14 November 2018

God's Word for Wednesday, 11/14/18

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18 KJV


It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18 MSG

13 November 2018

God's Word for Tuesday, 11/13/18

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9 KJV


Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. 

Philippians 4:8-9 MSG

12 November 2018

God's Word for Monday, 11/12/18

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 1:9 KJV


Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Colossians 1:9 MSG

11 November 2018

God's Word for Veterans' Day, Sunday 11/11/18

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.


Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
1 John 2:15-16 MSG

10 November 2018

God's Word for Saturday, 11/10/18

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 KJV


The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. 

Hebrews 11:1 MSG

09 November 2018

God's Word for Friday, 11/9/18

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 KJV


“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.” This is God’s Message: “If your sins are blood-red, they’ll be snow-white. If they’re red like crimson, they’ll be like wool. If you’ll willingly obey, you’ll feast like kings. But if you’re willful and stubborn, you’ll die like dogs.” That’s right. God says so.
Isaiah 1:18 MSG

08 November 2018

Veterans' Day benefits

2018 Veterans Day offers, discounts

Military.com has compiled a list of free or reduced goods and services offered to servicemembers, veterans and their families by businesses and organizations in honor of Veterans Day. The list will continue to be updated as it gets closer to Nov. 11.

The following discounts have been confirmed by Military.com, through either press releases or direct communication with the company.

Most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA health identification card, military ID, DD-214 or veterans service organization card (e.g., The American Legion, VFW, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, FRA, etc.). In some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs, so contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

Also, visit www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/state to see what benefits and opportunities are available to veterans in your state.

2018 Veterans Day Restaurant Specials

54th Street Grill -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree up to $12 on Nov. 11.

Applebee's -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Arooga's -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on Nov. 12.

Back Yard Burgers -- On Nov. 11, active-duty servicemembers and veterans get a free Back Yard Classic Burger.

Bakers Square -- Active-duty military and veterans can enjoy a free breakfast from a select menu on Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty members will also receive a 20-percent-off-the-entire-check coupon valid for their next visit.

Bar Louie -- On Nov. 11, veterans and military personnel get a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse -- For the month of November, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies® to the restaurant's 'Buy a Hero a Pizookie' program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie® at www.bjsrestaurants.com/heropizookie Nov. 1-30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through 12/31/2018. And on Sunday, Nov. 11, all military members who dine in-restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr Pepper beverage, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings -- Veterans and active-duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on Nov. 11.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.

Cattlemens -- Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a complimentary 8 oz. Sirloin Steak dinner on Nov. 11.

CentraArchy Restaurants -- Veterans and active-duty servicemembers get a free entree on Nov. 11.

Chevys Fresh Mex -- On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.

Chili's -- Veterans and active military servicemembers get a free meal on Nov. 11.

Chipotle -- Active-duty military, reserves, National Guard, military spouses and retired military get a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deal on Nov. 11.

Chop House -- On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.

Claim Jumper -- On November 12, veterans get a complimentary meal from a special menu.

Connors Steak & Seafood -- On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.

Cotton Patch Cafe -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel -- Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee on Nov. 11.

Dunkin' Donuts -- On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations.

Eat'n Park -- All active and former military personnel will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.

El Torito -- On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.

Famous Dave's -- On Nov. 11-12, former and current military personnel will receive a free 2 Meat Salute.

Fatz Southern Kitchen -- Veterans and active military get a free World Famous Calabash Chicken basket on Nov. 12. Fatz will also host Military Appreciation Month in November with a special offer; from Nov. 1-30, veterans and active military members will receive 25 percent off their entree.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free lunch or dinner entree on Nov. 12.

Friendly's -- Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on Nov. 11.

Grub Burger Bar -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary entree on Nov. 11 at all locations.

Hooters -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu at participating locations on Nov. 11.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from the soup, salad and dessert bar on Nov. 12.

Hy-Vee -- Veterans and active-duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on Nov. 12 from 6-11 a.m.

