started Monday, 25 June, 2018: edited November 7th, 2021
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
To whom do you pay tribute? Who do you fear? Who do you honor? This passage in Romans talks about the duty of God’s ministers. They should pay their dues, tribute, custom, honor, and be fearful of only one: God. Only he can judge the quick and the dead. It is only God that deserves tribute, honor, or fear, and as His ministers, it is our duty.
I am a Christian,
When I say I am a Christian, I am not saying I live a perfect and clean life.
I am whispering I was lost, now I am found and through Christ blood I am forgiven.
When I say I am a Christian I am not saying this with pride, I am confessing that I am a sinner, I am not worthy of God’s forgiveness.
I need a guide, when I say I am a Christian, I am NOT trying to be strong, I am confessing that I am weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say I am a Christian, I am not bit trying for success. I am in need, I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say, I am a Christian, I am not claiming to be perfect my flaws are too far visible.
BUT God thinks I am worth it.
When I say I am a Christian, I am a Christian that has felt the sting of pain I have had my fair share of heartaches.
Therefore, I can call upon His name, I am not saying I am holier than THOU. I am just saying I am a sinner who has received God’s good graces,
The way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2- but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
3- He shall be like a tree planted by the river of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
4- The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5-Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6- For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
11- those who work their land will have plenty of food, but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise.
12- the wicked want what other people have stolen, but good people want to give what they have to others.
14- People will be rewarded for what they say, and they will be rewarded for what they do.
16- Fools quickly show that they are upset, but the wise ignore insults.
17- An honest witness tells the truth, but a dishonest witness tells lies.
18- Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing.
Situation: Solomon gave instruction about life. He contrasted good with evil, wisdom with foolishness, and labor with laziness.
Do right and you will succeed. Wickedness leads to failure and death. Foolishness and laziness lead to ruin.
You want success? Here’s your model. You want achievement? Here’s your prototype. You want bright lights, pageants and media attention? Consider the front-page, center article of the nation’s largest daily newspaper.
It is a caricature of “Miss America.” The vital data of the fifty-one participants has been compiled to present the perfect woman. She has brown hair. She has brown eyes. She can sing and has a perfect figure. 35-24-35. She id Miss America.
The message trumpets off the page: “this is the slandered for American women.” The implication is clear: Do what it takes to be like her. Firm your thighs. Deepen your cleavage. Pamper your hair improve your walk.
No reference is made to her convictions, to her honesty; to her faith or to her God. But you are told her hip size.
In a small photo, four inches to the left, is another woman. Her face is thin, skin I wrinkled, almost leathery. No make-up on; no blush or lipstick. There is a faint smile on her lips and a glint in her eyes, she looks pale. Maybe it’s our imagination or perhaps it’s time, it’s time. The caption reads “Mother Teresa: In serious condition.” Mother Teresa, you know her story, when she won the Noble Peace Prize in 1985, she gave the two hundred thousand dollars to the poor of Calcutta. When a businessman bought her a new car, she sold it and gave the money to the underprivileged. She owns nothing and she owes nothing.
Tow women: Miss America and Mother Teresa. One walks broadways; the other walks alley. Tow voices one promises crown, flowers, and the crowds; the other promises to service to a crown.
Now I have nothing against beauty pageants, I my self have entered in The Mrs. Pennsylvania pageants on two different occasions when I was 19 and again when I was 21. Granted I came in 8th place, it was work trying to keep up with retains, make-up, est; but I did it. Plus raising my two girls at the same time. I thank god for His power and love for His, Son Jesus carried me through by the His power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You Jesus, Amen to that. Many people do have their reservations about it them. I do have something against a lying voice that noise our world. You’ve heard them, they tell you to swap your integrity for a new sale, to barter your convictions for an easy deal. To exchange your devotion for a quick thrill. (I know I have done that as well, we all have,) They whisper, woo, taunt, and they flatter you. And say go ahead it’s ok! Wait until you wake up the next day to realize what you’ve done. The no Worry you heard the night before, is now who knows. “how could that feel so right be wrong?” For amidst the fleeting promises of pleasure is the timeless promise of [God’s] presence.
