The Animating Contest of Freedom
by Marshall Foster
At this critical moment in American history we need what C.S. Lewis called “the clean sea breeze of the centuries” to clear our minds and to reboot our national integrity. As Americans now focus on political corruption on a massive scale, let us glance back a few centuries. In 1782, Benjamin Franklin spoke of the differences between America and the statist bureaucracies of Europe. Unlike Europe, there were few political offices in America. None of them was profitable enough to be attractive to men of greed. In fact, all politicians were expected to earn their own living in the private sector. Political office was to be chosen not for profit but for the purpose of sacrificial service.
Speaking of America, Franklin said, “Of civil offices, or employments [civil servants], there are few; no superfluous ones, as in Europe; and it is a rule established in some of the states, that no office should be so profitable as to make it desirable. The 36th Article of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, runs expressly in these words; ‘As every freeman, to preserve his independence, … ought to have some profession, calling, trade, or farm, whereby he may honestly subsist, there can be not necessity for, nor use in, establishing offices of profit; the usual effect of which are dependence and servility…faction, contention, corruption, and disorder among the people. Wherefore, whenever an office, through increase of fees or otherwise, becomes so profitable, as to occasion many to apply for it, the profits ought to be lessened by the legislature.’”
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Remembering the Days after 9/11
by Terry Paulson
America's economy could have collapsed after 9/11, but instead, it rebounded. Its people could have sunk into depression, but we rose to the challenge of rebuilding and supporting those who had lost so much. Taking time to commemorate the sacrifice and loss of so many Americans is fitting; many columns and programs have done so. I prefer to remember how, in the days after 9/11, Americans pulled together to bounce back.
In a visit to Israel in 2005, a citizen observed, "In Israel, we respond differently to terrorist attacks. We don't make a site a memorial to those who died. We work as quickly as possible to reconstruct what has been destroyed in order to focus on living our life now."
Those who died on 9/11 were true victims of unspeakable terrorist acts, but those who remained were not victims. They were survivors. Victim thinking encourages feelings of helplessness and despondency. Americans have always embraced a strong, survivor mentality. As we have at tough times in our history, we showed again that we are a people who endure, persist, and, eventually, succeed in rebuilding our lives.
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A Time Of Terror
By Annette Adams
(September 11, 2001)
A time to live-- a time to die,
A time when horror hit the sky.
All eyes were stunned by flames and crashes,
Buildings weeping tears of ashes.
A time to scream—a time to pray,
As darkness drenches night and day.
The smell of hell with no relief,
The hoping, groping gut-filled grief.
It mattered not what age or race,
But only: "Have you seen this face?"
A time to search, below, above,
The sight of fright, the look of love.
We've seen the worst that man can do
To men they never even knew.
But, oh, the many heroes found,
Those folks of steel on Zero Ground.
I do not want to miss Your voice,
I know the fears in freedom's choice.
Just help me Lord; free me from sin;
And cleanse my lens to see within.
A time to dig through hate and rages,
A time to seek our Rock of Ages,
Grieving over man-made crime,
Our God, who Towers over time.
Was the United States Constitution a Good Idea?
by Ronald W. Kirk
The Constitution is under constant erosive attack by the Left, and has suffered so for many decades. As R.J. Rushdoony often stated, it is a war between two kingdoms: The kingdom of man versus the kingdom of God. The kingdom of man will allow no limits over it. The State is god. The kingdom of God requires liberty within limits—justice against criminal sin. In light of man’s sinfulness, true liberty can only succeed when the Savior generally governs men’s hearts. Liberty exists when men voluntarily limit their personal freedom. Liberty requires that men do not licentiously presume upon their neighbors in the name of freedom. The Constitution was godly-minded man’s attempt to maximize freedom, while limiting the incursions of evil either externally by other nations, or internally through the ambitions of men. The Founders intended the United States Constitution function as a governor on man’s sinful conduct in high places, while permitting the authority necessary for the national defense and justice.
What did the original United States Constitution mean to accomplish? It intended to form national government strong enough to deal with matters which the individual states could not effectively handle. These were essentially two things. The first was a united and singular defense against attack by other nations. Union counters the tactic of divide and conquer. The Constitution gave means to wield the collected resources of the states to wage war when necessary. The second purpose provided peaceful means to resolve differences between states without warfare. To be a safe nation, we must get along with each other internally. In a Christian sense, warfare is an appeal to heaven to decide between thee and me. Laws mutually agreed upon, with resort to legal courts when things go wrong, offer a better alternative to war. When misunderstanding or malice occurs between parties, the justice system provides a correction. With only a few exceptions, such as measurement standards and ensuring honest money—means to help establish good relationship among Americans—all other matters of government under the Constitution remained with the states or the people.
