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Happy July 4th!

Godliness makes a nation great,  but sin is a disgrace to any people. -Proverbs 14:34 (NLT)

This brief post is designed to wish the reader the very happiest of July 4th holidays. Although we live in the most disturbing of times  -- which seem to have seen the decline of America into some immoral cesspool where everything goes and the sky is the limit for sinful behavior, I still feel the presence of God's people and hope the Church can rise to the occasion. The word 'repent' means to change one's mind or have some regret for a course that somebody has been on. America must repent from the course we've been on in order to survive and return to being a great nation. History is replete with accounts of once-great groups of people who have turned from God and faced dire consequences. Is it really God causing harm and suffering -- or is it the fact that we deny God's protection from the enemy when we choose to live outside of fellowship with Him? If we search our hearts in all earnestness, I believe we know the answer.

America was founded as a Christian nation. The idea of 'separation of church and state' is a myth that was started many years ago. This is not to say that people shouldn't be free to believe or disbelieve as they see fit. It is however, to remind people that the core values we cherish have sprung from the roots of our forefathers (and mothers). You will not find that in the constitution or any of its amendments. We need to get back to the roots our founding fathers established so we can once again take our position as a global leader in freedom and morality. It needs to begin with turning back to God.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)


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