I will be with you always, until the end of this age” (Matthew 28:20).
“I will never leave you; I will never forget you” (Hebrews 13:5)
There is no chorus so loud the voice of God cannot be heard, if we will but listen, He will talk to us.
Max Lucado has a book called From in the Eyes of the Storm
Application: What Matters to you: looks or love, your job or service to God, wealth or sacrifice? Pattern your life after wise, spiritual, and devoted workers.
God wants in everything you do. Invite Him, Our Father in Heaven to join you on everyday adventures. You can’t hide what you’re doing, He knows.
When I was in my Using days, I still asked God to be with me. I talked with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, every day. Even while I was smoking that Crack or snorting that line. I knew, I could talk with God like a friend, because He was the only one who cared about what I was doing. He hurt because I was hurting, I had to go to him and have a real screaming argument with myself and God. I told Him I was tired of the pain. Listening to Pastor Joseph Prince, woke me up. After saying I am the Righteousness of God in Christ, things started changing. Thank You, God in Jesus mighty name Amen.
Two Ways to Live
1-Happy are those who don’t listen to wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.
2- The love that the LORD’s teachings, and they think those teachings day and night.
3- They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed.
4-But the wicked people are not like that. They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5- So the wicked will not escape God’s punishment. Sinners will not worship with God’s people.
6- This is because the LORD takes care of His people, but the wicked will be destroyed.
SITUATIONS: Life offers two roads to travel – the way of the righteous or the way of the wicked. God does provide protection and nourishes the righteous.
OBERVATION: Follow the faithful road and Go’s rewards supersede s the benefits of the wicked.
INSPIRATION: Many people in society want to live a more stable life. But who doesn’t? to those who are filled with anxiety and unable to cope with their circumstances, the world offers a myriad of solutions that doesn’t work. Unfortunately, many churches have followed the world in believing that man can only solve his problems through secular psychology – a product that can’t live up to its promises.
When you find your stability, the answer is in Psalms 1, it begins, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinner!” “Therefore, the wicked will not stand judgement. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
The person who walks with God knows stability, but the one who rejects Him flounders in meaningless existence. Which would you rather be? (From the Truth from Today: by John MacArthur
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT GOD
The answer to life is the living Word of God. He is the answer to all things seen and unseen.
God is the creator of all of us. Man was made in God’s image. God took a woman from man’s rib. God blessed us and made the first covenant.
Which is marriage, A MAN AND A WOMAN.
God existed before the universe came into being, and it was God who made it happen. What power and majesty must accompany this God?
The Seven Principles of the Judeo-Chirstian Ethic
When our Nation’s Founding Father gave us documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and others, they had to lean upon a common understanding of Law, government, social order, and morality. that understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the Judeo-Christian Ethic, which is the system of moral and social values that originates in the Old and New testament of the Word of God.
Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian was not an issue. their writings, their statements, and their votes evidence that factors the majority of them embraced these great principles as the basis for a civilized nation.
Principle #1- The Dignity of Human Life
The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preservation of human life. In the Declaration of Independence our nation’s Founding Fathers wrote that everyone has “unalienable rights,” and that among these rights are “life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” We Americans not only believe this for our land, but also we send our brave military men and women around the world to defend the rights of those who are threatened.
If People and nations do not grant ultimate respect and protection to both born and the unborn, all other professed morals and values are meaningless. The dignity of human life is not just a principle of the Binble- it is the first principle of any civilized society.
Principle #2- The Traditional Monogamous Family
Our society has been based upon the belief that the biblical views of traditional marriage and family is the backbone of a healthy social order. Since the joining together of Adam and Eve, marriage has been recognized as a holy union between one man and one woman, and out of the union comes children- born into a home a father and mother love them, nurture them, and teach them how to become healthy, productive, and responsible citizens.
The plan of God, nature, and common sense is a man and a woman producing children within the institution of marriage. When the plan is lost, “marriage” and “family” become meaningless, and a nation and its people will follow the road to ruin. World history has proven it over and again. Preserving the traditional family is vital to the future of any great nation.
