SWTOR: Guild Strongholds and Guild Ship

After some discussion it has been suggested that the Light Wielders and Alpha-Omega guilds could create a guild galactic stronghold as opposed to the guild ship. The Guild ship initial cost is 50 million credits where as the guild galactic stronghold initial cost is only 50,000 credits. Cost of a guild galactic stronghold and its expansion is cheaper on Coruscant and Kaas City. This is the link to dulfy that displays charts showing price and cost of expansions for 4 of the planets for Republic and Imperial factions http://dulfy.net/2014/07/25/swtor-galactic-strongholds-tours-and-unlock-pricings/.
It should be possible for any member of the guild to make and apply any contributions although the website does not discuss this point and therefore the mechanics are still unclear.
According to the poll on this website there are 5 people who are unsure whether the guild should have a guild ship. Four that prefer to work on their Galactic Strongholds, GSH, and 2 for yes let’s get a galactic guild ship. Judging by the actions of the SWTOR community and guild mates I would say that we are moving in the direction of the Galactic Strongholds although I have heard that some guilds already have both guild ships and guild strongholds. This guild is not that rich but we do have fun and we do have faith. I hope in time that we as a guild can get a guild ship but I do realize its expensive and that it will take an effort by everyone in the guild.
Join Tia and myself this coming Friday August 22nd at 2 pm EDT as we purchase and create whatever expansions we can to the Guild Strongholds. God Bless everyone, Sandman

I was reading through Judges chapter 7 the other day and noticed a curious detail.  A detail I had read past many times before; a detail that seems almost insignificant.  If you recall, this is the story of Gideon.  In chapter 7 Gideon has gathered his army and they are looking down at the sprawling Midianite army.  God tells him to whittle his group down and in doing so Gideon ends up with only 300 men.  That night the Lord tells him to take his servant and sneak down to the enemy camp so that he can overhear the conversation between a couple of soldiers.  The conversation basically reveals that they are as scared of Gideon as Gideon is of them.  Gideon is thankful for this and – this is where the curious detail comes in- 7:15 reads:

“And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of …”

What I noticed was that Gideon Worshipped first, and THEN he returned to the safety of his own camp.  Think about when you were a little kid and you woke up in the middle of the night and had to go to the bathroom.  And you had to walk through the dark house to get there.  The fear was almost paralyzing and you probably held it as long as you could.  And maybe, when you were done, you ran back to your bed as fast as you could, almost in a panic, and pulled the covers over your head.  Well here’s a man who is such a coward that he’s practically scared of his own shadow; who probably had to work up enough nerve just to sneak down and get that close to the enemy.  And rather than go back to camp, to relative safety, and then give thanks to the Lord, he stays and gives thanks where he is.  Within ear shot of the enemy.  That’s enough to impress a Klingon.

The 23rd Psalm talks about walking without fear even when facing death.  The Psalmist goes on to say, in verse 5, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies…”  in the very presence of our enemies the Lord provides for us.  Something I’ve had to work on along my Christian walk (and I’m probably not alone) is the concept of giving thanks in all things.  Sometimes, when I’m facing a tough situation, I forget to give thanks until I’m on the other side of it.  But I’ve learned that whatever is going wrong, there is something going right that I can be thankful for.  Whatever I have lost, there is still plenty I have that I can be thankful for.  No matter who I am up against, I still have a God who is bigger.   And one thing I’ve learned along the way: the more I’ve remembered to give thanks in the midst of trial or tribulation, the bigger the table that God has spread before me.