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May 9, 2016

As a nation, we are facing increasing discord.  We find ourselves embroiled in a contentious election process, the untimely departing of a Supreme Court Justice, disrespect toward police, and too often the unfortunate loss of life from disagreements and encounters, not to mention the constant threat from international unsettledness.
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman, traveled the U.S. seeking the source of her successes.  In his Democracy in America, he wrote:  “I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits (a)flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”  The surest safeguard for freedom is found in the roots of a Godly people, he contended. 

Last Thursday was the annual National Day of Prayer.  Did you know about it?Did you participate?  Do you pray regularly?  As Tocqueville discovered, the power behind America is its relationship with, devotion to, and reliance upon the Living God. The Judeo-Christian beliefs of our forefathers set the tone and the foundation upon which our nation stands today.  If we allow that foundation to decay or rot away then the entire structure which is built upon it will eventually collapse.

Honest clergy and Rabbis who know and choose to follow the living God possess enormous power and are the heart of American greatness.  It’s God who “…controls the course of world events; (who) removes kings and sets up kings (governments)…” [Daniel 2:21].  Therefore it’s critical to remember that knowing, following, and having direct communication (a prayer life and relationship) with this living God gives power to His people.   Believing, trusting, and relying upon Him will open powerful doors.  It provides hope, invites divine help, opens eyes, and builds bridges when accompanied with a sincere intent to be who He wants us to be.  In our history, Washington constantly offered prayers during disparate times and critical junctures. He found divine help.
Our country is being led astray by those who don’t know God; those who know Him but choose not to follow Him; and those who simply deny God exists or has any power.  They are headed for destruction and if we don’t cry out for divine intervention our nation may go down with them.

We invite each of you, to pray our nation would return to the God of our forefathers; that the discord would be healed; and that “We the People,” and the people we choose to represent us, will be Godly men and women who will seek and follow the divine and perfect guidance that only the Living God can provide.

Mark, Bill, and John


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