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Year 2014 - July thru September

 
 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - September 2014 +++
 
 
 
All about Grandparents Day
Written by: Sharon O’Brien
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National Grandparents Day is an annual observance in the United States that honors grandparents and other seniors, and seeks to strengthen relationships between the generations. Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The specific date changes year-to-year. Because it is tied to Labor Day, however, Grandparents Day is never earlier than September 7 or later than September 13.
 
Why was Grandparents Day created? This is an excerpt from the National Grandparents Day Proclamation: “As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents. They are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.”
 
What Inspired Grandparents Day? When Marian McQuade was a child, she often visited her grandmother, Maude McClung Dickerson, on her 130-acre farm in West Virginia.
"After working all day on the farm, Grandma would walk off to visit elderly people of the community," McQuade recalled in a 1995 interview with the magazine Wonderful West Virginia. "Often I would tag along. I never forgot talking with those delightful people. That's where my love and respect for oldsters started."
 
Grandparents Day began as the idea of Marian McQuade, who inspired other dedicated people to follow her lead and join her campaign to establish a special day for grandparents. Today, Grandparents Day is celebrated by millions of people throughout the United States, who take the opportunity to honor their parents and grandparents, to visit other older friends and relatives, and to recognize the wisdom, strength and lasting contributions of seniors everywhere.
 
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There’s no place like home... except Grandma’s. ~Author Unknown
 
A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance. ~Author Unknown
 
A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown
 
The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap. ~Author Unknown
 
Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old. ~Mary H. Waldrip
 
Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap. ~Doug Larson
 
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Fall
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright
 
The signs of fall are in the air
With Mother Nature deciding what to wear
Will she be garnished in just plain old brown?
Or will she have on her multi-colored gown?
 
In fact I see no reason
Why once again she wouldn’t be dressed for the season
And soon vivid colors will appear
Seems like she is more glamourous year after year.
 
Sunlight glows against her face
And her beauty we all embrace
Adorned with a golden hue
Her multi-colors pop against the sky of blue.
 
And as the cool breeze begins to blow
Mother Nature seems to always know
She always looks swell
For God has blessed her well.
 
With a smile and a laugh or two
She brightens the day for you
And when she comes around with dignity and pride
You can bet that fall is right by her side.
 
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Jesus intended for us to be overwhelmed by the blessings of regular days.  He said it was the reason he had come: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
~ Gloria Gaither
 
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Psalm 116:7 (KJV)
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
 
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Do Something
Written by: Harold Abbott
Copied & submitted by: Lela Farlow
 
Do something for somebody, somewhere,
while jogging along life’s road.
Help someone to carry his burden,
and lighter will grow your load.
 
Do something for somebody, gladly,
it will sweeten your every care. 
In sharing the sorrows of others
your own are less hard to bear.
 
Do something for somebody, striving
to help where the way seems long.
And the sorrowful hearts that languish,
cheer up with a little song.
 
Do something for somebody, always,
whatever may be your creed. 
There is nothing on earth that can help you
so much as a kindly deed.
 
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Can God Bless a Godless America?
Written by: Todd Starnes
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A while back, Rev. Billy Graham penned a letter expressing his dismay over the moral decline of the nation, declaring that his “heart aches for America and its deceived people.” “Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except God,” he wrote.

We ask God to bless America, but we elected a president whose pastor asked God to damn America. We ask God to bless America, but we slaughter millions of unborn babies. We ask God to bless America, but we silence His children.

God bless America? We should be on our knees asking for His mercy instead. The time has come for people of faith to rise up and claim their Ebenezer. We need patriots who will take back this land. We need patriots who will say we are still one nation under God.

The storm clouds are gathering. The winds of revolution are blowing, friends. Religious liberty is under attack.

Years ago, the Christian songwriter Steve Green penned a song titled “Find Us Faithful.” It was a prayer that all who came after us would find this generation of believers faithful. The call still rings true today.

In these early days of the 21st century, the fire is flickering and the footprints are few. Storm clouds are gathering. The winds of persecution are blowing. But friends, no matter how difficult these days have become, let not your heart be troubled.

The time has come, brothers and sisters, my fellow countrymen. Who among you is willing to take a stand for religious liberty? Who among you is willing to risk everything for the cause of Christ? Who among you is willing to rise up and declare that we are still one nation under God?

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” the Scriptures declare.

The most pressing problem facing America can’t be solved in Washington, D.C. True hope and change can’t be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It can only be found at the foot of the cross on Calvary.

Our government may spy on our phone lines. It may throw us in jail. It may take away our photography shops and bakeries. It may demand to know the content of our prayers. But we will not be bullied. We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced.

