7/31/09

VOM–USA Prayer Update for July 31, 2009

VOM–USA Prayer Update for July 31, 2009
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For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16

CHINA — Pastor Sent to Labor Camp — China Aid Association

Romans 8:34-36
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

On June 29, Pastor Dou Shaowen, who is currently serving a one-year sentence for “engaging in illegal activities,” was secretly transferred to Shifo Re-education Through Labor Center in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, according to China Aid Association. His family was not informed of his transfer. Pastor Dou, his wife Feng Lu and five other believers were arrested on June 14 when government officials raided and closed the Rock Church. The police confiscated computers and other church property. Pastor Dou and his wife were sentenced to a year in prison and the other believers were sentenced to 15 days in detention and fined 500 Yuan (US$ 73). Feng Lu, however, will serve her sentence at home so she can care for the couple’s 12 year-old daughter. China Aid reported Pastor Dou has been treated inhumanely in the labor camp. “When he wanted to talk to the police officers, he was forced to squat. He worked 18 hours a day from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight. Over 70 people sleep in a room,” a source at China Aid said. “Due to the hot weather and the poor sanitary condition … some prisoners have eczema, herpes and other skin diseases. They have to work 18 hours a day without enough to eat.” Feng Lu tried to visit her husband in prison, but was told she was not allowed to visit him for a month. She is required to report to the Public Security Bureau police regularly, and could be sent to labor camp again if she is found “engaging in illegal religious activities” again.

SOMALIA — Christian man murdered — VOM Sources

Acts 4:29-31
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

On July 20, a convert from Islam to Christianity was murdered in the city of Mahadday Weyne, Somalia by members of al-Shabaab, a militant group with ties to Al-Qaeda, according to Compass Direct News. Mohammed Sheikh Abdiraman, who had been a Christian for 15 years and was the leader of a group of underground believers, was shot at approximately 7:00 a.m. He is survived by two children, ages 10 and 15. His wife died three years ago due to illness. Ask God to comfort and guide Abdiraman's children in this difficult time. Pray that increased persecution will result in increased boldness among believers in Somalia.

SRI LANKA — Pastor Assaulted — National Christian Evangelical Alliance

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;

On July 23, a pastor of a church in Polonnaruwa district, North Central Province, Sri Lanka was brutally attacked by unknown assailants, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. The pastor was driving home from a prayer meeting when a group of men on motorcycles called out to him. When he stopped his vehicle and rolled down his window, the assailants attacked him with knives. He was able to prevent them from slashing his neck but sustained severe arm injuries. His vehicle was also damaged. The pastor eventually fled the scene and sought help. Pray for healing for the injured pastor. Ask God to bless the ministry of Christian workers spreading the Gospel in Sri Lanka amid opposition.

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7/28/09

Stimulus and the Moment of Choice

John Paul Jackson discusses the soul vs. the spirit, and the impact they can have on your choices.

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Living Waters University, Anthony and friend

Ray Comfort witnesses to two young men. It seems God was doing a work in one of their hearts. Kirk Cameron is doing the chalk talk at the beginning.

www.livingwaters.com, www.needgod.com

7/26/09

Facing Our Loneliness, Part 1

Facing Our Loneliness, Part 1

Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: Psalm 25:12-18

I. Introduction: God created us to be intimately connected to Him and other people. Yet we often feel cut off from Him and those around us, unable to escape powerful feelings of isolation. What leads to a life of loneliness, and what devastation does it cause if left unchecked?

II. Loneliness in the Life of a Believer

1. Loneliness is separation anxiety caused by feeling disconnected.

* Loneliness is primarily a spiritual problem. It begins with feeling disconnected from God.
* Solitude, on the other hand, is being alone by choice. We all need time alone to be re-energized and develop our intimate relationship with the Lord.
* Where did loneliness begin? When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost perfect harmony with each other and God. When we choose to rebel against the Father, we separate ourselves from fellowship with Him.

2. Where does the feeling of loneliness originate?

* Losing a loved one
* Undergoing divorce
* Feeling condemned by God
* Feeling unworthy or unwanted
* Having no one with whom to share life
* Experiencing isolation in childhood

3. What are some roles that can cause people to feel lonely?

* The president of a corporation
* Retirees who no longer have a network of co-workers
* Pastors
* Missionaries

4. What are the consequences of loneliness?

* Moral: To get love or attention, lonely individuals will do things fulfilled people won’t do.
* Financial: They spend to fill the void in their lives.
* Physical: They may eat to comfort themselves, thereby gaining weight. Or they may lack the energy typically derived from healthy interaction with others.
* Relational: They feel so detached that they can’t reach out to others.
* Psychological: They may experience depression or lack creativity and productivity.

5. What does loneliness drive people to do?

* Drink
* Abuse drugs
* Divert their attention with television or the Internet
* Have an affair
* Commit suicide

III. Closing: What is the cure for loneliness? We will address that more in part 2, but it begins with being reconciled to God through His Son Jesus Christ. As you get right with Him through confession and place your trust in Him, the Lord will rescue you from loneliness.

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Facing Our Loneliness, Part 2

Facing Our Loneliness, Part 2

Charles F. Stanley

A. Introduction: As followers of Jesus Christ, we may feel lonely from time to time. How can we escape loneliness and reach out both to God and to other people?

Definition: Loneliness is a feeling of separation anxiety that results when we sense disconnection from another person or group of people. It is not a sin but can lead to sinful behavior.

B. How do we overcome loneliness?

1. Recognize that you are lonely.

* Some people feel that loneliness is a sign of weakness, or they fear others will label them.
* When people feel unworthy of acceptance, their outward behavior reflects that belief. As a result, such individuals often have difficulty making friends and are more likely to be rejected.

2. Reconcile yourself to God.

* Adam and Eve’s sin disconnected humankind from the Creator.
* Loneliness drives some people into immorality, dishonesty, and ungodly relationships.
* Jesus came to reconcile us to God (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:19-22).
* You will never overcome loneliness until you reconnect with the Father through Jesus Christ.

3. Recall the promises of God.

* When you feel really lonely, claim the promises of God, which are ammunition against Satan’s lies. Go, not by what you feel, but by God’s truth. A few examples:

o Psalm 23 – God is with you, even in the valley of the shadow of death.
o John 15 – Jesus abides in us, and helps us bear fruit.
o Hebrews 13:5 – God will never leave us.
o Romans 8:35 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
o John 16:32 – Jesus knew Father was always with Him, even when all His disciples deserted him.

4. Reach out and develop relationships.

* Seek out godly companions. In the end, ungodly relationships make loneliness worse.
* Look for people who will understand you—friends with whom you can laugh, pray, and share secrets.
* Build a relationship that expands your awareness of God’s presence, not one that obscures it.
* No person can meet all your needs, not even a spouse. If you depend excessively on another person, he or she will pull away and leave you feeling lonelier.

5. Refocus your attention.

* Loneliness makes us self-centered. Overcome it by seeking to bless another person.
* Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Example: The night before His crucifixion, He selflessly cared for the needs of His disciples.
* If you are lonely, one of the best things you can do is encourage or help another person.

C. Conclusion: Are you attacked by feelings of intense isolation? If you are a believer in Jesus, loneliness simply doesn’t fit who you are. Put these five steps into practice, and God will help you escape loneliness.

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7/25/09

What You Believe — Does It Matter?

What You Believe—Does It Matter?
By: Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:13-16

I. Overview: A large percentage of Americans no longer believe in the truth of God’s Word. Most think any belief is acceptable as long as it satisfies those who hold to that view. As a result, people no longer have a clear sense of right and wrong. Violence, greed, and immorality are rampant. However, God’s standards haven’t changed. The consequences of sin—now and in eternity—remain the same. It’s vitally important to base our beliefs on the Word of God so that you and I can be a light to this dark world.

II. What do Americans believe?

A. Only a third of adults believe that the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God and can be taken literally word for word.

B. More than half of all adults surveyed believe that a good person can earn a place in heaven. But Scripture teaches otherwise: Because we are born with a sin nature, Jesus’ death was absolutely essential for us to enter heaven. Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

C. Forty-two percent of Americans believe Jesus was merely human, not divine—and that He rebelled against the Father during His lifetime. But Christ had to be absolutely holy for His death to pay the sin-debt of humanity.

D. Six out of ten adults believe Satan doesn’t really exist—that he is merely a symbol of evil. As a result, they will find it almost impossible to identify and avoid evil.

E. Of those surveyed, the majority of men and women under the age of 25 think that all beliefs are equally valid. The hopelessness they feel is reflected in school shootings and other crimes committed by young people.

F. Some seminaries teach their students to doubt the Word of God; the result is that fewer and fewer pastors are grounded in biblical principles. It’s not surprising that many people in our country lack a Christ-centered moral compass.

III. What does the Bible say about defending truth?

A. You and I should be prepared to explain what we believe (1 Peter 3:15). Knowing the truth protects us from being influenced by unbiblical teaching (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

B. Our values are vitally important because they affect every area of our lives. For the most part, our thoughts determine our actions. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you should develop a belief system based on the authority of Scripture.

IV. How does knowing what we believe help us?

A. To prevent us from being misled: Unless believers know the truth, they can easily be swayed by an eloquent or charismatic leader whose teaching is not based on the Bible (2 Tim. 4:1-4).

B. To protect us from intimidation: Notice that in 1 Peter 3:14, the apostle encourages believers not to fear. Those who are grounded in God’s Word can confidently stand against a world that mocks and attacks our faith. That’s why parents need to teach their children biblical principles.

C. To prepare us for answering sincere questions. Jesus said to preach the gospel to the entire world (Matt. 28:19-20). People may not want to hear the truth, but their eternal destiny depends on it. They may criticize and talk badly about you, but many times, those same individuals will come find you when they need help.

V. Conclusion: Can you defend your beliefs on the basis of principles found in God’s Word? If not, you leave yourself vulnerable to false teachings, open to temptation or satanic attack, and ill-equipped to defend your faith or share the plan of salvation with the lost. Prepare yourself to defend biblical principles. Then you will be ready to make a difference in a world that desperately needs the hope found only in Jesus Christ.

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When Others Fail Us

When Others Fail Us
By: Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:9-18

I. Introduction: Friendship brings us some of the greatest joys in life—but also can cause immense pain. If you haven’t experienced rejection or betrayal yet, you probably will someday. The apostle Paul learned to forgive others for their failures and reconcile with them when appropriate. Let’s discover how he dealt with betrayal and abandonment by trusted friends.

II. Friends Sometimes Fail Us

A. Despite Paul’s faithfulness to the Lord, his friends failed him. They weren’t reliable when he desperately needed them (2 Tim. 1:15; 4:14-16).

B. What are some reasons why friends might desert you in times of trouble? They . . .

* Feel inadequate and/or unsure of how to help.
* Don’t want to be identified with you in a conflict, for fear they could end up on the losing side.
* Are jealous and hope to see you fail.
* Selfishly don’t want to sacrifice their time to support you.
* Judge you and thus excuse themselves from the responsibility to help you.

III. Forgiveness Must Prevail

A. Paul responded to betrayal and abandonment with forgiveness: “At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them” (2 Tim. 4:16, emphasis added). Both Jesus and Stephen said something similar in the final moments of their lives (Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60).

