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Kate Smith, God Bless America
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Happy Fourth of July!
Monday, July 4, 2016
". . . proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. . ."
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On July 4, 1776
JULY 4, 1776:
The Signing of the Declaration of Independence
38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen. The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King:
He has made judges dependent on his will alone . . .
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies . . .
To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution . . . (and more)
John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying "the price on my head has just doubled."
Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47.
70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said:
"We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately."
The Declaration referred to God:
"Laws of Nature and of NATURE'S GOD . . .
All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights . . .
Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our intentions."
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their posterity.
Of the Signers:
11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured;
17 served in the military;
and 9 died during the war.
41-year-old John Adams wrote of the Declaration:
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival.
It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
Daniel Webster stated in 1802:
"Miracles do not cluster, and what has HAPPENED ONCE IN 6,000 YEARS, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
Ronald Reagan stated 1961:
"In this country of ours took place the GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD'S HISTORY - Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another . . .
Here for the first time in all the THOUSANDS OF YEARS of man's relation to man . . . the founding fathers established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God-given right and ability to determine our own destiny."
(Source: The American Minute by William Federer.) Read more here.
Happy 4th - from Bill Wilson
Friday, July 1, 2016
Lest we forget
I memorized the opening of the Declaration of Independence in grade school. I would wager that most kids these days don't know what it really meant. As we enter into the July 4th weekend, please be encouraged to share your favorite parts of the Declaration with your family and friends. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world." Some of the 27 grievances listed included: a refusal to assent to laws, "the most wholesome and necessary for the public good;" obstructed administration of justice; made judges dependent on his will alone; made a multitude of new offices which harass the people...Sound familiar? Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Let us remember the blessings of our nation and the price of Liberty.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Happy 4th from Gary Bauer
"What The Fourth Of July Means To Me"
It has not been easy writing these daily reports for the past few days, let alone the past seven years. The carnage of San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul is a reminder that we are a nation and world at war against a radical ideology of hate and oppression. The Islamic supremacists we are fighting are the antithesis of everything our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create and establish in this country.
But let's set aside those concerns for a moment to celebrate the birthday of America. I'd like to share with you excerpts of an essay Ronald Reagan wrote entitled "What the Fourth of July Means To Me."
"For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. . . "Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth. . . "What manner of men were [gathered in Philadelphia in July 1776]? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
"John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart. "Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. . . [Thomas] Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt. "But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. . . In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government. "Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."
President Reagan's words are especially poignant this Fourth of July and should encourage us all in the days and weeks ahead. Let us remember our nation's "vision statement," found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Let us rededicate ourselves to the vision of our Founding Fathers, so that our nation may experience a "new birth of freedom" on November 8th!
- Gary Bauer
July 4th - In Israel
Looking Back on the IDF's Miraculous and "Impossible" Entebbe Rescue 40 Years Later
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." (Isaiah 43:1)
Today, Israel will mark the 40th anniversary of the daring IDF operation to rescue hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, an event embedded in the national consciousness of every Israeli, and one which represents to the core the Jewish life-cherishing principles which have given Israel its strength and power. More than that, the rescue operation is a clear reveal of the hand of God upon the people of Israel.
. . . The operation is considered one of the most heroic and successful rescue missions performed by the IDF or, indeed, any army in the world. Called "an impossible mission" by representatives of England and the US, the rescue demonstrated Israel's strength, resilience, and determination never to give up on their own.
This summer, Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit Uganda to commemorate the 40th anniversary since Operation Entebbe and the death of his brother. It will mark the first time since 1987 that an Israeli prime minister has visited Sub-Saharan Africa.
> > > Go here to read the entire story, including photos. Article includes a photo of the brother of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yonathan Netanyahu, an IDF Officer who led the assault to free the hostages.
128 Days of Prayer
128 Days of Prayer Launches TODAY!
Dai Sup Han and PrayerSurgeNow will launch the start of 128 days of nonstop prayer for our nation from today through Election Day on November 8, 2016.
The calls begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT, for one hour.
Every day, their conference line will remain open, with different leaders of national prayer ministries taking part in leading these calls.
You can access this conference call TODAY by phoning:
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TIME: 8:00 p.m. EDT, for one hour
Weekly Weekly Prayer Topics will include:
Church of America and Preparing for the Return of Our King
US Supreme Court and The Sanctity of LIFE
2016 Election Process and The News Media
Marriage/Family, Children/Youth and Men's Prayer Movement
Race Issues and Honoring the First Nations
Salvation, Protection of Our Cities and Global Terrorism
Israel, the Middle East and The Peace of Jerusalem
We encourage all of our Prayer Partners to join these calls when and as you can, that we might join with hundreds of other prayer warriors every day, together engaging in DESPERATE Intercession for the DELIVERANCE and DESTINY of Our Nation
For more information, go here.
Our Weekly Bible Study:
Sunday, July 3 - Saturday, July 9, 2016
> > > To read the "One Year Bible" weekly letter, go here.
> > > To read the Shabbat Torah readings, go here.
God Bless America!
The Story Behind:
God Bless America!
by Kate Smith
"God Bless America" is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version was recorded by Kate Smith, and became her signature song.
Berlin wrote the song in 1918 while serving the U.S. Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York, but decided that it did not fit in a revue called Yip Yip Yaphank, so he set it aside.
In 1938, with the rise of Hitler, Berlin, who was Jewish and a first-generation European immigrant, felt it was time to revive it as a "peace song", and it was introduced on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938 sung by Kate Smith, on her radio show.
Far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance,
To a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful,
For a land so fair,
As we raise our voices,
In a solemn prayer.
God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home
God bless America . . .
My home sweet home!
Listen to Kate Smith's original rendition of GOD BLESS AMERICA by going here.
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