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Concerning Signs of the Times
Concerning our pleas for God to Bless America
Concerning War
Concerning New York City
Concerning Unity

Concerning Signs of the Times

And Jesus answered and said to them...

  • Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
  • There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
  • All these are the beginning of sorrows.

When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.
Luke 21.10-11, 21.28 (see also Mt 24.7)

  Pestilence - Strong's 3061. loimos

a plague; any deadly infectious malady
Strong's Concordance; Vine's Expository NT Dictionary

Concerning our pleas for God to Bless America

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.

We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God.

  • We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us
  • We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Abraham Lincoln, 1863

 

If My people who are called by My name
Will 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.
A promise spoken by God: 2 Chron 7.14

Concerning War

By wise guidance you will wage war,
And in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Prov 24.6

The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death;
When he meets him, he shall put him to death.
Num 35.19

 

A democracy is peaceloving.
It does not like to go to war.
It is slow to provocation.

When it has once been provoked to the point where it must grasp the sword, it does not easily forgive its adversary for having produced this situation.

The fact of the provocation then becomes itself the issue.

Democracy fights in anger.
It fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war.
From "American Diplomacy" by George F. Kennan

Concerning New York City

The only credential the city (New York) asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its gates and treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from. Moss Hart, "Act One," 1959   New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village -- the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!
E.B. White, "Mental Health in the Metropolis" 1962

Concerning Unity

Let us be done with British-Americans and Irish-Americans and German-Americans, and so on, and all be Americans. If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives; and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.
Henry Cabot Lodge, 1888

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americans. The one absolutely certain way of bringing the nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of it continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.
Woodrow Wilson, 1914
 

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
Love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous
1 Pet 3.8

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Cor 1.10

There is neither Jew nor Greek,
There is neither slave nor free,
There is neither male nor female;
For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3.28

There is neither Greek nor Jew,
Circumcised nor uncircumcised,
Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free,
But Christ is all and in all.
Col 3.11


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