Fourth of July, 2020

July-4-2020

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The Senate Oath of Office

We the people must cease expecting that our leaders will follow this oath of their own volition.  Most of them are either actively and purposefully working against it or are pretending to support it while, at best, doing nothing.  The leaders of whom I speak go all the way from our local institutions to the highest positions of State and Federal power.  These people are hollow men and women who look only to their elite peers for guidance and approval.  They work to please institutions of big business, media and education.  It’s time that we the people openly, loudly and persistently demand that they begin again to support this oath or they will be thrown out of office.  They will not fight for us and for our Republic unless we the people demand that they do.

Stand up American citizens and shout your demands!  Drown out the pathetic nobodies

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Hong Kong freedom protesters wave the American flag.

whose only skill is moral preening and destruction.  These miseducated narcissists can’t build anything of value or permanence.  We the people have built families, businesses, communities, churches and a Republic that shines like a star.  They pursue a black hole that has consumed 100 million lives and destroyed the hope of billions.  Only the wicked and/or moronic could seek to try Socialism yet again.

Their desired future is one of death, serfdom and the pursuit of raw power.  Ours is one of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Stand up today for the United States of America!

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Memorial Day 2020

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What  we are experiencing this Memorial Day is an insubstantial mist compared to the cataclysmic hurricane that was our Civil War.  But the issue at stake is shockingly unaltered by time.  What may have changed is our willingness to sacrifice and suffer to maintain that which our forebears have given us.

Yes, we have faltered.  But my hope is that it’s because we haven’t recognized the seriousness of the challenge.  Perhaps some perspective can be obtained by recalling that our predecessors were similarly unmindful of the situation in 1861.

On July 21, 1861, Washingtonians trekked to the countryside near Manassas, Virginia, to watch Union and Confederate forces clash in the first major battle of the American Civil War. Known in the North as the First Battle of Bull Run and in the South as the Battle of First Manassas, the military engagement also earned the nickname the “picnic battle” because spectators showed up with sandwiches and opera glasses. These onlookers, who included a number of U.S. congressmen, expected a victory for the Union and a swift end to the war that had begun three months before.

President Lincoln confirmed this failure of understanding in his magisterial Second Inaugural  Address.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained.

constitutionThe freedom for which so many have sacrificed now hangs in the balance not due to war, but because we doubt our ability to live as a free people.  The siren song of those who would rule us sounds so tempting from  a distance.  But make no mistake, their enchanting songs will lead to the to the shipwreck of tyranny.

On this Memorial Day let’s rededicate ourselves to upholding that for which our ancestors fought and died.



Four score 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 battle-field 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 can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not 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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Easter, 2020

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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Good Friday, 2020

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Sermon by Charles Haddon SpurgeonFeb 11, 1855; Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:23-24Sermon No. 7-8; From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 1.

Christ Crucified

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:23-24

… An idea has long possessed the public mind, that a religious man can scarcely be a wise man. It has been the custom to talk of infidels, atheists, and deists, as men of deep thought and comprehensive intellect; and to tremble for the Christian controversialist, as if he must surely fall by the hand of his enemy. But this is purely a mistake; for the gospel is the sum of wisdom; an epitome of knowledge; a treasure-house of truth; and a revelation of mysterious secrets. In it we see how justice and mercy may be married; here we behold inexorable law entirely satisfied, and sovereign love bearing away the sinner in triumph. Our meditation upon it enlarges the mind; and as it opens to our soul in successive flashes of glory, we stand astonished at the profound wisdom manifest in it. Ah, dear friends! if ye seek wisdom, ye shall see it displayed in all its greatness; not in the balancing of the clouds, nor the firmness of earth’s foundations; not in the measured march of the armies of the sky, nor in the perpetual motions of the waves of the sea; not in vegetation with all its fairy forms of beauty; nor in the animal with its marvellous tissue of nerve, and vein, and sinew: nor even in man, that last and loftiest work of the Creator. But turn aside and see this great sight!—an incarnate God upon the cross; a substitute atoning for mortal guilt; a sacrifice satisfying the vengeance of Heaven, and delivering the rebellious sinner. Here is essential wisdom; enthroned, crowned, glorified. Admire, ye men of earth, if ye be not blind; and ye who glory in your learning bend your heads in reverence, and own that all your skill could not have devised a gospel at once so just to God, so safe to man. …

 

Palm Sunday, 2020

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1 O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3 Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

4 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

5 O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

Wishing You and Yours a Blessed Christmas!

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Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)