Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

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I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America.  And let us play the man for our God, and for the cities of our God; whilst we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe [Psalm 37:5], who loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity [Hebrews 1:9].  And having secured the approbation of our hearts by a faithful and unwearied discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him [1 Peter 5:7] Who raiseth up and pulleth down the empires and kingdoms of the world as He pleases [Daniel 2:21]; and with cheerful submission to His sovereign will [Job 22:21], devoutly say, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield not meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet we will rejoice in the Lord, we will joy in the God of our salvation” [Habakkuk 3:17-18].

~ Founding Father John Hancock, 1774

Let the faith of the founders, who found their joy in the Lord, be an encouragement that when our eyes are fixed on Him as the source of our joy, He who is King over everything can overrule the tyranny of our circumstance!

…and if I perish, I perish. ~ Esther 4:16

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Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers and called “the Father of the American Revolution,” stated:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.  We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.  It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

Salt of the Earth

fixeyesHebrews 12:1-3   Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.

In 1535, Thomas More lost his head to King Henry VIII for refusing to budge on tyrannical heresy. Throughout western civilization, many saints have been tortured to death for standing by the articles of their Faith.  Is it any surprise then, that today Christians are facing the same threat, repackaged and renamed by modern culture?!  Therefore, prepare yourselves to stand and defend your faith in the Name of Jesus!

Hebrews 12:12-13  Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees!  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

One of the sources for the historical articles in The Founders’ Bible is Dr. Paul Jehle, the Executive Director of the Phymouth Rock Foundation (http://www.plymrock.org).  While reading Leviticus last month, I learned from such a piece that one of the supporting foundations of our country is the Mayflower Compact (or Covenant), which is hardly heard of these days.  (http://www.plymrock.org/novenews.php)   It used to be on the calendar – before progressivism.  Now, it is not taught or remembered in most American schools.  We who have benefited from a legacy of self-government, completely disregard, out of ignorance or apathy, the very cornerstone of American civil affairs!  How foolish have we become?!

If only a few would choose to remember – if only a remnant would keep the significance alive…

“You are the salt of the earth. It is not for your own sake, he says, but for the world’s sake that the word is entrusted to you. I am not sending you into two cities only or ten or twenty, not to a single nation, as I sent the prophets of old, but across land and sea, to the whole world. And that world is in a miserable state… he requires of these men those virtues which are especially useful and even necessary if they are to bear the burdens of many… they are to be teachers not simply for Palestines but for the whole world. Do not be surprised, then, he says, that I address you apart from the others and involve you in such a dangerous enterprise… the greater the undertakings put into your hands, the more zealous you must be. When they curse you and persecute you and accuse you over every evil, they may be afraid to come forward. Therefore he says: “Unless you are prepared for that sort of thing, it is in vain that I have chosen you. Curses shall necessarily be your lot but they shall not harm you and simply be a testimony to your constancy. If through fear, however, you fail to show the forcefulness your mission demands, your lot will be much worse.” “ —St. John Chrysostom, Liturgy of the Hours

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…”

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patrick-henry2On MARCH 23, 1775, Patrick Henry told the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond’s St. John’s Church:

“I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…
We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm….
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence…

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Warning from Forgotten Inaugural

whhThe 20th Amendment changed Presidential Inaugurations to JANUARY 20th. Prior to 1933, Inauguration Day was March 4th.

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, MARCH 4, 1841, INAUGURAL:

“Limited as are the powers which have been granted, still enough have been granted to constitute a despotism if concentrated in…the Executive branch…
The tendency of power to increase itself, particularly when exercised by a single individual… would terminate in virtual monarchy…

The tendencies of… governments in their decline is to monarchy…

The spirit of faction… in times of great excitement imposes itself upon the people as the genuine spirit of freedom, and, like the false christs whose coming was foretold by the Savior… impose upon the true and most faithful disciples of liberty.

It is in periods like this that it behooves the people to be most watchful of those to whom they have intrusted power.”

Do you really believe…?

I believe that our founding fathers very clearly recognized that our form of government would only work for a moral and virtuous people, and no other.  The Northwest Ordinance (1787) stated, “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”  If this type of statement were in a proposed bill today, it would be DOA!  There are many quotes from our founding fathers that support this position.

We are no longer the nation that we were when the United States of America was founded. The country’s foundation of morality and virtue have been eroded little by little.  Can anyone re-build a good house on a bad foundation?  Obviously, the answer is no.  In the same manner, we can’t restore our country to what it once was without addressing the foundation – which is made up of families, schools, neighborhoods and churches.  If we aim at any other goal, I believe we are building a house on the sand, and face collapse.

As a Christian, I choose to fight for the traditional family, to regain control of our children’s education, and to encourage people to turn back to God.  There is no morality and virtue aside from God.  If we seriously intend to fight for our country, it is here that we need to engage the battle.  Sure, there are other fronts that need attention:  illegal immigration, Agenda 21, religious liberty, second amendment, fiscal responsibility, etc.  But if we only engage in these skirmishes and neglect the foundation, it will all be in vain.

I started the patriot group, Faith of our Fathers (https://foofohio.wordpress.com), to focus on rebuilding those foundations in ourselves, so that we can reclaim our lost heritage.  We are presently using The Truth Project, which is an in-depth Christian worldview study.   I find it amazing to discover just how successful unbelievers have been in dismantling sound thinking and truth.

Perhaps it is time for all of us to return to the basic precepts of our faith in the Truth of Jesus…  He is still able to save us!  And we know that his church will stand strong against the darkness!  If we all lived it out loud, we could turn the world upside down again!!

As the haunting question posed by our present study goes, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” ~ Dr. Dell Tackett, The Truth Project