Principle #3- A National Work Ethic
Ingrained deep within the American spirit is the willingness and the desire to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. This independent spirit has no desire to simply exist on handouts form government or to depend on the generosity of others. It is this same independent spirited America allowed to create the greatest and strongest economy in the history of the world.
Americans have had their challenges. the Great Depression of the 1930’s knocked us to our knees, but it did not beat us. together, Americans helped one another and lifted our nation back to its economic might. The powers of the world look at our nation and ask where that spirit of honest labor came from and where this work ethic originated. Itcame from the men and women who lived before us. Those generations were raised to believe in this third principle of honest work, which is found throughout the Word of God.
Principle #4- The Right to a God-Centered Education
We see in Proverbs 1:7 that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” How can one understand the creation without first knowing its Creator? the answer is that one cannot.
Our Forefathers certainly understood this. For example, did you know that nost of America’s oldest universities such as harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth were founded by Christian preachers or churches? Harvard stated: “Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” Harvard’s original seal has upon it these words: “Truth for Christ and the Church.”
The early children’s text The New England Primer thought the ABC’s by having children memorize: “A- In Adam’s fall, we sinned all. B _ Heaven to find, the Bible mind.” Today’s youth are tommorow’s America. There is truth in the statement attributed to George Washington: “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Principle # 5 – The Abrahamic Covenant
Acovenant is a decision involving two individuals or groups statin that they will keep a promise or fulfill an agreement between them. The Book of Genesis records the story of God making a covenant with Abraham. The basis of that covenant was that if Abraham would follow God, obeying His laws and commandments, God would bless Abraham with generations of children that would outnumber the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5). Abraham believed God, obeyed his Word, and God rewarded him with many descendants, a nation of people now known as Israel.
This principle of the Abrahamic covenant states that if person or a nation obeys God, observing the moral truths found in the Bible, that person or nation will be blessed. If they disobey, they will bring punishment upon themselves. For most of our nation’s history, Americans have accepted the belief that good deeds produce good results and that people who were “God-fearing” in language and in lifestyle would be blessed by Him. That belief has been proven to be true time and again. The writer of Proverbs tells it plainly, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (14:34)
Principle #6- Common Decency
Simply put, this is the belief that a decent nation is made up of decent people. That nation’s, when faced with any trying difficult situation, will do the decent, right, and honest thing. And for the most part, that has been the record of our national history. For example, Amricans have given their lives in wars on fopreign soil so that others might experience freedom. Americans have worked to feed the world’s poor, to clothe the naked, and to aid the hurting. Americans have opened their arms to many of the world’s oppressed and given safe haven.
Engraved on the bronzed plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty are these words from a poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus:” Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your timings shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” A World- renowned symbol of freedom, this statue stands to remind us all thar America has indeed been, and continues to be today, a nation of common decency.
Principle # 7- Our personal Accountability to God
Perhaps the greatest restraint acts evil toward others is the knowledge that every person and nation will one day give an account for their actions to Almighty God. Certainly the Bible tells us that we are responsible for our actions and we must be accountable for what we do or don’t do. It also teaches that there is a penalty for doing wrong and belssing when we do that which is right, noble, and just.
THe great American statesman Daniel Webster was once asked, “What is the most sobering thought that ever entered your mind?” He quickly responded, “My personal accountability to God.” Webster knew that he would one day stand before God in eternity and give an account for his actions. The same applies to every man, woman, and nation.
A Call to Action
During some of the darkest days of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln remunded the fellow American that “we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.” To be born in a land of freedom, to live in a nation founded as “One Nation Under God” by those who served the one, true God of the Bible, is both a tremendous privilege and a great responsibility.
While we have much to admire and love and be thankful for in being able to call American our home, our nation is rapidly drifting from its biblical foundations. Our freedom to serve God and to promote the gospel in our land is disintegrating,
we are engaged in a great spiritual battle that threatens our country, our families, and our lives. Only God’s intervention will return America to solid footing and restore a moral nation that righteousness will exalt.
