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“THE GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY” -Reagan

38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen.

The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King:

“He has made judges dependent on his will alone…

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies…

To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution…

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…

For imposing taxes on us without our consent…

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury…

For…establishing…an arbitrary government…

For…altering fundamentally the forms of our governments…

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny…

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions…”

33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration contained a line condemning slavery:

“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself…in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither…

suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold.”

A few delegates objected, and since the Declaration needed to pass unanimously and time was running short with the British invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately omitted.

John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying “the price on my head has just doubled.”

Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47.

70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said:

“We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.

The Declaration referred to God:

“Laws of Nature and of NATURE’S GOD…

All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights…

Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our intentions…”

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

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Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their posterity.

Of the Signers:

11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured;
17 served in the military; and
9 died during the war.

27-year-old George Walton signed, and at the Battle of Savannah was wounded and captured.

Signers Edward Rutledge, age 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30, and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.

38-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had his home used as British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly offered five guineas to the first man to hit his house.

Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost his fortune during the war.

42-year-old signer Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”

46-year-old Richard Stockton signed and was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.

50-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.

50-year-old signer Abraham Clark had two sons tortured and imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.

More Americans died on British starving ships than died in battle during the Revolution.

53-year-old signer John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown.

60-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended.

63-year-old signer Francis Lewis had his wife imprisoned and treated so harshly, she died shortly after her release.

65-year-old signer John Hart had his home looted and had to remain in hiding, dying before the war ended.

41-year-old John Adams wrote to his wife of the Declaration:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by SOLEMN ACTS OF DEVOTION TO GOD ALMIGHTY.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

Gustave de Beaumont, a contemporary of Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote in Marie ou L’Esclavage aux E’tas-Unis, 1835:

“I have seen a meeting of the Senate in Washington open with a prayer, and the anniversary festival of the Declaration of Independence consists, in the United States, of an entirely religious ceremony.”

John Adams continued in his letter to his wife:

“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.

Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.

And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:

“We have this day restored THE SOVEREIGN to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

34-year-old James Wilson signed the Declaration. He later signed the Constitution and was appointed to Supreme Court by George Washington. James Wilson stated in 1787:

“After a period of 6,000 years since creation, the United States exhibit to the world THE FIRST INSTANCE of a nation…assembling voluntarily…and deciding…that system of government under which they and their posterity should live.”

Senator Daniel Webster stated in 1802:

“Miracles do not cluster, and what has HAPPENED ONCE IN 6,000 YEARS, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

John Jay was President of the Continental Congress, 1778-1779, and later nominated by George Washington to be the First Chief Justice of Supreme Court. John Jay wrote in 1777:

“The Americans are THE FIRST PEOPLE whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of…choosing the forms of government under which they should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances.”

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Yale President Ezra Stiles, 1788:

“All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind, except one: and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America.”

At the time of the Revolutionary War, nearly every other country on Earth was ruled by a king.

Dr. Pat Robertson wrote in America’s Dates with Destiny, 1986:

“On September 17, 1787, the day our Constitution was signed, the absolute monarch Ch’ien Lung, emperor of the Manchu (or Ch’ing) Dynasty, reigned supreme over the people of China…Revolts were put down by ruthless military force.

In Japan the shogun (warriors) of the corrupt Tokugawa chamberlain Tanuma Okitsugu exercised corrupt and totalitarian authority over the Japanese.

In India, Warren Hastings, the British Governor of Bengal, had successfully defeated the influence of the fragmented Mogul dynasties that ruled India since 1600.

Catherine II was the enlightened despot of all the Russias.

Joseph II was the emperor of Austria, Bohemia and Hungary.

For almost half a century, Frederick the Great had ruled Prussia.

Louis XVI sat uneasily on his throne in France just years away from revolution, a bloody experiment in democracy, and the new tyranny of Napoleon Bonaparte.

A kind of a constitutional government had been created in the Netherlands in 1579 by the Protestant Union of Utrecht, but that constitution was really a loose federation of the northern provinces for a defense against Catholic Spain…

What was happening in America had no real precedent, even as far back as the city-states of Greece.

The only real precedent was established thousands of years before by the tribes of Israel in the covenant with God and with each other.”

President Theodore Roosevelt stated in 1903:

“In NO other place and at NO other time has the experiment of government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country.”

President Calvin Coolidge stated in 1924:

“The history of government on this earth has been almost entirely…rule of force held in the HANDS OF A FEW. Under our Constitution, America committed itself to power in the HANDS OF THE PEOPLE.”

