Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!


For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Concealed Carry Training Course - 1/6/13

 

Still looking for that last minute gift? What more perfect gift is there than the gift of peace, knowing that you and your loved ones are trained, hold CCW endorsements and will not become victims of violence? 

Concealed Carry Training Course is being held
 
Sunday, January 6th
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Macon, MO

$100.

There will be a break for lunch.
 

This course is open to the public
You must be 21 and a Missouri resident for 6 months

Course Instructor: Stephen Akins
Certified firearms safety instructor through the
Missouri Department of Correction
 
Range Instructors: Randy Watts and Jym Tuttle

Firearm and ammunition will be supplied.
If you chose to bring your own firearm you need to bring 70 rounds of ammunition

To sign up for this course,
if you have questions or need more information,
please contact:

Stephen Akins
(660) 349-8176
Stephen.Akins@hotmail.com
 
or
Jym Tuttle
(660) 626-7877



FAQ's Regarding the CCW Permit Course


 
Once I take this course will I then have a license to carry a concealed weapon?
 
No. The 8 hour CCW course is required by law to be completed in order to apply for your certificate of qualification with the county sheriff's office.
Your course instructors will go into detail about the procedure to obtain your CCW permit.
This is a good site to review the Concealed Carry Laws:
 
Do I need to have my own gun to take this course?
 
No, a gun and ammo will be provided for you at no additional charge if you need one.
 
Would this class be appropriate for beginners or those who need a refresher?
 
This course is flexible and is geared for ALL skill levels.
 




Merry Christmas!


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:The Nature of the Battle (repost)

All,
In America today most people tend to look at and to politics and politicians as either the problem or the solution. In truth, though, the nature of our struggles is spiritual. The Apostle Paul points this out in Ephesians 6:12;
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
In other words, the devil is real, he is the ruler of this world, (John 12:31: 14:30; 16:11), and it is he and his minions that oppose us.

Because this is true, and because it is also true that America was founded upon Christianity, Americans are being constantly pressured by the enemy of our souls to compromise the standards of God and capitulate to sin and corruption. This has always been the case, but today as never before, we are seeing that these pressures are real and that they are having an effect. This past election offers many examples of the way this spiritual warfare is playing out in America today. Here are just 2:

Up until this year, every time the issue of same sex marriage had been placed on the ballot, it had been rejected. This year voters in 4 states came down in favor.

Voters in 2 states passed measures legalizing the use of marijuana for "recreational" purposes. 

As the Founders often stated, this nation was founded upon the twin pillars of morality and Christianity. Obviously, this foundation is crumbling before our very eyes. If America is to survive and prosper again, biblical morality must first be restored. This won't come via decree or legislation from Washington. It must be a grassroots, bottom up movement. And that can only happen by a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit as we, His people, repent and pray.


Those who oppose us fight hard. They do so because they have no hope of anything better than this world to look forward to. But we have the certain hope of eternal life in paradise, a hope more powerful than the devil and all his minions.As I see it, the work of the patriot is to offer this hope to the world. What better time than this Christmas season to recommit ourselves to doing just that! 

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
December 9, 2012
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:The Nature of the Battle

All,
In America today most people tend to look at and to politics and politicians as either the problem or the solution. In truth, though, the nature of our struggles is spiritual. The Apostle Paul points this out in Ephesians 6:12;
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
In other words, the devil is real, he is the ruler of this world, (John 12:31: 14:30; 16:11), and it is he and his minions that oppose us.

Because this is true, and because it is also true that America was founded upon Christianity, Americans are being constantly pressured by the enemy of our souls to compromise the standards of God and capitulate to sin and corruption. This has always been the case, but today as never before, we are seeing that these pressures are real and that they are having an effect. This past election offers many examples of the way this spiritual warfare is playing out in America today. Here are just 2:

Up until this year, every time the issue of same sex marriage had been placed on the ballot, it had been rejected. This year voters in 4 states came down in favor.

Voters in 2 states passed measures legalizing the use of marijuana for "recreational" purposes. 

As the Founders often stated, this nation was founded upon the twin pillars of morality and Christianity. Obviously, this foundation is crumbling before our very eyes. If America is to survive and prosper again, biblical morality must first be restored. This won't come via decree or legislation from Washington. It must be a grassroots, bottom up movement. And that can only happen by a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit as we, His people, repent and pray.


Those who oppose us fight hard. They do so because they have no hope of anything better than this world to look forward to. But we have the certain hope of eternal life in paradise, a hope more powerful than the devil and all his minions.As I see it, the work of the patriot is to offer this hope to the world. What better time than this Christmas season to recommit ourselves to doing just that! 

