If you would permit me, may I quote?
“…And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
Those words were not rhetoric for a speech for the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Of those 56 men who signed it, five were captured by the British and tortured before they died; twelve had their homes sacked, looted, and occupied by the enemy.
For example, Thomas Nelson Jr. at the Battle of Yorktown had his home taken over by the British General Cornwallis. Nelson quietly urged General Washington to open fire on the home anyway. It was destroyed. Nelson died a pauper.
Nine of the signers died in that war, and two lost their sons to it.
Carter Braxton, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas. He died in rags.
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Miracle of Independence
In 1789 as he became our nationâ€™s first president, George Washington said the following:
“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”
My friends, America and her freedom have been and are cradled in the hands of God. Now this week we will celebrate the 4th of July. But if you wouldnâ€™t mind, may I tell you the circumstances of a certain historical July 2nd that gives all the meaning and heart to this wonderful holiday?
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People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within. –Elizabeth Kubler-Ros
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up. — Oliver Wendell Holmes.
The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to “create” rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. –Justice William J. Brennan, 1982
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do. –William Blake
In 1836, Texas proclaimed its independence from Mexico… I don’t think it worked.
Star Spangled Banner
August 24th, 1814, Washington D.C.: The capitol buildings of the United States of America burned so brightly that the citizens of Baltimore 40 miles away could see them. In horror they watched the city burn, and knew the British would come there next.
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SOME MIXED THOUGHTS FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope. –William Shakespeare, Act III, Scene I, Measure for Measure
You see things: you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were: and say ‘Why not?’ — George Bernard Shaw
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. — Napoleon Hill
As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
— Marian Anderson
Do not take thought for your persons or your properties, but first and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. — Socrates
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. — John F. Kennedy
When a finger points to the moon the imbecile looks at the finger. — Chinese proverb
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A Father’s Prayer
General Douglas MacArthur
I donâ€™t believe there is a day that goes by but what I am reminded, as a father, of the great, awesome, and inescapable responsibility it is to be a father. I am keenly aware that I will be held strictly accountable for my actions in relation to my family. Therefore, it is my constant prayer that my children will cherish what I cherish, and serve as I have tried to serve. I donâ€™t believe that Iâ€™m alone as a father in such sentiments. Years ago these lines were penned by General Douglas MacArthur. They are classic, and where he refers to son, I would add “daughter” as well. He said:
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud of unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
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We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. — Edward R. Murrow, journalist (1908-1965)
There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? — Dick Cavett, mocking the TV-violence debate
Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. — Mahatma Gandhi
Hope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath and say, “Yes,” and hope will reappear. — Monroe Forester
The Insights Of Average People – Being Average
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Freedom is based on truth, and no man is completely free as long as any part of his belief is based on error, for the chains of error bind his mind. —– N. Eldon Tanner
A society that continually permits anything will lose everything. —– Neal A. Maxwell
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. —– Thomas Paine
More Men Of Insight
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Thoughts From People With Real Insight:
This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. –Western Union internal memo, 1876
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. –Ken Olson, Founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
Wow — What leadership these people possessed.
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Serve Thy Mother
You know, there are only three known references to Jesusâ€™ direct interactions with His mother after His public ministry began. These references are very enlightening.
The Saviorâ€™s ministry has just begun. He returns to Galilee from His baptism at Jordan, and His temptation experience in the Judean wilderness. He comes with His disciples to a wedding feast at Cana. It may well have been a member of His family getting married since it was Mary who was in charge of the feast — we really donâ€™t know. But during the course of the festivities, they run out of wine. Mary comes to Jesus in her need and says to her son, “… They have no wine.” (John 2:3)
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A BRAIN, A HEART, AND COURAGE TO GUIDE US
Pressure and stress are unavoidable facts of life. It is how we handle them
that makes them positive or negative. When the heat is on, do we see it as
a refiner’s fire or just let it burn us out?
In the movie “The Wizard of Oz?” Dorothy found herself traveling a
road that led through an unfamiliar world. She encountered many challenges
and problems, but she also found three friends to share the journey and
help her find her way home -a Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and a Lion. The youth of today are in much the same situation as Dorothy. Trying to
follow a straight and narrow path through a world filled with opposition
and “wicked witches.”
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