Cafe Church November 2009



In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
John McCrae

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
Bill Vaughan

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
Revelation 6:3-4 (New International Version)

It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything.

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
Solomon Short

"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
Luke 14:31 (New International Version)

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Jean Paul Richter

So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance on them.
Numbers 31:3 (New International Version)

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Bertrand Russell

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Matthew 24:6 (New International Version)

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
Eve Merriam

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
Exodus 15:3 (New International Version)

A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
German Proverb

If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.
Deuteronomy 20:11-13 (New International Version)

The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
Colman McCarthy

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
Revelation 12:7 (New International Version)

We need a new law that owners of SUVs are automatically in the military reserve. Then they can go get their own goddamn oil.
Jello Biafra, quoted in The Guardian, 3 November 2007

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
Francis Meehan

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
Napoleon Hill

But this word of the LORD came to me: 'You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.
1 Chronicles 22:8 (New International Version)

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

I think war might be God's way of teaching us geography.
Paul Rodriguez

The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success [a] than the rest of Saul's officers, and his name became well known.
1 Samuel 18:30 (New International Version)

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
William Westmoreland

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
François Fénelon

Men were made for war. Without it they wandered greyly about, getting under the feet of the women, who were trying to organize the really important things of life.
Alice Thomas Ellis

The expendability factor has increased by being transferred from the specialised, scarce and expensively trained military personnel to the amorphous civilian population. American strategists have calculated the proportion of civilians killed in this century's major wars. In the First World War 5 per cent of those killed were civilians, in the Second World War 48 per cent, while in a Third World War 90-95 per cent would be civilians.
Colin Ward, Anarchy in Action

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
Georges Clemenceau

There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.
Marleen - The Talmud

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:2-4 (New International Version)

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.
William Shakespeare

When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies.
Numbers 10:9 (New International Version)

Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance
French Proverb

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
George C. Marshall

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