A Drummer Boy of Gettysburg

Here’s an excerpt from Charlie Coulson, the Drummer Boy by Dr. Max L. Rossvally, Surgeon in the United States Army:
During the American war I was surgeon in the United States army, and after the battle of Gettysburg there were many … whose legs had to be amputated, some their arms, and others both their arm and leg. One of the latter was a boy who had … enlisted as a drummer. When my assistant surgeon and one of my stewards wished to administer chloroform previous to the amputation, he turned his head aside and positively refused to receive it. When the steward told him that it was the doctor’s orders he said, “Send the doctor to me.”
When I came up to his bedside I said: “Young man, why do you refuse chloroform?”
… He laid his hand on mine, and looking me in the face said: “Doctor, … [Jesus] will support me while you amputate my arm and leg.” [Read more…]

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Heaven as Home

Jesus–despite the fact that he was basically homeless and called his disciples to a life of constant travel–assured his followers that home is what God has in store for those who follow him. He said, “there are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). .. it’s not hard to imagine we’ll be given rest and nourishment and whatever work is ours to do, the kind of work that never exhausts our strength but instead energizes us…

Of course, what we’re really talking about is heaven. Not the goofy, cartoon version of “paradise,” with clouds and halos and harps. But home where those we love and the Father we adore are gathered in one place–perhaps for a splendid party, complete with storytelling and singing and a good night’s rest. [Read more…]

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Dramatic Bible TV Series: #1 on Cable

“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” notes Burnett. “We … are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into the Bible’s profound stories. The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more.”

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