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For Christian American readers of this blog:

I wish to incite all Christians to rise up and take back the United States of America with all of God's manifold blessings. We want the free allowance of the Bible and prayers allowed again in schools, halls of justice, and all governing bodies. We don't seek a theocracy until Jesus returns to earth because all men are weak and power corrupts the very best of them.
We want to be a kinder and gentler people without slavery or condescension to any.

The world seems to be in a time of discontent among the populace. Christians should not fear. God is Love, shown best through Jesus Christ. God is still in control. All Glory to our Creator and to our God!

A favorite quote from my good friend, Jack Plymale, which I appreciate:

"Wars are planned by old men,in council rooms apart. They plan for greater armament, they map the battle chart, but: where sightless eyes stare out, beyond life's vanished joys, I've noticed,somehow, all the dead and mamed are hardly more than boys(Grantland Rice per our mutual friend, Sarah Rapp)."

Thanks Jack!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Courageous Trump & Family . . . Thx Keith B and Sarah R!Wonderful Sermon for

> President Trump attended a private religious service at St. John’s 
> Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, as part of a 
> modern Inauguration Day ritual.

> The service was led by the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist 
> who campaigned hard for Trump during the closing months of the election.

> Here is an exclusive transcript of Jeffress’ sermon, which drew on the 
> story of Nehemiah, a historical figure described in the Old Testament 
> for rebuilding Jerusalem.

> President-elect and Mrs. Trump, Vice-President-elect and Mrs. Pence, 
> families and friends, it’s an honor to be with you on this historic 
> day.

> President-elect Trump, I remember that it was exactly one year ago 
> this weekend that I was with you on  your Citation jet flying around 
> Iowa before the first caucus or primary vote was cast. After our 
> Wendy’s cheeseburgers, I said that I believed that you would be the 
> next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be 
> because God had placed you there.

> As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders.

> Today─one year later─God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence 
> up for a great, eternal purpose.

> When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another 
> great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation 
> had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was 
> in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the 
> nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. 
> Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.

> And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a 
> great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem 
> to protect its citizens from enemy attack.
> You see, God is NOT against building walls!

> And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed 
> that massive project in record time—just
> 52 days.
> Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the 
> nation?

> *I. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him* Someone has 
> said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, 
> say nothing, and be nothing.
> Any true leader is going to face criticism.

> President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day 
> you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded 
> them at every turn. First, they said you couldn’t win the nomination, 
> but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in 
> history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn’t win the 
> election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics 
> say you can’t possibly succeed in your agenda.

> Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists 
> were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of 
> their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread 
> false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall.

> At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and 
> come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.”

> Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why 
> should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)

> President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team 
> have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. 
> It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics.

> *Il. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him* As you read 
> through Nehemiah’s journal, you’ll find that he faced tremendous 
> obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic 
> recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among 
> the citizens

> But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah.

> Some years ago two sports commentators on television were discussing 
> the late Hall of Famer Walter Peyton, the running back for the Chicago 
> Bears. One commentator said, “Can you believe that during his career 
> Peyton has run more than nine miles with a football?”

> The other commentator replied, “What’s even more amazing is that every 
> 3.8 yards of those nine miles Peyton got knocked down by a guy twice 
> his size! But he got back up every time and kept moving forward in 
> spite of those bruising hits and hard knocks.”

> President Trump, you, your team and your families are going to face 
> some bruising setbacks. But remember . .

> The true measure of a leader is what it takes to stop him. And knowing 
> you, I believe it’s going to take a lot to stop you.Rev. Robert> (Finally)

> *III. Nehemiah Sought God’s Help To Empower Him* Nehemiah was a gifted 
> leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God’s divine help. 
> And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God 
> and prayed:

> “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant 
> who delights in revering your name.
> Give your servant success today . . .” (Nehemiah 1:11)

> Mr President-elect, I don’t believe we have ever had a president with 
> as many natural gifts as you. As you know, the reason I endorsed you 
> within weeks of your announcement that you were running was because I 
> believed that you were the only candidate who possessed the leadership 
> skills necessary to reverse the downward trajectory of our nation.

> And beginning with Vice President-elect Pence─a great and godly 
> man─you’ve assembled an unbelievably talented group of advisers around 
> you.
> But the challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take 
> more than natural ability to meet them. We need God’s supernatural 
> power.
> The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 
> years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to 
> humble himself and ask for His help.

> God says in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall 
> rescue you and you will honor Me.”

> When President Ronald Reagan addressed the Republican National 
> Convention in my city of Dallas in 1984 he said, “America needs God 
> more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are “one nation 
> under God,” then we will be a nation gone under.”

> President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with 
> tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt 
> desire: “Make America Great Again.”

> Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: 
> “Blessed— great—is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

> May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their 
> families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of 
> America.

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