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Pastor’s Letter, July, 2019

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Psalm 33:12 declares, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” There were times when the Lord was truly Israel’s God, and there were times when it was not the case. There have been times when the Lord has been our God in America, but it’s probably not the case anymore. Some believe that each succeeding generation in America keeps getting things a little better and a little more right. I don’t agree with that. I believe that since our hearts have turned away from the Lord we keep taking steps away from the Lord’s ways and away from the spirit of our nation’s founding. We need to remember that America was founded by men and women who acknowledged God’s supreme rule over people and nations. The signers of the Declaration of Independence saw the job of government as protecting what the Creator had given to each person. In the document they referred to God as “the Supreme Judge of the World,” and they appealed to Him. They signed the Declaration of Independence “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” As our founding fathers discussed and debated the Declaration of Independence during the first Continental Congress, one of them suggested they all get on their knees and ask God what should be done. So these framers of the Declaration of Independence all went to their knees and began to pray and seek the wisdom and guidance of God. At the signing, Samuel Adams declared, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun let His Kingdom come.” The tallest structure in Washington, D.C. is the Washington Monument. At the pinnacle is inscribed the Latin phrase, “Laus Deo,” meaning “praise be to God.” (Text from part 1 of a 2 part sermon series) Pastor Keith