B. Paul practiced what he preached—the importance of forgiving. Don’t be a fair-weather friend, interested only in what you can get from another person. Be willing to help even those who mistreated you in the past. Waiting for a chance to get them back—to let them down as they did to you—indicates that you have an unforgiving spirit.

IV. The Presence of the Lord Sustains Us

A. Paul was able to forgive because he knew that God would never leave him: “The Lord stood with me” (2 Tim. 4:17). Although Paul’s friends all left, he knew that the Lord Himself was with him. Christ promises all believers, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

B. The apostle was able to forgive because he trusted God to empower him: “The Lord . . . strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear” (2 Tim. 4:17). Paul could rely on the presence of God to accomplish his calling—taking the gospel to the world (Phil. 2:13). Chances are, people will persecute you; some of your friends will abandon you in tough times. But God has promised that all adversity will eventually come to an end
(1 Peter 5:10).

C. He was able to forgive because he was confident that God would deliver him: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). The Father may deliver us from hardship or through it (Isa. 43:1-4). He also rescues us by bringing us home to be with Him. God delivered Paul by allowing Nero to execute him. Four years later, the ruler committed suicide. No one can violate the principles of God and avoid His judgment.

V. Conclusion: What kind of friend are you? Are you dedicated to those you love? Or do you often disappoint them? Perhaps you are faithful, but your friends consistently fail you when trouble comes. I urge you not to hold it against them. Hurt and rejection are painful but unavoidable parts of life. Healing is always available if you are willing to forgive. And you and I can take comfort in knowing that the most faithful Friend—the Lord Jesus—never leaves our side, even if everyone else deserts us.

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Being With The Body Of Christ aka The Church

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"Have you ever met someone who claimed to be a Christian but refused to engage with other believers as part of a church body? Such people will often say, 'My spiritual life is between me and God. It doesn’t involve anyone else.' What a tragic, misguided view!

The Lord created each of us for relationship, both with Him and with other believers. We cannot be the complete men and women God wants us to be unless we are actively connected to others. That’s what the church is—a place of commonality wherein a collection of individuals forms one body. The benefits of these relationships are staggering. They . . .

1. Build confidence in God and in ourselves.
2. Encourage us when we are down.
3. Motivate us to greatness.
4. Stimulate our creativity.
5. Energize us when we are weary.
6. Comfort us when we are hurting.
7. Defend us when we are attacked.
8. Forgive us when we make mistakes.
9. Love us when we seem unlovable.
10. Accept us just as we are, unconditionally.

Such relationships characterized the early church—there was no concept of faith in isolation. Acts 2:44 is an amazing statement: 'All those who had believed were together and had all things in common.' It is doubtful that many modern churches could make this claim."

"The Fellowship of the Believers" (Acts 2:42-47 NIV)
42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Hebrews 10:25 AMP
"Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching."

7/24/09

Success and Fruitfulness

"Success and Fruitfulness"
Hollywood Connect Newsletter (07/23/09)
(c)2009 Hollywood Connect
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I’ve talked to numerous truly creative people from all sorts of places who have confided in me their times of discouragement in the pursuit of their creative callings, and it so often comes down to this: that despite their earnest and extended efforts, they have yet to see Success. Very sincerely, they share with me how close they are to throwing their hands up and walking away because Success has seemed so elusive. Some have even told me that Success seemed so elusive, so fantastically unattainable at the outset, that they decided not to attempt the pursuit of their Calling at all.

I suppose that, in the grand scheme of things, this is understandable. We live in a culture in which Success, as it is popularly defined, is the gold standard by which all are measured and either celebrated or found wanting. We see it as the standard in business, in government, in education, in the world of sports, entertainment, and the arts, and sadly enough, many, many times in the Church.

Oh, I don’t mean that Success is an inherently bad thing – it’s not. (Well, I suppose that depends upon what it is we have become successful at doing…) In fact, Success is something to be thankful for when we experience it. I work towards and want to be successful as an artist and in other areas of life. What I mean, rather, is that Success is not the measure that God intended for us to use when He called us to this adventurous life. It is not and never should be the standard by which we should measure ourselves and one another. When we do so, we set all of ourselves up for all sorts of discouragements, great and small.

That’s because God never called us to be successful. He called us to be fruitful. And there’s a difference. I find it interesting that in the Bible, every time that “success” is mentioned, it is in the context of “…and God gave him success,” whereas He reminded His people over and over again to “be fruitful.” In fact, this instruction to bear fruit was the very first command He gave after creating man and woman. The responsibility of fruitfulness was put into our hands, the responsibility for our success He kept for Himself. There are a lot of people who spend all their time struggling to learn the will of God for their lives, when they have ignored His will found in this Prime Command: Be fruitful. Live out who I created you to be.

Ultimately, God’s command of fruitfulness is the easier one – it flows directly from what God has already loaded into us as we walk through the continuing process of Redemption. Success as a standard involves chasing a sort of “completeness” that the world set up and which it is constantly redefining. Is it any wonder that so many people live life in disheartened exhaustion? They live under the never-ending pressure to meet an ever-changing standard.

Aren’t you glad that God commanded us to be fruitful, rather than to be successful? Again, please don’t misunderstand me: success can be a very good thing, and in each of our Callings, we hope to see it as we proceed with hard work, perseverance, and excellence. But it isn’t the ultimate measure of a man or a woman. Still, some people spend so much time worrying about being successful, they forget to be fruitful.

But when all is said and done, the opposite of failure is not success. It is fruitfulness. And that’s the secret of life on the Vine.

Shun Lee
Director
Hollywood Connect

This Week’s Quotes - Fruitfulness

See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds,
With joy and love triumphing.
– John Milton, poet, author & civil servant

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
- Will Rogers, entertainer

When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.
- Bob Marley, singer-songwriter & musician

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful.
Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending,
ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey.
But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
– Winston Churchill, statesman, historian, writer & artist

7/20/09

Michael Jackson's REAL cause of death! [OFFICIAL]

What really happened to the king of pop?

Here is a very clear and clever message shared by Ray Comfort on Hollywood Blvd in front of Michael Jackson's star.

Why do people die and what happens after we pass on?

The "Fair Use" law allows us to teach from the MJ clips/pictures used, without violating copyright laws. It has wonderful evangelistic potential, so please pass this clip on all over the Internet.

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7/18/09

Your Identity In Christ

Who are you? Trying to define yourself by possessions, accomplishments, or the way others perceive you often leads to disappointment. We were designed to live as God’s children, finding our ultimate fulfillment and contentment in His will for our lives. Unless we define our identity primarily by our relationship with Christ, we will encounter problems over time.

Our identity “in Christ” is emphasized over and over in Scripture. Below is a summary of what the Bible says about us:

Forgiven for our sins though the death of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 2:13-14)

Accepted in Christ (Romans 15:7)

Wholeness in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:17)

Adopted as God's Child (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:5)

A friend of Jesus (John 15:15)

Victory over the power of the enemy (Romans 6:6)

Chosen to bear fruit (John 15:16)

Part of a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)

A citizen of Heaven, part of the Heavenly Kingdom (Philippians 3:20, Colossians 1:13-14)

Other people, satan, your experiences, and even your own thoughts will tell you all kinds of lies about your significance. That’s why you must take God’s perspective to heart. Monitor your thoughts closely. As you become aware of falsehoods, replace them with truth.

The clear teaching of the New Testament is that we should act consistent with who we are in Christ. We don’t need to try in order to be.

Ask the Lord how you should act on your new identity. This includes two parts: saying no to sinful patterns, and choosing God’s best. For instance, someone tempted to gossip must both resist sharing hurtful facts about others and develop healthy interests to discuss. A stingy person must not only deny the fear that God won’t provide; she must also choose to give generously to others.

Don’t live as a spiritual pauper, trying to find your security and significance through people, accomplishments, or possessions. As a believer in Jesus, you are a child of the King of Kings. Learn to walk in the spiritual victory He provides.

Prayer: Lord, Your Word tells me I am a new creation in Christ, but sometimes I have difficulty living in light of that truth. Teach me how to recognize my false beliefs and replace them with Your perspective. Reveal to me the great security I have as Your child. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Adapted from "Discovering Your Identity in Christ" bible study by Charles Stanley.

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Escaping The Performance Trap

Escaping the Performance Trap
by Charles F. Stanley

A treadmill is one of the most effective tools for burning calories, despite the fact that the person exercising stays in the same place. Similarly, many workers worry and grope through each day, without actually making headway. Isn’t it ironic that in both pursuits, people must give great effort without really going anywhere?

So it is with people who try to work their way to righteousness. Many Christians grow stagnant in their faith because they expend tremendous energy trying to attain some lofty ideal of the “Christian experience.” They usually understand that grace is what saved them but believe they must pay God back with good works in order to remain saved.

Have you become a modern-day Pharisee? Do you maintain a mental or psychological checklist to ensure that you do what you should and resist what you should not? Are you closer to living under the law than under God’s grace?

When you act outside of God’s will, your life runs on finite “fumes”: your own strength. The result can be exhaustion, withdrawal, and bitterness. The real Christian experience requires only that we have faith in Jesus Christ and abide in Him, the true Vine (John 15:5).

You can’t do anything to make God love you more. Nor can you do anything to make Him love you less. This is a liberating truth! Your heavenly Father isn’t keeping score—we can’t pay Him back for His grace. In fact, no amount of good works can pay the debt of love we owe. The apostle Paul wrote, “The Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Gal. 3:24-25). He explained that there is no way we can keep God’s moral code perfectly. We need a Savior.

Even after we become Christians, God doesn’t want us to add law to His grace. He wants obedience, of course. But obedience is the overflow of a heart full of love, not legalism.

When Jesus tells us to keep His commandments, He emphasizes that obedience shows others we love Him (John 14:31). The moral law shows us our need of a Savior. But we cannot obey the Lord Jesus without His help. We are children wanting to please the Father because we love Him. This delivers us from legalism and keeps us grounded in grace, not only for salvation, but also for living the Christian life.

Living by Grace

The Scriptures compare our relationship with God to a race. Paul calls us to run so that we may win
(1 Cor. 9:24)—and the author of Hebrews adds that we are to do so with endurance (Heb. 12:1).

Only by running on the wings of grace can believers triumphantly finish the course God has assigned for each one of His children. The legs of performance eventually grow weak. The muscles of legalism and religion weigh us down and become rigid hindrances. Our main problem is that we can understand the need for grace in salvation, but we tend to rely on other means for process of sanctification.

How can you cease striving, get off the performance treadmill, and learn to walk in grace? Here is the key: the more you humble yourself before God, the more you will receive the fullness of His grace.

God “gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Not to the strong, but to the weak. Not to the self-sufficient, but to the dependent. Grace belongs to the poor in spirit—in other words, those who humble themselves by recognizing God’s majesty and worshipping Him. The more you adore and praise the Savior, the more highly you’ll think of Him.

