Fast and pray for America.

We need to pray for revival, a Third Great Awakening — that God would pour out His Holy Spirit and work repentance and revival in our land and give us the knowledge and fear of the Lord.

Fast and pray for America: Our Founding Fathers called numerous fasts. Christians should fast and confess personal and national sins in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name 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 (ESV).

Why I Am a Christian

28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed in Nigeria: Parents reunite with sons and daughters at Bethel high school, yet more than 80 children remain with Kaduna kidnappers.

Rev. Benjamin F. Morris’ 1864 book The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. Purchase it from American Vision.

Education, next to the Christian religion, is an indispensable element of republican institutions, the basis upon which all free governments must rest. The state must rest upon the basis of religion, and it must preserve this basis, or itself must fall. But the support which religion gives to the state will obviously cease the moment religion looses its hold upon the popular mind. The very fact that the state must have religion as a support for its own authority demands that some means for teaching religion be employed. Better for it to give up all other instruction than that religion should be disregarded in its schools. The state itself has a more vital interest in this continued influence of religion over its citizens than in their culture in any other respect.”
Christian education, from the very beginning of the New England colonies, engaged the attention of the Puritans, and ample provisions were made for the instruction of all the children and youth in every branch of human and divine know ledge. This, indeed, was one object they had in coming to the New World. Cotton Mather, in presenting the considerations
for the plantation of the colonies, says : “The schools of learning and religion are so corrupted as (besides the unsupportable charge of education) most children, even the best and wittiest, and of the fairest hopes, are perverted, corrupted, and utterly overthrown by the multitude of evil examples and licentious behavior in these seminaries.”

From the American Minute by Bill Federer

President James Buchanan wrote December 19, 1859: “When a market for African slaves shall no longer be furnished in Cuba Christianity and civilization may gradually penetrate
the existing gloom.”

President Ulysses S. Grant stated December 2, 1872: “Slavery in Cuba is … a terrible evil … It is greatly to be hoped that … Spain will voluntarily adopt … emancipation … in sympathy with the other powers of the Christian and civilized world.”
President Grant said December 1, 1873: “Several thousand persons illegally held as slaves in Cuba. The slaveholders of Havana … are vainly striving to stay the march of ideas which has terminated slavery in Christendom, Cuba only excepted.”

From the American Minute by Bill Federer

Concentration camps were expanded during America’s Civil War, where 215,000 Southerners were held — 26,000 dying in captivity; and 195,000 Northerners held — 30,000 dying in
captivity, such as in the Andersonville Camp.

Britain, during the Second Boer War, 1899-1902, forced both White and Black South Africans into concentration camps.

On April 20, 1898, Congress wrote: “The abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the Island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization … Resolved … the people of the Island of Cuba are, and of right ought to be, free.”

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24:5-7 ESV)

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” (Psalm 67:1-3)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)

And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27 ESV)

From the Life Application Bible: “Using God’s name frivolously or in a curse is so common today that we may fail to realize how serious it is. The way we use God’s name conveys how we really feel about him. We should respect his name and use it appropriately, speaking it in praise or worship rather than in curse or jest. We should not take lightly the abuse or dishonor of his name.”

Lower casing his name or the abbreviation omg doesn’t make it any less evil. Saying L-rd or L-ordy or other such words is taking God’s name in vain.

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain?

by Matt Slick

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain,” (Exodus 20:7).

God commands us to use his name properly.

To take the Lord’s name in vain means to use it in a manner that is not reverent. The phrase “the Lord’s name” includes words such as “God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” and “Christ.” These words are never to be used in any form of exclamation, swearing, or disrespect such as “Oh my ***.” They are always and only supposed to be used in a manner that glorifies God.

Secular society has perfected using God’s name in vain in movies and TV. It is so common to say “Oh my ***” in the entertainment media that Christians can easily become calloused and indifferent to the blatant violation of God’s word in this regard. Christians are not to use any phrase or expression of the name of God that does not show honor and respect to God.

From What Happened Today In History

July 31, 904: Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city.

July 31, 1492: The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect.

July 31, 1498: On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.

July 31, 1703: Daniel Defoe [of England] is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers. In 1702, Daniel Defoe a born and bred dissenter, wrote a satirical pamphlet called The Shortest Way with the Dissenters advocating death for papists and nonconformists. Unfortunately for Defoe, a lot of people took it seriously.

July 31, 1777: The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Marquis de Lafayette “be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States.”

July 31, 1919: German national assembly adopts the Weimar Constitution, which comes into force on August 14.

July 31, 1932: The NSDAP (Nazi Party) wins more than 38 percent of the vote in German elections.

July 31, 1971: Apollo program: Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.