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Staff Sergeant "Wild Bill" Guarnere

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“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,”

–Colossians 1:9

I was watching Band of Brothers the other day, an HBO series on the men of Easy Company, who parachuted into Normandy during the earliest hours of D-Day and fought all the way to Germany.

Just before D-Day, Staff Sergeant Bill Guarnere learned of his brother’s death. His brother was serving in the Italian campaign of WWII and was killed in action.

Devastated, Staff Sergeant Guarnere quickly found a deeper hatred for the Nazis. When he finally had his chance to attack the enemy, he did so, though sometimes without regard to his Commanding Officer’s orders. Yes, his motivations for accomplishing the mission were deeply rooted, and surely inspired his brothers in battle... But at times, he put on blinders to anything else, even his brothers, in order to accomplish the objective. The mission was no longer their mission, but his. For these reasons, he earned the nickname “Wild Bill.”

Walking with Jesus is walking against Satan. But a follower of Christ (like Paul above) knows he shouldn’t go at it alone, not just for his own sake, but for his brother’s sake too! Furthering God’s Kingdom is not your mission or my mission as much as it is our mission. And consequently, the Apostle Paul had an obsession with encouraging, praying for, and thanking. 

Daily Battle Order:

Make a list of allies, brothers, leaders, and ministry targets. 

First, pray for each of them right now. Thank God for them. 

Second, (1) tell them you’re grateful for them; (2) tell them you’re praying for them; and (3) encourage them in their faith.

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