Humbling yourself won’t reduce your self-esteem or diminish your worth to God. Rather, it positions you to receive your sustenance from the source of all good things, Jesus Christ. As a humble believer, cast yourself on the grace of God, leaning on Him with your full weight. Draw all your strength, peace, joy, and security from the sufficiency of the Holy Spirit living within you.

Be strong in grace. Throw off the chains of works and “religion,” and receive the remarkable power of God’s merciful lovingkindness.

Adapted from Charles F. Stanley’s “Into His Presence” (2000), “Seeking His Face” (2002), and “Handbook for Christian Living” (1996).

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The Trials Of Paul

The Trials Of Paul
By: Charles F. Stanley

If we listen close enough, we can almost hear the scrape of the calamus reed across the parchment, taste the sorrow of Paul's tears, and feel the ache of his heart in being left alone. "Make every effort," he writes, "to come to me soon; for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me."

For a moment, we sense the reality of his imprisonment and find ourselves wondering if the distress is greater than he can bear. But in recalling the words he wrote earlier to the Corinthians, we find Paul had learned a great and powerful secret. He said that God's grace was sufficient for all he faced because "[His] power is perfected in [our] weakness," (2 Corinthians 12:9). There was a much greater reward waiting for him than he could ever hope to gain here on this earth.

It is as if he recalls this same thought and, picking up the writing reed, he finishes his letter to young Timothy. "Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments" (2 Timothy 4:11-13).

In Second Timothy, we are given a rare glimpse into the life of one of God's most precious servants. Paul had been faithful. He had lived his life in obedience to the Word of God. Casting aside his own desires in order to do the Lord's will, time after time he had walked away from things of this world—desires and temptations that had the potential to draw him away from God's plan and purpose for his life. Now his life was drawing to a close.

You may think this is not a fitting way to end one's life—alone and suffering—especially after serving God so faithfully. It is difficult to understand until we step aside from what we think is right and ask God to open our eyes to His eternal plan. It is not what we do for God that is important. It is our love and devotion to Christ that bring the greatest reward.

God sees the inner lining of our hearts. He sees our hurts and fears, but He also is aware of the great potential our lives contain. He is committed to preparing us to live and serve Him for all eternity.

Trials and testings teach us how to trust Him more completely. We study the circumstances of life by the light of His truth. Trials last for a season, but the knowledge we gain from the experience remains with us throughout time. He stretches our faith to prove that it is strong and binding. When He is sure it will hold, He sends His greatest blessings our way.

From the point of his conversion on the Damascus Road until his death, Paul lived for one reason, and that was to tell others about Jesus Christ. He literally explained the Christian life to us through his devotion, determination, and many writings to the churches throughout Asia Minor. Even before his conversion, Paul was a scholar, having sat under the teaching of one of the greatest instructors of his day. Yet all he learned in Gamaliel's schoolhouse paled in comparison to the truth he gained in God's classroom.

Though he faced unbelievable circumstances, God gave Paul the strength to overcome each one. His words of hope and truth refresh us and keep us focused on the object of our faith—the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of being overcome, Paul became the overcomer.

Timothy's conversion to Christ and call to the ministry were a direct result of Paul's instruction and influence. Now at the end of his life, the one thing the aging apostle wanted most was the company of a valued friend.

All the blessings and teachings of Paul come together here in this fourth chapter of Timothy. His love of God was not deferred. His desire to remain faithful to the Lord he served held fast. He had truly fought the good fight, finished the course set before him, and could look forward to the reward God had waiting for him. Every trial, every test that comes your way is tailored by God to fit His will for your life.

Life was not too difficult for Paul. It was just right. Though it was extremely trying at times, it trained him how to live the Christian life by faith and not by sight. At any point, had Paul given up, we would have missed a great and mighty blessing as a major portion of the New Testament would have gone unwritten.

Paul had no way of knowing his trials and exhortations were being used to complete a large portion of God's holy Word. While God's Word is now complete, we remain His personal testimony. We may never know what blessing our obedience will bring to the life of another. Therefore, let godly obedience and determination be the fiber of your life. And the God of all peace and comfort will bless you perfectly.

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Manna Fest w/Perry Stone:The Coming War For Oil, Water and Food

Taped on location in Israel, Perry Stone discusses the upcoming clash over natural resources that was prophesied in the Bible.

Video Link: http://voe.sermon.tv/2213896

©2008 - 2009 Perry Stone Ministries

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Voice Of The Martyrs USA - Prayer Update for July 17, 2009

VOM–USA Prayer Update for July 17, 2009
The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16

SOMALIA — Sons of Christian Beheaded — Compass Direct News

1 Thessalonians 2:2
But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.

Islamic extremists have beheaded two boys in Somalia because their Christian father, 55 year-old Musa Mohammed Yusuf, refused to give them information about an underground church leader, according to Compass Direct News. The extremists from the group al shabaab killed 11-year-old Abdi Rahaman Musa Yusuf and 12-year-old Hussein Musa Yusuf, after abducting them in front of their mother. The terrorists are currently looking for Yusuf in Kenyan refugee camps. Yusuf was a leader of an underground church in Yonday village, 19 miles from Kismayo, Somalia. On February 20, the extremists interrogated Yusuf about his relationship with Salat Mberwa, the Christian leader who discipled him in the faith and led an underground fellowship with 66 believers. When Yusuf told them he did not have any connection to him and knew nothing about him, they left and vowed to return the next day. Yusuf fled immediately and the next day the extremists killed his sons. Yusuf’s wife and 7-year-old son have joined him in the refugee camp in Kenya where Mberwa and other believers are helping them. VOM encourages you to pray for Yusuf and his family as they have lost their sons. Pray God comforts them during this difficult time, and provides the family with other believers who can encourage them with scriptures and songs.

TANZANIA — Church buildings burned down in Zanzibar — Compass Direct News

Acts 4:29-31
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

On June 28, two church buildings on the outskirts of Unguja Township on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar were burned by suspected Muslim extremists, according to Compass Direct News. A flier stating, "We don't want churches on our street. Today we are going to burn the church, and if you continue we are going to burn your house also," was left at the home of the man who donated the plot of land for The Evangelical Assemblies of God church building. The church was burned. The Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship in Africa church building, only a few miles away, was also torched. The week before, an assistant sheikh approached the church leader and told him that the building, which was in the final stages of construction, would be destroyed unless the construction was stopped. Pray that increased persecution will result in increased boldness among believers in Zanzibar. Pray that the passion of God's people in Zanzibar will be a light that draws others to Christ.

CHINA — Chinese couple sentenced for "engaging in illegal religious activities" — China Aid Association

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Officials arrested Pastor Dou Shaowen on June 14 along with other believers during a house church raid. He was given a one year-sentence of "re-education" through labor, according to China Aid Association. Pastor Dou's wife, Feng Lu, received the same sentence. While Pastor Dou is imprisoned in a labor camp, authorities have permitted Feng Lu to serve her sentence at home so she can care for their 12-year-old daughter. However, officials informed her she will be sent to the camp if she is discovered engaging in further "illegal religious activities." The believers who were given 15-day administrative sentences following the June 14 house church attack have not been released at last report. Pray for this family, especially their child. Ask God to encourage and protect them.

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7/16/09

Michael Jr, on the road less Traveled

Comedian Michael Jr, sets out to see what would happen when he takes is comedic gift to those who can't come to a club or a church and get it.

The Path of Least Resistance

"The Path of Least Resistance"
Excerpt from Hollywood Connect Newsletter 07/16/09.
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(c)2009 Hollywood Connect

I've had a Non Sequitur comic strip on my desk for a few years entitled "The Magic of Hollywood," in which a handful of studio executives sit around a conference table in dark business suits. The chairman of the meeting states, "A motion has been put forth that we should seek to create rather than imitate. All in favor of killing this silly notion, nod in mindless agreement…"

Unfortunately, this is what the entertainment industry is too often known for.

I wonder how many times our own creativity – whether in the arts, business, or just life in general – gets shut down simply because we’ve spent our time imitating rather than creating. The former is usually easier than the latter, and more often than not, it’s a result of neglect – failing to take the time and effort to stand up, look around, and see things in a new way, apart from what others have done or are doing. In the end, however, it’s never as effective or fulfilling, artistically or otherwise.

Do we tend to do things only because "that's what's worked before" or "that is the path of least resistance" or “that’s what everyone else is doing”?

It happens not only in the area of creativity, but in our broader spiritual lives as well. We have a tendency to want to take that same path of least resistance, taking our cues from those around us instead of heading out into what might be the unknown, the dangerous, or the solitary – even in those heart-thumping times we recognize that God has called us to meet Him there. This is unfortunate, especially because we are called not only to be believers in Christ, but followers of Christ, choosing to follow Him wherever He leads, even when that means diverging from the rest of the crowd.

Shun Lee
Director
Hollywood Connect

HANDY LITTLE CHART - GOD HAS A POSITIVE ANSWER:

HANDY LITTLE CHART - GOD HAS A POSITIVE ANSWER:

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired'
God says: I will give you rest(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out'
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able'
God says: I am able (2 Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you (1 John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (1 Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

Cherokee Rite Of Passage

I got this sent to me in an email. It's called "Cherokee Rite Of Passage."


Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youths' Rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.

He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified.

He can hear all kinds of noises.

Wild beasts must surely be all around him.

Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump, but he sits stoically, never removing the blindfold.

It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally after a horrific night the sun appears, and he removes his blindfold.

It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He has been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We too are never alone.

Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

If you liked this story, pass it on.

If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there..

'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

7/15/09

Manna Fest w/Perry Stone: Has America Entered The Fullness Of Time?

What are ancient patterns revealing about America and its future? Perry Stone shows us how the Roman Empire compares to the United States. One of the best messages/teachings I've ever heard. So incredibly interesting, insightful and powerful. Praise God!

Taken from Perry Stone's "Manna Fest" episode 431 and 432 which was filmed at the 2008 Hixson Conference at Abba's House in Hixson, Tennessee.

Part 1 Video Link: http://media.voe.org/Manna_fest/2213868

Part 2 Video Link: http://media.voe.org/Manna_fest/2213867

©2008 - 2009 Perry Stone Ministries
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In Opposition To S.909 aka "Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes bill"

I am against S.909 aka the "Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes bill" that has been proposed and is finally apparently coming to a vote in the Senate. If Senate were to vote in favor of this bill then President Obama is likely to sign it into law. This needs to not happen and here is why:

1) Laws already exist in all 50 states to punish violent crime, making the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes bill (S.909) unnecessary, unfair, indefinable, un-American and constitutionally suspect. S.909 is not designed to aid in fighting crime. The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to silence those who speak out against homosexuality.
2) I am opposed to S. 909 – the “Hate Crimes” bill. One reason for my opposition is that Congress has refused to define what is meant by sexual orientation in S.909. By doing so, this means that the 30 different sexual orientations – including pedophilia - will be federally protected classes.
3) Hate Crimes legislation is one more step in the campaign to legitimize homosexuality in our culture by treating it as a protected class along with race, gender and religion.
4) Again, I ask you to oppose the “Hate Crimes” bill. In order to push it on the American people, it is likely that the bill will be introduced as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill.
5) If Hate Crimes legislation passes, pastors could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the biblical view of homosexuality. Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. at the state level and abroad.

