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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

Section 5.—The Sabbath Reform.
The subject of the observance of the Sabbath prominently occupied the attention of the churches after the opening of this century [1800s]. During the period of general infidelity and demoralization of manners, at the close of the last century, this sacred institution suffered serious harm. In the new communities along the frontier the Sabbath was generally disregarded and often practically unknown. The first missionaries in western New York, Ohio, Michigan, and other new States, testified that the Sabbath was only a day of amusement, spent in horse-racing and dissipation; that stores were opened as on other days, and that it was not distinguishable from other days, except, perhaps, by an excess of wickedness. In the
older States, although there were few instances of open excesses or public trade, yet there was a serious disregard of the sacredness of the day, and a growing laxity in its observance. Even the general government was party to its public desecration….

On the 27th of November, 1844, a National Sabbath Convention was held in Baltimore, attended by upward of seventeen hundred delegates from eleven different States, Hon. John Quincy Adams [former President] presiding. This convention adopted with great unanimity” twenty resolutions expressive of their sense of the sacredness, the divine authority, the obligations, and the benefits of the Sabbath, and also three able and forcible public appeals for the true and proper observance of the day—one to the people of the United States, one
to all Canal Commissioners, and one to railroad directors.

Christianity in the United States: From the First Settlements Down to the Present Age, 1887 book by Daniel Dorchester, D.D., pages 473, 476.

Daniel Dorchester (1827-1907) was an American Methodist clergyman, superintendent of United States Indian schools, was a writer and preacher of wide influence, an able leader in temperance reform and other movements for social betterment, and the leading religious statistician of his time. Wesleyan University granted him the degrees of Master of Arts in 1856 and Doctor of Divinity in 1874. At the age of 28 he was elected to the state Senate from Mystic, Connecticut. Here he served with distinction, being chairman of the Committee on Idiocy, the preparation of its report leading to permanent sociological interest. In 1882 he was elected to the Massachusetts legislature from Natick, where he was chairman of the Constitutional Amendment Committee, at the same time serving as president of the Non-Partisan Temperance League. On December 5, 1889, he was appointed by President Harrison superintendent of Indian Schools of the United States.

Benjamin Rush, an eminent physician and philanthropist, and one of the immortal men who signed the Declaration of Independence, was as eminent as a Christian as he was distinguished for his influence in the councils of the country.
“My arguments in favor of the use of the Bible as a school-book are founded, first, in the constitution of the human mind. The memory is the first faculty which opens in the minds of children. Of how much consequence, then, must it be to impress it with the great truths of Christianity before it is pre-occupied with less interesting subjects!”

Cartoons from Townhall

Links: websites I check

AmericanMinute.com

WorldNetDaily

Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Townhall.com

Todd Starnes

 

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling. (2 Corinthians 5:1-2 ESV)

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

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19 ESV)

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13 ESV)

 

When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. (1 Samuel 5:1-4 ESV)

 

On this date in history

Aug. 18

1572: Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.

1587: Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.

1590: John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.

1864: American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern – Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.

1870: Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.