(1) Our Testimony
Hello, welcome to our site! If you don’t know us personally, we’re a family of 11 (Dad and Mom + 5 girls & 4 boys !) living in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our life is based on home. We have home church, home births, home school, home garden, home orchard, etc. Having such a large family is not always easy, but it is such a blessing that we would not give it up for anything!
Hal Stanley, our loving father, is a “semi-retired” pastor with an ever-growing passion for the Word, and every Sunday morning we have a church service at home. Sometimes other families attend, sometimes we are alone. We ourselves have devotions (to God, his Word, and each other) twice a day every day, in the evenings and mornings. If you are interested in attending Sunday services, you are more than welcome to join us! For details on our church schedule and location, please email us at email@example.com.
Note: We are still doing a lot of work on this site and learning to record Dad’s sermons. We haven’t had much experience with microphones and recordings and such things- but we are working on ‘standardizing’ the process. So if there are a lot of inconsistencies in quality, volume and such things, please excuse it- it will eventually get polished up.
For now, thanks for visiting, and may God’s blessings flow upon you!
Chris & Madelyn
Family Portrait; Holiday Season 2010
I (Madelyn) would like to share a blog I wrote after Christmas 2009, as it tells a little about our family. I hope you enjoy!
Our Christmas Blessing
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope your Christmas was filled with blessings and joy. For me it was the best Christmas yet. Let me share it with you. First of all, I am 16 years old, and the oldest of 8 children. It was Christmas morning and we were all excited, having just finished opening all of our presents. Then Mom handed us another small present to open. She told us “it’s just a little something from your dad and I for you to share”. So we gathered together and opened it. Inside was a little jewelry box. No, there was no jewelry in it, it was something far more valuable. In it was a piece of paper with just two words on it. Two words that are familiar to us but this time we were totally surprised. “I’m Pregnant”!!!! Mom has surprised us before but this was truly a blessing to find out on Christmas day. Immediately the atmosphere erupted with excitement. Each of us had our own way of expressing our joy. It took a while for it to soak in for some and others burst out screaming with glee. Mom video-taped the whole event but had no idea how priceless the video would turn out. We’ve watched it over and over again, the excitement never lessening. Now I want to share it with you with hopes that it will bless you too. (See link at bottom)
To further inform, this baby will be Mom’s 9th and Dad’s 14th child. (Dad has five older ones that are grown). It may seem like the excitement would lessen each time we are told again that Mom is expecting. However, that is not the case. Instead the excitement seems to grow each time. This time was definitely the best yet, it being Christmas Day. By the way, Mom had just found out Christmas morning herself. Normally Dad and Mom wait until they hear the heartbeat to share the news with us, but since it was Christmas they just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We all believe that children are a gift from God and we don’t take for granted that Mom is able to bear children knowing there are many women out there who wish they could have children and can’t. We also believe that it is God who opens and closes the womb, so we leave the timing and amount of children up to Him and trust Him to provide for all our many daily needs. And let me assure you, he has never failed to provide all our many daily needs.
(King James) Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
(King James) Psalms 127:3: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is his reward”
Here is the link to the video Mom took of us receiving the surprise:
If you’d like to see some pictures of our family, you can go to my Facebook: Starlie Stan. If you aren’t already my friend there, please send a request with a note to be sure I know who you are!
We hope our Christmas blessing has now blessed you as well.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.
There are two ways to listen to these messages. You can click on the title and download the message to your computer and play it with your MP3 player, like Windows Media Player, or you can click on the Play button just under the title, and listen online.
If you have problems or the site seems to be malfunctioning, please let me know by the comment box below, or by calling or emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE: it seems that only 6 sermons can be active (played/paused) at one time, as the files are loaded in system memory while playing. If one of the players shows the ‘Connecting’ message in the title area for more than ten or so seconds, try refreshing the page, then starting it again.
