New Freedom

From Exodus 19:5:  “ Now, therefore, if you obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is Mine.”

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Obeying God’s law

All shall fall short

Darkness consumes

Flesh’s evil tort

 

Sowing falsehood’s seeds

Emptiness reigns

Corruption rules

Flesh’s sinful chains

 

Witnessing Jesus

Calvary’s death

Covenant breaks

Flesh’s final breath

 

Praising Risen Lord

New freedom’s call

Harvest ready

Grace building faith’s wall

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From Galatians 6:14-15:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to Me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything!”

Bob Marley Quotes

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Better to die fighting for freedom than to be a prisoner all the days of your life.

Judge not, before you judge yourself.

Bob Marley (1945-1981) was a Jamaican-born singer, songwriter, and musician.  His unique and pioneering musical talents shared many inspiring songs.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a Founding Father of the United States.  He served his nation as a prominent statesman and effective diplomat.  

John Rawls Quotes

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A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.

Religious faith is an important aspect of American culture and a fact of American political life.

John Rawls (1921-2002) is an American political philosopher.  Some of his writings emphasize the concept of “justice as fairness.”

Faith’s Devotion (Elfchen Series #98)

Enduring

Inviting

Each generation

Into God’s story

From bondage to freedom

Faithfulness

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Embarking

Overcoming

Daily trials

Recalling Bible’s truth

Pilgrimage with our Savior

Faithfulness

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Believing

Surrounding

Life’s rhythm

Knowing and trusting

Word of our Lord

Faithfulness

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life.

From Romans 6:6:  “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.”

Distant Land

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Nation’s outstretched hand

Shaping distant land

 

Trade benefits both

Bringing steady growth

 

Prosperity’s health

Welcoming new wealth

 

Benevolence molds

Filling now with cold

 

This mighty power

Seeing its plans sour

 

Citizens lack voice

Having little choice

 

Uproar fuels action

Bringing reaction

 

Hostile clouds amass

Reaching dark impasse

 

Big brother nation

Facing frustration

 

Rebels gather ‘round

Fading common ground

 

More Redcoats arrive

Gathering beehive

 

Independence shouts

Calling freedom out

 

Colonists stand firm

Battling to affirm

 

Mother country’s heart

Tearing self apart

 

British might stands down

Watching its meltdown

 

America stands

Molding freedom’s hands

 

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Throughout history, many nations have attempted to mold and shape other lands into their own image.  Terms such as imperialism, colonization, and nation building sometimes come to mind.  It is worth noting that the British attempted to establish a foothold on the American continent starting in 1607.  By the mid-1770s, their plans for a continuing American empire were crumbling.  Few, if any other nations, have learned from this lesson in history . . . America included.

Undaunted Spirit

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Born to serve freedom

America lives

Liberty’s fabric

Lasting spirit gives

 

Nation remembers

Forefather’s boldness

Valley Forge unites

Despite war’s coldness

 

New country now born

Republic takes shape

Independence sings

Brave sovereign’s landscape

 

Young democracy

Learns from stumbling steps

Imperfect Union

Overcomes missteps

 

Legacy passed down

Each generation

Diverse history

Building one nation

 

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From the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union . . . .”

Nelson Mandela Quotes

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.

Nelson Mandela overcame oppression and imprisonment to become President of South Africa (1994-1999).  His unwavering opposition to the nation’s policy of apartheid led to much change in his beloved country.