…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.”

Kelly Monroe Kullberg – Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration

Kelly Monroe Kullberg will be speaking to us this coming Monday, September 9, 2013 concerning her work as the founder of Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration.

http://evangelicalsforbiblicalimmigration.com/read-the-letter/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evangelicals-for-Biblical-Immigration-EBI/208457102639014

Kelly will share her journey of faith outside the relative safety of the ivory towers and into the battle for our nation. David, her novelist husband, is to blame for Kelly’s wake-up call. He will join her.

In 2000, David wrote the novel, The War Against God which, years later, catalyzed the Kullberg’s interest in the funding streams and rhetorical strategies of “evangelicals” behind the Obama administration and its policies. They’ll be telling this story of life imitating art. Of truth even stranger than fiction.

Conversation will include the whole counsel of Scripture in relation to the immigration bill and the “evangelical leaders” promoting it. While we all may agree that reform is necessary, we do not all agree that the 1,200-page Gang of Eight bill is the needed reform.

Kelly founded The Veritas Forum now in 130 universities around the world contending for the truth, Veritas, of Jesus Christ. She edited/co-authored bestseller Finding God at Harvard and authored the sequel, Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. Together the Kullbergs co-authored A Faith and Culture Devotional.

UALC – The Church at Mill Run, Room 2031 or 3002 (check lobby sign – room could change)
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, OH

Calling the Nation to Prayer and Fasting

(Portions taken from “The Founders Bible” Calling the Nation to Prayer and Fasting, pp 711-715)

In Ezra 7, Babylonian King Artaxerxes commissioned the priest Ezra to gather Jewish captives, return to their ancient homeland, rebuild the holy temple in Jerusalem, which had lain in ruins for decades, and also set up a separate civil government.  In chapter 8, Ezra assembled the people, but before they set out on their trek:

 21 There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

He called for a time of fasting and prayer so the group could beseech the Lord’s intervention and assistance; and as Ezra attested, God answered their prayers.  They journeyed safely to Jerusalem and successfully restored both the temple and civil government in their homeland.

The practice of calling the nation to a time of corporate prayer and fasting is repeated frequently throughout the Scriptures. I want to focus on two of those occasions.

In late 1860, it appeared that a national conflict was soon to begin, so President James Buchanan called the nation to a time of prayer and fasting, reminding the country:

 “In this the hour of our calamity and peril, to whom shall we resort for relief but to the God of our fathers? His omnipotent arm only can save us from the awful effects of our own crimes and follies — our own ingratitude and guilt towards our Heavenly Father.

 

Let us, then, with deep contrition and penitent sorrow, unite in humbling ourselves before the Most High, in confessing our individual and national sins, and in acknowledging the injustice of our punishment. Let us implore Him to remove from our hearts that false pride of opinion which would impel us to persevere in wrong for the sake of consistency, rather than yield a just submission to the unforeseen exigencies by which we are now surrounded. Let us with deep reverence beseech him to restore the friendship and good will which prevailed in former days among the people of the several States; and, above all, to save us from the horrors of civil war and “blood-guiltiness.” Let our fervent prayers ascend to His Throne that He would not desert us in this hour of extreme peril, but remember us as he did our fathers in the darkest days of the revolution; and preserve our Constitution and our Union, the work of their hands, for ages yet to come.

 

An Omnipotent Providence may overrule existing evils for permanent good. He can make the wrath of man to praise Him, and the remainder of wrath he can restrain. — Let me invoke every individual, in whatever sphere of like he may be placed, to feel a personal responsibility to God and his country for keeping this day holy, and for contributing all in his power to remove our actual and impending calamities.” 1

President Abraham Lincoln, while in the midst of the bloody Civil War, called the nation to a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, explaining in most profound terms:

 “Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;

 

And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

 

It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness…..   ….All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.”2

Times of corporate humiliation and prayer were called in time of national danger and also in times of national tragedy.  America has a long history of following the Biblical precedent of observing times of spiritual discipline that every Christian would do well to personally develop (Matthew 9:15).  Jesus noted that some situations in our lives change only through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21), and it allows us to spend time in concentrated prayer in our relationship with the Lord.

Now, therefore, in compliance with ancient tradition and in light of the speech given today by President Obama seeking approval to bomb Syria –  I do by this proclamation, call all citizens to national humiliation, repentance, fasting and prayer.  And I do hereby request all people to abstain from ordinary pursuits, and to unite at their places of public worship and respective homes, in keeping themselves holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to solemn occasions.

May God save us…

1 – http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=3587 
2 – http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=69891

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