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Mischief by Statute – a Prophetic view of the Role of the Supreme Court, from 1995

Reprint from “The Scholars Corner”

Mischief By Statute

Psalm 94:20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who write mischief by statute?

Many people have suggested that the Declaration of Independence introduced a concept of individual rights into the values of this nation. They insist this concept of rights is foreign to authentic, biblical Christianity. Instead, the concern for “rights” is a product of 18th Century Enlightenment philosophy and is opposed to the very heart of Christianity. They argue: “Christians don’t have rights. Our life is a gift from God, and we give up our right to do what we wish when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. We yield our ‘right’ to pursue happiness, to have liberty, even our ‘right’ to life in order to become His servants. As Martin Luther King, Jr. so aptly put it, a Christian is not called to pursue happiness, but ‘to do the will of God, come what may!’ ”

What is missing from this argument is the social context in which the Founding Fathers thought and reasoned. The Founders of this nation never denied social obligations incumbent on individual members of society. They recognized that individual liberty was cradled in the larger responsibility of preserving the general welfare. The modern atomization of individual liberty into a selfish assertion of “rights” above the welfare of the community never entered their minds, for they understood every right presupposes responsibilities. The Founders accepted the necessity of sacrifice for the sake of the community, and to that end, they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They lived in such a context that our modern craving for selfish interests would have been intolerable to them.

As they forged a new form of civil government to preserve the general welfare, the Founding Fathers were concerned about the accumulation of excessive power by government. Their recent experiences with British tyranny left them with a great distrust of centralized authority. The Constitution was so written as to restrict the accumulation of powers by civil government. But these limitations of power were not based on Enlightenment philosophy (though that influence was part of contemporary political thought). Rather, this founding principle of the Constitution was the Biblical acknowledgment of God’s supreme right over the lives of men, a right that even a legitimate civil government has no authority to transgress – not because a government would be robbing the people of their rights, but because the government would be robbing God of His!

The opening lines of the Declaration of Independence declare:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…”

This statement about “equality” is not rooted in egalitarian philosophy, but in the belief of our equal value and worth to our Creator. Because we were created by God in His own image, we belong to Him. Because we belong to Him, He has certain rights over us that no State has a right to transgress. The Declaration was written to affirm God’s right over His creatures in opposition to a King who attempted to be god over his subjects.

Although we may have no rights that we can assert before God, He Who owns us has given us rights before one another, and has ordained civil government to protect His people from injustice (Romans 13:1-7). For example, God set a legal restraint on our right to do to other men what we want when He commanded, “Thou Shalt not Murder.” Capital punishment was prescribed as an instrument of just human government because God determined that no man has the right to infringe upon the right to life of another (Genesis 9:6). Capital Punishment is God’s response to man robbing God of his possessions!

The framers of the Constitution did not reason from a purely secular understanding of liberties but looked to the Old Testament for a godly pattern for civil government.1 The Scriptures acknowledged civil authority as delegated authority from God, upon which He placed divine limits. Even kings were not allowed to abuse God’s people. Those who did suffered not only divine retribution, but natural disaster.2 Biblical principles cautioned the Founders of the need to restrain the exercise of civil authority to its God given charter. The Biblical charter ordained civil authority chiefly to restrain evil and the wickedness of men and to promote an environment where the proclamation of God’s Truth was permitted freely.3 The Constitution framed the legitimate use and role of secular authority according to these Biblical patterns.

Can a civil authority remain legitimate and under divine favor if it throws off restraint and claims for itself rights and privileges not granted by God? No! Such a government sets itself up as a higher authority than God when it presumes to write and implement laws opposed to God’s Law. We have that situation today in America. The laws of the land, which now forbid the teaching of God’s Law in the schools and in public, imply that God is a threat to the State. The State must therefore control the free expression of religion in order to protect the people from harm. But the truth is that the State is entirely dependent upon the Law of God for its very existence! Yet the State, by its laws, has made itself the enemy of God.

