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?/?/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 4


Darkness searches for what it cannot find.
Encouragement has always been the juice propelling advancement.

5. James Monroe (1817-1825)

“The best form of government is that which is
most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.”

There is a price tag on human liberty. That price is the willingness
to assume the responsibilities of being free men. Payment
of this price is a personal matter with each of us.”

... you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death,
or of obedience leading to righteousness? ~ Romans 6:15-16


“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society,
he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.
And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we
are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as
well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.”

“During the darkest days of the Revolutionary War,
the Continental Congress and George Washington - I call him
the first George W. - (laughter and applause) - urged citizens
to pray and to give thanks and to ask for God's protection.”


Remember how short my time is; For what futility have
You created all the children of men? ... ~ Psalms 89:47-48


Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl
is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 12:6


Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me, ... ~ Isaiah 46:9


"Remember therefore how you have received and heard;
hold fast and repent. ..." ~ Revelation 3:3


The test of all civilizations is whether they remember those events
occurring both distant and near in the magnitudes of time and space.
Apathy and indifference lead to weakened citizens subjugated by the
broken ties where love’s strength evaporates upon social despair.


6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this:
it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of
civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of a nation
is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a
leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that
the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on
the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the
cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
~ Proverbs 14:34


“The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the
Bible. I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you,
Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all
ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice
or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small
portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be
intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity.”

... they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures
daily to find out whether these things were so. ~ Acts 17:11


“The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God.
It contains the history of the creation of the world, and of mankind.”

“The Sermon on the Mount commands me to lay up for myself
treasures, not upon earth, but in Heaven. My hopes of a
future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ.”

“There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the
foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second
is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of
rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve
either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience,
he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The
laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death,
but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.”

Harmony can only be found from within
→ The foundation of all morality
       1) The existence of God
       2) The immortality of the human soul
       3) A future state of rewards & punishments

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
~ 1st Corinthians 15:33


“THE Gospel of Christ not only differs from all other systems of religion in
the superior excellence of the truths it reveals, but also in the directions it
gives for the propagation of its doctrines. Other systems seek to advance
themselves by invoking the aid of the secular power, and by forcing men,
against their convictions, to accept a theory repugnant to their views.
They have thus succeeded in thronging their temples with hypocritical
worshippers, bound to their altars through fear and slavish dread. These
systems, in order to maintain themselves, find it necessary to proscribe
and persecute all who differ from them, either in their articles of belief
or mode of worship. But the Gospel of Christ, though it is the infallible
truth of God, expressly prohibits a resort to any such measures for its
advancement. It not only teaches its adherents to utterly abandon the
use of carnal weapons for its propagation, but it also charges them not
to proscribe those who may differ in their views or mode of worship. This
principle is directly expressed in the text and its connection. The teaching
of the Savior has been violated, however, even by his professed followers;
and, in the name of the meek and lowly Jesus, men have gone forth with
proscription, oppression, and persecution, to advance their own opinions,
and crush out that liberty of thought, and those rights of conscience
vouchsafed to man by his Maker, and the free exercise of which is
alone compatible with his personal accountability.”

... we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than
what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. ... ~ Galatians 1:8-9


“...he [Muhammad] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war,
as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind ...
The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all
who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.”

“Of all persecuted sects, the Baptists stand forth as most prominent,
simply and only because they aim at a more complete and thorough
reform than any others ever attempted. They teach that Christ's
kingdom is not of this world; that the church is not a national,
political, or provincial establishment; but a congregation of holy
men, separated from the world by the receiving of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. ... ~ John 18:36

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
~ Acts 2:38


God's Plan redeems through Christ

Receive the gift
of the Holy Spirit



 
Repent
——————————
baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ
= Remission
of sins
 
 

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views
beyond the comprehension of the weak, and that it is doing
God’s service when it is violating all His laws.”

“They taught that the church of which Jesus is the Head, was a spiritual
organization, composed not of those who came into it by hereditary
descent, but of those who were born of the Spirit. But, there has been a
departure from these principles; and organizations now exist, under the
designation of Christian churches, which aim to unite the church and the
world, and introduce the impious, and ungodly, and profane, into Christ's
kingdom – thus reversing his declaration, that his "kingdom is not of this
world." Against this innovation Baptists strenuously protest. We announce,
then, as the Second Feature of the reform in which Baptists are engaged,
THE RESTORATION OF THE SPIRITUALITY OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.”

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles
of the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Colossians 2:8


... by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
~ Proverbs 28:1-2


“The Lord saw fit to lead me some time by simple faith—a childlike
dependence on the Word of God. And then, when I was emptied of self, I
was filled with glory and with God. For the first time in my life, my soul was
continually satisfied. My need was all supplied. Oh, the fullness of Jesus!
I was saved, fully saved from sin. Years have passed since I received
from the Lord the blessing I sought of him—entire sanctification. During
that time, oh, what a change has taken place in me. I am no longer the
desponding, unhappy creature I was. I do not now grow weary of life. I
love to have the will of God done; and as long as he sees fit to keep me
here, I am willing to stay. Surely, I am a wonderful “miracle of grace.” The
Lord has indeed done great things for me, whereof I am glad. I have often
thought I was a poor, unworthy creature, but I have never known my
unworthiness as I know it now. Oh, how I have been led to loathe myself;
and how I have sunk in self-abasement at the foot of the cross, completely
overwhelmed with a view of self. And oh, how sweet to have Jesus take
me, and wash me in his own precious blood, and realize that I am
cleansed. Oh, how fully Jesus does save. My greatest desire now, is to
live for Jesus; to glorify him by my looks, my actions, my walk, and even
the tones of my voice. I am led to see my own weakness more and more
each day, and this leads me to look to Jesus each moment. And when, in
view of my vileness, I am led to exclaim: “Every moment, Lord, I need,
The merit of Thy death,” I can, by divine grace, triumphantly add :
“Every moment, Lord, I have The merit of Thy death.” I am, indeed,
A poor sinner, and nothing at all, But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

... but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20


“Heaven has given to every human being the power of
controlling his passions, and if he neglects or loses it,
the fault is his own, and he must be answerable for it.”

“Whenever vanity and gaiety, a love of pomp and dress, furniture,
equipage, buildings, great company, expensive diversions, and
elegant entertainments get the better of the principles and judgments
of men and women, there is no knowing where they will stop, nor
into what evils, natural, moral, or political, they will lead us.”

... God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what
you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it. ~ 1st Corinthians 10:13


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.”

“It was the special purpose of Christ's appearance
upon earth to bring immortality to light.”

... by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and
brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 1:10


In times of uncertainty common sense can at best be elusive.
As warring factions move on deceptions hide sought after truths.
Decency has always been a hope stolen, by oppressive power
mongers, afflicting the meek. Privilege among God shines with
His loyal angels and obedient saints who share in declared
noble given gifts and or qualities, no matter the
condition created by man’s failings.


Emotions alone cannot defend against truth
Liberty involves responsibility over careless mayhem
All pray & give thanks & ask for God's protection
The Bible is the best book for the revival of humanity
Morality is set up by God’s existence and immortality
Coming judgment of good and bad tempers decency
False religion employs the secular to enforce tyranny
Opinions of man violate God’s call for godly morality
God’s congregation = those receiving the Holy Spirit
Power blinds those from seeing the meek’s wisdom
Christ’s kingdom holds those born of spirit
Ultimate devotion yields to the love of Jesus
Self-Control is heaven’s test all must answer to
Salvation from sin comes by following Jesus

Hearts are filled by what they desire
Darkness is where no lines meet




 

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