America is a republic where THE PEOPLE get to rule themselves. If an American disrespects the flag, what that person is in effect saying is that they no longer want to be king. They want someone else to rule their life – which is the definition of slavery.

Ronald Reagan opened the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio, May 9, 1983:

“From their own harsh experience with intrusive, overbearing government, the Founding Fathers made a great breakthrough in political understanding:

They understood that it is the excesses of government, the will to power of one man over another, that has been a principle source of injustice and human suffering through the ages.

The Founding Fathers understood that only by MAKING GOVERNMENT THE SERVANT, not the master, only by positing SOVEREIGNTY in THE PEOPLE and not the state can we hope to protect freedom and see the political commonwealth prosper.

In 1776 the source of government excess was the crown’s abuse of power and its attempt to suffocate the colonists with its overbearing demands. In our own day, the danger of too much state power has taken a subtler but no less dangerous form.”

John Adams wrote in his notes on A Dissertation on Canon & Feudal Law, 1765:

“I always consider the settlement of America…as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for…the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

Franklin Roosevelt stated in 1939:

“Rulers…increase their power over the common men. The seamen they sent to find gold found instead the way of escape for the common man from those rulers…

What they found over the Western horizon was not the silk and jewels of Cathay…but MANKIND’S SECOND CHANCE – a chance to create a new world after he had almost spoiled an old one…

The Almighty seems purposefully to have withheld that SECOND CHANCE until the time when men would most need and appreciate liberty.”

Ronald Reagan stated 1961:

“In this country of ours took place THE GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY – Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another…

Here for THE FIRST TIME in all the THOUSANDS OF YEARS of man’s relation to man…the founding fathers established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the GOD-GIVEN RIGHT AND ABILITY to DETERMINE OUR OWN DESTINY.”

British Edwardian writer G.K. Chesterton stated in “What is America”:

“America is the ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth…in the Declaration of Independence..

that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice…

It certainly does condemn…atheism, since it clearly names the CREATOR as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived.”

Calvin Coolidge stated July 5, 1926:

“THE PRINCIPLES…which went into the Declaration of Independence… are found in… THE SERMONS… of the early colonial clergy…

They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the Divine image.”

Henry Cabot Lodge, who filled the role of the first Senate Majority Leader, warned the U.S. Senate in 1919:

“The United States is the world’s best hope… Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance… for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.”

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Flag Day

On June 14, Americans celebrate the adoption of the first national flag. Also known as the “Stars and Stripes” or “Old Glory,” the first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1818, after 5 more states joined the Union, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of stars equal the number of states.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Flag Day with these words:

Two years after the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Continental Congress chose a flag which, tellingly, expressed the unity and resolve of the patriots who had banded together to seek independence. The delegates voted “that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Two centuries later, with the addition of thirty-seven stars, this flag still symbolizes our shared commitment to freedom and equality. It carriers a message of hope to the downtrodden, opportunity to the oppressed, and peace to all mankind.

As challenges face our Nation today, the “Stars and Stripes” continues to remind each of us of the sacrifices and determination which built this Nation. It signals the great land of opportunity that our forefathers carved out of the wilderness and gave their lives to make free so many years ago.

Now it is our responsibility to remember the great price that has been paid to keep our flag flying free today and our privilege to ensure that it will keep flying free for future generations.

Friday, 6/19/15 – Citizen Stewardship Training…

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June 2015 Interim of Engagement Opportunities
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Friday, 6/19/15 – Citizen Stewardship Training, Bremerton

Tuesday, 6/30/15 – Olympia 101, Washington State Capitol

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Crossroads Neighborhood Church

7555 Old Military Rd, NE, Bremerton, WA 98311
About the FPIW Citizen Stewardship Training

The intent of the training is to foster a lifestyle of citizen stewardship and Jesus-style servant leadership that is motivated for the long term by ones love for God and neighbor, and not the dictates of a civic calendar or the cares of this world.

This training is for your if:
You’re ready to make a meaningful, lasting difference in Washington State
Your biblical worldview sparks a passion for truth and the culture
You want to learn how to equip, inform and edify others in your community and church family, biblically
You want to learn how to effectively navigate your State Government and the people who serve there
This is NOT a political training.

This training combines key components from three of the Family Policy Institute of Washington signature trainings, Olympia 101, Olympia 301, and Church Liaison, all rooted in discipleship and, in the purest sense, “equipping the saints for every good work.” In other words, everything taught can be applied to any spiritual call or gift administered in any arena. Read more …

This training is offered FREE of charge.