If there is no authority higher than the State, then the State effectively becomes the arbiter of all that is just and right. The danger of this autonomous humanistic State is that it will not be restrained from exercising despotic and tyrannical power over its citizenry because it has become accountable to no one but itself. Recognizing no divine limit to its function, it becomes the arbiter of morals as well as policies. When a religious objection arises to a particular law or policy, the State appeals only to itself for its decision. It has no guiding principle higher than a flimsy social contract that is easily reinterpreted to suit present whims. There are no abiding principles or enduring truths to which the government must subject itself with reverence, respect, and awe. There is no absolute authority to which it may turn for counsel and wisdom.

When the Supreme Court publicly and officially expelled the Ten Commandments from our public schools in the 1960’s, it denied a divine sanction for morals and the State declared itself “Supreme.” A black-robed, gang of nine has become our nation’s god. It has declared its authority higher than the Creator’s by standing in opposition to God’s Law and by presuming to pass judgment upon the counsel of God. As a result, our protection as God’s property is being removed. Today, individual rights may serve the State’s interests, but tomorrow the State might change its mind. Who is to stop it now from dissolving those rights we so cherish? Are we nor already seeing an erosion of our freedom?

Cut off from divine favor and divine justice, the State can write laws opposed to the heart of God. Babies can be murdered in the womb as a legal right. Practicers of moral perversion can become a protected class deserving special privileges. The State is able to frame mischief (evil) into the very foundation and fabric of the law. Injustice and immorality are promoted and evil is rewarded and righteousness punished.

Secular authority in a vacuum cannot last. Without a divine sanction, a State loses its authority and ability to govern. As it writes mischief by statute it opposes God, and then God opposes the State. Just as Israel and Judah were destroyed by God for their defiance of His laws, His justice, and His divine compassion for the poor, so God’s patience with America draws to an end. The Founders knew, and cited often, the fact that when rulers in the Old Testament heeded God, Israel prospered, but when rulers did not, their nation floundered.4 Our Forefathers begged for mercy from Almighty God, lest this nation also fail to be sustained by divine favor and providence.

Thomas Jefferson said, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are 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 does not sleep forever….”5

With the rejection of conscience and the Word, with the promotion of immorality and perverseness under the banner of liberty, with selfishness and greed replacing commitment and sacrifice, and with the blood of 30 million innocent children on our hands, can we really believe God remains indifferent to our disobedience? Can we really hope as a nation to be spared the rod of his wrath?

Endnotes

1. For extensive documentation of the Founder’s reliance on Scripture as the principal founding document for the U.S. Constitution, get David Barton’s video or audio cassette entitled “America’s Godly Heritage,” Wallbuilders P.O. Box 397, Aledo TX 76008; Tel. #817- 441-6044.

2. See the life of David as one example (esp. 2 Sam. 24). Chronicles and Kings are full of examples too numerous to mention.

3. Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 3: 10, & John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, IV. XX. 3, 6, 8, 9,31 & 32.

4. From a Conversation on the Floor of the Constitutional Convention, the Founders discussed how a nation will answer to God: “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this, by an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.” As recounted by David Barton, op. cit.

5. Thomas Jefferson, from A Summary View of the Rights of British America, & Notes on The State of Virginia, Query 18., as quoted on the Jefferson Memorial, Wash. D.C.

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Love Interrupted

First sermon I’ve preached in years, and never had people clap and cheer for a sermon before :-)

June 7, 2015

God’s Desire for Love and Fellowship – Interrupted

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, Where are you? And he said, I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. (Genesis 3:6–10, ESV)

God’s Problem is in us! Sin Causes Shame and Fear

Fear Causes us to Avoid God and Run from His Presence, when all He wants is Fellowship

Every Time God Reaches Out… Fear Causes us to Pull Away:

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Exodus 19:4–6, ESV)

Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die. Moses said to the people, Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin. The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:18–21, ESV)

God’s Plan… Send a Redeemer

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1:68–75, ESV)

And Cross the Barrier of our Guilt, Fear, and Shame

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God . (2 Corinthians 5:16–6:1, ESV)

That we might Live without Fear:

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15, ESV) For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:6–7, ESV)

