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7 08 This Land TWP

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 The Preacher’s Notebook 
The Paper and Electronic Pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Mineral Springs, NC 
(Delivered by E-mail and Us Postage Through Subscription as an Extension of the Pulpit Ministry of this Church)
Dr. Terry W. Preslar – PO Box 388 – Mineral Springs, NC 28108
(704)843-3858 – E-Mail: preslar12@windstream.net
Copyright © 2007. Terry W. Preslar All rights reserved. 
Vol. II July, 2008Issue 7
– Your Land and Mine –
Heritage and Liberty from Then ‘Til NowA Resource for the Patriot and Loyal American
Compiled and Edited By Dr. Terry W. Preslar 
 Introduction
The American Spirit is an intangible yet personal part of all of our lives. It has been our lifeblood bothin war and peace ... it is found in all strata of our society. In this booklet, we strive to present the major documents which form the foundation for the American Spirit.The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution embody not only the Spirit of America, but alsothe assurance that the way of life we hold so dear will continue ... for generations to come. To those persons – past, present, and future – who cherish and maintain the concepts of freedom for which our country stands,we dedicate the “Your Land and Mine” edition of the “Preacher’s Notebook.”
The Background of Independence
When Columbus set foot on the shores of the “New World” , little didhe realize the immensity of his discovery. To be sure, there was little to be proud of at the time. The vast land before him, with its gaunt denseforests and quaint habitation, left little to the imagination, aside from proving his own theory that the world was round. It wasn’t until 1620 thatAmerica began to have a purpose for its existence. That year the Pilgrims,a band of refugees seeking rest from religious persecution and oppressionin their own country, saw in this new land the priceless freedom theydreamed of.One of the first acts of these freedom seeking people was the signingof the Mayflower Compact, regarded by some historians as marking the beginning of democracy in America. In the cabin of the Mayflower, as it lay alongside the Massachusettscoast, the 41 adult male Pilgrims affixed their signatures to the document which stated their intention to forma government and to abide by its laws. Historian George Bancroft calls the simple ceremony “the birth of  popular constitutional liberty.” The text of the
 Mayflower Compact 
reads:
 In the Name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread  sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of theChristian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and oneanother, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering 
 
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and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid, and by virtue hereof enact constitute and  frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
True, there were hardships – Fierce winters, starvation, and disease; hostilities with the Indians andcountless adversities; and as time went on, even oppression of British rule reached over the huge water toantagonize them.Yet these early settlers persevered because here in this new land was hope, hope for their children andtheir children’s children. Here in America they would eventually escape the tyranny of ruthless despotism.This was only the beginning of the long (unfinished) fight for freedom of speech; freedom from want;freedom of worship; and freedom from fear. The Puritan immigration ceased in 1640, but the spirit of libertywas firmly implanted.Early in the autumn of 1775, the Continental Congress was waiting to hear from King George of Englandto know whether he would recognize the Congress as a legal body. The answer arrived in October bearingthe King’s utter refusal to receive the petition or to see the messenger that bore it. He declared the colonistsin a state of rebellion and no longer under his protection.It was evident that the King meant to force the colonists into submission. His bitter resentment of their  proposal for independence sent him pleading to other kings and princes for military support, but theyapparently were not in sympathy. The various powerful European states, especially France, Spain, andHolland, ignored the king’s pleas and decided to place the bulk of their influential aid behind the Americancause.It was not long before the subject of independence began to be proclaimed from the housetops. Thesubject was debated on all sides, and the idea of independence grew steadily during the winter and spring.In January, 1776, there appeared a remarkable pamphlet entitled “Common Sense” from the pen of ThomasPaine. History reports that the document won thousands to the cause. North Carolina won the honor of being first to make the official move for the Declaration of Independence, followed shortly by Rhode island and Massachusetts. Virginia, fourth to come in, went further than the others by instructing the delegates to propose independence to the Continental Congress. On theMay 15, 1776, Congress passed a set of resolutions offered by John Adams authorizing the several coloniesto set up state governments, independent of the Crown. The majority of the members had come to favor afinal break with England.Early in June, Richard Henry Lee, one of the foremost delegates from Virginia, rose before Congress andsolemnly offered the resolution in obedience to his constituents, “that these United Colonies are, and of rightought to be, free and independent states and they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown.” Hisresolution, after a brief debate, was tabled, and on July 1, a committee chosen by ballot and naming ThomasJefferson its chairman, prepared the Declaration in a suitable form to be sent to the world. It was at this timethat Lee’s resolution was taken up again. On July 2, the resolution was passed by unanimous vote.On the evening of the 4th of July, the document prepared and written by Thomas Jefferson, known asthe Declaration of Independence, was adopted by vote thereby giving birth to a newly founded nation.The Declaration was a true expression of the popular will. The people were deeply mindful of the gravityof the step they were taking, of the vast responsibility they were assuming. They knew that a long bloodywar must follow – that it meant untold suffering and sacrifice, vacant chairs at the family fireside, widowedmothers and fatherless children. But they took no step backward. They saw in the future a new nation, withcommercial and political freedom and self-government. “America was never so great,” says a famous writer,“as on the day when she declared her independence.”
The Shadow of the Flag 
The Flag of the United States of America is a grand object of American tradition. It is said that in June
 