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
December 9, 2012
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All,
In my last post, which was the day after the election, I said there would be more to follow but I haven't been able to write since that fateful event. I am finally beginning to get my feet back under me so, here goes.

My day-after-the-election post elicited some responses which I would like to mention. First, I want to thank everyone who offered encouragement. Apparently, some got the idea that I was giving up, but I assure you that was never the case. I was also somewhat taken to task for my comment that "America is over", so I'd like to explain what I meant by that.

America was established as a constitutional republic which means, by definition, that the Constitution "shall be the supreme law of the land", (Article VI). In other words, it must be authoritative. That American exists today only in the minds, hearts, memories and imaginations of some people. This is because the Progressives/Liberals have been undermining the Constitution and its authority for over a hundred years. Barack Obama's re-election means that the "fundamental transformation of America" that progressives have long dreamed of and that he, Obama, promised in his 2008 campaign is now complete. As such, the Constitution has been effectively rendered null and void, and "America is over". 

Put another way, the Founders designed our political institutions to rest upon the twin pillars of morality and religion, (specifically Christianity). They knew the experiment would succeed or fail based upon the extent to which the people would do what is right because it is right. The fact that a president with an abysmal record running a campaign based upon pandering and personal attack was successful over one that appealed to our founding principles shows that We The People have failed in this sacred responsibility. That is another and more significant way that "America is over".

I say all of this because I believe we must have a realistic view of our circumstances as we go forward. I have never thought politics was the answer. More often than not, it is the problem. Even so, in an election year I thought we should be involved so as to try and affect the outcome. Now that it is over, it is my view that we must now focus our energies on what will work. What is that?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the true rock upon which this country was founded. If America is to be restored, it can only be through repentance, i.e., turning back to Him. As such, my future posts will be directed at trying to help advance that cause.

The America of the Founders was established by God, perhaps in part to give a glimpse of Heaven on earth. Ultimately He will take His children to a place so wonderful as to make America, even idyllic America, seem like Hell on earth by comparison. In the meantime, our job is to "trust and obey". There really is no other way. "Even so, come Lord Jesus".

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
November 28, 2012










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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Family Emergency Preparedness


In 2011 Macon County Patriots offered workshops informing about tools and suggestions to prepare families for emergency situations. We can never stop learning and strengthening our knowledge of preparedness.


Peace of Preparedness is a site full of Power Point presentations, videos and a well organized resource library for emergency preparedness. A good source to share with your friends and family.


http://peaceofpreparedness.com/EmergencyPreparednessClasses.html

Emergency Preparation & Food Storage


"Would you be ready if there were an emergency? In today's world, we are all exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made such as fire storms, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, power outages, and acts of terrorism.  

Imagine that a disaster occurred and you did not have water, food, electricity, or fuel.  One should be prepared as much as possible for emergencies.  This website is dedicated to sharing emergency preparedness resources and to encouraging others to prepare for disasters. 
 
Many emergency preparedness resources are available in our Resource Library

Please feel free to share my information on this website with all your friends, families, neighbors and acquaintances and if you don't mind share the website with them too.   If you would like to use the handouts or powerpoints to teach classes, please contact me and I can send them to you in a usable format."
Debbie Kent can be reached directly by emailing her at AVFoodStorage@gmail.com

 

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Four More Years.... of Exile



We've had time to catch our breath and review what went wrong and what went right (there was some good stuff) on November 6th. I posted the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 the morning after because I knew that we had received the answer to our prayers. God has a plan, it just wasn't what we were hoping and praying for. Regardless, we know that His love, protection and promises belong to us and in order to remain sure footed in this battle we have to continue to focus on HIM.

Where we stand today:  The progressive and godless population won this battle. They will abort themselves into a minority and sexually transmitted diseases will also decrease their numbers. Because they look to themselves for power and gain, they will fall.
So what about us? What are we to be doing?

I ran across this article by Steve Elliot, President of Grassfire.org mentioning Jeremiah 29:11. It's a real interesting perspective that I'd like to share with you. I'm going to edit it to make it as brief as possible. If you'd like to read it in it's entirety you'll find it here.

Four More Years.... of Exile
Posted on November 7, 2012 by Steve Elliot

A 2,500-Year-Old Letter Written For Today

I want to share with you a letter that, although it is 2,500 years old, it could have been written this morning. For us. For faithful patriots who feel like they just discovered they will have to live at least the next four years in exile.