As believers in Jesus, we have His call to be “salt” and “light” to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). We must take seriously our responsibility to put God first, not only in our homes but also in our national affairs.
Here is a clear and honorable pathway that any generation of Americans can use to protect that which is right and change that which is wrong within our great nation:
Pray: Our Founding Fathers knew the power and purpose of prayer. From our nation’s beginning through times of war and tragedy, we have been called to pray that the hand of Almighty God might show forth His mercy and intervene with His grace toward America. Today is no different. Second Chronicles 7:14 instructs us: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their land.”
Process. WIthin the God-given wisdom of our founding documents, we have been granded clear and certain processes for bringing about change concerning things that we perceive as wrong for our land. From the local municipality to the halls of Congress and the White House, imbedded in the laws and governmental processes of America are pathways for nonviolent moral, social, and political change. but first they must be learned and understood before they can be properly applied.
Persevere. When fighting for the right, we must never cease until we prevail. The battle is not always won by the strongest, the smartest, or the most elite, but ultimately it comes to those who persist and persevere. When soon-to-be President George Washington led his troops into battle during the Revolutionary War, he lost most of those battles, but through perseverance he ultimately won the war. As a result, we won our independence from the British and became a free people. Our Lord taught us that when we put our hands to the plow of a righteous cause, we are never to look back, but to persevere and overall Luke (9:62).
All the resources of the Almighty God and His Word are available to us. He rules in the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him. He is the sovereign King of the universe, with all power and authority, and He is compassionate, gracious, and ready to extend His love and mercy to us.
Let us band our knees and humble our hearts and pray. Let us be quilling to be used of God to help turn this great nation back to Him. Let us stand in the gap and make our lives to be salt and light in our families and neighborhoods and workplaces. God wants to come and bless us, to forgive our sins and heal our nation.
Exodus 20:13> “You shall not murder.”
Matthew 22:39> “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Genesis 2:23-24> And Adam said “this is now bones and fleshof my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they she all become one flesh.
2 Thessalonians 3:10> For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
Ephhesians 6:4 > And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Genesis 12: 1-3 > Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great: and you shall be a blessing. I will curse him who curses you; and in you all families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Galatians 3:7 therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
Matthew 22:9 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Blessed is the nation whose God is LORD Psalm 33:12
The meeting of the Second Continental Congress ub May 1776 was well underway in Philadelphia when a tall 44-year-old Virginian, Richard Henry Lee, stood before his peers and called for the Cobtinental Congress to pass a resolution declaring their separation from British rule. This declaration would state that the American colonies would no longer be subject to King George 3 and his oppressive acts of taxation and intimidation. Yes, to those present it seemed to be a noble action by Lee, but little did any og the delegates realize that their actions would soon change the course of world history.
Congress did not vote that day but enlisted Lee’s fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, to draft the Declaration of Independence for their consideration. Finally, after much debate and several revisions, on July 4, 1776, 56 brave patriots adopted the Declaration of Independence to form a new nation that was to become known as the United States of America – a nation dedicated to a new and somewhat radical proposition that all men werte created equal and endowed by thier Creator with certain inalienable rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This new experiment of personal liberty and human rights through representative government was uncommon, if not unheard of for its day. Ultimtely, at great cost, the colonies won their freedom in 1783, and the American experiment was underway.
Naturally, many questions had to be answered for the new nation to survive. How would she acquire and preserve her freedom from the British and others powers who would seek to impose wills upon her? If indepenence was achieved, upon what principle of law and government would her constitution be formed? through what lens of understanding would she view the world outside her own people? These questions and many more faced these Founding Fathers.
Fortunately, for them and for us, the source for these answers had already been adopted and its principles interwoven into the charters of the 13 original colonies. That source is the book you hold in your hands today, the Holy Bible. It is the book that bound colonial America society together from Main to Georgia.
