WHAT A WASTE –

Waste x3

WHAT A WASTE! The Germans had a very powerful weapon in WWII which never repaid its investment. The TIRPITZ was the largest battleship ever built in Europe, with dimensions slightly exceeding those of her sister ship the Bismarck.  Tirpitz never fired at an enemy ship, and participated in ONLY ONE combat operation which was the only time she fired against enemy ground targets.

Tirpitz fired only once

The Tirpitz had, on paper, awesome fighting statistics. She displaced 42,900 tons and had an overall length of 792 feet. Her maximum speed was 30 knots and she had a range of 9,000 miles at 19 knots. At its maximum, the ship’s armour was 12.5 inches and she was armed with 8 x 15 inch guns, 12 x 5.9 inch guns, 16 x 4 inch AA guns, 16 x 37mm AA guns, 58 x 20mm AA guns, 8 x 21 torpedo tubes and six aircraft. Her crew numbered 2,400. By any standards, the Tirpitz would have been a major threat to either the Russian convoys or the Atlantic convoys.

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WHAT A WASTE! The Germans had another “biggest”  The GUSTAV Gun was the largest calibre rifled weapon in the history of artillery to see actual combat, but was fired ONLY ONCE in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol.

Gustav gun used only once

Gustav weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 37 kilometers (23 miles).  In combat, the gun was mounted on a specially designed chassis, supported by four bogies on parallel sets of railway tracks. Each of the bogies had 20 axles, giving a total of 80 axles (160 wheels).  The ammunition for the gun consisted of a heavy concrete-piercing shell and a lighter high-explosive shell. A super-long-range rocket projectile was also planned with a range of 150 km that would require the barrel being extended to 84 meters. This rocket projectile might have enabled the bombardment of England.

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WHAT A WASTE when Christians do not use the gifts they are given – the biggest of all gifts – the power of heaven!

The Lord Jesus gave gifts to His people. To some He gave more, to others less, but to each He gave at least ONE gift.  He gave these for a single purpose: to be USED to benefit His Church. He loaded His people with all the power, armour, weaponry and ammunition needed to live victoriously and to complete His work.

Each who is a child of the living God needs to ask:
Am I using the gift/s He has given me?
Am I fulfilling His purpose?
Or am I like the Tirpitz or the Gustav – the best of its kind but a useless waste?

If I refuse to use my gift/s I insult my God and mock His purpose.

#  If there is NO FRUIT in my life, there is NO REASON for my existence.
#  Life’s greatest privilege is to be a co-labourer together with God.
#  Either Christ is Lord OF all or He is not Lord AT all.

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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4 Responses to WHAT A WASTE –

  1. snowgood says:

    Your story reminds me of two things.

    1: Our weekly messages are all about “God’s Power Tools”. We are being encouraged to use them. Feel free to listen in on

    http://www.chudleighbaptistchurch.co.uk/podcasts.html

    2: One of the first churches I used to attend once had a V1 flying bomb land on it in WW2. There is still a slight dent in the floor to this day, oh yes it failed to detonate.

    Ironically “The Brethren” believed they’d be immune to such devices, when in fact one of the first fatalities was “a brother”.

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    • I’m afraid I can’t watch videos/podcasts etc. My internet speed is only 256kbps and I can only receive a second or two at a time with long pauses between. I also have a limited monthly download which is enough for here and myLot (my other site: a discussion-based site).

      As you know, I lived through the war near Portsmouth so I have m-a-n-y personal war stories I could relate. Death was an everyday event as I accompanied my mother on her air-raid warden rounds.

      My sister and I went to the movies every Saturday because my mother worked. Children weren’t allowed without adults but the projectionist was our “escort” and we sat outside his projection box. The ONE Saturday we didn’t go to the movies because our uncle took us out, was the day the theatre was bombed. They were showing Gone With the Wind and the headlines were “Theatre goes with the wind”. I believe no one escaped.

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      • pbus1 says:

        The Lord has had His hands on your life, all of your life. The Providence of God has been your covering, even when you were unaware of it. He has been working behind the scenes, orchestrating and ordering your steps, long before you knew it. What a mighty God we serve!

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        • I have to agree with you there! Even when I was totally unaware of God, He had His hand on my life. I can look back and see so many times when HE intervened. I can look back and THANK Him for everything that happened during my 22 years of abuse, because it made me what I am today and gave me a ministry in which I KNOW what people are talking about and how they felt when they were abused.

          We certainly DO serve a mighty God, but even more importantly, we serve a PERSONAL, FATHER God who is vitally interested in everything about us and Who constantly guides us – and the REALITY of that experience cannot be denied.

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