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:17–19, ESV)

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I’ve Had it With Yahoo! as My Home Page

Yahoo Browser Hijack leads to ExodusFor years I have used Yahoo! as my home page. It has a lot of nice features: stock market, latest business news, a pleasing layout that you can modify, and it isn’t too cluttered.   However, I’ve reached my limit with a particular hack Yahoo uses for it’s search field.  When you start typing anything in the Safari URL field, Yahoo! hijacks the focus and puts it in the Yahoo! search bar field.  Not only is this “feature” unwelcome, it is also so annoying that I’m dropping it from my life. The most frustrating thing about this javascript hijack is that it will grab your text in the middle of typing, leaving you with part of your se…
arch… in the URL field and the rest of it in the Yahoo! search bar. I have turned off all extensions and it still happens. There are plenty of other people who have complained about this hijack on Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The problem was I couldn’t find another page to replace it as my start page.  I recently have found 3 that I am investigating. Start.meProtopage.com, and Netvibes.  Start.me is very customizable in terms of widgets and feeds, but it doesn’t seem to offer much in terms of color schemes and legibility options. The text is thin and bland.   Protopage has more customizable color schemes and text, and Netvibes I find to be a bit confusing and less intuitive for using widgets and settings to make it personal, although it has the best color scheme and layout.

None of them have some of the features I really appreciated in iGoogle pages, where I could follow and track all my web services and clients.  I recently talked to a Google employee who told me that the development teams are allowed to experiment in all sorts of different ways, but one problem that arises with all these experiments is a lack of coordination of the various services. I see a bit of that disconnectedness when I wish to tie my Webmaster account with my Analytics and my Adwords.  It is almost as if you need to sign out and sign in to the other parts of your account to access them. You don’t, but it is not seamless and intuitive.  With all the inventions, there is a lot of confusion.
Today, I’m setting Start.me as my home page and will try that for a week.

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DANGER! DANGER TO US LIBERTY!!! Please VETO THE TRANS-PACIFIC TREATY!!!

The fact that this document is so secret that its contents cannot be revealed to the American people for 4 years after it has passed is an affront to the democratic process and the liberties of the people. It is the greatest power grab by the government, over and against the people, since the founding of the Republic. 

Wikileaks has gotten their hands on a copy of Obama’s phony TPP trade bill.  It contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade.  Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment.  It’s very interesting.  It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade.  If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the country for expected losses.  That is outrageous.  Here is where you can find the chapter on investment: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/WikiLeaks-TPP-Investment-Chapter/page-2.html

The agreement also regulates the internet and requires internet companies to gather certain data which they will be required to share with certain private companies.  Many of the provisions will not only be secret before the vote in the House, but will also be kept secret for four years after the bill is signed.  That means we won’t know what’s in it even after it’s passed. From Wikileaks:

The Investment Chapter highlights the intent of the TPP negotiating parties, led by the United States, to increase the power of global corporations by creating a supra-national court, or tribunal, where foreign firms can “sue” states and obtain taxpayer compensation for “expected future profits”. These investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals are designed to overrule the national court systems. ISDS tribunals introduce a mechanism by which multinational corporations can force governments to pay compensation if the tribunal states that a country’s laws or policies affect the company’s claimed future profits. In return, states hope that multinationals will invest more. Similar mechanisms have already been used. For example, US tobacco company Phillip Morris used one such tribunal to sue Australia (June 2011 – ongoing) for mandating plain packaging of tobacco products on public health grounds; and by the oil giant Chevron against Ecuador in an attempt to evade a multi-billion-dollar compensation ruling for polluting the environment. The threat of future lawsuits chilled environmental and other legislation in Canada after it was sued by pesticide companies in 2008/9. ISDS tribunals are often held in secret, have no appeal mechanism, do not subordinate themselves to human rights laws or the public interest, and have few means by which other affected parties can make representations.

Do we really want to turn our laws over to large corporations?  I don’t think so.