It’s time for a new generation of believers to rise up and restore the dream of our Founding Fathers—the dream of a nation where all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. The dream of a people who declare we are still one nation under God.
 
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Luke 18:8 (KJV)

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find
faith on the earth?

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
 
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Getting Unclogged
Written by: Ruth Bell Graham
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I shook it. I knocked it gently, sideways on the top of the desk. I licked a piece of paper and wrote carefully in the moisture. (I can't tell you why this works, but it usually does.) I repeated each procedure without results. Then I carried the pen to the sink, took it apart and carefully flushed out the point. Refilling it, I sat down to write.

How like me, I thought with exasperation.
 
I have mugs full of pens on my desk: ballpoints, felt tips, ink pens-even pencils. But for very fine writing, such as notes in the margin of my Bible, I need a Rapidograph pen.
 
This pen has a needle-fine point and uses India ink, which will not seep through or smear on the thin India paper.
 
How often when God has needed me I have been clogged up (too busy or inundated with things-the necessary giving way to the unnecessary). Or I've gone dry.
 
When that happens, I need a "shaking up," or I need special cleansing. And I need to be filled and refilled and filled again.
 
There have been times when God has patiently and carefully done just that. There have been other times when He has had to pass me over and pick up a pen that was usable.
 
But unlike a pen, I do have a choice. I can decide whether or not I remain usable.
 
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Grandparents
~Author Unknown~
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Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace,
And little more is needed to bring love,
Than the smile on their face.
 
They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear,
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years.
 
I believe that God sent us Grandparents
As our legacy from above
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love.
 
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When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed.  But somehow I always had something else to take care of first -- the shed, the boat, fishing -- always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.

When I arrived home one day, I found her sitting in the tall grass busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will probably walk again but I will always have a limp.

 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - August 2014 +++
 
 
 
The Most and Least Bible Minded Cities in America
www.AmericanBible.org – 01/24/14
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Most Bible-Minded Cities - 2013
Chattanooga, TN
Birmingham, AL
Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
Springfield, MO
Shreveport, LA
Charlotte, NC
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC / Asheville, NC
Little Rock, AR
Jackson, MS
Knoxville, TN

Least Bible-Minded Cities - 2013
Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA
Albany, NY
Boston, MA
San Francisco, CA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Buffalo, NY
Hartford/New Haven, CT
Phoenix, AZ
Burlington, VT
Portland, ME
 
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Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
 
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A Few Thoughts
Written & submitted by: Lela Trotter
 
Homecoming at Mountain View Church will be August 24th this year. Homecoming is a time when people come back to their home church. My mind always goes back to the past when all the people that have passed on were here at Mountain View. I miss them so much. They were so godly and loved their Lord, their family and their church.
 
In the early 1960’s, a couple and their daughter moved into our Church community. Their names were Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson and their daughter was named Joyce. They were a quiet family. They started coming to Mountain View Church. This was a time that we really needed them. Mr. Ferguson became the church Superintendent and the adult class teacher. They even sang without music. They were a real blessing. They were here several years. Then Mr. Ferguson died. He had been reading his Bible. He was a godly man that had gone Home. Mrs. Ferguson moved away and Joyce got married. 
 
I can’t remember all the details but it was in the 1970’s. I was working with a girl and the Ferguson’s name came up in our conversation one day. The girl said she knew them and they used to attend her church. It was a Quaker church. I told her what they did at Mountain View Church and she was stunned. She couldn’t believe it. She said they never said anything at her church. I thought to myself “God can use anyone that will let Him.” I’ll always remember the Ferguson family. They inspired me and others that were at Mountain View Church then.
 
May God bless all of you that allow the Lord to use you! It may be in saying a prayer or may be in filling your place on the bench each Sunday. I want you to know that I love each of you and my prayers are always with you!
 
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Love the people God gave you…. One day He’s gonna need them back.
 
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The Stories behind the Hymns
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Trust and Obey – This song came from the words quoted by a young man giving his testimony. The young man, who knew little about doctrine, spoke volumes to seasoned as well as new believers alike: The young man said, “I'm not quite sure. But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey.” His simple yet profound testimony inspired John Sammis to write the lyrics to the song “Trust and Obey.”
 
Take My Life and Let it Be – This song has stirred many hearts towards a deeper commitment to Christ. Even as Frances Havergal was writing the words, she was motivated to submit more to her Lord. As she wrote the words, Take my voice and let me sing..., she made a decision to give up her career as a concert soloist, and sing only for Him. As she wrote the words Take my silver and my gold..., she made a choice to donate her considerable jewelry collection for the sake of missions.
 
