Here are some thoughts about our national birthday from people you know in the area. First from Shane Felts, Chief of the Red River Parish Fire Protection District:
“Just everyone be very, very careful shooting fireworks. They are very dangerous and also it’s very dry. Wouldn’t take much to start a very bad grass/brush/woods fire. Also be very careful cooking outdoors. All it takes is one drop of fire to start a big grass fire.
“Stay hydrated if you plan on being out in the heat. We hope everyone has a very safe Independence Day!! Enjoy!”
From Head Football Coach John Bachman, Sr. of Red River High School…
“When I think of the 4th of July I think about the second greatest team that was ever formed. This team was a different kind of special because to be on this team you were willing to commit your name to something far bigger than yourself but when you did you knew you could quite possibly be signing your death warrant.
“You realized the soldiers of sacrifice, commitment, loyalty, understanding, empathy, courage, persistence, toughness, faith, hope, belief, but most of all love would be the soldiers that would get through in the darkest hours.
“If you didn’t make it – it was ok because the idea of one nation under God was worth dying for so those who you loved the most could worship as they pleased under the one true God.
“I’m not only proud to be an American but I’m even more proud to be a Christian who is willing, like my ancestors, to die for our Christian nation.”
From Bro. James Hester of Social Springs Baptist Church
“Here are 20 things to remember this Independence Day:
1) True Freedom is found only in Christ. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” -John 8:36
2) America was irrefutably founded as a Christian nation.
3) Christopher Columbus stated in 1504, “I was led of the Holy Spirit to carry the message of the Gospel to undiscovered lands.”
4) The Plymouth Charter states that the colony was established, “To advance the enlargement of the Christian religion to the glory of God Almighty.”
5) The Delaware Charter defines the purpose of their colony, “To further propagate the Holy Gospel.”
6) The Virginia Charter assures the right for people to live in “Christian peace” and instructed the people to, “propagate the Christian religion to such people who yet live in ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.”
7) The Rhode Island Compact states, “We submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
8) Before signing the Declaration of Independence, Continental Congress called signers to a time of prayer and fasting to the God of the Bible.
9) A preacher named Frances Bellamy wrote our Pledge of Allegiance.
10) A preacher named Samuel Smith wrote My Country ‘Tis of Thee
11) A preacher named John Leland wrote the introduction to the First Amendment of the Constitution.
12) Prior to the War Between the States, 90% of all of America’s College Presidents were preachers of the Gospel.
13) Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, William & Mary, and Columbia universities were founded by Christian preachers and were church affiliated with the expressed intent to educate young adults for Christ.
14) John Harvard was a pastor in Charlestown, Massachusetts and the man for whom Harvard University is named. He stated that its purpose was, “that every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main ends of his life and studies: to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the foundation of all knowledge and learning, and see that the Lord only giveth wisdom; to let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek Christ Jesus as Lord and Master.” Harvard’s original seal, which can still be seen at the university today, contains these words, “Truth for Christ and the Church.”
15) Columbia University wrote for its foundation that: “the chief things that are aimed in this college are to teach and gauge the children to know God and Jesus Christ and to love and serve Him in all sobriety.”
16) Some years ago, 2 researchers from Houston University spent 10 years poring over 15,000 documents to determine who our Founding Fathers quoted most. The 3 men who were quoted most often by the Founding Fathers were British philosopher John Locke, French philosopher Baron Montesque, and English judge Sir William Blackstone. That being said, our Founding Fathers quoted the Bible 4 times more often than they did Montesque and Blackstone, and 12 times more often than they quoted Locke. In fact, more than 1/3 of the Founding Father’s quotes came from Scripture.
17) Weekly church services were held for decades the United States Capitol Building.
18) The phrase, “Separation of Church and State” is nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution.
19) No one can deny that we began to run off the rails as a nation as we became more secular. We will remain in a downward spiral until we return to our roots as a Christian nation; more specifically, until we turn back to Christ Himself.
20) We need a Great Awakening, a true nationwide revival. God has blessed America, immeasurably so. May America resolve to bless God.
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