America’s Christian Heritage

Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three believed in the Bible as the divine truth, in the God of Scripture, in His personal intervention.

Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of the Scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry is still remembered for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death.” But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he actually said: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone, is life so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. The following year, 1776, Henry wrote this: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded the freedom of worship here.”

Consider these words Thomas Jefferson wrote in the front of his well-worn Bible: “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator.” Jefferson was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President John Adams said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of government with the principles of Christianity.”

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically in our country.”

In 1782 Congress voted this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

William Holmes McGuffey, author of the McGuffey Reader used in our public schools until 1963, said: “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no other source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.”

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule No.1 was students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so they can study the Scriptures: “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, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

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The Sheep and Their Shepherd – Charles Spurgeon

*Pastor’s Note: I want to depart a bit from my normal practice of posting short sermons by these great men of God for one that is rather long. Because of the fact that it IS long, I am going to break it up into parts. I truly hope you can enjoy AND be inspired by the preaching/teaching of some of these great men as much as I do. God Bless for your patience. – Pastor Roland

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

Part One:

The Sheep and Their Shepherd

Delivered At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27

CHRISTIANS ARE HERE compared to sheep. Not a very flattering comparison you may say; but then we do not wish to be flattered, nor would our Lord deem it good to flatter us, While far from flattering, it is, however, eminently consoling, for of all creatures there are not any more compassed about with infirmity than sheep. In this frailty of their nature they are a fit emblem of ourselves; at least, of so many of us as have believed in Jesus and become his disciples. Let others boast how strong they are; yet if there be strong ones anywhere, certainly we are weak. We have proved our weakness, and day by day we lament it. We do confess our weakness; yet may we not repine at it, for, as Paul said, so we find, when we are weak then are we strong. Sheep have many wants, yet they are very helpless, and quite unable to provide for themselves. But for the shepherd’s cure they would soon perish. This, too, is our case. Our spiritual needs are numerous and pressing, Yet we cannot supply any of them. We are travelers through a wilderness that yields us neither food nor water. Unless our bread drop down from heaven, and our water flow out of the living rock, we must die. Our weakness and our want we keenly feel: still we have no cause to murmur, since the Lord knows our poor estate, and succours us with the tenderest care.

Sheep, too, are silly creatures, and in this respect likewise we are very sheepish. We meekly own it to him who is ready to guide us. We say, as David said, “O God, thou knowest my foolishness;” and he says to us as he said to David, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go.” If Christ were not our wisdom, we should soon fall a prey to the destroyer. Every grain of true wisdom that we possess we have derived from him; of ourselves we are dull and giddy; folly is bound up in our heart. The more conscious you are, deer brethren, of your own deficiencies, your lack of stamina, discretion, sagacity, and all the instincts of self-preservation, the more delighted you will be to see that the Lord accepts you under these conditions, and calls you the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. He discerns you as you are, claims you as his own, foresees all the ills to which you are exposed, yet tends you as his flock, sets store by every lamb of the fold, and so feeds you according to the integrity of his heart, and guides you by the skillfulness of his hands. “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.” Oh, what sweet music there is to us in the name which is given to our Lord Jesus Christ of “the good Shepherd!” It not only describes the office he holds, but it sets forth the sympathy he feels, the aptness he shows, and the responsibility he bears to promote our well-being. What if the sheep be weak, yet is the shepherd strong to guard his flock from the prowling wolf or the roaring lion? If the sheep suffer privation because the soil is barren yet is the shepherd able to lead them into pasturage suitable for them. If they be foolish, yet he goes before them, cheers them with his voice, and rules them with the rod of his command.

There cannot be a flock without a shepherd; neither is there a shepherd truly without a flock. The two must go together. They are the fullness of each other. As the church is the fullness of him that filleth all in all, so we rejoice to remember that “of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” That I am like a sheep is a sorry reflection; but that I have a shepherd charms away the sorrow and creates a new joy. It even becomes a gladsome thing to be weak, that I may rely on his strength; to be full of wants, that I may draw from his fullness; to be shallow and often at my wit’s end, that I may be always regulated by his wisdom. Even so doth my shame redound to his praise. Not to you, ye great and mighty, who lift your heads high, and claim for yourselves honor: not for you is peace, not to you is rest; but unto you, ye lowly ones, who delight in the valley of humiliation, and feel yourselves to be taken down in your own esteem–to you it is that the Shepherd becomes dear; and to you will he give to lie down in green pastures beside the still waters.

