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Thank You to All Our Veterans!!!

Silence.

 

It occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  To those on the front, it was a beautiful sound.  No more yelling of orders.  No more booming of the guns.  No more whistling of the bullets.  And in that silence there was reflection.  Memories of friends lost.  Memories of horrors that would rather be forgotten.  Memories of happier times and the hope that the silence would bring them back.

 

It has been 100 years since silence reigned on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  There are none left alive who remember the silence of that day.  But that day, that hour, has had a lasting impact.  In the United States of America, we honor and remember all those who have fought to defend the freedoms of this great nation.

 

We, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc., would like to thank the approximately 18 million veterans and 2 million active-duty military personnel who were and are willing to fight to defend the freedoms of the United States of America.  

 

On this Veteran’s Day, we remember, honor, and thank you for your service!

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Happy 4th of July from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries - Celebrating Our Freedom

Happy 4th of July - Celebrating Freedom!

It was a rebellion. It was a revolution. It was treason. It was a death sentence. It was a for a singular purpose, a singular desire, a singular yearning - Freedom! Freedom to live. Freedom to worship. Freedom to individuality.

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Thank You! Memorial Day Thoughts from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

In the past several decades, respect for the Lord, our Christ, Messiah, and Savior, has greatly diminished. Where once it was common to pray, it has now become taboo. In recent years, a picture was circulated online: a large group of high schoolers had went out to eat before the dance. The picture was of them joining hands in prayer. It was posted in celebration that there are still those among us, and young ones!, who remember to offer grace for the food they were about to eat. And the comments? Some, like the poster, found the image heartwarming. But many others could do nothing but deride these individuals for their choice to pray.

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Remembering September 11, 2001 - Standing United

How long is 17 years?  It is 204 months.  It is 886.5 weeks.  It is 6,205 days.  It is 148,920 hours.  For a child just starting school, 17 years seems so long - forever!  For a high schooler enjoying their new independence of driving alone, 17 years is a lifetime.  For a recent college grad, 17 years signifies change, from the past and for the future.  For middle-aged person, 17 years reminds them of simpler times, and a wonder at what is to come.  For the elderly, 17 years seems so short a time, a blink of an eye.

 

To an American, 17 years mean Never Forget.  For 17 years ago, the nation lived up to its name - The United States of America.  Seventeen years ago, we promised that we would Never Forget.  We promised that we would stand together.  We promised that it was a turning point for this nation.  We promised we would not break those promises. 

 

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the United States of America was attacked by a foreign land.  Their goal was to destroy this great nation, to strike fear into the heart of every American.  It was the first major attack on the United States since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, 60 years earlier.  The loss of life in both events was comparable - 2,300 in Hawaii and 2,966 in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, where the fight back was already beginning.  The United States of America rose up, united, and fought back; remembering those who died in that attack. 

 

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Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)

 

Where Where You (When the World Stopped Turning)

Performed Live by Alan Jackson 

at the Grand Ole Opry

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Do You Remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001?

Where were you?  Do you remember?

 

A mother and her two young daughters were getting ready to spend the day shopping.  Her husband, their father, was preparing to leave for work.  A newlywed couple was enjoying a late breakfast on their honeymoon.  A freshman college student was walking to the first class of the day, laughing with a friend.  A sophomore high school student was in a heated debate in a US History class.  A husband was on a plane, thinking about his wife, who was taking the subway to meet a friend for breakfast.  They had only had time for a quick kiss before going their separate ways that morning, never thinking it may be their last.  A son was hard at work, having arrived early to prepare for an important presentation that morning.  A daughter was joking with a co-worker, while preparing to go live with her scheduled news broadcast.  Where were you?  Where were you when the news broke at 8:45 am EDT, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?

 

Do you remember the confusion of not knowing what had happened?  Do you remember the dismay, confirming suspicions, when the second plane hit?  Do you remember the fear of not knowing the next target, if there was a next target?  Do you remember the terror of not being able to reach your family?  Do you remember the chaos of organizing the immense rescue?  Do you remember the shock of realizing nothing would ever be the same?  Do you remember the struggle to understand?  Do you remember?  Do you remember?!

 

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A Few Scriptures About Government

Happy Independence Day
United States of America

We, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, thought that for Independence Day in the United States we will share Bible passages that share God’s view of government so you can ask yourself if your relationship with our government is as God expresses in Romans and whether our government is as God describes in 1 Samuel.

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In God We Trust?

April 19, 2013

On April 22, 1864, the United States Congress passed the Coinage Act, which changed the composition of the one and two-cent coins.  What was the change?  It was a change to the design to incorporate the American logo, “In God We Trust.”

 

On November 13, 1861, Reverend MR Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania wrote a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase.  It was one of several appeals from throughout the country that he had received.  Watkinson’s letter pointed out that the currency of the United States does not recognize “the Almighty God.”  He went on to explain that by not doing so, we are identifying ourselves as a “heathen nation.”  Secretary Chase commissioned Director of the Mint at Philadelphia James Pollock to prepare a motto, stating, “No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense.  The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.”  Two years later, they had settled on the motto “In God We Trust.”

It was in 1864, that this motto first started to appear on our coins.  In 1907, the motto was omitted from newly issued gold coins.  This caused a torrent of public criticism, which ended with legislation passed in 1908, which made “In God We Trust” mandatory on all coins on which it had previously appeared.  In 1955, “In God We Trust” became mandatory on all coins and paper currency in the United States.  In 1956, “In God We Trust” became the official national motto of the United States, following the passage of an Act of Congress.

Many never give a second glance to the four words printed on our money, in fact, many never really look at our currency except to determine the value of the bill or coin they are holding.  However, every time we make a transaction, every time we get into our wallet or purse, we are reminded to put our trust in God.  As Christians, everything we do is to honor and glorify our Savior.  Having “In God We Trust” on our money, is a simple reminder that we are to place our faith in our Lord God, and no other.

 

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Happy July 4th From TFF

Happy 4th of July - from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc.

It was a hot, sticky, humid day Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when they gathered. They were dressed for work, in an early version of a suit and tie. The building they occupied contained no central air and the stench indicated that many could have used a bath, however there were much weightier matters on their minds than the heat, the stench, or their clothes. The men were gathered together for a vote, a vote which could change the future forever, a vote which could have a devastating and deadly outcome, a vote that would endanger their very lives, and many others. They were the members of the Second Continental Congress and the vote was for independence against Great Britain. By that vote, and later, the signing the Declaration of Independence, the men were also authorizing their own death warrants, should the bid for American Independence fail.

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Flag Day Thoughts, with the Pledge of Allegiance Defined by Red Skelton

Flag Day is June 14!

It is 1963. The Supreme Court of the United States has removed prayer from public school. Now, it is January 14, 1969. America is in the midst of the hotly contested Vietnam War. Daily, images are shown on televisions and in papers of war protesters burning, trampling, and disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.

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