Honoring America's Founding Principles
by Terry Paulson
Must America's founding principles be changed to meet the challenges of our age? Are we defined by a place and a people or by the shared principles we embrace and preserve?
In his farewell address, George Washington warned, "Toward the preservation of your government…it is requisite…that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles." Celebrating our Declaration of Independence involves honoring our founding principles.
Thomas Jefferson affirmed, "What is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread. I own, I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."
America stands for equal opportunity, not equal results. We prosper because citizens are free to create value instead of becoming burdens. But when President Obama works to "remake America" and tells Joe the Plumber of his desire to "spread the wealth around," we wonder whether the property rights affirmed in our Bill of Rights are truly secure.
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"As we prepare to enter a new era in politics..keep something in mind: WE WIN! …[I]n the end those that remain faithful to Jesus Christ win the war…We may have to fight many battles outnumbered and even despised and looked upon as criminals and outcasts by a society that is unraveling and degenerating into something no one could have imagined. What matters is that we run the race to the finish line and fight the good fight. Don't 'go with the flow'…More than ever we shall have to be strong in the faith…Many saints will be forged in the crucible of the coming years. Make sure you are among them."
—attributed to Fr. John Corapi
Freedom Hero: William Brewster
by Marshall Foster
What can you do when you live in a time of great change and upheaval? How can you make a difference when you are just one person or family up against powerful elites who seemingly control the destinies of everyone? The following story reveals what one person can do.
The hot conflict between tyranny and liberty was lighting up the cities of Europe in the late 16th century. The kings of Europe were in a full attack and annihilate mode. They were systematically attempting to silence or kill the truth seekers and believers who were daring to challenge their right to tyrannize and plunder in the name of God. In Germany, millions were dying in the 30 Years War. In the Netherlands, King Phillip of Spain was killing and torturing hundreds of thousands for their faith in Christ. In France, their demented king celebrated St. Bartholomew's Day, 1572, by butchering tens of thousands of French Huguenots. He killed the flower of France, as they had come in peace, unarmed, for a royal wedding. And the grand island of England, newly released from the tortures and burnings of Bloody Mary, was now ruled by her half-sister. The "Virgin" Queen Elizabeth, though less cruel, still ruled with an iron fist, even as the Bible for the first time was rearranging the very order of mankind itself in the minds of the people.
In the midst of this caldron of fearful reprisal and war, William Brewster was born in 1566 in Scrooby, England. He grew up in the old, but grand Scrooby Manor House, owned by the archbishop and cared for by his father. The manor had a moat, 40 rooms, a grand hall, stables, bakeries, and outbuildings.
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National Call to Prayer for 40 Days,
If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Beginning September 1
—2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJ
PREPARE YOURSELVES ( Job 38:3 ) before our awesome, Almighty God to devote time to prayer. Coral Ridge Ministries, with other members of the National Religious Broadcasters, invites you to pray for our nation for 40 days, beginning September 1. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS and tell your pastors, create prayer groups, and / or simply pray throughout your day for our repentance, for this nation, and for our children's children's future.
Here's what Dr. Kennedy says about prayer, adapted from his message, The Privilege and Power of Prayer.
I want to speak to you about the privilege, the power, and the practice of prayer. What an inestimable privilege it is to be able to talk to the King of kings and Lord of lords anytime and never worry about getting a busy signal. Our Lord says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3). Prayer is a privilege, alas, that we esteem all too lightly and take for granted, and for some, even seldom use. Yet, how great is the power of prayer available to us. We read about prayer's power in Scripture many times:
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by Phillip Stott
An action-filled novel that combines Biblical and scientific themes with heart-racing adventure.
Traveling by mag-sled, Japh overnights in a bronto-infested floating forest. A scream in the night, a sudden devastating crash, and flight becomes the only option, beginning a stunning chain of events which will change not only his life, but the entire course of history.
Now, at every turn, evil has overtaken the earth. The consequences of unbridled deceit, immorality, murder, and mayhem leave the few decent people left in the world in a dire condition with imminent peril the only constant. As the heavens threaten and the earth trembles under tribulation, its very existence remains in question. And will humanity survive?
“May all who read this account of the first world’s terrifying ruin by flood be driven to seek refuge from the judgment that is yet to come by fire.”
– Barry Beukema, Ontario
Paperback, 284 pages
by Jonathan Williams
A unique and captivating novel by a member of the Xtreme Team, who risk their lives and endure unthinkable physical deprivation while assisting native people in the most remote areas of the world. This novel has been written out of the rich background of that experience. It is evident the author has been there!
He unlocks the secret of how to begin life anew, as the book's central character moves from a depressing, directionless life to a rewarding and incomparable adventure, discovering the ultimate meaning in life through trials and tragedy. One warning: do not start reading until you have some time because you won’t put it down.
Endorsed by Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Jerry Rankin, President, International Mission Board, SBC.
Paperback, 230 pages
America: The Untold Story (DVD)
by American Vision
Winner of the coveted Angel Award, America: The Untold Story will soon be available as a DVD presentation. Our talented video team has transformed this best-selling audio drama into a visually-stunning video for the whole family. Based on documented historical facts, this fully-dramatized video is designed to open the eyes of American citizens so that they can see the miraculous and providential hand of God in our nation's history.
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The Late Great Planet Church vol. 1 (DVD)
by Jerry Johnson
Volume One of The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism is the first documentary of its kind. It exposes this fraudulent system of thought as breaking continuity with history and even the very Word of God. In this first volume we will examine the beginnings, beliefs, and motivations of this innovative movement by focusing on its relatively recent development, stormy history and its most influential proponents.
Host by Jerry Johnson, President of NiceneCouncil.com and The Apologetics Group, this documentary features pastors, scholars, and historians, who at one time were strongly committed dispensationalists. They have since rejected this system as thoroughly unbiblical viewing it as a stumbling block to the Church and a distraction from the Great Commission.