Please contact your senators asap and tell them you oppose this bill.

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7/14/09

Our Corrupt Social & Health "Care" System

I hate our idiotic social and health "care" system. Its corruption and unfairness is evil. Nothing's ever going to be good if things remain the same and all these stupid ideas don't do anything. Only a revolution can change anything, but hardly anyone is rational and courageous enough to do anything about it. Everyone's too busy being weak and politically-correct, and wasting time with all talk and no action.

7/12/09

Hal Lindsey Newsletter - Iran's Nuclear Capabilities (07-10-09)

This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report' (07-10-09)
On this week's edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report," I'll examine the factors that lead me to believe monumental things are about to happen in Iran.

Iran is close to producing a nuclear weapon. Experts vary in their opinions of how soon that may happen, but any time is too soon. Of course, Iran must also be able to produce a miniaturized version for mounting on a missile, but we know they're quite advanced in their missile technology.

Iran's leaders have warned the world quite clearly about what they plan to do when they finally achieve nuclear capability: wipe Israel from the map. Plan B is to use their new weapons to launch an EMP attack on America or Israel or Europe. In fact, they've been practicing for precisely this.

Several European nations are within range of Iran's missiles and have expressed concern over the latest developments. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, and other Arab/Muslim nations also fear Iran's nuclear ambitions - perhaps more than Israel because they don't have Israel's sophisticated defenses.

In fact, it seems that the United States and Russia are the two nations that don't seem so concerned about Iran's nuclear pursuit anymore.

The problem is that if Iran achieves nuclear weapons capability, it instantly becomes the leader of the Muslim world. It will be the 'big dog' on the block known as the Middle East. What it says -- or what its proxies Hamas, Hezbollah, or al-Qaeda say -- will be what goes, because then it will have the muscle to back it up. And it's probably safe to say that no one (except Hugo Chavez) wants to see that happen! (I know that Pakistan, a Muslim nation, already has nukes, but it has never been as aggressive in its political or jihadist ambitions as Iran.)

Also, remember that Iran's newly "re-elected" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes he's the one chosen by Allah to start the conflagration that will usher in the return of Islam's messiah, the Mahdi. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, especially, want nothing to do with that!

So the problem is this. Chance are if Iran gets nukes, then Israel will get nuked. America and/or Europe may also be EMP-attacked. That would elicit a nuclear response by Israel and/or America and/or Europe. That means that Iran would be completely annihilated.

However, the Bible prophets say that Israel and Iran will both be intact in the run-up to Armageddon. That means that something must prevent Iran from launching a nuclear attack against Israel which would then cause Israel to wipe Iran from the map.

So, the way I see it, one of two things will happen soon. One: Israel will launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities to decimate or delay its nuclear program. This is not so far-fetched. Just this week, Vice President Joe Biden said that America can't dictate to Israel what it can or cannot do. After all, Israel is a sovereign nation (wink)! Also, Saudi Arabia has apparently indicated that it won't be concerned if the Israeli Air Force just happens to stray into its airspace (on its way to Iran?). Further, Egypt recently allowed an Israeli submarine with nuclear cruise missiles to pass through the Suez Canal (on its way to Iran?).

Two: The revolt that is quietly gaining strength in Iran over the obviously rigged re-election of Ahmadinejad will cause the current regime to fall. This is not so far-fetched, either. This week, the most prestigious group of Muslim clerics in Iran declared that the election was not valid. This amounts to an open mutiny against Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei and the Guardian Council.

Either way, I believe Iran's nuclear ambitions will be thwarted for a while, allowing them to survive a bit longer. This may also be why Iran needs Russia's cover to finally launch its attack on Israel.

Then, on top of everything else, I'm going to discuss some of the historical aspects of this situation. What Ahmadinejad and Khamenei threaten to do has been attempted before. And by guess-who. Persia, later known as Iran. It's not exactly deja-vu, but remember Haman, Esther, the prince of the kingdom of Persia? Welcome to the same song, second verse.

See why I say exciting, maybe monumental, things are about to happen? Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com.

God Bless,

Hal Lindsey
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The Voice of the Martyrs–USA Prayer Update for July 10, 2009

VOM–USA Prayer Update for July 10, 2009
The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com
When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. Acts 11:23

MAURITANIA — Christian aid worked killed — VOM Sources

1 Corinthians 4:9-14, 16
For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

On June 23, Al-Qaeda reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing, Christopher Leggett, an American aid worker in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. On June 25, Al-Jazeera TV reportedly received an audio statement from Al-Qaeda which stated that "two knights of the Islamic Maghreb succeeded Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. to kill the infidel American Christopher Leggett for his Christianising activities." Leggett worked for a non-governmental organization in Mauritania involved in training and equipping prisoners to re-enter society. He also oversaw a microloan program which fostered the growth of small businesses. He had been a resident of Mauritania for the past seven years along with his wife and four children. Thank the Lord for Christopher Leggett's life as a cross-bearing disciple. Ask God to comfort those who mourn for him. Pray that Christians in Mauritania will be emboldened to follow in their savior’s footsteps and remain steadfast in faith.

EGYPT — Christians attacked by Muslims — VOM Canada

Psalm 146
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The LORD shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

On June 21, Christians in the village of Ezbet Boshra-East, Egypt were fearful to leave their homes after a Muslim mob attacked believers and damaged property, according to VOM contacts. A group of 25 Christians from Cairo arrived in the village to visit Father Isaac Castor, who lives in a building owned by the Coptic Church. When Muslims noticed six of the believers entering the building, they approached the remaining Christians waiting outside and began to taunt them. A Muslim woman approached one of the Christians and slapped her. Hundreds of Muslims then started to throw stones at the building and the believers. Some Christian homes in the village were plundered, farmers' crops were uprooted and Father Castor's car was vandalized. Over a dozen Christians and several Muslims were injured in the violence. Nineteen Christians were arrested and released the following day. Their homes were reportedly ransacked by police and they were mistreated while in detention. Pray for healing for those injured. Pray that Christians in Egypt will put their hope in the Lord as the one who upholds their cause. Ask God to move in the lives of those who persecute believers in Egypt.

CHINA — Update: House church leaders released in Sichuan — China Aid Association

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Praise God! The house church leaders arrested in Langzhong city, Sichuan province on June 9 have been released following international pressure, according to China Aid Association. Thirteen of the leaders served 10 days of administrative detention and were released on June 20. The five leaders placed in criminal detention were released on June 23. Meanwhile, three other house church leaders arrested on June 14 for “illegal religious activities,” in Taochuan village, Shaanxi province have been released. Praise God for these believers and their faithfulness. Ask God to protect them as they continue serving him.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

7/11/09

The Courage To Obey

The Courage To Obey
By Charles F. Stanley

How would your friends who know you best describe you – courageous or cowardly? And when you face a difficult situation what is your most overpowering emotion – self-preservation or the desire to stand strong for what is right and true?

Following God is never simple or easy for any one, it takes courage. A passion to obey God does not suddenly appear in the believer’s life. Salvation sparks love and a desire to please Him, but a courageous fire is built slowly from the timbers of spiritual knowledge, faith, and devotion.

Obedience usually begins with a fear of the consequences of disobeying. Until believers build a firm foundation of biblical knowledge and trust that offers better reasons to follow God, we are kept safe by the desire to avoid harsh repercussions. Thankfully, as we mature and gain greater scriptural wisdom, fear is replaced by recognition of God’s sovereignty and a commitment to submit to His wisdom.

Following God’s will shifts our focus from disobedience’s consequences to obedience’s blessings. Once we taste the best He has to offer, we want to keep good flowing into our lives. Obedience and God’s best are natural partners—good derives from following divine commands, while suffering results when we stubbornly choose our own way. This irrevocable principle plays out in the Bible as well as in day-to-day life. Every act of obedience is rewarded—either on earth or in heaven. As we become more aware of how blessing follows obedience, we realize that complying with the Lord’s will is the only wise choice.

As our faith grows, we will learn that blessing’s motivational power is not as strong as that of devotion. All the promised blessing in the world cannot make a believer follow God into some frightening places. But love for our Father compels us toward passionate obedience, no matter what is at stake.

The man and the woman who courageously walk with God will always reach their destination.

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7/10/09

Michael Jackson - Million Dollar Bill (Gospel Tract)



The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here's a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That's not God's will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. You broke God's Law, but Jesus paid your fine. That means He can legally dismiss your case. He can commute your death sentence: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone, and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

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7/9/09

The Story Of God

The Story of God

Once upon a time, there was God. The Story was always about Him, although like every good story, the main character wasn’t in every scene. But you always knew He was there. It was His story, after all, and a fascinating story at that. Heroes rose and fell, but those who fell and were true heroes got back up again. And each one did something that no one had ever seen before and what has never been seen since.

However, like every really good story, the Story of God was filled with conflict, dark villains, and hard times. Overwhelming odds rose up. But this was to be expected, for it’s impossible for anyone to have a good story without conflict. And so the Story of God became one of dark suspense, and for some, dramatic horror.

Several chapters into the Story, however, there was a sudden and unexpected plot twist (although if you look back, you can see several clues leading up to it): In the midst of those overwhelming odds, God provided a creative and unprecedented means of overcoming the odds and for infusing abundant life to all those characters who were in His story. Those characters in God’s story – who were already heroes, mind you – became larger-than-life, triumphantly achieving great exploits as they battled those overwhelming odds. And so it was that with that plot twist, God’s story became an action-adventure and a beautiful romance. And then…

The End.

Oh, wait, I suppose there are several letters from a few of the Story’s characters (because this was a true Story), and then there’s that glimpse into the eternity that is to come. All of that, we can see, is important to the telling of the tale, but then the back cover of the book is closed. We settle back with a satisfied sigh: what a good story. We laughed, we cried. Two thumbs up and a five-star rating. We remind ourselves to tell someone else the highlights of the Story. We get together weekly in a book club and discuss the Story. We commit to reading one or two chapters of the Story periodically, maybe even daily. Boy, there sure is a lot we can learn from the Story of God, now that it’s completed.

But wait a minute… The audience gasps in surprise. What’s this? Another plot twist! Could it be…? Yes, it is! It’s almost too good to be true, but this Story, this beautiful, wonderful Story of God is not over. In spite of what some people – maybe even you – have thought, it’s not completed yet.

The truth is that this is God’s story, and because God has no ending, neither does His Story. His Story continues, and you and I are the ones who are writing it now. Oh, I’m not saying that we’re adding to the biblical canon. What I am saying is that our lives as we live them are telling the next chapter of that Story that worked its way from Adam and Eve, through Job and Moses, Joshua and David, Esther and Elisha, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The Story continued through centuries of being written – sometimes poorly, sometimes well. And now it has come to you and me.

What will be God’s story in your life? Will it be an action-adventure? A romance? Or, in spite of your best intentions, a story in which your actions and inaction are motivated by fear – that is, a horror story? Will it be a story about hesitance or courage? Will it be defined more by doctrinal correctness than by fervor, alive and growing? Will its central theme be one of waiting and wondering, or one of heroically applied faith?