In a very simple way, we shall speak about the proprietor of the sheep. “My sheep,” says Christ. Then, we shall have a little to say about the marks of the sheep. After that I propose to talk awhile about the privileges of the sheep. “I know my sheep:” they are privileged to be known of Christ. “My sheep hear my voice.”

Next time we will take up with Part Two

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Pray For Understanding

This is from Brother Dave Peever’s book, Blueprint. He posts from it quite often. When I saw this post it struck me as simple yet so impactful for this is one of those commentaries that cause us to stop, think and take stock of our walk with Christ Jesus!

Please visit his site. He has GREAT insight and a wicked sense of humor to boot. But guaranteed, you will leave inspired AND uplifted!

Live 4 Him

…These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)

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Through Humor

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” – Proverbs 15:13 (NKJV).
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV).

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” – Proverbs 15:13 (NASB).
“A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NASB).

“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:13 (NLT).
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NLT).

It doesn’t matter what version of the Bible you use, you will always find reference to a cheery and joyful spirit being healthy to those who walk in it. Modern science even references the therapeutic effects of allowing happiness and joy to fill your mind and heart. Those who can laugh and smile at the world around them always have a better outlook on life and a more appealing attitude.

The lesson in all this; GO AHEAD AND SMILE! It will be good for you and for those around you!

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Applying Church Lessons

Two guys are walking through a game park & they come across a lion that has not eaten for days. The lion starts chasing the two men. They run as fast as they can and the one guy starts getting tired and decides to say a prayer, “Please turn this lion into a Christian, Lord.”

He looks to see if the lion is still chasing and he sees the lion on its knees. Happy to see his prayer answered, he turns around and heads towards the lion. As he comes closer to the lion, he hears the it saying a prayer: “Thank you Lord for the food I am about to receive.”

A man is talking to God. “God, how long is a million years?”
God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.”
“God, how much is a million dollars?”
“To me, it’s a penny.”
“God, may I have a penny?”
“Wait a minute.”

One night a lady came home from her weekly prayer meeting, found she was being robbed, and she shouted out, “Acts 2:38: ‘Repent & be baptized & your sins will be forgiven.'” The robber quickly gave up & the lady rang the police. While handcuffing the criminal, a policeman said, “Gee mate, you gave up pretty easily. How come you gave up so quickly?”

The robber said, “She said she had an axe and two 38’s!”

A friend of mine was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the vicar was standing at the door, as always , to shake hands with the worshipers. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The vicar said to him, “You need to join the army of the Lord.”

My friend replied, “I’m already in the army of the Lord, Father.”

So the vicar inquired, “Then how come I only see you at Christmas and at Easter?”

My friend whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

Three Pastors in the south were having lunch in a diner. One said “Ya know, since summer started I’ve been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I’ve tried everything–noise, spray, cats–nothing seems to scare them away.

Another said “Yea, me too. I’ve got hundreds living in my belfry and in the narthex attic. I’ve even had the place fumigated, and they won’t go away.”

The third said, “I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church . . . Haven’t seen one back since!!!”

One balmy day in the South Pacific, a navy ship espied smoke coming from one of three huts on an uncharted island.

Upon arriving at the shore they were met by a shipwreck survivor. He said, “I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve been alone on this island for more than five years!”

The captain replied, “If you’re all alone on the island why do I see THREE huts.”

The survivor said, “Oh. We’ll, I live in one, and go to church in another.”

“What about the THIRD hut?” asked the captain.

“That’s where I USED to go to church.”

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Computer “Thoughts”

If you have any type of technology in your house that deals with circuitry, I’m sure you’ll be able to appreciate these:

Whoever said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results has obviously never had to reboot a computer.

Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? They were Prime mates.

Don’t use “beef stew” as a computer password. It’s not stroganoff.

Q. What is the biggest lie in the entire universe?
A. “I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions.”

Q. What do you call it when you have your mom’s mom on speed dial?
A. Instagram.

Q. What should you do after your Nintendo game ends in a tie?
A. Ask for a Wii-match!

Why are iPhone chargers not called Apple Juice?!

Q. How does a computer get drunk?
A. It takes screenshots.

Q. Why did the PowerPoint Presentation cross the road?
A. To get to the other slide.

PATIENT: Doctor, I need your help. I’m addicted to checking my Twitter!
DOCTOR: I’m so sorry, I don’t follow.

