John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

We continue our series on American Presidents and Prayer with John Adam and Thomas Jefferson. John Adams, the Second President issued a prayer proclamation in which he declared, “The safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God.” Adams called “the national acknowledgment of this truth…an indispensable…

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The Joy of Fearing God

We have forgotten that it is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31 KJV). The idea doesn’t play well in our culture. It didn’t some 300 years ago, when Edwards preached on the theme – and the reality of ‘the fear of God’ sparked a Great Awakening. New…

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Fear of God is Sovereign Respect

One of the unique features of Christianity and Judaism among world religions is the idea that God is to be feared. Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, considered the fear of the Lord to be among seven gifts of the Spirit, the others being – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety. The “Novena to the Holy…

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Liberty in the Fear of God

The U.S. Constitution was the product of a constitution-making tradition that reached back to the charters of the original colonies as well as to the states, and from there, the tradition found roots in the biblical covenant itself. In Jamestown, the first representative government met in their church building, and opened with prayer. The guiding…

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Let Freedom Ring

Charles baron de Montesquieu was an advocate of the separation of powers in government and one of the world’s foremost political thinkers. Of all the sources that the Founders could have cited, he is next to the Bible, quoted 8.3 percent of the time (1 of 12 quotes, came from him). He was not a…

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More Markers of Genuine Faith

A PERSON OF PRAYER – EVIDENCED BY COMMUNION WITH GOD A life of prayer is another characteristic of a genuine disciple. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us,…

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The Markers of Genuine Faith

Last week we discussed the true definition of a Christian. So what is the criteria for knowing that someone is indeed, in the faith? BEHAVIORAL- EVIDENTIAL First, it is behavioral. In Mt. 7, Jesus charges, it is “not the one who says, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but he that does the will of the Father.” In 1…

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Four Warnings – Part 2

A continuation from last week’s blog which outlined two of the ‘four warnings’: 1. Beware: Backsliding Zone Ahead and 2. Take Heed: Practice Fatigues Required. 3. DANGER: FALSE PROPHETS AND FRUITLESS TREE ZONE The same passage urges that we “beware of false prophets … in sheep’s clothing” who are “inwardly … ravenous wolves” (Mt. 7:15).…

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