Sometimes I think that, simply by default, it would be easy enough to have my chapter in this great Story end up being one of something other than great heroism and faith. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It could be something tremendous. It could be something unexpected – even by all the other characters around me in the Story. It could be something no one has ever seen before. I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out. In fact, I’m excited to see how yours turns out too, and so are a lot of people – perhaps even the rest of the world. Could it be that that you are the hero of your own chapter and God is waiting for you to continue His story?

Shun Lee
Director
Hollywood Connect

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7/5/09

Love Is Not A Crime

My true home is Heaven. Therefore, I am a wanderer on this earth, waiting and persevering, trying to make the best of things, until I make it back home to my Father's kingdom. I enjoy things, I don't enjoy things. Like Jesus, I live in this world, but I don't really belong to it. I live amongst the people, but I'm not them. I love people even when they don't love me back. I'd die for people even if they wouldn't do the same. I always forgive people no matter how bad they are. I speak the message to people. I put up with people no matter how difficult. Love is not a crime. The just shall live by faith. The wicked will keep on sinning. You reap what you sow. The righteous shall reap their reward. The wicked shall reap theirs. This world will not always last the way it is. Someday Jesus will come back and restore it to the way it's meant to be. Don't be on the losing side. But, even before then you will die. Everyone dies and you can't stop that. But, God loves you and He's there with open arms to forgive and restore you. Don't resist it. Don't run away from it. It's the best thing you could ever have. Don't waste it. He lived and died for you, and He didn't have to. He did it because He loves you. Would you do the same for Him or for anyone?

7/4/09

Come Back To God

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

14 Either way, Christ’s love compels us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

7/3/09

Patriotic Wallpaper From C28


Patriotic Wallpaper: It has the letters "notw" (Not Of This World - a Christian reference) with a ribbon around it that says "pray for our troops." They also have t-shirts with this same design, only not in this color I don't think. www.c28.com


It says "In God We (Should) Trust," "Pray For Our Nation," "NOTW" and 2 Chronicles 7:14 (full quote).


It says "Not Of This World," "Pray For Our Troops" and Deuteronomy 20:4 (full quote).


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Socialism??

University Prof gets it right! This says it all!!



An economics professor at a local college made a statement
that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire
class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no
one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in
this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive
the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone
got a B..

The students who studied hard were upset and the students
who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied
little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a
free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and
name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the
benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told
them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great,
the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away,
no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.....

Lake of Fire - Nirvana (Unplugged)(HD)with dialogues subtitled/dialogos subtitulados

American Heritage Series (DVD)



Discover the forgotten and astonishing story of our nation’s foundation in the American Heritage Series. For centuries, Americans were taught a truthful view of history that recognized the Godly heroes and moral foundation our nation was founded upon. But in recent years, a new version of history has assaulted the moral and spiritual fiber of our nation, leaving the truth of our past eliminated and forgotten. Until today. From Separation of Church and State, to the Civil Rights Movement, the heroism of our founding Fathers to the building of our nation’s monuments, this series will inspire every American to reclaim the Godly, true story of our nation. Join historian David Barton and experience the untold story of our nation’s history in the American Heritage Series.

26 Episodes: 30 min. each in length. 10 DVD Box Set. Closed Captioned.


Disc 1 -- Episodes 1-3
Why History Matters - Unearthing America’s Christian Foundation: Parts 1 & 2

In today’s classrooms and civil arenas you will find little evidence of the Biblical principles upon which America was founded. In fact, many modern-day historians claim that our nation’s Founders were a diverse group of atheists, deists, and political revolutionaries. But what principles did the Founding Fathers use as the basis for the most successful nation in history? Did they really intend for us to live in a secular society as revisionists claim? Or were they largely a group of God-fearing leaders who believed that Biblical principles should form the underpinning of our government and its Constitution? Discover the amazing truth of our nation’s Godly foundation in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 2 -- Episodes 4-5
The Faith of Our Founding Fathers: Parts 1 & 2

In today’s society, Americans are increasingly taught false views about the religious and moral beliefs of our Founding Fathers. Were our Founding Fathers rebellious political zealots as many historians now teach? Or were they really men of integrity and strong religious character, as earlier generations and textbooks taught? View original documents that show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that America’s Founders drew their ideas for this nation from their strong faith in God. As you watch, you will see numerous accounts of God’s intervention clearly visible in the lives and endeavors of our Founding Fathers. In the American Heritage Series, discover the faith of our Founders that enabled them selflessly to give their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 3 -- Episodes 6-8

The Ideas that Birthed a Nation
Our Biblical Constitution
Is America a "Christian Nation?"

Modern history teaches us that our Founding Fathers were atheists, agnostics, and deists yet a closer look into history tells us a different story. America’s founders were united by their deeply held spiritual beliefs, and those beliefs directly impacted the formation of the new nation. Significantly, the Bible was the source of many of the unique ideas and unprecedented principles laid out in our founding documents, but today we are no longer taught these truths about our founding; instead, we are taught a revisionist history in which religious faith is absent and God’s Providential hand is ignored. Learn the true story of America’s birthright and of our Founding Fathers in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 4 -- Episodes 9-10
Church, State & the Real 1st Amendment: Parts 1 & 2

In present-day politics and government, the term "separation of church and state" is regularly used to prohibit expressions of religious faith in the public arena. However, for a century-and-a-half after the Constitution was written, that phrase meant exactly the opposite – it was used to preserve religious expressions in the public square. What was the origin of this now infamous phrase? When and how did its meaning change? Learn the history of this phrase and how its original meaning has been replaced with a completely secular one never intended by the author of the phrase. Discover not only the original story of this phrase but even see the Founding Fathers’ own words and actions concerning it in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 5 -- Episodes 11-13
Influence of the Bible in America
How Pastors Shaped Our Independence: Parts 1 & 2

During the Revolutionary War, churches and clergy played a pivotal role, providing leadership in the political and military arenas and helping shape the intellectual ideas that took root in our founding documents. The Bible helped shape our nation’s government, educational system, and culture in general; and while today’s critics have relegated religious leaders to serving only within the four walls of the church, America’s early religious leaders believed that they were to be involved in every aspect of life – including government. Is there still a role for churches and pastors to play in today’s political arena? Discover the answer to that question as well as how pastors and religious leaders set the course for the nation in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 6 -- Episodes 14-16
When Religion Was Culture
Faith in Our Early Courts
Myths of the Judiciary

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton announced to the nation during the ratification of the Constitution that, "[T]he judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution. . . . [and] the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter." Yet today, our religious freedoms and so many others of our once inalienable rights are now regularly threatened by this "least dangerous" branch. This was not our Founding Fathers’ intent – a fact clearly revealed by an examination of early Supreme Court Justices and the values that guided their decisions. Discover the Constitution’s original intent for the courts in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 7 -- Episodes 17-19
Evidence of America’s Spiritual Heritage: Parts 1, 2, & 3

If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, what then do the pictures, monuments, and great art of our nation’s Capitol tell us about American history and our nation’s Founders? Many visitors to the Capitol would be shocked to discover that the faith of our Founding Fathers has been chiseled in stone throughout that great building. What is the meaning behind some of our nation’s most baffling symbols, from the dollar bill’s "all-seeing eye," to the towering national monuments of Washington, DC? What happens to a society that forgets the truths and symbols of its own past? And why has this irrefutable evidence of our great spiritual heritage been covered up and forgotten? Discover little-known facts about our nation’s Godly history in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 8 -- Episodes 20-21
Four Centuries of American Education: Parts 1 & 2

For centuries, America’s educational philosophy centered on teaching "religion, morality, and knowledge" – the three aspects set forward in 1789 in America’s first federal law addressing education. In fact, America’s great Founding Fathers and educational leaders spoke openly about the need for public education to inculcate these three elements. However, over the past half-century, a dramatic change has occurred, and a completely secular philosophy now dominates the American classroom. In fact, most Americans today are not only uninformed but often misinformed about the spiritual heritage of our nation and its Founders. What can history tell us about a nation who forgets its past? Is revisionism in textbooks really a problem? Discover the remarkable history of American education in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 9 -- Episodes 22-24
Great Black Patriots
From Bondage to the Halls of Congress
The Civil Rights Movement

Unknown to most today, black and white soldiers often fought side-by-side in the fierce battles of the Revolutionary War that birthed our nation, and many black leaders played pivotal roles in our government in the 1700s and throughout the 1800s. Why do our classrooms neglect so many of our nation’s great black leaders – military heroes such as Peter Salem, influential pastors like Lemuel Haynes and Richard Allen, Revolutionary spy James Armistead, or U. S. Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey? Learn about these remarkable leaders and their great spiritual faith, and discover little known facts about the early civil rights movement. Uncover the truth of our nation’s black heroes and patriots in the American Heritage Series. America: this is your heritage!

Disc 10 -- Episodes 25-26
The Assault on Judeo-Christian Values
The Duty of a Free Citizen

Over the past two centuries, a dramatic change has occurred in America. The rich spiritual heritage of our Founding Fathers and the religious beliefs and values they incorporated through American government and institutions are now met with increasing hostility. Are we really in what many describe as a "Cultural War"? Does the mixing of politics and faith create a dangerous environment within a nation, or does it actually preserve the unique principles that made the United States the most successful nation in history? In the American Heritage Series, discover the role that Biblical values played in our founding, how far America has drifted since that time, and what citizens today can do to return to restore those values. America: this is your heritage!

Production by Impact Productions.

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History of the Star Spangled Banner

David Barton gives the true story behind our National Anthem. For more info, go to www.wallbuilders.com and www.wallbuilderslive.com

Is America No Longer A Christian Nation?

Is President Obama Correct: Is America No Longer a Christian Nation?
by David Barton (04/2009)

Over the past several years, President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that America is not a Christian nation. He asserted that while a U. S. Senator, 1 repeated it as a presidential candidate, 2 and on a recent presidential trip to Turkey announced to the world that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” 3 (He made that announcement in Turkey because he said it was “a location he said he chose to send a clear message.” 4 ) Then preceding a subsequent trip to Egypt, he declared that America was “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world” 5 (even though the federal government’s own statistics show that less than one-percent of Americans are Muslims. 6

The President’s statements were publicized across the world but received little attention in the American media. Had they been carried here, the President might have been surprised to learn that nearly two-thirds of Americans currently consider America to be a Christian nation 7 and therefore certainly might have taken exception with his remarks. But regardless of what today’s Americans might think, it is unquestionable that four previous centuries of American leaders would definitely take umbrage with the President’s statements.

Modern claims that America is not a Christian nation are rarely noticed or refuted today because of the nation’s widespread lack of knowledge about America’s history and foundation. To help provide the missing historical knowledge necessary to combat today’s post-modern revisionism, presented below will be some statements by previous presidents, legislatures, and courts (as well as by current national Jewish spokesmen) about America being a Christian nation. These declarations from all three branches of government are representative of scores of others and therefore comprise only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg.”

Defining a Christian Nation

Contemporary post-modern critics (including President Obama) who assert that America is not a Christian nation always refrain from offering any definition of what the term “Christian nation” means. So what is an accurate definition of that term as demonstrated by the American experience?

