In honor of our American brothers and sisters who frequent TFR, this week we sport a Fourth of July theme in the header. Our editor wrote this morning on Forthright Magazine about “How to Turn the U.S. Around: An Independence Day Reflection.”
Friends know that the Forthright/GoSpeak ministry is worldwide and does not push a special place for any nation in God’s plan of salvation. The church is his people. At the same time, on a practical plane, we’re grateful for the liberties, favorable religious climate, and material prosperity that make so many Kingdom efforts possible.
Last week, TFR posts and visits were down, due, no doubt, to the end of sessions for those indoctrination centers called schools, as well as those dangerous Bible camps starting up. Let’s look for a new bounce in the pace this week.
On this American Independence Day when citizens celebrate political freedom, let me ask you what spiritual freedoms we enjoy? “Name them one by one.”
My uncle, Raymond Holt, and my mom’s brother-in-law, died yesterday. The funeral will be tomorrow. Please pray for the family.
Are the churches doing anything in your area? Anything? Tell us!
Richard H. will appreciate this, and the rest of us should, even if we must consider Franklin’s words a bit of hyperbole.
Ben Franklin said “There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.” Franklin’s message communicates both the magnificence and sovereignty of God and the inherent virtue of agriculture. Both those shining lights, I fear, have faded in contemporary eyes.
This from Ray Bowman’s blog. There’s more to read about the Fourth.