A Letter on True Patriotism

Dear Friend:

Allow me to say that it excites both my wonder and concern that a Christian minister such as yourself should think it worth his while to attempt political reforms. When I look around upon the present state of the nation, such an attempt appears to me to be no less vain and foolish, than it would be to paint the cabin—while the ship is sinking! Or to decorate the parlor—while the house is on fire!

When our Lord Jesus was upon earth, He refused to get involved in disputes or politics, “Friend, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:14) “My kingdom is not of this world! If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight!” (John 18:36). God’s children belong to a kingdom which is not of this world; they are strangers and pilgrims upon earth, and a part of their Scriptural character is that they are the “quiet in the land.” (Psalm 35:20)

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You won't find those here . . .

Good's Store

An interesting thing happened last month here in Lancaster County. The day was September 11, and an apparently patriotic elderly gentleman went into Good’s Store looking to purchase a few new flags to adorn his lawn—as a kind of “9-11” memorial. When he couldn’t find any flags in the store, he asked one of the sales clerks why they didn’t have any flags. He didn’t like the answer! In a statement to the Lancaster newspaper, the man reported:

“After looking for some time, I inquired as to where they (US Flags) were kept. The clerk and then the manager’s answer astounded me. I was told, ‘… we don’t sell those here and we never will’. ‘You won’t find THOSE here ...’ the little girl at the register said as she wrinkled her nose. I was confused, so I pressed further and asked why. I was told firmly by the manager ... ‘We are a conservative Christian store and we don’t take sides; having American flags does that.’

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Coals of Fire in Siuna

Coals of fire

If you were robbed more times than you have fingers, what would you do if you finally had a chance to visit your robbers?

I looked straight into the lead robber’s eyes. His gaze didn’t flinch. “I want you to know that I love you and forgive you.”

Did he understand why I was there? What would he do if he got out of prison, now that he knew I knew who he was?

About a month before, three robbers had held up a bus in broad daylight just outside of Siuna (about 100 kilometers east of Waslala, Nicaragua). After releasing the bus, the robbers had changed their clothes, hidden their guns in their backpacks, and nonchalantly caught a ride to Siuna on a truck. They thought no one would recognize them. They were from faraway Waslala. But a boy from the robbed bus caught a ride on the same truck and recognized the robbers. Once they arrived at Siuna, the boy ran to the police station and reported it. The police caught the guys, who still had the stolen money on them.

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Satan’s Weapons of Mass Destruction



We are nonresistant in
earthly warfare, but we
dare not be nonresistant in
the spiritual! We must press
the battle to the very gates of
and deprive Satan of the victims he so desires.

Is Christ the Rock of your salvation? In I Corinthians 10 Paul calls Christ a Spiritual Rock. And in Palms 95:1 David calls the Lord the Rock of his salvation. God often uses similitude or allegories to help us to remember things of importance. Christ is our sacrificial lamb, His word is seed for the sower, our sword is the Bible, our faith is our shield, and on and on. I believe He does this to help us to remember, to help it stick in our minds.

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The Test Luke 12:8-9

In our lives we brush shoulders with the world almost every day—a world that is lost. A world that, in almost every aspect of its culture and existence, defies God, and works against His holy will. This “spirit” of the world is not only consistently doing this to Him, but also seeks to distract, divert, and ultimately destroy the Christian.

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Let’s Try it GOD’S WAY

Retreating armyThe citizens of Feldkirch, Austria, didn’t know what to do. Napoleon’s massive army was preparing to attack.

Soldiers had been spotted on the heights above the little town, which was situated on the Austrian border. A council of citizens was hastily summoned to decide whether they should try to defend themselves or display the white flag of surrender. It happened to be Easter Sunday, and the people had gathered in the local church. The pastor rose and said, “Friends, we have been counting on our own strength, and apparently that has failed. As this is the day of our Lord’s resurrection, let us just ring the bells, have our services as usual, and leave the matter in His hands. We know only our weakness, and not the power of God to defend us.” The council accepted his plan and the church bells rang. The enemy, hearing the sudden peal, concluded that the Austrian army had arrived during the night to defend the town. Before the service ended, the enemy broke camp and left.

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Heaven's Patriot

“The Biblical term ‘the kingdom of heaven’ does as clearly denote an actual empire as the term ‘the United States of America’ speaks of an actually existing state; the local difference being that the latter is divided from England by a stretch of water, and that the former is located in the heavens. Of that heavenly empire God is the Sovereign, and hence it is also called ‘the kingdom of God.’ Of its angelic rulers, officers, subjects, and soldiers, and their doings, Scripture speaks positively and largely; as well as its administration and of its dominating influence over the affairs of men and nations on earth….

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