Contrary to what critics imply, a Christian nation is not one in which all citizens are Christians, or the laws require everyone to adhere to Christian theology, or all leaders are Christians, or any other such superficial measurement. As Supreme Court Justice David Brewer (1837-1910) explained:

[I]n what sense can [America] be called a Christian nation? Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or that the people are in any manner compelled to support it. On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Neither is it Christian in the sense that all its citizens are either in fact or name Christians. On the contrary, all religions have free scope within our borders. Numbers of our people profess other religions, and many reject all. Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is a condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially. In fact, the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions. Nevertheless, we constantly speak of this republic as a Christian nation – in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world. 8

So, if being a Christian nation is not based on any of the above criterion, then what makes America a Christian nation? According to Justice Brewer, America was “of all the nations in the world . . . most justly called a Christian nation” because Christianity “has so largely shaped and molded it.” 9

Constitutional law professor Edward Mansfield (1801-1880) similarly acknowledged:

In every country, the morals of a people – whatever they may be – take their form and spirit from their religion. For example, the marriage of brothers and sisters was permitted among the Egyptians because such had been the precedent set by their gods, Isis and Osiris. So, too, the classic nations celebrated the drunken rites of Bacchus. Thus, too, the Turk has become lazy and inert because dependent upon Fate, as taught by the Koran. And when in recent times there arose a nation [i.e., France] whose philosophers [e.g. Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Helvetius, etc.] discovered there was no God and no religion, the nation was thrown into that dismal case in which there was no law and no morals. . . . In the United States, Christianity is the original, spontaneous, and national religion. 10

Founding Father and U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall agreed:

[W]ith us, Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange, indeed, if with such a people our institutions did not presuppose Christianity and did not often refer to it and exhibit relations with it. 11

Christianity is the religion that shaped America and made her what she is today. In fact, historically speaking, it can be irrefutably demonstrated that Biblical Christianity in America produced many of the cherished traditions still enjoyed today, including:

* A republican rather than a theocratic form of government;
* The institutional separation of church and state (as opposed to today’s enforced institutional secularization of church and state);
* Protection for religious toleration and the rights of conscience;
* A distinction between theology and behavior, thus allowing the incorporation into public policy of religious principles that promote good behavior but which do not enforce theological tenets (examples of this would include religious teachings such as the Good Samaritan, The Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, etc., all of which promote positive civil behavior but do not impose ecclesiastical rites); and
* A free-market approach to religion, thus ensuring religious diversity.

Consequently, a Christian nation as demonstrated by the American experience is a nation founded upon Christian and Biblical principles, whose values, society, and institutions have largely been shaped by those principles. This definition was reaffirmed by American legal scholars and historians for generations 12 but is widely ignored by today’s revisionists.

American Presidents Affirm that America is a Christian Nation

With his recent statement, President Barack Obama is the first American president to deny that America is a Christian nation – a repudiation of what made America great and a refutation of the declarations of his presidential predecessors. Notice a few representative statements on this subject by some of the forty-three previous presidents:

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity. 13 JOHN ADAMS

[T]he teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally….impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teaching were removed. 14 TEDDY ROOSEVELT

America was born a Christian nation – America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture. 15 WOODROW WILSON

American life is builded, and can alone survive, upon . . . [the] fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago. 16 HERBERT HOOVER

This is a Christian Nation. 17 HARRY TRUMAN

Let us remember that as a Christian nation . . . we have a charge and a destiny. 18 RICHARD NIXON

There are many additional examples, including even that of Thomas Jefferson.

Significantly, Jefferson was instrumental in establishing weekly Sunday worship services at the U. S. Capitol (a practice that continued through the 19th century) and was himself a regular and faithful attendant at those church services, 19 not even allowing inclement weather to dissuade his weekly horseback travel to the Capitol church. 20

(The fact that the U. S. Capitol building was available for church on Sundays was due to the Art. I, Sec. 7 constitutional requirement that forbade federal lawmaking on Sundays; and this recognition of a Christian Sabbath in the U. S. Constitution was cited by federal courts as proof of the Christian nature of America. 21 While not every Christian observes a Sunday Sabbath, no other religion in the world honors Sunday except Christianity. As one court noted, the various Sabbaths were “the Friday of the Mohammedan, the Saturday of the Israelite, or the Sunday of the Christian.” 22 )

Why was Jefferson a faithful attendant at the Sunday church at the Capitol? He once explained to a friend while they were walking to church together:

No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example. 23

President Jefferson even closed presidential documents with “In the year of our Lord Christ” (see below).

Even President Jefferson recognized and treated America as a Christian nation. Clearly, President Obama’s declaration is refuted both by history and by his own presidential predecessors.

The U. S. Congress Affirms that America is a Christian Nation

Declarations from the Legislative Branch affirming America as a Christian nation are abundant. For example, in 1852-1853 when some citizens sought a complete secularization of the public square and a cessation of all religious activities by the government, Congress responded with unambiguous declarations about America as a Christian nation:

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect [denomination]. Any attempt to level and discard all religion would have been viewed with universal indignation. . . . In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. 24

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: We are Christians, not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay a due regard to Christianity? 25

In 1856, the House of Representatives also declared:

[T]he great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 26

On March 3, 1863 while in the midst of the Civil War, the U. S. Senate requested President Abraham Lincoln to “designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation” 27 because:

[S]incerely believing that no people, however great in numbers and resources or however strong in the justice of their cause, can prosper without His favor; and at the same time deploring the national offences which have provoked His righteous judgment, yet encouraged in this day of trouble by the assurances of His word to seek Him for succor according to His appointed way through Jesus Christ, the Senate of the United States do hereby request the President of the United States, by his proclamation, to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation. 28 (emphasis added)

President Lincoln quickly complied with that request, 29 and issued what today has become one of the most famous and quoted proclamations in America’s history. 30

Across the generations, our national reliance on God, the Bible, and Christianity has been repeatedly reaffirmed. In fact, consider five representative images produced by the U. S. Government. The first three are from World War II: one shows the Nazis as the enemy because they want to attack the Bible, and the other two encourage Americans to buy War Bonds by pointing to Christian images. The fourth and fifth images are from the Department of Agriculture in the 1960s, using the Bible and even Smokey Bear in prayer as symbols to encourage Americans to be conscious of fire safety and to help preserve and conserve nature.



There are scores of other official actions by the U. S. Congress over the past two centuries affirming that America is a Christian nation.

The Judicial Branch Affirms that America is a Christian Nation

From the Judicial Branch, consider first some declarations of prominent U. S. Supreme Court Justices regarding America as a Christian nation.

Justice Joseph Story (1779-1845) was appointed to the Court by President James Madison. Story is considered the founder of Harvard Law School and authored the three-volume classic Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (1833). In his 34 years on the Court, Story authored opinions in 286 cases, of which 269 were reported as the majority opinion or the opinion of the Court 31 and his many contributions to American law have caused him to be called a “Father of American Jurisprudence.” Justice Story openly declared:

One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. . . . There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. . . . I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society. 32

His conclusion about America and Christianity was straightforward:

In [our] republic, there would seem to be a peculiar propriety in viewing the Christian religion as the great basis on which it must rest for its support and permanence. 33

Justice John McLean (1785-1861) was appointed to the Court by President Andrew Jackson. McLean served in the U. S. Congress, as a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court, and then held cabinet positions under two U. S. Presidents. His view on the importance of Christianity to American government and its institutions was unambiguous:

For many years, my hope for the perpetuity of our institutions has rested upon Bible morality and the general dissemination of Christian principles. This is an element which did not exist in the ancient republics. It is a basis on which free governments may be maintained through all time. . . . Free government is not a self-moving machine. . . . Our mission of freedom is not carried out by brute force, by canon law, or any other law except the moral law and those Christian principles which are found in the Scriptures. 34

Justice David Brewer (1837-1910), appointed to the Court by President Benjamin Harrison, agreed. Brewer held several judgeships in Kansas and served on a federal circuit court before his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Brewer declared:

We constantly speak of this republic as a Christian nation – in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world. 35

Brewer then chronicled the types of descriptions applied to nations:

We classify nations in various ways: as, for instance, by their form of government. One is a kingdom, another an empire, and still another a republic. Also by race. Great Britain is an Anglo-Saxon nation, France a Gallio, Germany a Teutonic, Russia a Slav. And still again by religion. One is a Mohammedan nation, others are heathen, and still others are Christian nations. This republic is classified among the Christian nations of the world. It was so formally declared by the Supreme Court of the United States. In the case of Holy Trinity Church vs. United States, 143 U.S. 471, that Court, after mentioning various circumstances, added, “these and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” 36

Brewer did not believe that calling America a Christian nation was a hollow appellation; in fact, he penned an entire book setting forth the evidence that America was a Christian nation. He concluded:

[I] have said enough to show that Christianity came to this country with the first colonists; has been powerfully identified with its rapid development, colonial and national, and today exists as a mighty factor in the life of the republic. This is a Christian nation. . . . [T]he calling of this republic a Christian nation is not a mere pretence, but a recognition of an historical, legal, and social truth. 37

Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974) agreed with his predecessors. Before being appointed as Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Warren had been the Attorney General of California. Warren declared:

I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people. . . . I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country. 38

There are many similar declarations by other Supreme Court Justices, but in addition to the declarations of individual judges, the federal courts have repeatedly affirmed America to be a Christian nation – including the U. S. Supreme Court, which declared that America was “a Christian country,” 39 filled with “Christian people,” 40 and was indeed “a Christian nation.” 41 Dozens of other courts past and present have repeated these pronouncements 42 but so, too, have American Presidents – as in 1947 when President Harry Truman quoted the Supreme Court, declaring:

This is a Christian Nation. More than a half century ago that declaration was written into the decrees of the highest court in this land [in an 1892 decision]. 43

In addition to its “Christian nation” declarations, the Supreme Court also regularly relied on Christian principles as the basis of its rulings on issues such as marriage, citizenship, foreign affairs, and domestic treaties.