-3-1776, a committee headed by General George Washington visited the home of Betsy Ross. She was knownas an expert seamstress who had made many flags and was commissioned to make the first Flag. She issupposed to have suggested the arrangement of the five point stars. The first Flag was made, and the designwas adopted by a resolution of congress on June 14, 1777.The Flag has many popular names. One of the most common of these is “the Stars and Stripes.” FrancisScott Key gave the Flag the poetic name, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, in 1814 with the writing of the poemthat would become the national anthem. A young sea captain, William Driver hailed the Flag as “Old Glory,”in 1831. It has been the inspiration for the fighting ranks of our military on a thousand fields of battle.Victory and defeat have been enjoyed and endured under this banner of RED, WHITE AND BLUE.As I stood one day with my back to the Sun, near the Flag pole in our church yard. The shadow fellacross the grassy lawn and was an impressive view. I thought deeply of the Flag. Emotions flooded my mindand all the confusion of my feelings brought tears to my eyes. Quickly, I turned to see if the Flag was surelyoverhead and found the substance of the shadow was a beautiful, red, white and blue sight that proved tomy sentimentality that the nation was still alive. My interlude of fear that there might be only a shadow wassharp and painful. The experience of seeing the shadow of the Flag prompted me to a search of my heartonce again for Christian Patriotism. The song writer has said “I am a citizen of two worlds.” As a Christian,I have a love for this country that goes deep in the soul of my being. Also, as a Christian I have an allegianceto the Heavenly Kingdom.America is the only nation in which this dual citizenship is a strength to the country. What makesAmerica great is the prayers of the saints and the providence of GOD. This can be seen in the fact that thefirst document produced in the New World, The Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620, stated the purposes of “Christian Patriotism.” (“...For Ye glorie of GOD, and advancement of Ye Christian faith...”)Their stated intent later became the goals and ground of our freedom.We exist in the shadow of many things. In this day of anti-heros we live in the shadow of many almostforgotten national heros. In this amoral generation, we live in the shadow of morality. Nationally, our freedoms are each ebbing toward a shadow. God given Freedoms seem to be in danger at every juncture.Allow a turn of thought, now, to the shadow of the cross. In the shadow of the cross is found our onlyhope for a nation needing a revived nationalism. As certain as there is only one Flag there is only one cross.The preaching of the cross is GOD’S plan to display the substance of the cross in the eyes of the world. Paulhas said in Gal. 6:14: “GOD forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...”On the great day of the Forth of July, every year, as we look at the Flag and our hearts are thrilled, letus remember Paul’s words of Phil. 1:23: “...I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to bewith Christ;...Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” Let each American pray that theneeds of others will be a force that will drive America on to greatness in the years to come.
The History of the Flag 
(Some of the data for this section was taken from “http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html” towhich the reader is referred for more information as needed)
The first official American flag the Continental or Grand Union flag, was displayed on Prospect Hill,January 1, 1776, in the American lines besieging Boston. It had thirteen alternate red and white stripes, withthe British Union Jack in the upper left comer. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted thedesign for a new flag which actually was the Continental flag with the Red Cross of St George and the whitecross of St. Andrew replaced on the blue field by thirteen stars, one for each state, No rule was made as tothe arrangement of the stars, and while they were usually shown in a circle, there were various other designs.it is uncertain when the new flag was first flown, but its first official announcement is believed to have beenon September 3, 1777.The first public assertion that Betsy Ross made the first Stars and Stripes appeared in a paper read beforethe Historical Society of Pennsylvania on March 14, 1870, by William J. Canby, a grandson. However, Mr.

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