Have you heard of that new band “1023 Megabytes”? They’re pretty good, but they don’t have a gig just yet.

I just got fired from my job at the keyboard factory. They told me I wasn’t putting in enough shifts.

We’ll we’ll we’ll…if it isn’t autocorrect.

Person 1: Do you know how to use Outlook?
Person 2: As a matter of fact, I Excel at it.
Person 1: Was that a Microsoft Office pun?
Person 2: Word.

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More For The Love of Our Kids

Have a Nice Trip

My parents were spending time with my daughters and decided to take them out for ice cream. The waitress brought their order and started to walk away when my youngest daughter, Sarah, looked at her grandpa and asked, “Aren’t you going to trip the waitress? My mom always does.”

Do Unto Dorothy

When my 5-year-old daughter, Emily, started kindergarten, I wanted to alleviate both our fears about the first day of school. Before leaving the house, I knelt down in front of her and said, “Honey, you will meet a lot of new people today and you need to remember the ‘Golden Rule.’ Do you know what that is?”

In a very serious voice Emily said, “Yes, Mommy, I know. Follow the yellow brick road.”

Salt of the Earth

One afternoon, my four-year-old niece Paige and my six-year-old daughter Ashley started an argument, which grew louder and louder. I was about to intervene when my daughter stormed down the stairs.

“Mom,” she yelled, “Jesus wants us to be the salt of the earth and Paige is being the pepper!”

Mommies Only

My son, Kyle, 4, was unsuccessfully trying to open a bottle of children’s vitamins. After watching several vain attempts, I explained, “It’s made so only mommies and daddies can open it.”

After tiring of his struggle, Kyle relinquished the bottle. As I easily opened it for him, Kyle stared in amazement and asked in a breathless voice, “How does it know you’re a mommy?”

Growing Up

On my son Luke’s sixth birthday I asked him how he felt. Holding up six outstretched fingers, he replied in all seriousness, “I can’t believe I’ve used up a whole hand already.”

Asking God For Forgiveness

We had attended a nativity program with our friends and their two sons, ages 4 and 6, and were impressed with the boys’ fascination at seeing the baby Jesus in a manger. The play was, indeed, realistic and convincing.

Later at their home the boys started arguing, and after ignoring repeated warnings to stop, their mother sent them to their rooms to ask forgiveness from Jesus for their disobedience. When the older boy rejoined us, his mother asked him if he had asked Jesus to forgive him.

“No,” he replied, “I asked God because Jesus is too young to understand.”

Passing Time in Church

My young son asked what the highest number I had ever counted to was. I didn’t know, but I asked about his highest number. It was 5,372.

“Oh,” I said. “Why did you stop there?”

“Church was over.”

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Heaven – Help Us!

The Taxi Driver

A minister died and was waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Just ahead of him was a man dressed in a loud shirt, leather jacket, jeans, and sunglasses.

Saint Peter addressed the man wearing somewhat sloppy clothes. He said, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to let you into the kingdom of heaven?”

The man replied, “I’m Jack Thomas, Jr., taxi-driver from Noo Yawk City.”

Saint Peter consulted his list. He smiled and said to the taxi-driver, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the kingdom of heaven.”

The taxi-driver went through the Pearly Gates with his robe and staff, and then it was the minister’s turn. He stood up tall and spoke out confidently, “I am Joseph Snow. I was the pastor of Sweet Haven Community Church for the last forty-three years.”

Once again Saint Peter consulted his list. He then turned to the minister and said, “Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

“Just a minute,” said the minister. “The man who was ahead of me was a taxi-driver, and he got a silken robe and a golden staff. How could this be? I don’t understand.”

Saint Peter looked at the preacher and said, “Up here, we work by results. While you preached, people slept. While Jack drove, people prayed.”

Do You Want To Go to Heaven?

Father Murphy walked into a pub and said to the first man he met, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

The man said, “I do Father.”

The priest said, “Leave this pub right now!”

He then approached a second man. Father Murphy asked, “Do you want to got to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then leave this den of Satan!” said the priest.

Father Murphy then walked up to O’Toole and asked, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole replied: “No, I don’t Father.”

The priest looked him right in the eye and said, “You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole smiled, “Oh, when I die. Yes Father. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

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Snarky & Sarcastic 002

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Twisted English 003

Courtesy of George Pinell; — George Pinell Facebook Page

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