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11/4/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 12


  PresidentialQuotesPM12.mp3 (34m 34s)


Darkness runs in the shadow of fear.
Growing faith comes by a rising love for God.

16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Part 5

“When I left Springfield [to become President] I asked the people
to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the
severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to
Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers,
I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”

In the course of time, either a soul deepens in heartfelt departure
from sin, or ignores its unavoidable reckoning approach, mired in
ungodly behaviors. In good’s truest form is the desire to mount
higher for those following as well as leaders ahead. The Christian
religion is an individual relationship opening one’s heart to trust
God, and to obey His will with one’s all as a pleasure and honor.
As the universe expands, so too the consciousness of man will open
to divine revelations; awakenings both conventional and uncanny.


“Young man, if God gives me four years more to rule this country,
I believe it will become what it ought to be - what its Divine Author
intended it to be - no longer one vast plantation for breeding human
beings for the purpose of lust and bondage. But it will become a new
Valley of Jehoshaphat, where all the nations of the earth will assemble
together under one flag, worshipping a common God, and they
will celebrate the resurrection of human freedom.”

"... Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
~ Mark 13:1-2


To be in God is timeless honor past
any monument’s decaying shadow.


For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life - is not of the Father but of the world. ~ 1st John 2:16


"Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; ..."
~ Joel 3:12


A spiritual victory is coming for all those
choosing God over desires of flesh.


“And having thus chosen our course, without guile,
and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God,
and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.”

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7


“But I must add that the U.S. government must not, as by this order,
undertake to run the churches. When an individual, in a church or out of it,
becomes dangerous to the public interest, he must be checked; but let the
churches, as such take care of themselves. It will not do for the U.S. to
appoint Trustees, Supervisors, or other agents for the churches.”

Lincoln was more apt to say that government should not
interfere with churches than to remove churches from influencing
government, to the contrary, that churches should influence the
goodness to be had in government. With contemporary delusions
we have lost sight that it was churches government was to protect
for the betterment of government. Lincoln would summarize wisdom
proclaiming that we need faith more than government, and if there
was something to be removed from social presence, it would be
government and not the courageous outspoken faithful. Without
the calls of truth being louder than the scheming of many big little
godless politicians, freedom is devoured in the shadow of lies.
Separation of church and state was to put church above
government, not below it, to be outlawed by the immoral.


“God bless the Methodist Church - bless all the churches - and
blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.”

“The written word may be man's greatest invention. It allows
us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.”

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. ~ Psalms 119:105

... by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge
in the mystery of Christ), ... ~ Ephesians 3:4


“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible.
Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and
the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man
(When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible).”

“If we believe the Bible, we must accept the fact that, in the old days,
God and his angels came to humans in their sleep and
made themselves known in dreams.”

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke
in time past to the fathers by the prophets, ... ~ Hebrews 1:1


“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift
God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world
was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know
right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare,
here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it. ”

“All things desirable to men are contained in the Bible.”

“The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

... The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
~ Psalms 19:9


“The good old maxims of the Bible are applicable, and truly applicable to
human affairs, and in this as in other things, we may say here that he who
is not for us is against us; he would gathereth not with us scattereth.”

"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does
not gather with Me scatters abroad." ~ Matthew 12:30


"For he who is not against us is on our side." ~ Mark 9:40

... in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ...
~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9


“If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the
courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.”

Truly, he who is against Christian principles
goes against the will of God Himself.


“I can only say that I have acted upon my best convictions,
without selfishness or malice, and that by the help of God
I shall continue to do so.”

... I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call
of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14


Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.
~ Proverbs 16:3


Abraham Lincoln left an indelible stamp on the cloudy shores
of our times. Let us awake to his call to stand in the courage
of fortunate belief in a true and faithful God.


  PresidentialQuotesPM12.5.mp3 (40m 53s)


Many human ideals transcend the ages of time for the shear
humanity of it. All desire peace from fear and life in love. There is
no national border on hearts as God gazes upon all souls tortured
in the flesh. It is the common ground revealing character of intent
either be they pursuits of nobility or wicked actions. Tests continue
upon all in the shadow vapors of our lives. Absent of God’s presence
brings about no good outcome more than evident where lives’ live in
the midst of socially collapsing despair mired in confusion lacking
purpose. God has graciously ordained His word for man to know,
and when people rise to honor and glorify His truths, sanctuaries
are established. Men of good will disclose these universal truths
enabling souls to rise, or at least delivering commonsense to
the thirsty. May hope lift hearts to the stars of enlightenment
bosomed in faith where the timeless call to return remains.


“I have had so many evidences of [God's] direction, so many
instances when I have been controlled by some other power than
my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.”

... as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:3


“No man ever got lost on a straight road.”

“Teach hope to all, despair to none.”

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that
you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13


“Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy
never did help any man in any situation.”

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.
~ Proverbs 14:30


“I desire to see the time when education, and
by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry
shall become much more general than at present.”

... my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; ...
~ Isaiah 5:13


Knowledge calms all souls
No Knowledge = People Famished Dried up with Thirst

Freedom can only remain free if nurtured by widespread
reverent knowledge, with multitudes of noble wise councilors;
too often tyrants spoil the unity of the meek to be free.


“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.”

... you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
~ James 4:14-15


“Don't kneel to me, that is not right. You must kneel to God only,
and thank Him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.”

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you
do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have
the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! ... ~ Revelation 19:10


“Life may not always be a bed of roses. All of us are aware of this fact.
There are numerous times in life when we have to face disappointments.
These quotes and sayings surely do inspire and help us to look forward
and enjoy the new pathways coming our way. These quotes also lend a
different perspective to life, which makes moving forward not a very
difficult task. I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and
yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.”

“The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and the surrender
of the principal insurgent army, give hope of a righteous and speedy
peace whose joyous expression cannot be restrained. In the midst of this,
however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten.
A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared,
and will be duly promulgated.”

Challenges are a condition of nature

“While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers
for the events of the past few days, we should, above all,
be very grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:57


“We can succeed only by concert. It is not 'can any
of us imagine better?, but 'can we all do better?”

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ... ~ 1st Peter 3:8


Common truths bond a people marvelously past lies.

“From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for
which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly
resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation, under
God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the
people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

“If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we
of the North as well as you of the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity
in that wrong, impartial history will find therein new cause to attest
and revere the justice and goodness of God.”

“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and
observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving
and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

... in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:18


"Let us believe that the power is on the side of truth,
and let this faith help us to fulfill our duty."


"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." ~ John 3:19


As in human events, a struggle for wisdom lingers
Death invokes an impetus to ignite faith
Greatness comes by a resolve of fearless integrity
Government should not oversee church organization
The power of the word can influence generations
Digesting the Bible increases the value of living
The Bible is God’s best gift to man
Those for God’s ways are not against Him
Courage of principle is derived of the divine
Hope should always be our anchor unto eternity
Despair, suspicion, & jealousy defeats true character
Living to appreciate the moment deepens life
All just victories are ordained by God
God’s providence wills the best of all outcomes

Death brings us to the brink of considering life.
Laughter springs from the rooftop of heaven where hearts have no end.


Arriving at the mercy of God
appropriately humbles a soul.

Darkness leads where nothing follows.




 

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