”   With less than fifty yards separating the two lines, the 24th Michigan unleashed a devastating volley upon the 26th.

Standing toe to toe in the deep woods, the two proud regiments poured deadly fire into each other.  Col. Burgwyn, urging his men forward, took up the 26th’s colors.  As Burgwyn turned to hand the flag to Private Frank Honeycutt the “boy colonel” was struck in the chest by a musket ball.  Burgwyn stumbled forward, dropped to his knees, but managed to keep the colors aloft as he attempted to pass them to Honeycutt. A shot to the head felled Honeycutt.

Lieutenant Colonel J.R. Lane, after checking on the mortally wounded Burgwyn, quickly assumed command of the regiment. “Close your men quickly to the left.,” he ordered. “I am going to give them the bayonet,” As the 26th North Carolina’s men prepared for yet another charge, their flag lay on the ground in front. Lieutenant Blair of the 26th, seeing the flag on the ground announced, “no man can take those colors and live.”  Lane picked up the flag and ordered his men forward.

Lieutenant Colonel J.R. Lane, still carrying the regiment’s flag, continued to urge his men forward. Then he, too was struck down, suffering a terrible bullet wound to the back of the neck.  For the fourteenth and final time on July 1st, the colors of the 26th went down.

The retreating 24th Michigan broke and began to retreat towards the town of Gettysburg.

The retreating 24th Michigan broke and began to retreat towards the town of Gettysburg.

The fight between the 24th Michigan and the 26th North Carolina proved to be the bloodiest regimental engagement of the bloodiest Civil War battle. The 26th North Carolina and 24th Michigan each suffered the greatest number of regimental casualties in their respective armies at Gettysburg. The 26th North Carolina entered the battle with 843 soldiers and suffered 687 casualties, including its colonel and lieutenant colonel.  The 24th Michigan would lose 363 of their 496 soldiers at Gettysburg – a staggering 73% casualty rate.

All for a supply of shoes.

Monument at Gettysburg to the 26th North Carolina

Monument at Gettysburg to the 26th North Carolina

(Much of this information courtesy of: www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg/gettysburg-2011/the-battle-for-herbst-woods.html)

Every Writer Needs a Team – Build Yours at Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference 2014!

Every Writer Needs a Team

Build Yours at Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference 2014!

Join me September 15-18 at the Maranatha Missionary and Bible Conference Center in Muskegon, Michigan.

2014 Theme: Every Writer Needs a Team

It’s true! While writing is a solitary expression of your thoughts and faith, if you  want to grow in your writing  career, then you need a team to help you! Let us help  you build your team. We’ve designed the 2014 program  around these three goals

1. Chart Your Course Through Today’s Publishing Options

2. Build Your Readership

3. Grow in Craft and Creativity

Early Bird Registration ends August 15, 2014

Here’s a sneak peek at the 2014 program in store for you:

All new program features!

  • Witness “Experience it Live” sessions
  • See a mock Pub Board in action
  • Watch as a social media strategy is demonstrated
  • Speed-dating the experts
  • Building your social media strategy

 Favorite program features return!

1. One-on-one consultations with editors and faculty

2. Hands-on small group critique sessions

3. Premium sessions

4. Fun & fellowship with other writers and faculty

4 Enriching Days of…

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  • Compelling General Sessions
  • Expert Panel Discussions
  • Music and Worship
  • Skill-building Sessions
  • Over 30 Small-group Workshops

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Announcing New Leadership

The Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference has a rich 37-year history as an informative, inspiring, and intimate conference. In 2014, Somersault Group

has partnered with Maranatha to design and implement a new program. Somersault believes that the evolving world of Christian publishing provides a playground of new possibilities for authors and publishing professionals alike.

 

Our 2014 theme verse: “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)

 

We hope to see you there and we can grow together.

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