(Hit the play button below the sermon title to listen instantly)
Arranged from newest to oldest (see the Sermon Archive page for the ones older than mid-November 2010)Audio Player
Fighting the Spiritual Warfare [click here to download] (October 2nd, 2011)
What Jesus is Really Like [click here to download] (September 25th, 2011)
The Sin of Achan [click here to download] (September 18th, 2011)
Methods of Prayer [click here to download] (September 4th, 2011)
Preparation of the Believer [click here to download] (August 28th, 2011)
How God Saves His Enemies [click here to download] (August 21st, 2011)
Your Belief System, or, Raising Your Expectations [click here to download] (August 14th, 2011)
Glorying in the Cross [click here to download] (August 7th, 2011)
Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (Evening, July 31st, 2011)
Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 1 [click here to download] (Morning, July 31st, 2011)
Christian Baptism [click here to download] (July 24th, 2011)
John’s Baptism [click here to download] (July 10th, 2011)
Put Ye on the Lord Jesus Christ [click here to download] (July 3rd, 2011)
Jesus is Here [click here to download] (June 26th, 2011)
When God Baffles Us ~ Or, Why We Are Baffled [click here to download] (June 19th, 2011)
Glorifying God In Our Bodies ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (June 5th, 2011)
Glorifying God In Our Bodies~ Part 1 [click here to download] (May 29th, 2011)
How to Overcome Fear [click here to download] (May 22nd, 2011)
The Significance of Now [click here to download] (May 15th, 2011)
Seeing What You Can’t See [click here to download] (May 8th, 2011)
We ran out of space on the original sermon page, so here’s all the original ones: (see the main ‘Sermons’ page for the current ones)
Arranged from oldest to newest, sorry for the incongruity with the other page; I haven’t the time or motivation to switch the direction, but maybe if we get more listeners..
Godless Government or Gracious God [click here to download]
Thrilled With Jesus [click here to download]
Knowing Jesus Experimentally [click here to download]
Thirst for God [click here to download]
Crucified with Christ [click here to download]
Living Faith [click here to download]
That’s all, check out the Sermons page for instructions playing the above if you’re having trouble.
(4) Morning Devotional
These devotionals were delivered while the children ate breakfast which explains the background noise. Our children rise at 6:30 A.M. for prescribed Bible reading and to prepare for breakfast. At 7:00 I teach while they eat. Devotions range in the area between 20-40 minutes. School begins directly after breakfast cleanup or 8:00 A.M.
Click the title to download, or the play button on the flash player below it to listen live.Audio Player
Set Free to Live Free – Galatians 5 & 1 Corinthians 13 ~ August 1st [click here to download]
(5) Favorite Hymns & Poems
O give us homes built firm upon the Savior,
Where Christ is Head and Counsellor and Guide;
Where every child is Taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that though his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!
O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho days be dark and grim.
O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor-
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.
In Christ, Our Liberty
By Lester Bork
We bind ourselves in freedom’s chains;
The cross has set us free.
God’s anvil forged each link with love,
In Christ, our liberty.
Tho’ creeds and laws imposed by pow’r
May mock equality,
Our trust in Christ and Christ alone
Will keep our spirits free.
We have no need of priest or king
To intercede for souls;
To live for Christ our covenant,
To die to self our goal.
His call to us is servanthood,
Not false humility.
Until we die to love of self,
We are not truly free.
Now free in Christ it’s time to stand,
It’s time to stand and cry
That freedom will not live beyond
Our willingness to die.
We Stand United in the Truth
By Philip M. Young
We stand united in the truth which God bestows on all:
Salvation as God’s gift of grace, a priesthood and a call.
A freedom that has stood in spite of tyranny and sword,
Upon a common ground of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our earthly empires grow and thrive; our mortal visions soar;
But earth’s foundations turn to dust, the builder’s dream no more.
So may we build upon the Rock, and stand with hearts restored,
To witness to a living faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Need of the Hour
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What does our country need? Not armies standing
With sabers gleaming ready for the fight;
Not increased navies, skillful and commanding;
To bound the waters with an iron might;
Not haughty men with glutted purses trying
To purchase souls, and keep the power of the place;
Not jeweled dolls with one another vying
For palms of beauty, elegance, and grace.
But we want women, strong of soul, yet lowly
With that rare meekness, born of gentleness;
Women whose lives are pure and clean and holy,
The women whom all little children bless;
Brave, earnest women, helpful to each other,
With finest scorn for all things low and mean;
Women who hold the names of wife and mother
Far nobler than the title of a queen.
Oh! These are they who mould the men of story,
These mothers, oftime shorn of grace and youth,
Who, worn and weary, ask no greater glory
Than making some young soul the home of truth;
Who sow in hearts all fallow for the sowing
The seeds of virtue and of scorn for sin,
And, patient, watch the beauteous harvest growing
And weed out tares which crafty hands cast in.
Women who do not hold the gift of beauty
As some rare treasure to be bought and sold,
But guard it as a precious aid to duty—
The outer framing of the inner gold;
Women who, low above their cradles bending,
Let flattery’s voice go by, and give no heed,
While their pure prayers like incense are ascending
These are our country’s pride, our country’s need.
