INDEPENDENCE DAY 2015—THE FLAG STILL STANDS FOR FREEDOM

And we will not let them take that away. This July 4th, 2015 let us commit to fighting for the full restoration of our God given America.

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Pause here for ten minutes and regain your confidence in the goodness that is America as Lee Greenwood sings God Bless the USA over images of America’s goodness and her greatness.

Here is Mr. Greenwood singing God Bless the USA live in a 1985 concert. You’ll love watching him perform.

Do you want to sing along? Here are the lyrics to God Bless the USA:

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I’d had to start again
Just my children and my wife

I thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the ones who died
Who gave that right to me

And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining to sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
Where there’s pride in every American heart
And it’s time we stand and say

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the ones who died
Who gave that right to me

And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.

I know you, like me, are ready to fight for America and win! Have a wonderful and memorable 2015 Independence Day!

Proud to be an American

P.S.

Lee Greenwood has a new children’s book out called Proud to Be an American. If you have children or grandchildren, I recommend you check it out.

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DEFENDING A CHRISTIAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The founding of the United States of America has been deemed a secular event and at least a generation of young Americans has been taught it as a fact. It ias time you and I defend and promote the truth that The Declaration of Independence is a Christian document. Let this post be our commencement.

Those proclaiming or looking for a secular Declaration of Independence are about to lose the ground on which they stand blown away. By the end of this Post they, like you, will know the powerful truth about the Christian character of the Declaration of Independence and of the men who adopted it.

Benjamin F. Morris wrote his 1060 page book, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States in 1864. The Second Continental Congress is a prime example. The Declaration is informed by the Holy Bible, Natural Law and the political philosophy of John Locke.

You will be thrilled as you see the Declaration in its three sections and understand its 9 key concepts. Don’t be surprised if you watch a second time.

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Gary T. Amos, J.D., is the living authority on the Biblical basis of Declaration of independence. Those led to study beyond this post will do no better than reading his book, Defending the Declaration: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence. Here are the basics in this delightful video: God as Supreme Judge—Defending the Declaration of Independence.

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A VOTE THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY JULY 2, 1776

The Declaration of Independence Was Adopted That Second Day of July by the 13 “States.” This American Declaration of Independence Was and Must Remain the Foundation of the United States of America

June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress selected Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut and Robert R. Livingston of New York to draft a declaration of independence. As they discussed their task, Adams asked Jefferson to write the document.

As he was completing what is now known as the first draft, Jefferson counseled with Franklin and Adams. Jefferson had written, “. . . that among these [rights] are Life, Liberty and the individual ownership of property. Adams strongly urged that the pursuit of virtue be added. Jefferson, having virtually lifted the line from the English philosopher John Locke and knowing that something special was on his parchment, adamantly insisted the enumerated rights must be the three—in that order. Franklin, demonstrating his value to our emerging nation, counseled they could accomplish both goals by simply covering virtue and property with the phrase, pursuit of happiness. It was agreed. Jefferson then presented his first draft to the full committee. One charge against the tyrant was struck from the document. (that of condemning him for introducing the slave trade into the colonies.)

Jefferson’s final draft was presented to the Congress for action. It was read and soberly adopted July 2, 1776. Here is the dramatization of the adoption from the HBO miniseries, John Adams.

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The adopted Declaration of Independence was printed and distributed at a public reading July 4, 1776 with much fanfare. The signing of the original document was completed August 2, 1776.
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Today, as part of the continuing determined effort to “fundamentally transform” America, the Declaration of Independence is attacked, denigrated and ignored,.  We must be equipped and motivated to successfully defend this gift to the entire world but especially to America. Tomorrow, July 3, 2015, the Liberty List post will fill that need.

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AMERICA—A COUNTRY THAT WAS BORN!

The American patriots of the fourth quarter of the eighteenth are called founders in history

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and in common parlance today. But Lincoln saw another dimension. Hear him as He begins the Gettysburg Address:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty . . .”

Did you hear him? Listen! Did you hear? These “fathers” were not founders, they were mid-wives! Notice it is not, “conceived in liberty;” it is, “conceived in Liberty!” Liberty is from God. Actually, it is more than that. Liberty is a quality of God. That capitalization is not used casually. Liberty was born from above!

A clear reading of the Declaration of Independence and theConstitution for the United States of America shows that, from the beginning, Americans have acted with the confidence that We the People have a sovereignty under God and the government together with the officers of that government (at any level) are subject to We the People. That American reality is called into question today by the secular forces at large and, too often, from Christian pastors and leaders.

But for the American revolutionaries (and us), rights are gifts from our Sovereign God. Government cannot give what it does not have. Governments can only take.

On the other hand, for the French revolutionaries, and, in our time, the left (including our courts) and Islam, rights are made up by an all-powerful government. Rights are parceled out to the supplicants. What they always do, however, is impose restrictions and penalties and taxes and regulations that choke and smother Liberty.