For example, when some federal territories attempted to introduce the practice of bigamy and polygamy, the Supreme Court disallowed those practices because:

Bigamy and polygamy are crimes by the laws of all civilized and Christian countries. 44

In another case, the Court similarly explained:

The organization of a community for the spread and practice of polygamy is . . . . contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world. 45

And when the issue arose of whether marriages made in foreign nations would be recognized in the United States, the federal court held that foreign marriages would be recognized only if they were not “contrary to the general view of Christendom.” 46

The Supreme Court also decided military service issues in accord with Christian principles and standards. For example, in 1931, when a Canadian immigrant refused to take the oath of allegiance to the United States, the Supreme Court explained why he was therefore excluded from citizenship:

We are a Christian people (Holy Trinity Church v. United States. 143 U.S. 457, 470 , 471 S., 12 S. Ct. 511), according to one another the equal right of religious freedom and acknowledging with reverence the duty of obedience to the will of God. But also we are a nation with the duty to survive; a nation whose Constitution contemplates war as well as peace; whose government must go forward upon the assumption (and safely can proceed upon no other) that unqualified allegiance to the nation and submission and obedience to the laws of the land, as well those made for war as those made for peace, are not inconsistent with the will of God. 47

The Supreme Court also relied on Christian principles in its rulings on international policies. For example, if an American citizen living in a foreign land was accused of a crime under the laws of a fundamentally different nation (such as in Islamic nations, secular nations, and most recently in Japan following World War II), by means of international treaties, the U. S. citizen would be tried in front of the U. S. Consul in that nation (in what were called Consular Tribunals) rather than before the courts of that country. Of this practice, the Supreme Court explained:

In other than Christian countries, they [the Consuls] were by treaty stipulations usually clothed with authority to hear complaints against their countrymen and to sit in judgment upon them when charged with public offenses. . . . The intense hostility of the people of Moslem faith to all other sects, and particularly to Christians, affected all their intercourse [transactions] and all proceedings had in their tribunals. Even the rules of evidence adopted by them [the Muslims] placed those of different faith on unequal grounds in any controversy with them. For this cause, and by reason of the barbarous and cruel punishments inflicted in those countries and the frequent use of torture to enforce confession from parties accused, it was a matter of deep interest to Christian governments to withdraw the trial of their subjects, when charged with the commission of a public offense, from the arbitrary and despotic action of the local officials. Treaties conferring such jurisdiction upon these consuls were essential to the peaceful residence of Christians within those countries. 48

For example, an Islamic nation might charge an American with the capital-offense crime of blasphemy merely because the American attended Christian worship or used a Bible in that country; or a secular nation might accuse an American of the crime of proselytizing simply for sharing his faith with another (currently a crime in France, 49 across India, 50 Pakistan, 51 Saudi Arabia, 52 Malaysia, 53 and many other nations). In such cases, the Consul tried the offense under America’s laws as a Christian nation. However, if another nation accused an American of a crime such as murder, the charge would stand since murder was also a crime in our Christian nation. 54

The Supreme Court commended this position 55 and federal courts observed the policy until deep into the twentieth century, 56 when many foreign nations finally began to adopt what the Supreme Court had earlier called “a system of judicial procedure like that of Christian countries.” 57

Federal domestic treaties were yet another area in which the federal judiciary relied on Christian principles and standards. For example, by 1877 a number of disputes had arisen in which Indian lands were wrongly being taken for timber, minerals, and other resources. When those cases reached the Supreme Court, the Court affirmed the occupancy rights of the tribes to the lands because:

It is to be presumed that in this matter the United States would be governed by such considerations of justice as would control a Christian people . . . 58

The Court repeated this position on numerous subsequent occasions – as in 1903 when it reiterated:

[I]n decisions of this court, the Indian right of occupancy of tribal lands, whether declared in a treaty or otherwise created, has been stated to be sacred. . . . Thus. . . . “It is to be presumed that in this matter the United States would be governed by such considerations of justice as would control a Christian people . . . ” 59

The Court’s position was subsequently enacted into federal statutory law in 1906, 60 and in 1955, the Supreme Court was still praising this position 61 – a position regularly cited by other courts for decades, 62 including in the late 1990s. 63

These are just a few examples of the literally hundreds of similar cases at both federal and state levels affirming that America is indeed a Christian nation.

American Jewish Leaders Agree with History

Jewish leaders, although firmly committed to their own faith, understand that by defending Christianity they are defending what has provided them their own religious liberty in America. For example, Jeff Jacoby, a Jewish columnist at the Boston Globe explains:

This is a Christian country – it was founded by Christians and built on broad Christian principles. Threatening? Far from it. It is in precisely this Christian country that Jews have known the most peaceful, prosperous, and successful existence in their long history. 64

Aaron Zelman (a Jewish author and head of a civil rights organization) similarly declares:

[C]hristian America is the best home our people have found in 2,000 years. . . . [T]his remains the most tolerant, prosperous, and safest home we could be blessed with. 65

Dennis Prager, a Jewish national columnist and popular talkshow host, warns:

If America abandons its Judeo-Christian values basis and the central role of the Jewish and Christian Bibles (its Founders’ guiding text), we are all in big trouble, including, most especially, America’s non-Christians. Just ask the Jews of secular Europe. 66

Prager further explained:

I believe that it is good that America is a Christian nation. . . . I have had the privilege of speaking in nearly every Jewish community in America over the last 30 years, and I have frequently argued in favor of this view. Recently, I spoke to the Jewish community of a small North Carolina city. When some in the audience mentioned their fear of rising religiosity among Christians, I asked these audience-members if they loved living in their city. All of them said they did. Is it a coincidence, I then asked, that the city you so love (for its wonderful people, its safety for your children, its fine schools, and its values that enable you to raise your children with confidence) is a highly Christian city? Too many Americans do not appreciate the connection between American greatness and American Christianity. 67

Don Feder, a Jewish columnist and long time writer for the Boston Herald, similarly acknowledges:

Clearly this nation was established by Christians. . . . As a Jew, I’m entirely comfortable with the concept of the Christian America. 68 The choice isn’t Christian America or nothing, but Christian America or a neo-pagan, hedonistic, rights-without-responsibilities, anti-family, culture-of-death America. As an American Jew. . . . [I] feel very much at home here. 69

In fact, Feder calls on Jews to defend the truth that America is a Christian Nation:

Jews – as Jews – must oppose revisionist efforts to deny our nation’s Christian heritage, must stand against the drive to decouple our laws from Judeo-Christian ethics, and must counter attacks on public expressions of the religion of most Americans – Christianity. Jews are safer in a Christian America than in a secular America. 70

Michael Medved, a Jewish national talkshow host and columnist, agrees that America is indeed a Christian nation:

The framers may not have mentioned Christianity in the Constitution but they clearly intended that charter of liberty to govern a society of fervent faith, freely encouraged by government for the benefit of all. Their noble and unprecedented experiment never involved a religion-free or faithless state but did indeed presuppose America’s unequivocal identity as a Christian nation. 71

Burt Prelutsky, a Jewish columnist for the Los Angeles Times (and a freelance writer for the New York Times, Washington Times, Sports Illustrated, and other national publications) and a patriotic Jewish American, gladly embraces America as a Christian nation and even resents the secularist post-modern attack on national Christian celebrations such as Christmas:

I never thought I’d live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word. . . .How is it, one well might ask, that in a Christian nation this is happening? And in case you find that designation objectionable, would you deny that India is a Hindu country, that Turkey is Muslim, that Poland is Catholic? That doesn’t mean those nations are theocracies. But when the overwhelming majority of a country’s population is of one religion, and most Americans happen to be one sort of Christian or another, only a darn fool would deny the obvious. . . . This is a Christian nation, my friends. And all of us are fortunate it is one, and that so many millions of Americans have seen fit to live up to the highest precepts of their religion. It should never be forgotten that, in the main, it was Christian soldiers who fought and died to defeat Nazi Germany and who liberated the concentration camps. Speaking as a member of a minority group – and one of the smaller ones at that – I say it behooves those of us who don’t accept Jesus Christ as our savior to show some gratitude to those who do, and to start respecting the values and traditions of the overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens, just as we keep insisting that they respect ours. Merry Christmas, my friends. 72

Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the Jewish Policy Center unequivocally declares

[I] understand that I live . . . in a Christian nation, albeit one where I can follow my faith as long as it doesn’t conflict with the nation’s principles. The same option is open to all Americans and will be available only as long as this nation’s Christian roots are acknowledged and honored. 73

In fact, with foreboding he warns:

Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the west is doomed. Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah, and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in. 74 God help Jews if America ever becomes a post-Christian society! Just think of Europe! 75

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President Obama’s declaration that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation” is a repudiation of the declarations of the national leaders before him and is an unabashed attempt at historical revisionism. Of such efforts, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wisely observed, “no amount of repetition of historical errors . . . can make the errors true.” 76

Americans must now decide whether centuries of presidents, congresses, and courts are correct or whether President Obama is, but historical fact does not change merely because the President declares it.

The best antidote to the type of revisionism embodied by President Obama’s statement is for citizens (1) to know the truth of America’s history and (2) share that truth with others.

Picture Credits:
p. 2, “John Marshall,” Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Theodor Horydczak Collection, LC-H814-T-C01-518-A; p. 4, “Thomas Jefferson,” Independence National Historical Park; p. 7, “Joseph Story,” The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Artist: George P.A. Healy); “John McLean,” The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Artist: Charles Bird King); “David Brewer,” Library of Congress.

Endnotes
1. Aaron Klein, “Obama: America is ‘no longer Christian’,” June 22, 2008, WorldNetDaily (at: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=67735).(Return)

2. David Brody, The Brody File, “Exclusive: Barack Obama E-mails the Brody File,” CBN News, July 29, 2007 (at: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/204017.aspx).(Return)

3. “Obama says U.S., Turkey can be model for world,” April 6, 2009, CNN (at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/06/obama.turkey/index.html).(Return)

4. “Obama says U.S., Turkey can be model for world,” April 6, 2009, CNN (at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/06/obama.turkey/index.html).(Return)

5.See, for example, Robert Knight, “Obama Nation’s Low View of Christianity,” Townhall.com, June 08, 2009 (at: (at: http://townhall.com/columnists/RobertKnight/2009/06/08/obama_nations_low_view_of_christianity).(Return)

6. "The World Factbook (under North America; United States; People; Religions)," CIA (at: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/US.html).(Return)

7. “Survey Reports: Beyond Red vs. Blue,” Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, March 17-27, 2005 (at: http://people-press.org/reports/print.php3?PageID=953), reports that in 1996, 60% of Americans believed that America was indeed a Christian nation and that by 2004, the number had risen to 71%; the 2009 poll showed that the number had dropped to 69% and then to 62% (see “Newsweek Poll: A Post-Christian Nation?,” Newsweek, April 3, 2009 (at: http://www.newsweek.com/id/192311), in which 62% answered Yes, 32% answer No, and 6% answered Don’t Know to the question “Do you consider the United States a Christian nation, or not?” See also “This Easter, Smaller Percentage of Americans are Christians,” Gallup, April 10, 2009 (at: http://www.gallup.com/poll/117409/Easter-Smaller-Percentage-Americans-Christian.aspx), in which this statement appears: “The United States remains a dominantly Christian nation. More than three-quarters of all Americans identify as Christian,” according to this poll 77% of Americans identify themselves as Christians (55% Protestant, 22% Catholic). (Return)

8. David J. Brewer, The United States: A Christian Nation (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905), p. 13. (Return)

9. David J. Brewer, The United States: A Christian Nation (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905), p. 40. (Return)

10. Edward Mansfield, American Education, Its Principle and Elements (New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1851), p. 43. (Return)

11. John Marshall, The Papers of John Marshall, Charles Hobson, editor (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), Vol. XII, p. 278, to Rev. Jasper Adams, May 9, 1833. (Return)

12. Stephen Cowell, The Position of Christianity in the United States in its Relations with our Political Institutions (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambio & Co., 1854), pp. 11-12, Joseph Story, A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1847), p. 260, §442. (Return)

13. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1856), Vol. X, pp. 45-46, to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813. (Return)

14. Ferdinand Cowle Iglehart, D.D., Theodore Roosevelt, The Man As I Knew Him (New York: The Christian Herald, 1919), p. 307. (Return)