K&W Cafeterias -- Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until closing.

Kings Family Restaurant -- Veterans and active military members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.

Little Caesars -- Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Logan's Roadhouse -- On Nov. 11 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ -- During the month of November, active-duty and veteran military personnel get 20 percent off. On Nov. 11-12, active-duty military and veterans get a complimentary dessert.

Main Event -- On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a complimentary $10 in arcade play that can be used on all Main Event arcade games, and can choose one entree from a select menu.

Max & Erma's – On Nov. 11, participating locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants -- Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) can enjoy a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.

Menchie's -- Veterans and active military personnel get their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on Nov. 11.

On the Border -- Veterans receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree (Choose 2) on Nov. 11.

Pancho's Mexican Restaurant -- Veterans and active-duty servicemembers will receive a 25 percent discount on their bill on Nov. 11.

Pilot Flying J -- Active-duty and retired military veterans get a free breakfast Nov. 10-12.

Primanti Bros. -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich all day on Nov. 11.

Red Lobster -- Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu Nov. 11-12.

Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military get a free Red's Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11.

RibCrib -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.

Rock and Brews -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich or salad on Nov. 12.

Ruby Tuesday -- Veterans, active-duty and reserve servicemembers get a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

Sagebrush Steakhouse -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.

Scooter's Coffee -- Active and retired military get free drinks of any size on Nov. 11.

Shane's Rib Shack -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free sandwich combo Nov. 8-10 at participating locations.

Sheetz -- On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military personnel get a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular-size fountain drink as well as a free car wash.

Spaghetti Warehouse -- From Nov. 9-11 buy one entree and get the second entree free. Coupon required.

Tap House Grill -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary meal on Nov. 11.

Texas Corral -- Veterans and active servicemembers get a free entree from a special menu along with an iced tea, lemonade or coffee on Nov. 11.

Texas de Brazil -- Two veterans dine complimentary, plus 20 percent off for up to six additional guests, on Nov. 11-12 during dinner service.

Texas Roadhouse -- Veterans and active members of the military get a free lunch on Nov. 11 from a select menu.

TooJay's -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill -- Veterans get a free Churrasco meal with the purchase of another Churrasco meal, Nov. 9-12.

Twin Peaks – Active-duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.

Wienerschnitzel -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a 20 oz. drink on Nov. 11.

Wild Wing Cafe -- Veterans eat for free all day from select items on Nov. 11 at participating locations.

2018 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts

9/11 Memorial and Museum -- Veterans will receive free museum admission, as well as half-price museum tickets for up to two family members, Nov. 7-11.

Aquarium of the Pacific -- Veterans and military personnel get free admission on Nov. 11.

Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees at its recreation areas nationwide Nov. 11-12.

B&Bs for Vets -- Complimentary rooms at inns will be offered to veterans on or around Nov. 11.

Birmingham Zoo -- Veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on Nov. 11-12.

Boston Bruins -- In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 5, all military will receive a 20 percent off discount at the ProShop and all GameDay ProShop locations.

Boston Duck Tours -- Veterans and active military ride free Nov. 12-16. Dependents ride for $10 per person (plus 5 percent CCF surcharge).

Colonial Williamsburg -- Military families can receive a free admission ticket during Veterans Day weekend.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden -- Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.

Harley-Davidson Museum -- The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military ski for free on Nov. 11.

Knott's Berry Farm – Active-duty military and veterans receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest Nov. 1 - 15 and Nov. 26 - December 21. Additional discounted tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth.

LEGOLAND Florida – November 1-30, all veterans and active-duty military can receive free admission. Veterans also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount on the same dates.

Main Event -- On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a complimentary $10 in arcade play that can be used on all Main Event arcade games, and can choose one entree from a select menu.

Mariners' Museum -- Active-duty and retired military, veterans and their immediate families get free admission on Nov. 11.