Please make every effort to join us for the inaugural 2015 Legislative Interim

FPIW Citizen Stewardship Training

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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7555 Old Military Rd, NE, Bremerton, WA 98311

No childcare. Light refreshments will be provided.

REGISTER FOR THIS FPIW CITIZEN STEWARDSHIP TRAINING

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Olympia101

Citizen Orientation Training
Washington State Capitol, Olympia
TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015
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Balanced On the Edge, Ready to Fall?

Balanced On the Edge, Ready to Fall?

Discussion and news articles have, as of late, undertaken a debate that addresses a seemingly benign cultural trend in the west: “Is religion necessary to being ‘good’?” The Los Angeles Times rousing debate on Facebook asking this question quickly descended into malice, slander, and judging by the reckless threats messaged back and forth, which would have turned violent had the participants been face-to-face.

The dialogue definitely put a damper on viewers looking for an able defense of that “good” existing healthily apart from religion.

Experts du jour are waxing philosophical about the brave new world of objective agnosticism or humane atheism being a natural by-product in human evolution. Faith and belief in a god or creator is assertively diminished or even derided in schools of higher learning and in much of the current media culture.

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While the debate over whether religion is essential to being “good” as the current society deems the definition to be, religious belief has certainly played a central role in history thus far.

Religion and faith has been the primary moral arbiter alongside philosophy in every society, both being used to address the inner man’s desire for, and examination of, a moral construct for the good of society.

Humanism and atheism asserts that goodness and moral care for fellow man is possible without objective truth in God or adherence to the tenets of a religion based on belief in a creator who dictates original truth. Since man makes up a belief in God, he is the one actually creating the moral concept of good and evil.

Cultural traditions of just what is “good” do have their sources, and what society determines as good or bad is the morality that affects and determines culture. Philosophically, the idea of “objective truth” has in the past provided the overarching security-providing framework of non-negotiables.

A universal truth outside man’s subjective nature offered moral certitude that every man could submit to and unite under. Now this concept has been roundly dismissed and diminished in academia and is no longer being taught as a determinate for moral constructs or boundaries.

After all, if there is no God and we are a product of random chance, then there is no objective truth outside obvious large ones; the sun rises in the east, etc.”Truth” is subject to man’s ever-changing whims.

The repercussions of accepting subjective truth as the new moral marker for mankind is predictable chaos. The unifying force of an agreed-upon moral truth has been replaced by a jumble of fractured truths; large-scale consensus deconstructed into small, ever-changing and often conflicting attempts at consensus. And that is the word to describe the self-willed chaos: deconstruction.

Deconstruction is underway, lamented by those original “me generation” deconstructionists who are now experiencing the remorse only someone sitting in the rubble of their own making can understand.

Educators, psychologists, and sociologists are now issuing dire warnings of social ruin that former sociologists and educators advocated as progressive ideologies not two decades ago. Western culture is now seeing a more serious fall-out of the change in perceptions of moral truth.

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The concern with the breakdown of societal order has society questioning what is truth and what is moral as it translates to behaviors and how behaviors are being affected by the eroding structure. The changing ideas of morality in the minds where “knowing” (what is right and wrong) is not translating into “doing” (acting upon what you know to be right or wrong) as effectively as it has in the past when moral constructs were more universal and encouraged in developing humans.

Several studies examine this link and the variables involved with the connections between intention and behavior. Haidt (2003) defines moral emotions as those “that are linked to the interests or welfare either of society as a whole or at least of persons other than the judge or agent” (p. 276). Moral emotions provide the motivational force—the power and energy— to do good and to avoid doing bad (Kroll & Egan 2004).

A much more serious level of deconstruction has been achieved, and psychologists are rightly concerned. The connections between “knowing” and “doing” have been all but severed or are manifesting serious interruption in the relationship between emotion and action. Where once the examination was in levels of responses between emotion and action, there is now being noted an absence or critical disconnect.

Humans in western society are experiencing a loss of ability to make moral judgments of critical behavioral actions and, worse, a loss of emotional compulsion to experience empathy or understand it as a connecting emotion needed for positive societal function within groups.

To put it simply, there are no more moral standards understood or comprehended by an emerging group of youth and young adults in order to “know” and “do” in a way that maintains social order.

Is it too late? Spiritually speaking, never. Culturally speaking, maybe.  A vacuum has been created by the rejection of external and universal truth. It has not been filled adequately by subjective truth, and moral relativism has not only failed to stem the growth of the black hole that the next generation is being pulled into, it has grown it and deepened its pull.

