We live in the age of chefs who are masters of culinary delights and connoisseurs of fine ales and home brewed drinks. I find it strange that these epicurean tendencies have tapped the keg of notoriety and made a brand more famous than the man.
In recent years, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has grown larger and more famous than its namesake—Samuel Adams; however, history tells another story. Adams served in several different capacities that benefited the American revolution and the birthing of our nation. Adams was a:
- Member of the Continental Congress (1774-81)
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
- Volunteer who helped draft the Articles of Confederation (1777)
- Delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention (1779-80)
- President of the Massachusetts senate (1781)
- Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts (1789-94), and also served as Governor of Massachusetts (1794- 97).
In the pages of history, you’ll see references to Samuel Adams as the “Firebrand of the Revolution” and “The Father of the American Revolution.” To successfully achieve the revolution, Adams knew that men of character would be an essential. In November of 1775, He wrote: Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.
Adams had connected the dots, and he believed there was a link between character and the Creator. He said: Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness . . . In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.
Even though Adams had tried and failed in his efforts to brew beer as a business, I think he would rather be remembered less for his lagers in life, and more for his larger than life role during the infancy of the USA.
The prayers of pastors, are heard at least every four years in Washington D.C., and this was true again this year when Bishop Wayne T. Jackson prayed for President Donald Trump: We ask that you give him the wisdom of Solomon, the vision of Joseph and the meekness of Christ . . . Solomon kept peace among many nations, Joseph dreamt better for the people, and Christ who accepted us all.
Jackson was obeying the mandate of I Timothy 2:1-2: I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Regardless of our political views and how we voted, Donald J. Trump is now the president of the United States; and, whether we like him or detest him, it is our duty to pray for him.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ~Psalm 33:12
SNIPER ALERT! You have a bulls eye painted on your heart, and your faith is the target. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an atheistic and anti-god organization that has launched a vicious assault designed to silence any expression of faith in the public square.
FFRF is more evangelistic in their efforts to remove God than many Christians are in sharing their faith. They encourage their membership to contact any business or magazine that casts religion in a favorable light.
Even the Saturday Evening Post and AARP have felt the wrath of FFRF:
- AARP published an article: “The Paradox of Prayer: A Pilgrimage” and FFRF admonished its membership to contact AARP to express their displeasure.
- The cover story in the most recent addition of the Saturday Evening Post focuses on the power of prayer. FFRF has mocked the article and it’s asking its members to write a letter of protest to the editor.
When FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor went to Northern Illinois University to give a speech, she stayed at the Holmes Student Center Hotel. When she found a copy of the Bible in her room she was angered and shocked.
Poor little Annie found the presence of the Bible to be obnoxious, inappropriate and unconstitutional since it was made available in state-run lodging. She made the assertion that the Bible was proselytizing her in the privacy of her bedroom.
Poor little Annie is an orphan-maker: She is attempting to get Bibles banned from public hotel rooms.
The actions of the FFRF have caught the attention of the American Center for Law and Justice, and it’s speaking out for the rich Christian heritage of the USA: “We’ve been defending constitutionally protected religious speech at the Supreme Court for decades. Now, we’re sending these universities a critical legal letter to protect the Bible.”
You can help protect your Christian liberties by signing a petition here.
The actions of FFRF stand in stark contrast to the sentiment of John Adams, our second President: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
It’s time to stand up and speak out before your free speech becomes a crime.
Today is the day for the fine people of El Dorado, Kansas to kick off their week-long activities that begin with the annual Celebration of Freedom Parade. This is the week where we pay homage to those who have served this country.
The names of many of these are etched in stone at the Celebration of Freedom Memorial. The brick-paved sidewalk reflects the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price of freedom with their lives. Many veterans will pause here today, and they will see their names beside their feet, and they will remember what they can never forget–the faces of those who fought beside them and the battlefield scars that still mark their bodies and minds.
Regardless of whether they served in a time of peace or a time of war, this memorial has a special place in the hearts of those who pledged their sacred honor to defend this great nation.
As a tribute to all veterans and as a reminder to everyone, I am including this brief video clip of one of President Reagan’s stirring speeches: A Soldier’s Pledge