Let us commit to turn our country back to her birthright and her promise. Now, enjoy with me the 266 words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

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JESUS LIVES! AN EVENT THAT TOUCHES EVERYONE EVERY DAY!

Yes, this historic fact that Jesus lives is the single hinge of history. It touches the life of every single human being in some way. Let us experience the empty tomb as described in St Matthew 28: 1-10, 16-20

At the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.And for fear of him the guards shook and became as dead men.

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And the angel answered and said unto the women, “Fear ye not, for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified.He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and behold, He goeth before you into Galilee. There shall ye see Him. Lo, I have told you.”

And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “All hail.” And they came, and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him. Then said Jesus unto them,

“Be not afraid. Go tell My brethren to go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.”

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Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee onto a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying,

“All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

Every Christian is changed because He lives so shall we live with Him eternally in Heaven. But, what about non-Christians? I did say above, His resurrection “touches the life of every single human being in some way.” Here are just two examples: time and women.

The world operates on time measured according to the birth of Christ. We measure the years and days after His birth or Anno Domini—AD. It was common until this modern era to date a document “in the year of our Lord.” Article VII of the U.S. Constitution precedes the signing with this, Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth…. Today there are efforts to disguise the fact that Jesus is the hinge of time. Liberals in the west—Wikipedia is an example—will use the letters CE and BCE

Events and history before His birth are measured in years Before Christ—BC. (Some nations or cultures use different calendars internally. Israel is an example.)

From the time humanity fell into sin (Genesis 3:1-7) women have not been treated equally. They were, of course, created equally with men. Jesus life on earth was the only break women really ever had. Jesus’ life and recorded ministry was the example of equal treatment of “male and female” created different but equal in His image.

Women are to this day not treated equal. Most women and girls within Islam are slaves with no rights. But in the rest of the world, Christian and heathen, women are treated better. Men, who have never heard of Christ, know women should be accorded at least respect and kindness. In the West, especially the United States, women led the effort for equality in the 19th Century. The notable leader was a Quaker, Susan B. Anthony. It seems clear that without Christ women all over the world would be living in the darkness that is the life of Muslim women.

The change began to manifest at Pentecost. The Acts of the Apostles began the spread of Truth and light in this world that continues to this day. Today NBC opens a thirteen episode series called AD The Bible Continues. If, like most of us, you have plans, DVR it! Here is the trailer:

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YES! I WAS THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED MY LORD

—If you are a sinner, so were you

This Jesus, the Christ, Son of Man and Son of God is the lamb God promised us through Abraham. This blood of Christ is the blood of the Passover. The shed blood and suffering of the perfect One on the cross is the gift of life with God forever. Let us say it this way, “On that cross on that hill He bore pain for every sin of every sinner who had ever lived or ever would live and shed His perfect blood to cover in redemption everyone who accepts His gift of life.”

Here’s how St. Matthew describes the crucifixion in chapter 27, verses 35-54:

And they crucified Him and parted His garments, casting lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots.” And sitting down, they watched Him there, and set up over His head His accusation, written: This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

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Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand and another on the left. And those who passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself! If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross!” Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, if He will have him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” The thieves also, who were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.

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Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”

that is to say, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This man calleth for Elijah.” And straightway one of them ran and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed and gave Him to drink. The rest said, “Let be; let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks rent. And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy City and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”

You may weep tears of gratitude. I promise; you will not weep alone.

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THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD IN AN UPPER ROOM

Tomorrow we observe greatest act of love in creation. It is known throughout Christendom as Good Friday. Some would say killing anyone on a cross, let alone One who is perfectly innocent, is the opposite of good. These selections of scripture help me explain it. Perhaps they will help you as well.

God will provide Himself a lamb

Let’s start with Abraham, who had been commanded by God as a demonstration of his faith to sacrifice his son Isaac on the holy place, Mariah, in Genesis 22:7-13.

And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” And he said, “Behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”  So they went both of them together.

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” And He said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from Me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked; and behold, behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

The Passover: . . . when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over . . .

The children of Israel, following God’s command, are spared from the visit to Egypt from the Angel of death to be delivered from Egypt. This is the account from Exodus 12:5-7, 21-32.

Your lamb shall be without blemish . . . and shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses . . .

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said unto them, “Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out from the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing as an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever. And it shall come to pass, when ye come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as He hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, ‘What mean ye by this service?’ that ye shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron; so did they.Blood on doorpost

And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne, unto the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel! And go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said; and be gone, and bless me also.”

A new testament of new Passover Blood

We are about to observe a remembrance of the blood of the Lamb of God shed for you and for many. “This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Jesus Christ— Matthew 26:17-30

Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, “Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?”

And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say unto him, The Master saith, ‘My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples.’”

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and they made ready the Passover.

Now when the evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. . .

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And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”

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