Our seventh President, Andrew Jackson said concerning the Bible, “That book, sir, is the rock upon which our republic rests.” Not only was that the opinion of President Jackson, but also the sentiment of countless Americans. On the whole, Americans are a people who love the Bible and the God of the Bible. There is no book more powerful than the Bible to shape the morals and values of men and nations to be right and noble and just. It has proven itself over and over again in the fornation and continuance of the greatest nation in history, the United States of America.
While ither nations have built their govenment upon the shaky foundations of communism, socialism, and countless other anti-God philosophies, only to see those foundations crumble, America stands without equal as a beacon of hope and freedom in a hurting world. Our Founding Fathers delivered to us a system of government that has enjoyed unprecedented success: we are now the world’s longest ongoing constitutional republic. Well over two hundred years under one form of government is an accomplishment unknown among contemporary nations.
I have found a special edition of the American Patriot’s Bible, you will find a great volume of both information and inspiration revealing the strong cord of the Bible’s had influence that runs through the colorful fabric of our nation’s past and present.
Joining with the sacred text are stories of American heros, quotations from many of America’s greatest thinkers, that present the rich heritage and tremendous future of our nation. if you love the Bible and America, then by faith read my book.
I have been trying to write a book that America can relate to, I pray and step out in FAITH, and GOD’s wonderful Grace It goes some where. In Jesus name Amen.
Much effort as gone into the quotes and stories included so that the reader can be assuredof the validity of that which is recorded herein. To handle the Word of God in a manner is to do so with great care and respect, and that has been done by all who have been involved in this project. May God bless His truth within these pages, and bless anyone who reads it. May God continue to bless America!
Dr. Richard G. Lee; There’s Hope America
Leadership Ezra: 8:21- The proclaimed a fast…that we might humble ourselves before our God…
Courage: Revelation: 12:11- ..and they did not love their lives to the death.
Genesis, Author: Moses
When written: Around 1440 B.C.
Key Verses: Genesis: 12:2-3- “I will make you a great nation; I will bless your name great; and you shalll be blessing> I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who cures you; and in all the families of the earth shll be blessed.”
Key Chapter: Genesis 15 – this chapter emphasized the specific promises of the Abrahamic covenant – covenant that is central to all Scripture. God promisesto
1) give His people great land;
2)make them a great nation;
3) pour out great blessing over them.
Foundations are crucial to the success of any venture, from building a house to building a nation. When the Founding Fathers set about to establish the bedrock that would define America’s greatness, they went right to the source, declaring that human life beings are “endowed y thier Creator with certain unalienable Right….
Genesis contains the foundational truth that God is the peace sourceand beginning of all things and our hope only hope for peace, happiness, and true liberty we all crave. In this “book of beginnings,” we witness God’s calling of a covenant people through which He would bring salvation to all the peoples of the earth through His one and only Son.
In The Beginning God…..
Apollo 8, the first mannedmission to circle the Moon, entered a lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. The evening the three astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders – did a live televison broadcast during the ninth lunar orbit, in whic they showed pictures of the Earth and the Moon seen from Apollo 8. at the time, the broadcast was the most watched TV program ever:
About six weeks before launch, a NASA official had called Borman and said, ” We figure more people will listen to your voice than that of history. So we want you to say something appropriate.” Appropriayely, the Apollo 8 team ended the broadcast taking reading form the book of Genesis.
William Anders: “We are now apporaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a meeage that we would like to send to you. ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirirt of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light , that it was good: and GOd divided the light from the darkness.'”
Jim Lovell: ” ‘ And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in he midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God mde firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.’ “
Frank Borman: ” ‘And God said, Let the waters under heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.’ And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with a good night, and good luck, a Marry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.
“The Battle Hymn of the Repbulic”
In November 1816, after a visit to a Union Army camp, Julia Ward Howe, wrote the poem that came to be called “THe Battle Hymn of the Republic.” It came the best-known Civil War song of all Union Army as well as a well-loved American patriotic anthem.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coing of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lighting of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of the hundred circling camps,
They have building Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read Hisrighteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
I have read the fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
He has sounded forth the trumpet thta shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom tha transfigures you and me:
As HE died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: “A well-regulated