As the peril sharpens and clarifies the need for a strong moral awakening, the Church, more than ever, needs to step up and share Her stable and unchanging morality based upon love. Love for mankind, a love that grows hearts, retrains minds, and re-establishes timeless truths that offer comfort, direction and a future.

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Western society is at a critical juncture that Christ’s followers must, in obedience to His mission, “Be ready” as Paul said, “ in season and out, to give an answer for the hope that lies within” (I Peter 3.15). With western thought’s ideals of virtues now an unknown to many, it is critical that they be re-introduced into society with passion and force.

The challenge that deconstruction is creating to morality’s framework can only be answered now by the church. It is too far gone for frightened relativists to make right, and it is a golden time for the Church to flex her might in leading the way out of the decline and prevent a fall that need not happen.

If the modern Church only grasped the absolute power at her fingertips to transform the world (as the early Church seemed to understand), there would be no time wasted. The Church operates under the authority which has assured mankind that “the gates of hell will NOT prevail.”

She just needs to share it and do so by shouting out Christ’s love from the rooftops and on the street corners. The battle for the souls of men has never been more gripping, more violent, and more precious.

    Carol

Author: Carolyn Schuster
Carolyn Schuster resides in the Seattle area, married 35 years with 5 adult children. former co-owner/creator of one of the first digital publishing houses, now devoted to serving in her church and examining issues that affect faith and culture.

yn Schuster

Carolyn Schuster resides in the Seattle area, married 35 years with 5 adult children. former co-owner/creator of one of the first digital publishing houses, now devoted to serving in her church and examining issues that affect faith and culture.

 

Chester Nez Last Code Talker Passes Away

Chester Nez the last surviving member of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers has passed away . The  Navajo Code Talkers developed a code that was used to communicate with American Forces during the war in the Pacific with the Japanese Empire .  It was instrumental in quickening the wars end , saving countless lives.

 

The language itself was almost completely taken away from the Navajo as it was policy for all native languages in this country . US Government Policy once was to force Natives to give up cultural traditions and language . Forcing children to attend schools away from their homes , this was policy of the United Government and religious groups participated . Ironically the same language attempted to be stripped away was used to fight in our war against fascism and totalitarianism.

 

The 29 code talkers returned home to their reservation after the war  with little or no recognition for their contributions .

 Chester Nez and four other code walkers finally  received medals in 2001 .

 

Have often seen the sins of our nation become so emphasized we forget the patriotism and love of freedom that has allowed this country to flourish and become a beacon for freedom and rights .  Well meaning or some with political aspirations use it as a mechanism to divide not unite .    These men  stepped up to plate as true patriots, using the language they hid secretly among themselves ,  helped us quicken the end of war in the Pacific . They saved American lives . As so many Americans have throughout our history , from different walks of life , religions , cultures, and races .

 

God Bless America and today we thank all those veterans and their families who have allowed the time to move forward in this great nation .

 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/2014/06/04/arizona-navajo-code-talker-dies-nez/9965201/

Bibical Social Justice

 

Leviticus 19:15

“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

Support for socialization often referred to redistribution of property by government polices often has used  the term social justice in an effort to portray it as blessed by God . . Social Justice is  Biblical concept but has been deluded in secular world view that promotes collectivism  and socialistic forms of government . Social Justice also protects private property , encourages us to support a strong work ethic, the rights of the unborn . Also social justice supports traditional families in order to protect children and marriages , free speech , giving our resources to the poor and the truly needy in our society .

The  use of using social justice as a political force to redistribute private property by force of government policies as a collectivist Robin Hood to steal from the rich and give to the poor is not a Biblical concept . Socialism and communism has a history of hurting the poor the most in the end .

Capitalism , it is not a Christian system either . It does not advance Christian virtues , or does it correct those vices that cause pain and harm to our neighbors and ourselves . But a free capitalist society does reflect the people in it better then the abusive socialistic and other comparable political philosophies that use government force for social justice .  . Socialism increases the worse flaws among us , it takes away the promotion of effort by giving no reward , uses envy and promotes us to covet what others have , and destroys the God given freedom that we as believers need to receive the gifts  from God needed to live the life he wants for us . To give freely !

 

Real Social Justice promotes education as have so many religious institutions have a history of doing . More is needed . To train generations in the ways of God and give them the ability to prosper and withstand the corruption of others .  Life is not fair as we all know under any world government . Capitalism is not perfect , it does beat the alternatives .

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.”

National Day Of Prayer.