This letter was written to Jewish exiles who had been pushed out of Jerusalem and forced to live under a tyrannical ruler named Nebuchadnezzar.

The exiles wanted one thing: they wanted to be re-established back in Israel. They even had a prophet named Hananiah come to them and tell them that their time of exile would only last two years. You can read about it in Jeremiah 28. Hananiah was a false prophet. He died.

And so Jeremiah wrote a letter to the exiles. You’ve probably heard a part of that letter recited many times. It’s one of the most commonly quoted passages in the entire Bible. Unfortunately, this passage is mostly taken out of its proper context and delivered as a “feel good” word that everything is going to be good.
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11


Those words sound so good. The future is bright. God has a plan for prosperity, for a real hope and a real future. On the eve of the election, it must have meant a Romney win, the GOP takes the Senate and we start the rollback of the Obama regime, right? Not exactly.

Here’s the shocking context of Jeremiah 29:

The Plan Was Exile

That was the “plan” Jeremiah’s letter was talking about. I encourage you to go read all of Jeremiah 29. Here is the immediate context:

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans…..

The plan was 70 years of exile. Keep that in mind the next time someone quotes Jeremiah 29:11 to encourage you that your time of trouble will soon end. Not only was the exile going to last 70 years, the exile WAS the plan!

[G]o back and read the beginning of the letter, from Jeremiah 29:4. Here you’ll see the Lord (through Jeremiah) giving the Jewish exiles specific instructions on how to conduct themselves in exile:

–Build houses and settle down

–Plant gardens and eat what they produce

–Marry and have sons and daughters

–Marry off your sons and daughters so they can have children

–Increase in number; do not decrease

Again, remember the context. A false prophet had just come and said the time of exile would only last two years. That prophet died. The truth is, the people will be in exile for 70 years. And the directive is to build families, grow businesses, think trans-generationally and increase.

Seek The Welfare Of The Land

It gets better. Because Jeremiah’s letter makes it clear that building and marrying is not enough. People in exile must do something else — they must be a blessing to the land.

So let’s review. First, the Plan is exile. Second, build. Third, bless. Simple, clear instructions.

But why was this important? Why a “plan” for exile with specific instructions on how to act in exile?

Historians tell us that it was during the Babylonian captivity that the Israelites moved from a Temple/ Jerusalem focused society to a synagogue and community focused society. Simply put…

It was the lessons learned during their time in exile which enabled the Jews to survive 2,500 years in exile. But not just survive, but to thrive and become the most prosperous, most successful and most innovative people group in the history of civilization.

Exile was the plan.

So that’s why, today, I’m going to build. And I’m going to plant. I’m going to bless. And I’m going to pray. For that is the final piece to the puzzle…

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” ~Jeremiah 12-13


So let’s get building. Let’s get planting. And let’s get praying. And let’s bless this land. There are lessons to be learned in exile.
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Mr. Elliot left us a lot of food for thought in that article.
The comments are open and this conversation should continue among us, our families, our communities. We need one another like no other time before. Let's rebuild together.
Scriptures for our strength in numbers:
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
1 Thessalonians 5:11
 

 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:The Verdict

All,

We fasted and prayed for 40 days asking God for mercy, grace and another chance. We knew that we didn't deserve it. But we wanted it. The verdict is now in. The answer is no. Americas is over. Freedom has been officially and finally rejected by We The People.

I suspect we are all stunned this morning. I know I am. As we process what has happened, I suggest we look to Job. The Bible says that, upon receiving the news that everything he had was lost, including his children, his initial response was to worship God and declare, "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21)

I'll have more later but I pray we all keep this in mind going forward.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
November 7, 2012 



 



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The Morning After



It's obvious now that God has got a greater plan beyond politics and politicians. I'm encouraged this morning to know #1 Our Lord Jesus Christ is still on the throne, #2 His written Word is our guidebook and #3 I'm more deeply devoted to following Him and Him only for what ever this plan is for America. This journey is ~To be continued!
Be encouraged, we serve an awesome God -- ALL the time!
 
Sally Weber

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 40


Understanding American Government

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting

Founding Father Quote:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 
-John Adams                                                                                       

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, You have given us a form of government that works for the good of the people if the system is not abused, if the people who are placed in positions of power honor the commands found in Your holy Word.  Clearly we have wandered far from the precepts found in the Bible, and we are a nation in need of a Savior.  We humbly ask that this be the year for change in our great nation.  May America be restored to her former glory, as we honor You for the good things You have so graciously bestowed upon us.  May the government of these United States be shaken to her very foundation until each member comes to know You as Lord and Savior.  May Jehovah God once again rule and reign in these United States.  Amen. 

