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Fast and pray for America.


O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. (Daniel 9:8)

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).

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12) We can’t lose. They can’t win.

“And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.” (Judges 2:12)

The Lord has removed the hedge protecting our nation.


Why I Am a Christian: My Testimony

During this era [1500s] in Europe, whatever a king believed, his kingdom had to believe. There was little freedom of conscience, as governments dictated the religious beliefs of citizens and persecuted those believing differently. After Martin Luther began the Reformation in 1517, about 15 percent of France soon became Protestant Huguenots, who were persecuted by the government. This escalated into the Wars of Religion.

The origins of this go back to France’s Catholic King Francis I having contempt for the Catholic Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Spain. Francis I did the unimaginable — he made an alliance with the Muslim Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent. This was the first time a European monarch made such an alliance with a Muslim power, resulting in calls being made for Francis I to be excommunicated. France and the Ottoman Turkish Empire joined in an alliance, laying siege to Marseille in 1543, bombarding the city of Nice, raiding the Italian coast, and invading Eastern Europe. Read the rest.

Boston, 1774.

REVEREND AND DEAR BRETHREN:

Published 1864

Your very affectionate and obliging letter of June 22, 1774, was communicated to us at a time when we greatly needed the encouragement of our Christian friends.

You justly suppose that when Boston is treated with such unprecedented cruelty, and involved in the deepest distress, a heavy load must be upon the ministers of religion in that unhappy town. We have consoled ourselves with the thought that we are suffering in the common cause of America—in the cause of civil liberty, with which religious liberty hath a very close connection. All circumstances seem to make it evident that we are not mistaken in this view of things. It gives us the highest satisfaction to find that the sentiments of others are conformable to our own ; especially to know that this is the opinion of so wise and venerable a body as the General Association of Connecticut….

While we think we have a right to complain to Heaven and earth of the cruel oppression we are under, we ascribe righteousness to God, We deserve every thing from him, and he punishes us less than our iniquities deserve. We earnestly entreat the continuance of your addresses to Him who heareth prayer, that he would humble, pardon, and bless us.

Our own distresses by no means employ all our attention. We are more deeply affected with the general danger of our country than with our own difficulties. We encourage ourselves in that glorious Being who hath ever been the hope of his Israel and the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, and who hath so often and so wonderfully appeared for this people. We are sinful and degenerate, but we trust there are many who have not forsaken God, and for whose sake he will not forsake us. If there had been ten righteous found in Sodom, the city had not been destroyed. And will not God have regard to the many thousands in this land, who walk uprightly before him, and who continually implore his favor to their distressed country?

The surprising union of the colonies at this day affords the strongest grounds of encouragement; and their spirited measures cannot, according to a human view of things, fail of success sooner or later. We are sensible, at the same time, that all depends on Him who is the great Governor of the world. It is an inexhaustible source of comfort that the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. To him we refer all, in full confidence that he will do all things well. We devoutly wish you the presence of the great Head of the Church in all your labors for the honor of God and the good of men, and are,

With the sincerest gratitude and respect, your brethren, &c..

Signed Andrew Elliot.

Rev. Benjamin F. Morris’ 1864 book The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. You can read it here.

Christians in American History

American Christian Rulers: Or Religion and Men of Government: Comprising Sketches in American History of Men of Christian Faith and Experience, 1890 book by Edward J. Giddings. You can read it here.

Cartoons from Townhall

Websites I check

AmericanMinute.com

WorldNetDaily

Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Townhall.com

Todd Starnes

Wall Builders by David Barton

Wall Builders Historical Documents

Founders Online National Archives: Correspondence and Other Writings of Seven Major Shapers of the United States: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. Over 184,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.

“Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
    for you brought these judgments.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
    and you have given them blood to drink.
It is what they deserve!” (Revelation 16:5-6 ESV)

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The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. (Revelation 16:8-9 ESV)

http://www.amerisearch.net/american_minute.php

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds. (Revelation 16:10-11 ESV)

And great hailstones, about one hundred poundseach, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe. (Revelation 16:21 ESV)

 

On this date in history

Nov. 26

1778: In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui.

1789: A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

1863: President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November (since 1941, on the fourth Thursday).

1939: Shelling of Mainila: The Soviet Army orchestrates the incident which is used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.

1943: World War II: HMT Rohna sunk by the Luftwaffe in an air attack in the Mediterranean north of Béjaïa, Algeria.

1944: World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth’s shop on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers.

1944: World War II: Germany begins V-1 and V-2 attacks on Antwerp, Belgium.

1950: Korean War: Troops from the People’s Republic of China launch a massive counterattack in North Korea against South Korean and United Nations forces (Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River and Battle of Chosin Reservoir), ending any hopes of a quick end to the conflict.

1965: In the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant-A rocket with its first satellite, Asterix-1 on board, becoming the third country to enter outer space.

1968: Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire and is later awarded the Medal of Honor.