Standing on the Promises – Russell Kelso Carter began to 'stand upon the promises' of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt. Over the course of several months, his strength returned and his heart was completely healed! The hymn Carter had written several years before his healing miracle then became more than words and music to him. “Standing on the Promises” became an integral part of his life.
 
Yes, Jesus Loves Me – Anna Bartlett Warner had written this song for a novel. Two years later it was set to music. It has remained one of the most loved children's songs sung around the world.
 
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Times in my Life
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 
There have been times in my life
When I just didn’t know what to do
Sometimes I’ve felt great hurt
And sometimes I’ve felt terribly blue.
 
Thinking back on times in my life
And of the things I didn’t want to do
I didn’t want Jesus in my life
I know this hurt Him too.
 
But Jesus was always faithful
Many times He spoke to my heart
I’m so glad I answered His call
Never again from Him will I part.
 
In times when I’ve lost my loved ones
I wondered if I could make it through
I learned to trust and lean on Jesus
He’s my best Friend forever too!
 
I know there’s a time coming
When earth’s ties I will sever
I’ll be with Jesus and my loved ones
Enjoying the time of my life forever!
 
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A Hard Goodbye
Written by: Bill Crowder
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When our youngest son joined the Army, we knew that challenges lay ahead. We knew that he would face danger and be tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We also knew that in some ways our home would never fully be his home again. In the months leading up to his departure, my wife and I steeled ourselves for these challenges.
 
Then the day came when Mark had to report. We hugged and said our goodbyes, and then he walked into the recruiting station, leaving me with a moment for which I was decidedly unprepared. The pain of that hard goodbye felt unbearable. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I can’t remember when I have wept as hard as I did that day. The hard goodbye, and the sense of loss it delivered, cut me to the heart.
 
In such moments, I am thankful to have a heavenly Father who knows what it is to be separated from a beloved Son. I am thankful to have a God who is described as “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Ps. 68:5). I believe that if He cares for the orphaned and the widows in their loneliness, He will also care for me and comfort me—even in those moments when I face the struggles that accompany hard goodbyes.
 
When our loved ones say goodbye
And we have to be apart,
God can fill our loneliness
            With His presence in our heart. — Sper
 
Loneliness comes when we forget about the
One who is always with us.
 
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The Praying Hands
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Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this big family, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood.
 
Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.
 
After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by laboring in the mines.
 
They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg.
 
Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works.
 
When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfil his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you."
 
All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No ...no ...no ...no."
 
Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look … look at what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother ... for me it is too late."
 
One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."
 
  
 
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28 Percent of Americans Believe the Bible Is the Literal Word of God
Written by: Yasmine
Hafiz, a Huffington Post article - 06/04/14
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Many debates within Christian theology revolve around the origins of the Bible, who wrote it, the nature of its authority, and its relationship to the Divine. According to a Gallup poll conducted in May, a solid twenty-eight percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal word of God and should be interpreted accordingly.
 
That's a 3% decrease since 2007, when about 1/3 of the United States answered that they believed the Bible was the actual word of God. However, in the late 1970s, 38% to 40% of Americans told Gallup that they believed in the Bible as God's word.
 
 
Today, 47% of Americans consider the Bible to be "the inspired word of God- but not everything in it should be taken literally."
According to Gallup, the aggregate figure means that in America "a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God."
 
 
21% of Americans consider the Bible to be "an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man. That percentage has only been so high once in the history of the survey – and that was just before 2009.
Gallup asked some follow-up questions in a split-sample poll to further investigate the beliefs of people who believe in the Bible as God's word. By providing two potential responses which included the supposition that the Bible is God's actual word, researched determined that out of those who believe in the Bible as God's word, 44% believe that it should be taken literally, word for word, while 56% believe that multiple interpretations are possible. Based on Gallup's 2013 aggregate poll for religion, 76% of America identifies as Christian.
 
 
However, the Bible is considered an important text in some other Abrahamic religions, most notably Judaism and Islam. Accordingly, Gallup analyzed poll results based on whether respondents identified as Christian or non-Christian. They found that 6% of non-Christians believe that the Bible should be interpreted literally as the actual word of God, and 21% considered it the actual word of God with multiple possible interpretations. 19% said they believed it to be inspired by God, while 51% said it was an ancient book of precepts.

Over time, the tendency to take the Bible literally is waning, though it's still a strong source of guidance for a large percentage of the country, concludes Gallup.
 
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The Family Bible
Author Unknown
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Old Brother Higgins built a shelf
For the old family Bible to rest itself,
Lest a sticky finger or a grimy thumb
Might injure the delicate pages some.
He cautioned his children to touch it not,
And it rests there with never a blot,
Though the Higgins tribe were a troublesome lot.
His neighbor, Miggins, built a shelf.
“Come, children,” he said, “and help yourself.”
Now his book is old and ragged and worn,
With some of the choicest pages torn,
Where children have fingered, and thumbed, and read,
But of the Miggins children I’ve heard it said,
That each carries a Bible in his head.