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121106.htm


The peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

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Monday, November 5, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 39



Future Hope

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Founding Father Quote:
 
“The Lord will not cast off His people; neither will He forsake His inheritance. 
Great events are most certainly in the womb of futurity.” 
-Abigail Adams 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Your Word says that Your desire for us is peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope.  Without You we have no hope.  But through the blood of Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and are a people with a rich inheritance, if we will only acknowledge the One true God.  America has all but kicked You out.  We ask You to forgive us for that, and to restore us once again to a nation that honors You.  Your Word says, “Hope thou in God.”  We place our lives, our country, our children, all that we are in Your capable hands, acknowledging that we are a weak people.  In You, our weaknesses, You are made strong.  We ask that You outstretch Your mighty arm and cover us with Your righteousness.  May the bright hope for tomorrow grant us peace for today.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121105.htm



The Lord, is my refuge and my fortress:
my God, in Him will I trust.
Psalm 91:2

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 38


Executive Branch

Psalm 111:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.  His praise endures forever.

Founding Father Quote:
“It is the duty of nations to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” 
-Abraham Lincoln

Prayer:

Lord, Your wisdom is the key to blessing.  Today, we ask for Your wisdom to rain down from heaven upon our president and his advisors.  We ask that they experience You in a very real and supernatural way.  May they be so overwhelmed with the knowledge of You, that, like Nebuchadnezzar, they are forced to stop serving other gods and acknowledge the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Give our leaders the ability to discern the affairs of men and protect their minds from deception.  Give them a hunger for truth and righteousness.  Grant them the strength and courage needed to lead our country according to Your will and purpose.  May Your Spirit guide us and keep us safe during these perilous times.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 
 
God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription:
“The Lord knows those who are His.”
2 Timothy 2:19
 
 


 

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 37



Schools and Education

Galatians 3:19, 24-25
 
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come…Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
 
Founding Father Quote:
 
“To promote true religion is the best and most effective way of making a virtuous and regular people. Love to God and love to man is the substance of religion;
when these prevail, civil laws will have little to do.”
-John Witherspoon

Prayer:
 
Lord, Jesus, in Your Word we are commanded to love one another, even as Christ loved the church. Your Word is a clear guide for how we should live our lives, and is filled with the promises we can inherit when we obey Your commands. We have fallen very short as a people. We ask You today to saturate our schools on every level. May the elementary schools children learn to know You while they are young, and follow You all the days of their lives. May the middle school students begin to experience You in a very real way. May the young men and women in high school acknowledge You as their Lord and Savior, seeking You first. May those attending universities and colleges bring the Bible back to the barren hallways. And may the teachers, administrators and staff exhibit the love of Jesus in all that they say and do. May they understand their significant responsibility and may they use their position to promote Your good name. May this love for you infect our Department of Education and move them to bring Scripture back into the classroom, to once again hang the Ten Commandments in the hallways. We thank You for the blessed gift of our children, a divine inheritance from You. Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121103.htm


"In the Shadow of the Cross"
~Quinton
 
Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither
whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:2-3

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Friday, November 2, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 36



Judiciary

Psalm 2:10-12
 
Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who trust in Him.
 
Founding Father Quote:
 
“The Christian religion—its general principles—must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society.”
-Daniel Webster

Prayer:
 
Dear God, today our country is suffering from the overwhelming burden of crime and immorality. Our lack of integrity threatens the sanctity of a peaceful life that we know is found only in You. Lord, turn the hearts of every judge in the U.S. Judiciary, from the local to the national level. May each man and woman seek Your face in the laws they are making and upholding. May You grant them the wisdom of Solomon. Protect their minds and hearts from deception and make them single-minded, not wavering in their faith. We thank You for our system of checks and balances and ask that You restore and preserve it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
 
 
 
To show partiality in judging is not good:
Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
Proverbs 24:23-25



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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:Election

All,
I have not posted in a while largely because the wonderful "40 Days of Prayer" posts that Sally has been sharing with us have said it better than I could. That said, I want to share a few thoughts before the election.


The seemingly endless election marathon is in the home stretch. In 5 more days the verdict will be in and that verdict will have far-reaching effects. All of the candidates and multiplied thousands of grassroots people have been working hard to affect the outcome. The thing I want to point out at this time is that, however the election turns out, our work will not be done. What the election will determine for us as patriots is what the nature of our work will be going forward. Here's what I mean.

