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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The last list of May…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Julius H. Stickoffer (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 11, 1868, at Cienaga Springs, Utah. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Private Thomas W. Stivers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25-26, 1876, at Little Big Horn, Montana. His citation reads:

Voluntarily brought water to the wounded under fire.

Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 4, 1969, at Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners' of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale's valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

The Old Rugged Cross

This hymn was written in 1912 by George Bennard as a response to ridicule he’d received at a revival meeting. Goaspel-song composer helped Bennard with the harmonies and the completed version of the song was first performed on June 7, 1913. Read more about it here.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

The I'm just sayin… Countdown May List of the Day

Top 31 Hymns of All-Time

31   Precious Lord, Take My Hand

30   Oh How I Love Jesus

29   Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

28   Onward, Christian Soldiers

27   Jesus Loves the Little Children

26   What a Friend We Have in Jesus

25   I'll Fly Away

24   Go Tell It On The Mountain

23   Silent Night, Holy Night

22   Just as I Am

21   Sweet By and By

20   When We All Get to Heaven

19   Stand by Me

18   Standing on the Promises

17   At The Cross

16   It is Well With My Soul

15   Shall We Gather at the River

14   How Great Thou Art

13   In the Garden

12   Great is Thy Faithfulness

11   I Love to Tell The Story

10   He Lives

9   To God be the Glory

8   Just a Closer Walk With Thee

7   Jesus Loves Me

6   Love Lifted Me

5   Softly and Tenderly

4   Joy to the World

3   Amazing Grace

2   Old Rugged Cross

1   Because He Lives

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