In 1831, Alex De Tocqueville of France visited America. Upon his return home, De Tocqueville wrote: "I sought for the greatness of America in her harbors and rivers and fertile fields, and her mines and commerce. It was not there. Not until I went into the churches and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the greatness of her power. America is great because she is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." >America's God and Country - Federer - Pg 206<

Oh, that it could be said now of America "her pulpits flame with righteousness". It has been over 50 years since I have heard a "hell-fire and brimstone" sermon. Jesus told us much more about hell and eternal punishment than He did heaven and the blessings of righteous living. For the most part in current America, most of us sit in comfortable pews listening to feel good sermons, then go home feeling good about ourselves
unaware of the world around us going to hell.

I have often wondered how well received our Founding Fathers would be in modern America. George Washington stated, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." >America's God and Country - Federer - Pg 660<

President Lincoln said, "In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the Savior gave to the world
 was communicated through this Book."
 >America's God and Country - Federer - Pg 388<

Ronald Reagan, though not a Founding Father, stated, "America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side."?? 
>America's God and Country - Federer - Pg 529<

"Lord, Teach America to Pray"

 And as her flag unfurls on high 

 It's starry splendor to the sky, 

 May we, in grateful thanks to Thee 

 Who gave to us this land so free, 

 Preserve her freedoms in Thy way

 Lord, teach America to pray!

 May our good land be true and just, Her motto e'er "In God We Trust

 May she be guided by Thy Word,Thy wisdom in her halls be heard.

 May all who love her plead today,

 Lord, teach America to pray!

>Selected - author unknown<

When God's people rally, keeping the cross before them, adversity always ultimately turns out to the advantage of the righteous. As His people we must continue His work, dauntless and unafraid! There are blessings which we can not obtain if we cannot accept and endure the suffering. No, I do not mean we must accept the passing of evil laws that are against us. Nor should we solely depend on government to protect us and our freedom. We must bring to remembrance II Chronicles 7:14, "and confess our sins, seeking His face and pray." We can put feet on our prayers by writing to our representatives in Washington, but we must not depend on Washington alone.?? Had it not been for those first brave souls who cried out to God, seeking His will, the 13 Colonies that formed the New Baby in 1776, known as the United States of America, would have never survived Valley Forge.??

If we will only follow through on God's call in II Chronicles 7:14, the suffering we have endured as individuals and as a nation, we will emerge a stronger people and a greater nation. Our wounds whether political, social, economic, spiritual will be healed, though seamed with scars. Martyrs, murdered Christians around the planet (as well as aborted babies)?? will have put on their coronation robes glittering in His glory, and through their tears will have seen the gates of heaven.??

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but
?? sin is a reproach to an people."
Psa. 14:34

     Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.  



Created July 15, 2019

@2009-2020 by Donald R. "Don" Brown, of Farmington, MO - U.S.A

This site may be freely linked, but not duplicated in any way without permission 

Each devotional was written by Parson Don Brown, and inspired under God's Direction

Website designs by Marv




Thoughts Across the Garden Gate Devotionals by Don Brown How to beat cancer naturally