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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 4, 2013 - Faith, America's Key to Freedom

By C.M. Ward

The spiritual needs of our nation have often been exposed without reconciling them to the spiritual assets we already possess. Problems there are! But are we morally bankrupt? What is the real fabric of the United States of America?

There is abundant evidence that God — in every generation of our nation's history — has found instruments receptive to His will who yielded to His compulsion.

George Washington said in his first inaugural address, April 30, 1789: "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."

Men of reason and reverence have this conviction in common that "the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will" (Daniel 4:17).

In the babel of chatter, mutterings, demagoguery, and partisanship, it is easy to miss the strength of soul that continues to give this nation purpose. It is there.

Evidences of faith are not hard to discover. They have always existed in the highest ranks of our citizenry.

Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, said in his inaugural address of March 4, 1853: "Let not the foundation of hope rest upon man's wisdom. It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humbly acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence."

There is a divine presence that has hovered over the high-water marks of the struggles which have decided the course of this nation — Concord, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Normandy — historical pointers to God.

Grover Cleveland, 24th president of the United States, said in his inaugural address of March 4, 1893: "Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid."

There has never been any lack of confession of faith. This faith is virile. It is always moving through the great arteries of this nation.

The area above the Speaker's chair in the House of Representatives bears the motto, "In God We Trust." Congressman Fred Marshall, who in 1956 offered the resolution passed by the House to make this our national motto, said: "During these times when our country is facing crisis, it is well that we remind ourselves of our reliance upon God and reaffirm our faith in Him."

The texture of faith in this nation is too finely woven to be eliminated by hucksters of scare, those who smear without regard to the established record. More than ever before believers need to obey the New Testament injunction to "honor all men," and be sure that "supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:1,2).

— Adapted from "Faith: America's Key to Freedom" by C.M. Ward, originally published in the July 4, 1976, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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