Sunday Recap 4th of July @ The Ridge

It was great to have only one worship gathering yesterday. Really enjoyed seeing everyone together. That always creates good energy…especially when you add the kids as we did yesterday. I was really surprised by the crowd. Really good attendance. I actually expected a pretty sparse crowd, but was pleasantly surprised! 🙂

It was good to get back to teaching @ The Ridge after being our the last two Sundays (because I was in Africa). Even though it was a short week to prepare and I was still catching up physically, I was pumped to speak! We addressed the question, “Was America Ever Really A Christian Nation?” So much of our culture, government, and academia want us to believe that the foundations of our nation were secular, not Christian. However a close examination of the founding fathers…especially reading their own words…shows a very different story. I am so thankful for people like David Barton and WallBuilders. He is one of the smartest historians I’ve ever seen, heard or read. David understands the faith of our founders and the truth of what drove them. He is one who will help you understand the true foundations of our nation. Everyone should understand and stay read up on the founding fathers and what they believed. You won’t hear this in the media, in current history books, on the History Channel or in most schools.  I would encourage everyone to make Wallbuilders a favorite on your browser. Watch any videos you can find of David Barton. You’ll definitely learn some things you didn’t know before.

Yesterday as we talked about the foundations of our nation we looked at Psalm 33. Our founders understood the significance of passages of scripture like this. They truly grasped the fact that …

The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

We spoke yesterday about how our founding fathers understood that independence could only come through dependence…on God. This is true of our own lives too.

As individuals we will only be independent of sin…free from the bondage and tyranny of sin…if we are surrendered and fully dependent on Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As a nation our independence came from our founding fathers’ dependence upon God to establish this nation. We became free from tyranny because of our dependence upon and surrender to the Lord.

 He blessed the US because we kept our eyes on Him. This is what made America exceptional. This is what made America great. This is what we must never forget. This is what we must pass along to future generations.

Many people wanted to hear more of the quotes we used in our teaching yesterday. Here are some of them:

“The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge this obligation” – George Washington

 The introduction of the first English language Bibles printed in the USA in 1782: “A neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of our schools.” This was printed by the US Congress!

 September 10, 1782 a resolution in Congress was passed regarding this Bible: “RESOLVED…That the United States in Congress assembled… recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”

 The title of the1783 Peace Treaty which actually established the US independence from Great Britain: “In the name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity”

 “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.” – John Adams

 Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle… In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity… That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. – 1854 US House Judiciary Committee

 The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible. – Patrick Henry

 “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” –  Alexis de Tocqueville

 “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money” Alexis de Tocqueville

After our worship gathering yesterday, we had a Ridger Family picnic. Not as many stayed as we had hoped, but there were several families who stuck around. We had a great time eating ribs (thanks to Mitch) and playing cornhole and whiffleball. Good times.

Don’t miss next Sudnay at the Ridge as we kick off a new series: “Dot 2 Dot”


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