(6) Words of Wisdom
Here I will be archiving my “Words Of Wisdom” posts, so check back every now and then to see new posts!
Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?
First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.
On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.
Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!
So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.
Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!
As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10 …for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.
Job 41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…
5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~
1 John 4:16-18 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Psalm 37 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…….”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Psalm 56:2-3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
~Jesus will keep you from fear, fear will keep you from Jesus.~
~Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.~
For sermon by Dad on this topic, click here: How To Overcome Fear
1 Timothy 5:14 “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
Titus 2:3-5 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient, to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Proverbs 12:4“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”
Proverb’s 31:10-12 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
Proverb’s 31:26-31 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:13-25 “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
Ephesians 5:22-24“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
1 Peter 3:1“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”
For more blogs I’ve written on this topic, visit these links:
Have you ever seen these statements? Who hasn’t? “Get rich quick” schemes such as gambling or lottery where you “pay a little to *hopefully* get a lot” are everywhere we look, trying to catch our attention. Being made in the image of God, we naturally desire to be like him. To be unlimited, free and in control. And as money seems to be the key to this, it can be easy to fall in the trap of lusting after “millions”. But do these schemes work? What does the Bible say about them? And are there other ways to obtain what we really need? Take a look at the answers given by our Lord!
Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Proverbs 28:22 “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”Proverbs 13:11 ” Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
Luke 12:21 “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Words of The Wise to Ponder….
James 1:22-25 ” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
James 17-26 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
ALL of mankind suffer, including true believers. Yes, even Christ suffered, perfect though he absolutely was. We are to look to Christ for strength and comfort. During times of suffering the followers of Jesus have a promise of everlasting glory to look forward to. Suffering should bring us closer to the Lord, building our faith in him. It enables us to help others in their trials, as we have been through similar testings. Read through these verses to see the promises and truth for yourself!
2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
James 1:3 “ Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
2 Corinthians 1:5-7“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”
Colossians 1:11&24 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church”
1 Timothy 1:16 “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
1 Peter 1:11“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”
1 Peter 2:19-21 “ For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
Philippians 3:8“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”
Romans 8:18“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Psalm 30:5“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
Revelation 21:4&7 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
“I cannot work my soul to save
For that my Lord has done
But I can work like any slave
For love of God’s Dear Son.”
Words of the wise to ponder….
Ecclesiastes 7:12&19“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.”
Ecclesiastes 9: 16-19 “Then I said: “wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.”
Hello Fellow Americans!!
I hope you are enjoying a great Independence Day! Today we celebrate the freedom we’ve had as a nation and remember our fore fathers who fought to obtain it. Yes, and we must also realize that we are losing those freedoms. It is time for us to take a stand and fight that our future generations will have freedom also. Take courage as you remember Scripture verses such as the following:
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Hosea 6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”
Deuteronomy 28 “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God….”
Deuteronomy 30:16 “In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”
And as the words remain dear, here is a repost of my blog about the Star Spangled Banner. Also added is a video of a 7 year old girl with an amazing voice singing the anthem!
We all love our beautiful anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. We love hearing it sung in public events, it makes our patriotism soar. But did you know that there is more than one verse to it? Every time I hear our anthem sung I wish that someone would sing the next verses, which are as great as, or better than the first line. Here are the five verses I know:
The Star-Spangled Banner
O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Additional Civil War period lyrics
In indignation over the start of the civil war, Oliver Wendell Holmes added a fifth stanza to the song in 1861 which appeared in songbooks of the era.
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.
(song starts around 0:56)
What’s More Important: Liberty Or The Entity That Protects It?
by Chuck Baldwin
April 29, 2010
Let me ask readers a question. What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government.
|Jefferson could not be clearer: America’s founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty.|
Thomas Jefferson–and the rest of America’s founders–believed that freedom was the principal possession, because liberty is a divine–not human–gift. Listen to Jefferson:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” (Declaration of Independence)
Jefferson could not be clearer: America’s founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty. By declaring independence from the government of Great Britain (and instituting new government), Jefferson, et al., did not intend to erect an idol (government) that men would worship. They created a mechanism designed to protect that which they considered to be their most precious possession: liberty. In other words, the government they created by the Constitution of 1787 was not the object; freedom’s protection was the object.
