Thursday, February 21, 2013

Presidentially Speaking

As you know last Monday was Presidents Day and being a homeschooling Mom I thought it would be nice to add something about our Presidents into our day. I also wanted to make it a positive and light experience, since politics these days or anything but positive or light. So I began researching godly quotes from our Presidents and founding fathers. I came across these and they are really good.

George Washington #1
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favors.

John Adams #2
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be." 

Thomas Jefferson #3
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event." 

James Monroe #5
“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.” 

John Quincy Adams #6
“It is no slight testimonial, both to the merit and worth of Christianity, that in all ages since its promulgation the great mass of those who have risen to eminence by their profound wisdom and integrity have recognized and reverenced Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of the living God.”

Abraham Lincoln #16
“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” 

Grover Cleveland #22 and #24 
“All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.” 

Theodore Roosevelt #26
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” 

Calvin Coolidge #30
“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

Harry Truman #33
“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.”

John F. Kennedy #35
 “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

Ronald Reagan #40
“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” 

George W. Bush #43
“Each day millions of our citizens approach our Maker on bended knee, seeking His grace and giving thanks for the many blessings He bestows upon us.”

Barack Obama #44 and #45
" And I will do everything I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation.

I was pleasantly surprised by most of the quotes I found. It showed that most of our Presidents and leaders, whether they claimed to be Christian or not, followed and lived out Judaic Christian values, but our recent President may at times speaks like he agrees with some of those values and yet other times speaks in a totally different way. Even in the quotes I found, had multiple views on who God is, if you don't believe me just research it. The Ten Commandments explains exactly who God is and that He is the one true God and there is to be none before Him.

Exodus 20: 3-6
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

From our fore-fathers and past Presidents quotes you could see they knew the One, True God and if they didn't they still adhered to the moral standards therein the Bible. God doesn't judge a land on whether they believe in Him or not. He judges them on their morals and how they treat His people. A good example of this is in Amos. Amos was a simple shepherd that God sends to preach of His judgement on Judah and the surrounding lands. What I found peculiar is that in Amos 1, God sent Amos to warn the non-believers before He sent Amos to the Israelites. Amos tells the non-believers that God will judge them on issues of immorality and their violence toward His people and each other. One verse really stood out to me.

Amos 1:13 Thus says the Lord,
"For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four, I will not revoke its punishment, Because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to enlarge their borders.

First of all the transgressions of the sons of Ammon numbered four, how many transgressions lay on the sons and leaders of this country, far more than four. You might say well surely we don't rip open the wombs of pregnant women. Well on the contrary in this country, we have ripped about 55 million innocent children from there mothers womb since 1973 when they decided on Roe v. Wade. That number far surpasses any number the sons of Ammon could have ever done. As most pro-lifers know, President Obama is a big fan of abortion and of the Roe v Wade decision. Don't believe me, than believe his words. You can read The Washington Post report here:

Here is another one of President Obama's quotes, and this one might explain why he celebrates Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood, "I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
 Punished with a baby! By the way, I wonder how that made his two daughters feel to know that their own father thinks babies are a punishment. Babies are not a punishment. 
Scripture reveals the truth about what babies and children are:

Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.

 Children are a gift from God, a reward and should be considered as blessings.

Needless to say after all the research I traveled through, in the course of  adding Presidential information to our Presidents Day, I just decided that we would take the time and thank the Lord for our past leaders and pray for our current leaders. God forgive them for they know not what they do! All is not lost for we are children of God and we still live in a time of great hope for this grand country in which we live.

2 Chronicles 7:14
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Children of God, seek His face turn from your worldly ways and He will heal our land!

My mother used to bake a cherry pie on Washington's birthday, I used to do cherry cobbler, but this year I did a savory cherry dish.
Cherried Chicken
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
12 ounce jar of any cherry preserves ( I used black cherry)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat. Sprinkle spices on both sides of all chicken. 

Place chicken in hot skillet. When chicken is seared on both sides put in a 9x13 baking dish. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.

Switch temperature of burner to low and add butter. 

When butter is melted, carefully add in juice to pan, if pan is too hot it will sizzle. Scrape bottom of pan to get all of the chicken bits off of the pan.

 Then add in the preserves, stir just until melted.

Pour cherry sauce over chicken in baking dish. 

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 min. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more, until chicken is completely cooked. Sauce will be on the thin side.

I like to serve cherried chicken with rice and ladle sauce over the chicken and the rice.

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