"Mickey: The True Original" -- This 16,000-sq.-ft. immersive pop-up exhibition opens in NYC on Nov. 8, open through February in celebration of Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary. On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military can attend the exhibition free of charge, in addition to a few friends and family of theirs.

Montpelier -- Veterans get free House tours Nov. 9-11. Veterans also receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase at the Museum Shop.

Monticello -- Veterans get complimentary admission for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.

Mount Vernon -- All active-duty, former or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Nov. 11.

National Parks -- On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees for free.

National WWI Museum and Memorial -- Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel Nov. 9-11.

Natural History Museum of Utah -- Former members of the military, plus one additional guest each, receive free admission on Nov. 10-12.

New Mexico Museum of Space History -- Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.

Newseum -- Veterans and active-duty members of the military plus one guest get free admission on Nov. 10-11.

NY Waterway -- NY Waterway will provide free ferry/bus service for active-duty servicemembers and military veterans who come in uniform or with a valid military ID on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Visit nywaterway.com/veteransday for more information, or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium -- On November 10-12, active-duty servicemembers and veterans receive free admission. Immediate family members will receive half off general admission.

Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Throughout the month of November, all veterans and active military plus one guest get free museum admission and parking.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden -- All military veterans who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, will receive free admission on Nov. 11.

Super 8 by Wyndham -- From Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 2018, any current or retired military personnel, veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the United States and Canada can take advantage of Super 8's 20-percent-off military discount. Additionally, guests who book using this offer through a Wyndham direct booking channel will be automatically enrolled into Wyndham Rewards and eligible for 500 bonus points. Learn more at super8.com/military.

The Alamo -- Active-duty military and veterans get free tours on Nov. 11.

Westgate Resorts -- Westgate Resorts are honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away free vacations. On Nov. 9, they will open up registration for the event that will be held in May 2019.

Woodland Park Zoo -- Active, retired and veteran military personnel and their spouses get free admission on Nov. 11.

World of Coca-Cola -- Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and from Nov. 1-11, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

2018 Veterans Day Retail Offerings

Academy Sports + Outdoors -- Current and former military members and their immediate families get 10 percent off their entire purchase, Oct. 31 through Nov. 11.

Brides Across America -- Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway for military in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $40 fee. Attend the event and select one of the designated gowns on display. Visit the Brides Across America website for more details.

Enterprise Car Sales -- Active-duty military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with any used-vehicle purchase during the month of November.

Goodyear -- Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires locations nationwide are offering active and retired military members free "Checks for Vets," plus up to 10 percent off tires, Nov. 9-11.

Grace for Vets -- Car washes from around the world that join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on Nov. 11.

Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and current military members can visit a Great Clips salon to receive either a free haircut or a free-haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free-haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.

Mattress Firm -- Veterans and their families get 20 percent off any purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store or online.

Muscle Feast -- www.MuscleFeast.com offers a 10-percent discount to all veterans and active-duty personnel on Nov. 11. The 10 -ercent discount is offered year-round.

Publix -- Veterans, military personnel and their families save 10 percent on groceries on Nov. 11.

Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase on Nov. 11.

Sears Garage Services -- From Nov. 9-12, anyone with a valid military ID can save 10 percent off any product or service.

Southeastern Grocers -- Veterans and active military get an 11 percent discount on qualifying grocery purchases on Nov. 11.

Sport Clips -- Participating locations are offering veterans and active-duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11.

Target -- In honor of Veterans Day, Target will offer all active-duty military, veterans and their spouse and/or dependent children (up to age 18) a 10-percent discount on their purchases, in store and online at Target.com, from Nov. 4-12, 2018. The discount is available through a single-use coupon, and has grown from its five-day duration last year. Eligible guests can visit Target.com/military to register and receive the discount.  

TOPS -- Veterans and active military personnel receive an 11 percent discount off a total order on Nov. 11.

Tractor Supply -- This Veterans Day, customers with a valid military ID or proof of service, and their dependents, will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. This discount will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will be available at all of Tractor Supply's more than 1,725 locations nationwide.