FOR VALOUR TRACT

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Category: General Tracts MO Gospel Tracts and Booklets
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T Coltman

Glossy 4 page leaflet clearly telling the gospel in relation to the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. 

£5 per 100.

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The 4th. August 2014 will mark the centenary of the commencement of World War 1, (The Great War), which ended on the 11th of November 1918. The two words used as the title of this tract, are to be found inscribed on the highest award of the British Armed Forces: The Victoria Cross.

William Harold Coltman (known as William or Bill) was born on the 17th of November 1891 in the village of Rangemore outside the town of Burton on Trent. He attended the local village school, becoming a gardener and was known in his community as a humble man. Yet this small (5ft.4”) unassuming man was later to be described at the time as the most highly decorated noncommissioned officer of the British Army. Among the medals awarded to him were: Military Medal and Bar/Distinguished Conduct Medal and Bar and the highest award of all the Victoria Cross, each being awarded as a result of: outstanding bravery, a disregard for personal safety and an unquestioned devotion to duty.

The most unusual aspect of these distinctions, is that Bill Coltman never fired a shot and never used a gun. Why was this? As a Christian, he became a “Stretcher Bearer” and while refusing to take life he would rather go out into extremely dangerous conditions to save lives, which he often did. As a Christian, Bill believed one of the best known Bible verses, John ch.3 v16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The question might well be asked, but how did Bill Coltman become a Christian? Was it by church attendance? Was it by reaching a high degree of acceptance before men? No, it was by acknowledging that before God he was a sinner and that God had sent His Son Jesus Christ, to die on a cross as a sacrifice for human sin, enabling guilty sinners, which by nature we all are, to be forgiven. This supreme sacrifice now means, that by believing this to be true and confessing one’s personal sin and need of God’s salvation, the sinner will be forgiven and have the assurance of everlasting life in Heaven, after all death is not a terminus only a junction.  

 Bill continually put his life on the line in no mans’ land, often under intense fire from the enemy, he tended the wounded, often having to carry them on his back to safety, all the time unsure of what would befall him. While we must remember those who fought and died for the freedom we enjoy and so often take for granted, it does point us to the Lord Jesus Christ who out of love for guilty sinners came from heaven to earth so that He would give His life as a sacrifice. While Bill Coltman has been described as “No Ordinary Man”, and he certainly was that, he was only a man, but a man who placed his faith and trust in the only One through whom anyone who does what Bill did will be guaranteed the greatest blessing of all --“Eternal Life”.

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