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Three Monkeys
Submitted by: Lela Trotter
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Three monkeys dining once in a coconut tree
 Were discussing some things that they heard true to be.
"What do you think?" "Now listen, you two;
Here, monkeys, is something that cannot be true,
That humans descend from our noble race!
Why, it’s shocking--a terrible disgrace.
Whoever heard of a monkey deserting his wife,
Leaving a baby to starve and ruin its life?
And have you ever known of a mother monk
 To leave her darling with strangers to bunk?
Their babies are handed from one to another,
And some scarcely know the love of a mother.
And I’ve never known a monkey so selfish to be,
As to build a fence around a coconut tree,
So other monkeys can‘t get a wee taste,
But would let all the coconuts there go to waste.
Why, if I'd put a fence around this coconut tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
And here is another thing a monkey won’t do:
Seek a cocktail parlor and get on a stew.
Carouse and go on a whoopee disgracing his life,
Then reel madly home and beat up his wife.
They call this all pleasure and make a big fuss--
THEY’VE DESCENDED FROM SOMETHING,
BUT CERTAINLY NOT FROM US!!!" 
 
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We were created to give God the glory.
 
One act of kindness may teach more about the love of God than many sermons.
Our salvation is secure because God does the holding. 
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History of the American Flag
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For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It's been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And the American Flag has been a prominent icon in our national history. Here are the highlights of its unique past. 
On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed American forces under George Washington's control. On that New Year's Day the Continental Army was laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton). 
In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag. 
On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." 
Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state. 
    Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
    Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
    Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 - established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
    Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
    Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically. 
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
 
 
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Pledge to the American Flag
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 
 
Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one brotherhood, uniting all Christians in service and in love. 
 
Pledge to the Bible
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy word, and will make it a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path, and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God. 
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Ready to Re-Up?
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 
My sister Sandy and I were getting in an early walk at the Mall. We were both getting tired so we sat down on one of the benches to rest. We were busy talking when a man walked along in front of us and asked, “Are you getting ready to re-up?” I wondered what in the world he was talking about. I looked up and saw that we had sat down on the bench right in front of the Armed Forces Career Center. I responded back, “They called us last night and said they really needed us. We got here as quick as we could this morning before they change their minds.” I think how silly Sandy and I, both of us senior citizens now, must have looked sitting right in front of the recruitment center before it had even opened. It still gives me a good chuckle when I think about it. 
 
I never served in the military but I have tremendous respect and gratitude for those who have so honorably served America. We wouldn’t have the freedom we have today had it not been for the brave men and women who were willing to serve their country. My daddy was 18 years old when he was drafted into the Army during World War II. He served in a tanker battalion in Germany. He had many painful memories of the war. He shared a few of these with me and I realized how horrible the war really was for him. I’ll always be proud of Daddy and the service he gave during WWII to help keep America a free nation.
 
I thank God that I’m an American. My country will always hold a special place in my heart. Even though America has many big problems today, I still wouldn’t trade America for any other country in this world. I’m glad I live where I still have the religious freedom to worship when and where I please. I enlisted in the Lord’s army many years ago and I’ve never regretted it. I’ll never have to worry about being too old to serve in God’s army either. I’m proud to re-up in His army and I’m ready to serve Him as long as I live! He’s given me the greatest retirement plan and He’s guaranteed it for all eternity!
 
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Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Written & submitted by:Richard Lewallen
 
I’m sure you’ve heard this statement before and it’s a true statement too. In nature, the birds tend to stay with their own kind. The starlings stay with the starlings and the robins with the robins. If you ever see geese flying over in a V formation, there is nothing in that formation except geese. 
The statement that you are known by the company you keep is so true, even in nature. Even an old drunk likes to have a drinking buddy. The friends we keep and the people we tend to hang around speak volumes for what kind of person we are. Today we have so many alcoholics, drug addicts, and others with messed up lives, simply because they have chosen the wrong friends to hang around and be influenced by. 
 
Nothing can be more devastating than for a person, especially a young person, to get tied in with the wrong crowd, and then try to fit in with a crowd they really don’t belong to. Nothing is needed more than the right friend. The song states it so true, “What a friend we have in Jesus.” He is the friend the whole world needs today. Jesus is the One we belong to. He is the One we need to pair up with. Jesus said to His own chosen people, the Jews, and I believe He said it also to you and me in the following verses in the Bible:
 
Matthew 23: 37-39 (KJV)
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.