Again, listen to Jefferson: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” In other words, government is not the end; it is the means. Government is not the goal; it is the vehicle used to reach the goal. Nowhere did Jefferson (and the rest of America’s founders) express the sentiment that government, itself, was the objective. Listen to Jefferson once more:
“That whenever ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration) (Emphasis added.)
Jefferson is clear: people have a right to alter or abolish ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT that becomes destructive to liberty. To America’s founders, there was no such thing as a sacred cow when it came to government. Government had but one purpose: “to secure these rights.” When ANY FORM of government stops protecting sacred, God-given liberties, it is the right and duty of people to do whatever they deem appropriate to secure their liberties–even to abolishing the government.
To America’s founders, patriotism had everything to do with the love of liberty, not the love of government!
Today’s brand of patriotism (at least as expressed by many) is totally foreign to the fundamental principles of liberty upon which America was built. I’m talking about the idea that government is an end and aim in itself; the idea that government must be protected from the people; the idea that bigger government equals better government; the idea that criticism of the government makes one unpatriotic; the idea that government is a panacea for all our ills; and the idea that loyalty to the nation equals loyalty to the government. All of this is a bunch of bull manure!
When government–ANY GOVERNMENT–stops protecting the liberties of its citizens, and especially when it begins trampling those liberties, it has become a “destructive” power, and needs to be altered or abolished. Period.
Can any honest, objective citizen not readily recognize that the current central government in Washington, D.C., long ago stopped protecting the God-given rights of free men, and has become a usurper of those rights? Is there the slightest doubt in the heart of any lover of liberty that the biggest threat to our liberties is not to be found in any foreign capital, but in that putrid province by the Potomac?
Therefore, we must cast off this phony idea that we owe some kind of devotion to the “system.” Away with the notion that vowing to protect and prolong the “powers that be” makes us “good” Americans. The truth is, there is very little in Washington, D.C., that is worthy of protecting or prolonging. The “system” is a ravenous BEAST that is gorging itself on our liberties!
Patriotism has nothing to do with supporting a President, or being loyal to a political party, or anything of the sort.
Is it patriotic to support our country (which almost always means our government), “right or wrong”? This is one of the most misquoted clichés in American history, by the way. Big Government zealots (on both the right and the left) use this phrase often to try to stifle opposition by making people who would fight for smaller government appear “unpatriotic.”
The cliché, “My country, right or wrong,” comes from a short address delivered on the floor of the US Senate by Missouri Senator Carl Schurz. Taking a strong anti-imperialist position and having his patriotism questioned because of it (what’s new, right?), Schurz, on February 29, 1872, said, “The senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ In one sense I say so, too. My country–and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” (Source: The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287)
Schurz then later expanded on this short statement in a speech delivered at the Anti-Imperialistic Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1899. He said, “I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves . . . too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of TRUE patriotism: ‘Our country–when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.’” (Source: Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, 1913, p. 119) (Emphasis in original.)
Amen! In a free society, genuine patriotism demands that our country be RIGHT, as our nation’s policies and practices reflect the values and principles of its citizens. To feign some kind of robotic devotion to a nation without regard to sacred principle or constitutional fidelity is to become a mindless creature: at best, to be manipulated by any and every Machiavellian that comes along, or, at worst, to be a willing participant in tyranny.
As to loyalty to a President merely because he is President, Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best:
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth–whether about the President or anyone else.”
Hence, freedom-loving Americans cannot afford to become infatuated with Washington, D.C. We cannot allow these propagandists on network television to distort the meaning of true patriotism in our hearts.
Patriotism means we love freedom. It means we understand that freedom is a gift of God. It means we understand that government has only one legitimate function: to protect freedom. It means that our love of liberty demands that we oppose, alter, or even abolish ANY FORM of government that becomes destructive to these ends. And it means that we will never allow government to steal liberty from our hearts.
As I asked at the beginning of this column, What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? The right answer is, freedom and its undergirding principles. If you understand that, then you rightly understand that the current government we find ourselves under is in desperate need of replacement. And whatever, however, and whenever that replacement reveals itself is not nearly as important as that liberty is preserved.
On the other hand, if you mistakenly believe that government (the entity meant to protect liberty) is more important than liberty, you are both tragically deceived and pathetically impotent to preserving freedom. You may also have identified yourself as an enemy of freedom.
As for me and my house, we will stand with Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence–in whatever form it may present itself in a modern world bent on dismantling our liberties. In other words, I pledge no loyalty to any government that seeks to destroy our freedom–including the current one!