As bad as the economy is, it can get a lot worse. Many investors are holding back and many businesses are holding on. They can make it until January. They cannot wait 4 more years. As a result, depending on the  outcome, there will be an almost immediate upturn or downturn in the economy and the national mood will be one either of gloom or of optimism. There will be pain either way because we have not yet suffered the consequences of actions already taken. But in one event, we will be able to recover, in the other we will not. In that case, we will be headed for times that will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park by comparison. 

But beyond the economic implications, there is still a more serious thing to consider and that is that it would mean that the American experiment has ultimately failed. In that case, everything changes and our work will be to survive in post-freedom America. I know that is a bleak assessment, but I believe it to be an accurate one. 

In the event of a favorable outcome, our work as patriots will be to continue to educate our fellow Americans so as to not allow our country to be brought to the brink of utter self-destruction again. In many ways this is the more difficult task because there is a tendency to sit back and rest on our laurels, as if the war were over. While it is altogether fitting that there be a time of celebration, we must not allow ourselves to fall into that mindset. This election is a battle. A big, big, big battle. But the war will go on.

As disheartening as this message might sound, it is intended to be an encouragement. Remember that we have each other. And, as Sally's posts have reminded us, God established this nation and He still cares about her. While we don't deserve His blessing, we can be so bold as to ask for it because He is a God who forgives. And He is the God of the resurrection. So we must diligently seek His forgiveness, obey His commands and accept His verdicts. In the meantime, we must never give up. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever give up. 

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
November 1, 2012



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40 Days of Prayer - Day 35

 
Law Enforcement
 
1Timothy 8-11
 
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God…
 
Founding Father Quote:
 
“The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society—the best book for regulating the secular concerns of men.”
-Noah Webster
 
Prayer:
 
Lord, we have come to a place in time where the world calls that which is good evil, and evil is perceived as good. Our value system has been completely destroyed by our desensitization. We no longer value human life, Your greatest creation. Law enforcement is an agency You use to protect society from the unrighteous acts of men. Our society is fragmented. Today, we ask that You bless the men and women who stand up for the laws of this great land, who put their lives on the line every day. Protect their families and loved ones. Equip them on every level to perform their duties, and grant them Your protection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
 
 
Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9
 
 

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 34


State Department

Proverbs 29:26
Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD.

Founding Father’s Quote:
 “Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this: And in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.”
- Patrick Henry
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come before You today and thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon us.  We are thankful for Your mercies which are renewed every morning.  We ask Your forgiveness for turning from You as a nation, and ask You to renew a right spirit within us.  Lord, we need You to infiltrate our homes, our cities and indeed our country.  We ask You to make our State Department conscious of what once made us great.  Give these men and women who have been appointed to stations of power Your wisdom so that they might bring back to America godly principles.  May we seek justice over the favor of men, over foreign dictators.  May we seek Your guidance as we seek to build a stronger border for our country and a more secure homeland for our families.  We ask that You protect us from our enemies, both foreign and domestic.  May those that have come to America
that seek to destroy us be cast out.  And may You grant us Your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 
 

First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.
Amen.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 33


Protection from Division

Matthew 12:25

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them:  “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”

Founding Father Quote:

“The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth, as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned, and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”
-From George Washington’s Farewell Address


Prayer:

Father, we ask that You give us the courage to stand against the schemes of the devil.  May we put on the whole armor of God and stand fearless before any attacker.  Our fight is not only on this earth with mere flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places.  We ask that You go to battle on our behalf, that you protect us from falling prey to those who would gloat at our destruction.  We ask that You bind the evil one in these last days, and that we would once again come together in Christian unity, loving one another as Christ loved the church.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121030.htm


LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we accomplish you do for us.
Isaiah 26:12



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Monday, October 29, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 32


National Unity

Psalm 133:1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Founding Father Quote:

“…that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution which is the work of your hands may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.”
-From George Washington’s Farewell Address

Prayer:

Lord, Your Word says that where two or more come together, there You are in the midst of them.  We come together now and thank You for all the good and perfect gifts You have given us.  We know that You are our only hope for national reform, and in You we move and live and have our being.  Without You we are nothing.  We ask You, Heavenly Father, to unite us as one nation under God again.  We need to become a strong united front for righteousness in our country so that we can defeat the foes that constantly plague us.  Instead of focusing on foreign enemies, we have turned inward and begun to fight amongst our own brothers.  Please forgive us for our foolish choices, for choosing petty arguments over harmony.  May we be reconciled to each other, and may Your love be the healing balm that makes this country great once again.  In Your Son’s Name we pray and ask.  Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121029.htm



There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28


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