The beneficial heritage left by the original United States Constitution ought to be obvious to believing Christians. No nation has been more free in history, or more prosperous. No nation fielded more missions or planted more churches. No nation has committed more resources to philanthropy.
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Constitution Day Offerings
Your Average Joe (Unplugged)
A Humorous and Insightful Christian Devotional
by Joseph D. Schneller
The Christian journey is no easy path. Yet many believers suffer from false assumptions that Christians are supposed to have it all together, that the walk of faith should be one of comfort and ease, and that difficulties come solely from mistakes or unfaithfulness.
In Your Average Joe Unplugged, Joseph Schneller voices inner struggles of faith that resonate broadly among Christians. He writes for those tired of the canned answers, for everyday believers desiring to live in faith amidst the joys and pains, the responsibilities and tragedies of life. Through 30 daily devotionals and a half-dozen humor articles, he presents honest, often humorous encouragement for your Christian pilgrimage through this fallen world.
And all throughout he shows how, by Christ's grace, our everyday lives can have eternal impact.
Paperback, 116 Pages
The Book That Made America
How the Bible Formed Our Nation
by Jerry Newcombe
The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation
comprehensively documents, with joy, America’s deep roots in the Bible of the Christian faith. From our first civil compacts and the New England Primer textbook, to the declaration of every state constitution and the declaration of the United States Supreme Court’s Trinity decision of 1892, America cries out that its traditions have resulted from an abiding faith in the God of the Holy Bible.
"I recommend Dr. Newcombe’s book highly!"
— Ann Coulter, New York Times #1 Author
"Jerry Newcombe quickly cuts through the fog of agenda-driven rhetoric to give a brilliant and unbiased examination of what made America unique among the nations of the world".
— William J. Federer, Author and Speaker
"[This great book]...portrays the power of Scripture that transformed the American wilderness into the world's first Christian constitutional republic."
— Marshall Foster, Author, The American Covenant
Paperback, 304 pages
God's Ten Commandments
Yesterday, Today, Forever
by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee
God gave man Ten Commandments. Every one of them is vital, in all ages. For only by observing them can man live a full life each week; maintain a happy marriage; and function well in his home, his job, and even in the world internationally.
God Himself is the Root of the Moral Law, and perfectly reflects it. Salvation was never by the works of the Law. For even before the fall, man was to keep it out of gratitude for God’s great grace. Unfallen man kept the whole Decalogue. The Sabbath, Marriage, the Forbidden Fruit, and the Tree of Life all reveal it. When man broke God’s Law, he degenerated more and more—from the Fall to the Flood. The Patriarchs kept it, and the Prophets called man back to keep it. So, too, should we.
Paperback, 128 pages
Loving God With All Your Heart
Keeping the Greatest Commandment in Everyday Life
by Susie Hobson
Are you satisfied with your daily life? Do you run more on empty than full? Do you always feel like there is more out there for you? This book will take you deeper into your heart's desire for a real relationship with God, a powerful relationship that will transform your whole life! Susie Hobson reminds us that the love we all long for begins and ends with a life that is surrendered to Jesus. From her real experience she offers practical application of communing with God through His Word to inspire and encourage a closer walk, resulting in empowerment for faithful living. Susie gives a clear path to the fulfillment of the greatest desire of man's heart—God's unfailing love as the foundation for wisdom and serving God in our homes and community. This book should fill a real need among families who long for a Biblical order in the home. Susie's testimony is absorbing.
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This thick Journal opens flat with plenty of space to write, place for date, and Index in front to record prayer sand answes to prayer by date. Across the bottoms of the pages are Scriptures with encouraging commentary by Susie Hobson.
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Prayers and Presidents: Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past
by William J. Federer
"Went to church and fasted all day."—George Washington
Diary Entry, June 1, 1774, the day the British blockaded Boston's harbor
From George Washington's orders for troops to attend divine services, to Abraham Lincoln's annual day of thanksgiving, to Harry S Truman's annual day of prayer, America's leaders of the past have a tradition of faith, especially in times of crises! There is a chapter on every President of the past, from George Washington through George W. Bush, with excerpts from Proclamations, Addresses to Congress, Executive Orders, Personal Correspondence and Memoirs. A great source of inspiration for any student of history, you will be uplifted and challenged by reading, Prayers & Presidents-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past.
Paperback, 308 pages