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A Horse, A Horse

Nº 264

weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - August 22, 2023

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him. - Jim Elliot

The Battle of Bosworth Field occurred on August 22, 1485. This decisive battle ended the War of the Roses, concluded the reign of Richard III, and began the Tudor Dynasty under Henry VII. That moment is often cited as the beginning of Modern England.

The best accounts agree that during an unsuccessful cavalry charge, Richard III was knocked from his horse, surrounded by foot soldiers, and killed. It is highly unlikely that Richard III uttered the words attributed to him by Shakespeare: “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse”. But Shakespeare touched a deep human reality as he portrayed Richard III frantically offering to trade everything he possessed, to escape his tragic predicament.

Life is an ongoing negotiation. What are we trading away and what will we have in return?

Jesus understood this persistent human bartering, and posed a profound question to His disciples, “What shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) Eventually, we must all give an answer.

Do not wait until the final hour to begin negotiations. Start today and exchange your dependence on wealth, power, good works, or any other false hope for the free gift of abundant and eternal life through Jesus Christ.


Dan Bolin

Author & President

Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc


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