15. Paul M. Pearson and Philip M. Hicks, Extemporaneous Speaking (New York: Hinds, Noble & Eldredge, 1912), 177, printing Woodrow Wilson, “The Bible and Progress;” The Homiletic Review: An International Monthly Magazine of Current Religious Thought, Sermonic Literature and Discussion of Practical Issues (New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1911), Vol. LXII, p. 238, printing Woodrow Wilson, “The Bible and Progress,” May 7, 1911. (Return)

16. Herbert Hoover, “Radio Address to the Nation on Unemployment Relief,” American Presidency Project, October 18, 1931 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=22855).(Return)

17. Harry S. Truman, “Exchange of Messages With Pope Pius XII,” American Presidency Project, August 28, 1947 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=12746).(Return)

18. Richard Nixon, “Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast,” American Presidency Project, February 1st, 1972 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=3597).(Return)

19. See, for example, Bishop Claggett’s (Episcopal Bishop of Maryland) letter of February 18, 1801, available in the Maryland Diocesan Archives; The First Forty Years of Washington Society, Galliard Hunt, editor (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1906), p. 13; William Parker Cutler and Julia Perkins Cutler, Life, Journal, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler (Cincinnati: Colin Robert Clarke & Co., 1888), Vol. II, p. 119, to Joseph Torrey, January 3, 1803, and p. 113, his entry of December 12, 1802; James Hutson, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Washington, D. C.: Library of Congress, 1998), p. 84. (Return)

20. William Parker Cutler and Julia Perkins Cutler, Life, Journal, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler (Cincinnati: Colin Robert Clarke & Co., 1888), Vol. II, p. 119, in a letter to Dr. Joseph Torrey on January 3, 1803; see also his entry of December 26, 1802 (Vol. II, p. 114). (Return)

21. See, for example, Church of the Holy Trinity v. U. S., 143 U.S. 457, 465, 470-471 (1892); City Council of Charleston v. S.A. Benjamin, 2 Strob. 508, 518-520 (S.C. 1846); State v. Ambs, 20 Mo. 214, 1854 WL 4543 (Mo. 1854); Neal v. Crew, 12 Ga. 93, 1852 WL 1390 (1852); Doremus v. Bd. of Educ., 71 A.2d 732, 7 N.J. Super. 442 (1950); State v. Chicago, B. & Q. R. Co., 143 S.W. 785, 803 (Mo. 1912); and many others. (Return)

22. Ex parte Newman, 9 Cal. 502, 509 (1858). (Return)

23. Hutson, Religion, p. 96, quoting from a handwritten history in possession of the Library of Congress, “Washington Parish, Washington City,” by Rev. Ethan Allen. (Return)

24. Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives Made During the First Session of the Thirty-Third Congress (Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854), pp. 6, 8. (Return)

25. The Reports of Committees of the Senate of the United States for the Second Session of the Thirty-Second Congress, 1852-53 (Washington: Robert Armstrong, 1853), p. 3. (Return)

26. Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States: Being the First Session of the Thirty-Fourth Congress (Washington: Cornelius Wendell, 1855), p. 354, January 23, 1856. See also Lorenzo D. Johnson, Chaplains of the General Government With Objections to their Employment Considered (New York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1856), p. 35. (Return)

27. Journal of the Senate of the United States of America Being the Third Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1863), p. 379, March 2, 1863. (Return)

28. Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the Third Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1863), pp. 378-379, March 2, 1863. (Return)

29. Abraham Lincoln, The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Roy P. Basler, editor (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1953), Vol. VI, pp. 155-157, “Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day,” March 30, 1863.(Return)

30. A May 2009 Google search for this proclamation resulted in 18,000+ hits.(Return)

31. “United States Founding Fathers,” Party of 1776 (at: http://www.partyof1776.net/p1776/fathers/contents.html) (accessed on May 1, 2009). (Return)

32. Joseph Story, Life and Letters of Joseph Story, William W. Story, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. II, pp. 8, 92. (Return)

33. Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (Boston: Hillard, Gray, and Company, 1833), Vol. III, p. 724, § 1867. (Return)

34. B. F. Morris, Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, Developed in the Official and Historical Annals of the Republic (Philadelphia: George W. Childs, 1864), p. 639. (Return)

35. David J. Brewer, The United States: A Christian Nation (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905), p. 12. (Return)

36. David J. Brewer, The United States: A Christian Nation (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905), p. 11. (Return)

37. David J. Brewer, The United States: A Christian Nation (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905), pp. 40, 46. (Return)

38. “Breakfast in Washington,” Time, February 15, 1954 (at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,936197,00.html).(Return)

39. Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 43 U. S. 126, 198 (1844). (Return)

40. U.S. v. Macintosh, 283 U.S. 605, 625 (1931). (Return)

41. Church of the Holy Trinity v. U. S., 143 U. S. 457, 465, 470-471 (1892). (Return)

42. See for example, Warren v. U.S., 177 F.2d 596 (10th Cir. 1949); U.S. v. Girouard, 149 F.2d 760 (1st Cir.1945); Steiner v. Darby, Parker v. Los Angeles County, 199 P.2d 429 (Cal. App. 2d Dist 1948); Vogel v. County of Los Angeles, 434 P.2d 961 (1967). (Return)

43. Harry S. Truman, “Exchange of Messages with Pope Pius XII,” American Presidency Project, August 6, 1947 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=12746).(Return)

44. Davis v. Beason, 133 U. S. 333, 341-344, 348 n. (1890). (Return)

45. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. United States 136 U.S. 1, 49 (1890). (Return)

46. U.S. ex rel. Modianos v. Tuttle, 12 F.2d 927 (E.D. La. 1925). (Return)

47. U.S. v. Macintosh, 283 U.S. 605, 625 (1931). (Return)

48. Ross v. McIntyre, 140 U.S. 453, 463 (1891). (Return)

49. Patrick Goodenough, “French Anti-Sect Law: Christian Lawyers Prepare for Action,” Center for Studies on New Religions, June 4, 2001 (at: http://www.cesnur.org/2001/fr_june01.htm).(Return)

50. “India ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law Takes Effect in Fifth State,” WorthyNews, May 2, 2008 (at: http://www.worthynews.com/1641-india-anti-conversion-law-takes-effect-in-fifth-state). See also “India ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law Considered in Karnataka,” Compass Direct News, March 2, 2009 (at: http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news〈=en=long&idelement=5829). Seven of India’s 28 states have passed an anti-conversion law (which has been implemented in 5) and one additional state has a law in process that has not yet been passed. (Return)

51. “Congressional Hearings on Anti-Conversion Laws this Friday,” Free Copts, April 6, 2006 (at: http://freecopts.net/english/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=70).(Return)

52. Jerry Dykstra “A Leader in Religious Intolerance: In Saudi Arabia, conversion to Christianity is punishable by death,” Today’s Christian, July 1, 2006 (at: http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/2006/004/11.53.html).(Return)

53. Jane Perlez “Once Muslim, Now Christian and Caught in the Courts,” New York Times, August 24, 2006 (at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/24/world/asia/24malaysia.html?ex=1157083200&en=48413500adb50796&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVERNEWS).(Return)

54. Ross v. McIntyre, 140 U.S. 453 (1891). (Return)

55. See, for example, Kinsella v. Krueger, 351 U.S. 470 (1956); Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1 (1957). (Return)

56. See, for example, U.S. v. Best, 76 F. Supp. 857 (D. Mass. 1948); U.S. v. Robertson, Court of Military Appeals (May 27, 1955); U.S. v. Tiede, 86 F.R.D. 227, 1979 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13805 (D. Berlin Mar. 14, 1979); and many others. (Return)

57. Ross v. McIntyre, 140 U.S. 453, 480 (1891). (Return)

58. Beecher v. Wetherby, 95 U.S. 517, 525 (1877). (Return)

59. Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, 187 U.S. 553, 565 (1903). See also the same language in Yankton Sioux Tribe of Indians v. U. S., 272 US 351 (1926); U. S. v. Choctaw Nation, 179 U.S. 494 (1900); Atlantic & P R Co v. Mingus, 165 U.S. 413 (1897); Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Company v. Roberts, 152 U.S. 114 (1894); Buttz v. Northern Pac. R. Co., 119 U.S. 55 (1886). (Return)

60. “Act of April 26, 1906, Public Number 129,” Access Genealogy Indian Tribal Records (at: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/laws/act_april_26_1906.htm) (accessed May 4, 2009). (Return)

61. Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States, 348 U.S. 272 (1955). (Return)

62. Sioux Tribe of Indians v. U.S., 146 F. Supp. 229 (Ct. Cl. Nov. 7, 1956); Seminole Nation v. White, 224 F.2d 173 (10th Cir. 1955); U.S. v. Drumb, 152 F.2d 821 (10th Cir. 1946); Appeal of Brunt, 5 B.T.A. 134, 1926 WL 47 (October 21, 1926); Parr v. U.S., 153 F. 462 (D. Or. 1907). (Return)

63. Cohen v. Little Six, Inc., 543 N.W.2d 376 (Minn. App. 1996). (Return)

64. Jeff Jacoby, “The freedom not to say ‘amen’,” Jewish World Review, February 1, 2001 (at: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/jeff/jacoby020101.asp).(Return)

65. Aaron Zelman, “An open letter to my Christian friends,” Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (at: http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/christian-selfdefense.htm).(Return)

66. Dennis Prager, “America founded to be free, not secular,” Townhall.com, January 3, 2007 (at: http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2007/01/03/america_founded_to_be_free,_not_secular).(Return)

67. Dennis Prager, “Books, Arts & Manners: God & His Enemies – Revie,” BNet, March 22, 1999 (at: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_5_51/ai_54022321).(Return)

68. Don Feder, A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America (Lafayette: Huntington House Publishers, 1993), pp. 59-60. (Return)

69. Don Feder, “Yes – Once and For All – American is a Christian Nation,” DonFeder.com, February 16, 2005 (at: www.donfeder.com/articles/0502chrisAmerica.pdf).(Return)

70. Don Feder, “The Jewish Case for Merry Christmas,” DonFeder.com, December 5, 2006 (at: www.donfeder.com/articles/0612jewishCase.pdf).(Return)

71. Michael Medved, “The Founders Intended a Christian, not Secular, Society,” Townhall.com, October 3, 2007 (at: http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/MichaelMedved/2007/10/03/the_founders_intended_a_christian,_not_secular,_society).(Return)

72. Burt Prelutsky, “The Jewish grinch who stole Christmas,” Townhall.com, December 11, 2006 (at: http://townhall.com/columnists/BurtPrelutsky/2006/12/11/the_jewish_grinch_who_stole_christmas).(Return)

73. Daniel Lapin, America’s Real War (Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1999), p. 116. (Return)

74. Rabbi Daniel Lapin, “A Rabbi’s Call to American Christians – Wake Up! You’re Under Attack,” End Time Prophetic Division, January 19, 2007 (at: http://www.etpv.org/2007/acwuyua.html).(Return)

75. Rabbi Daniel Lapin, “Which Jews does the ADL really represent?” WorldNetDaily, August 25, 2006 (at: http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51671).(Return)

76. Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U. S. 38, 106-107 (1984), Rehnquist, J. (dissenting). (Return)

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