Get Fired Up Email – Sunday                  
This Sunday we continue the Series, “A Summer Road Trip.”  We have passed mile markers “Love” and “Joy” and this week we are passing mile marker “Peace.”  So what is peace?  How do you get real peace?  Do you have peace?   Come Sunday as Adam takes us a bit further on our summer Road Trip. Read Galatians 5:22-23
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Also this Sunday we will celebrate our Country’s Birthday!
God has blessed America in so many ways. While our forefathers committed sins like we do, they had so much Godly wisdom in establishing a great nation, an ideal of self-government, liberty, volunteerism, self sacrifice to fight evil and spread justice.
George Washington when inaugurated added 4 words, “so help me God.”
First thing he did was stoop and kiss the Bible, a sign of submission to the rule and authority of God.
53 of 56 who crafted the Constitution indicated an adherence to orthodox Christianity and personal support of what the Bible taught.
A study done at the University of Houston examined 3,154 documents and the men quoted Blackstone, Monague and John Locke but 16 times more than them they quoted the Bible.
Declaration of Independence written and signed in 1776 said, “…endowed by their Creator…”
1892, 100 years after writing the Constitution, a Supreme Court decision was, “Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based on and include the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible for it to be otherwise.”
I can go on and on proving their reliance on Almighty God and His Word in establishing this great nation.
America has been so blessed. We are so rich, so compassionate, so quick to respond to nations who are hurting and we have the greatest armed forces in the world! (OUR REAL HEROES, CERTAINLY NOT HOLYWOOD OR PRO ATHLETES)
The Lord gave Solomon a warning in 2 Chronicles 7:19-22 and when you read it see if there are any similarities in the USA.
“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated in my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, “why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?”  People will answer, “Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought disaster on them.”  
Our nation is gradually collapsing right before our very eyes. (taking God out of everything, collapsing of families, killing  babies, violent crimes, freedom of sex everywhere, illegal immigration, unrestraint greed, changing definition of marriage, free to determine your sex, attacks on Christianity and capitalism and more.
And while tolerance is growing, our freedom is fading.
“Once you open the flood gates you cannot tell the water where to run.” “Thomas Soul”  
Psalm 33:12 is God’s prescription for a national recovery-“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” 
We can’t keep spitting in God’s face. We will be destroyed. 
Micah 6:8-9 tells us what to do…Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God.
And 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us, “If my people (that’s you and me) will humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, turn from our wicked ways, I (God) will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

I love this country, our freedoms are paid with a huge price. The Flag and Statue of Liberty and singing patriotic songs bring goose bumps and I am so proud to be an American.
However they don’t compare with the wooden Cross of Calvary.
A symbol not of one country but of a whole kingdom, where we get eternal liberty and freedom!  The enemy lost with the resurrection of Jesus, my declaration of Independence!  Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness in eternity is this “For God so love the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
It’s time for…America to Bless God!  He is coming back!
See you Sunday…PEACE!!!
Love you and praying for you!
whit