Thursday, May 1, will mark the 63rd National Day of Prayer (NDP).  Christians all across America will  pause from their daily routines to take time to pray for our nation and our communities.  Several churches in Kitsap County have volunteered to host regional events on this date. 

  • Crossroads Neighborhood Church  in Bremerton (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.); prayer topics include education, city government, our State, nation, and the world.
  • Sylvan Way Baptist Church in Bremerton begins at 6:00 a.m. on May 1st and continues for 24 hours in the sanctuary.  The entire county is invited to attend this one of a kind prayer focus…no speaking, no music, no announcements….just prayer!
  • Lone Rock Chapel in Seabeck (10:00 a.m. – noon)
  • Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.) will open their doors to the community to pray for seven topics that have great influence in today’s culture:  the government, the church, the military, the family, education, the media, and business.

President Obama delivers the real Easter Message

The President stated the following at the White House third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast . The words addressed us personally and to a God who sees us in that light . American Theology has always been diverse and divided, now we are morally divided also . But with the Easter Message   promise of redemption and resurrection, there is always hope for restoration.

President’s comments……

“But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning. And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”

It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured — not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.

For like us, Jesus knew doubt. Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, saying, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” And yet, in the end, He confronted His fear with words of humble surrender, saying, “If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

So it is only because Jesus conquered His own anguish, conquered His fear, that we’re able to celebrate the resurrection. It’s only because He endured unimaginable pain that wracked His body and bore the sins of the world that He burdened — that burdened His soul that we are able to proclaim, “He is Risen!”

 

And the President concluded:

We are here today to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen savior who died so that we might live. And I hope that our time together this morning will strengthen us individually, as believers, and as a nation.”

Jesus , Foregiveness and Christmas

Jesus and the message of Christmas …  Forgiveness
We can get caught up in the gifts , the hype , the festivities and parties . The time of the year people seem to be more open with each other , as if there is a spirit of kindness and love glowing from so many of us . We reach out to help those in need , even those who have no religious beliefs get caught up in the helping and giving .  Those who have hard lives or lives turned badly often have the hardest time of the year also , it is season like no other .
What is Christmas really about ?  The Bible and the recorded words of Jesus  speak more about Forgiveness then any other issue .  But today  with  Christmas we sometimes seem  to be more concerned about setting those people straight who are  objecting to it then celebrating it seems at times. Un forgiveness is the one that hurts us and our relationships the most . It controls our responses. If you allow un forgiveness in your heart , even when you know it is hurting you it will hard to let it go .
The parable about the unmercible Jesus shares about the servant  that was forgiven his financial debt but then did not forgive the debts of others.  His master finds out of his un forgiveness and throws him into jail.   The Gospel shares when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive , seven times Peter suggested .Jesus said no , seventy seven times . The Bible says in Romans 12’7 ” Pay no evil with evil “, in fact in Peter 1 3’9 it says  when people insult you , we are to pay them back with a blessing . Not the kind of stuff that comes easy to our  natures , for some of us it is impossible unless God is allowed room in our lives to listen to , worship and obey . But unless we do so , we fight our battles ourselves and are leaving God out of the situation and big part of our lives.  . he Lord takes control , but He will not unless we ask Him to. For us to live the life the Lord directed us to ,, we have to willing to allow God to be the leader in our lives .
Sin seems to be the most preached about topic in the modern church , at least in many churches and political conversations .  Jesus taught more about forgiveness then any other sin.  For when we do not forgive , we are not acknowledging  His gift of being Born into this world , accepting all our sins , all our faults , all our excuses and/or confessions , He took them all and forgave us all .  Jesus  spoke about forgiveness and even on the cross asked for ours .  Merry Christmas , Loving God allows us to Love all of us .
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:15
Some scriptures celebrating Forgiveness and urging us to forgive others.

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37 

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Colossians 3:13

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Matthew 18:21-22 

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25 

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Luke 6:27

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

 

Romans 12:19

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

 

Luke 17:3-4

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

 

1 Peter 3:9

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

 

1 John 1:9  

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Matthew 5:44 

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

 

Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

 

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

 

Matthew 18:35

So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

 

 John 14:6 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

 

1 John 4:11

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

 

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 

Psalm 119:1-176

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

Isaiah 55:7 

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Mark 4:24

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

Psalm 16:6 

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

 

Mark 4:1-41 

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.

 

Ezekiel 1:1-28

In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

 

Psalm 2:1-12

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,

 

Galatians 5:16-21 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

 

Romans 12:18-20

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,