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    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
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    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Mark

Our son-in-law, Mark, is an Aviation Support Equipment Technician aboard the USS NASSAU.  He operates and maintains all equipment that supports flight operations and has been out on his ship for a few months. We are expecting him to return in July. His gear consists of things like tow tractors, forklifts, towbars, fire fighting trucks, and anything else you could think of that would support aircraft. He inspects and perform maintenance on the above units.
We are proud to have three sons in active duty. Andrew is a Marine in Iraq, Nathaniel soon will go to Hawaii (Oh, the hardships one must endure:) as a Marine Avionics Electronics Engineer, and Mark is deployed somewhere out in the big blue Ocean. 
 Here’s a little trivia on the USS Nassau:
The NASSAU stands 20 stories high, measures 820 feet in length and 106 feet in width, displaces 40,000 tons of seawater when fully loaded and has a flight deck that measures more than two acres square. It has 1,400 compartments – about the same number as a large hotel. The NASSAU has nine elevators and two horizontal conveyors – more than most department stores.
Its 2 boilers, the largest ever manufactured for the United States Navy, can generate a total of 400 tons of steam per hour and develop 140,000 horsepower – equivalent to the horsepower of more than 700 average automobiles.
NASSAU has electrical power subsystem creating 14,000 kilowatts to provide electrical power for the ship – adequate electrical power to light 11,500 homes for 50,000 people. On board the NASSAU has 1,500 tons of air conditioning equipment – sufficient to environmentally control a 32-story office building or 500 average homes. To receive and discharge landing craft from teh well deck, the NASSAU can ballast 12,000 tons of seawater for trimming the ship. It was constructed with more than 20,000 tons of steel, 3,000 tons of aluminum, 400 miles of cable and 80 miles of pipe.
NASSAU has a 300 bed hospital, 4 medical operating rooms and 3 dental operating rooms.
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