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Senior Living - November 18

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. --Colossians 2:8-9

When the Titanic sank in April of 1912, there was a great amount of chivalry exerted despite the desperate situation. Out of honor and respect for the men who courageously declared, "Women and children first," an organization was formed called The Christian Boys' and Men's Titanic Society just a few years ago.

The men of this organization gather once a year in April for a dinner in San Antonio, Texas and in Washington, D.C. Both of these events take place on the dates of the iceberg collision and the actual sinking of the Titanic. During the dinners, men and boys are encouraged to be godly, courageous, protectors of their families, and to practice the old fashioned chivalry displayed on that tragic day when the Titanic sank.

As Christian men and women, we should join these men in reinstating the exercise of chivalry in our country. Chivalry is the medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood. Borrowed from the French, the English word "chivalry" was first recorded at the beginning of the 14th century and is found in works as "a body of armored mounted warriors serving a lord." The qualities found in a knight would have been bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry.

As believers in Christ, we must not fall to the deception of our culture that chivalry is completely dead. We are warriors for Christ in this battered world and our primary duty is to serve the Lord. Today, begin practicing the system of kindness toward those you come in contact with, godliness to those around you who are non-believers, and an upright witness to the world for the glory of Christ who lives within us.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to instill in your heart the age-old idea of chivalry so that you may be a witness for Him and bring Him honor.

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