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THE AMERICAN’S CREED
By William Tyler Page
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

churchjanitor:

God,

I ask for wisdom. It calls out for me and it rattles me to the core. I see the fault in my understanding, my quickness in judgement, and I ask that you would correct these qualities with grace. Your wisdom gives knowledge for life, yet I often lean on my constructed arguments. Let me see…

churchjanitor:

When I reflect upon God’s nature and consider his qualities, I am left with only one word. God is beautiful. I use this word not in relation to any physical qualities, but in relation to his unending complexity and simplicity. He is the creator who is beyond comprehension, yet he enters into…

Disapointment

I have been using the Bing desktop that was provided in an update. For the most part it has been a pleasant experience. I however am proud to be an American, in June 14 the browser picture of the day was American flags. I would have been happy to display them on my desktop, however the desktop picture was something else. Then today the picture was that of a socialist country doing their mandatory exercise, yet this picture was passed on to my desktop. These actions where hurtful to me as a Proud American. I will no longer be using Bing Desktop.

Patrick Henry March 23, 1775

Patrick Henry is a man of great passion, and I believe that this is a very timely speech that bears repeating.  I also love America and am afraid of where it is going. Please allow this to inspire you as it has been doing for me.

"NO man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if entertaining, as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.  And in proportion to the magnitude of the subject, ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of Heaven which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth - and listen to the song of the siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?  For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the house?  Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation - the last arguments to which kings resort.

I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motives for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.

And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer on the subject? Nothing.  We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted?

Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer.  Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned - we have remonstrated - we have supplicated - we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.  Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.

In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.  There is no longer any room for hope.  If we wish to be free - if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending - if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained - we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak - unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.

Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.  The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged, their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable - and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

Thank you, to all of our great leaders, and may GOD be with you.

churchjanitor:

It’s the thinking of things you may never do and the doing of things you many never have thought. It’s the road ahead and the road behind. It’s the first step, the last step, and every step between that makes up the good life.

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Being human is…

Independence,Interdependence and reliance

Independence, this is a good thing, and as with all good things too much is a bad thing.  My mother, when I was growing-up said many times to me that “she will be damned if her boy’s grew-up being completely dependent on a woman”.  So she taught us to cook, clean, sew and many other things, she was firmly assured that we would not have to have a woman to do these things for us.  This all well and good, and I feel stronger for it.  In much of today’s society independence is highly prized.  Just look at all of the heralding stories, of a girl who made something of herself despite overwhelming odds, the boy who pulled himself out of the ghetto, the abused people who grow-up to be champions of justice.  I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that most of them while feeling a great sense of accomplishment, for good reason, also feel a lacking in their lives.

I believe that this is a lack of Interdependence.  It was not until I started to trust and rely upon people that I grew-up to be a more whole person.  Now, most people saw trust and had no problem with it, but rely upon?  Interdependence has nothing to do with dependence, it is two whole individuals who can stand on their own without the need of another person, while dependence is based on the need for another person, and neither can stand alone in the world without the other to lean on.  You can rely upon someone, without being dependent upon them.  Now, my problem was trust, do I trust people or not.  Someone once told me that My problem wasn’t trusting the wrong people, but trusting wrongly, you can trust everyone, some you can trust to hurt you, steal from you, lie to you others to be kind, loving, sympathetic….  By learning Interdependence and reliance I have found god in my life.  He does for me what would seem impossible, as King Asa learns of from the prophet before he imprisons the prophet 2 Chronicles 16:8, this is not just bible rhetoric, it is true for me in my life now.  As my reliance upon him as a whole person increases, so do the miracles in my life.

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