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A Mac Alternative to Hootsuite – Scheduled Posting to Social Media

A Mac Alternative to Hootsuite – Scheduled Posting to Social Media with MacJournal

If you are a manager of social media postings for your own company or for clients, you may have realized that to maintain visibility and interest, you have to be posting on a regular basis, if not several times a day. Sometimes your target audience is active when you are not at work: weekends, holidays, after hours, etc. Hootsuite™ is a service that allows you to create and schedule postings for future dates and times, to post when you are not online or at the office. Depending upon your responsibilities, you can add teams to your Hootsuite accounts and manage multiple clients and multiple services (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Google+,YouTube, WordPress, tumblr., etc.). Hootsuite may be essential if you are full time social media manager, but if the number of your clients who require (or are willing to pay for) this service are few, the $10 to $15 per month fee may make cause you to think twice.
Hootsuite offers a free service but it only includes 3 social profiles. You will quickly outgrow that limitation with just one client. Since I have several clients who require occasional updates, rather than continual postings, I started looking for a lower cost alternative, until more clients are convinced that they need social media services. Not every client needs social media services, but watching the growth of Google search rankings of my partner company, I.G.O.T.A.®, and our explosive growth on Facebook and Instagram, I am convinced that every regional retail or service oriented company needs a dominant position on social platforms. Popular sharing and links on Facebook, for example, have caused our clients’ rankings to skyrocket on Google and their sales to go international. I.G.O.T.A.® uses Hootsuite Business for our company services.
However, for my personal clients, who are smaller and whose budgets are more limited, I found a Mac based product that has a decent set of features, for a small, onetime fee. The product is called MacJournal ($39.95), distributed by Mariner Software. The program has the ability to schedule posts to blog sites using a blog’s embedded scheduling features. This works well on WordPress, which allows you publish on a future date and time, but other services, like tumblr, have no scheduling feature. For blog services like tumblr, you can use MacJournal’s onboard scheduling options to submit your post at a later time. However, MacJournal will need to be open and the computer awake in order to complete this task. If the scheduled date passes and your computer is asleep, it will not wake up to post the missed items. By contrast, Hootsuite posts are scheduled from the Hootsuite server. Once set up, you can forget and turn off your computer.

In addition to blogs, MacJournal also allows you to post directly to Facebook and Twitter. The problem is that it will only post to your currently active (logged in) Facebook or Twitter account. If you are trying to manage multiple client Facebook accounts, this feature is of no real value. However, there is a solution – at least for WordPress sites. By setting up your client’s WP site to publicize automatically to their Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts, when you post, it will automatically send the update to your client’s other services. That allows you to keep your client’s WP site and Facebook page updated and in sync. For every blogging site you create a separate connection, called a Journal. So you can create unlimited WordPress, tumblr and Blogger logins. And if a client has multiple services, you can create one blog post that you can post to all their accounts.

I, frankly, have not tried out all blogging services with MacJournal, so your mileage may vary, but it works well with the dominant blog, WordPress. I am having difficulty posting to my tumblr account, which I rarely use. I don’t have a Blogger service.

I have been in conversation with support for MacJournal, and they have future plans for improvements, and it is not yet a Hootsuite replacement. But it also does other things that are not related to social media like audio recording, creating books, and a slew of other things not relevant to this article. Also,

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I have encountered a few bugs with the current release (6.1.2), one of which is that while you can set tags and categories for your WP posts, the categories you choose on the layout are not transferred properly. It is also a bit confusing as to how to set up future posts.wpid-macjournal-2014-10-21-23-03.png In the information panel the status and due date menus are not intuitive. When exactly will your future post be scheduled? If you want to post to publish in the future, but you want WP to handle the future date and time (and not leave your computer on and awake continually), you have to publish the post immediately. If you do not choose immediate, then the post will be sent as a draft and will not post on the future date and time selected. Also, I cannot find a way to float images right or left in MJ, so you’ll have to correct these manually within WP.

Bottom Line: This is a great app for a client who has a single site and wants to update their own pages. By setting up a Facebook Page, a

Twitter account and a Linkedin page for the client and using WP for their website and blog, the client can handle their own social media to the degree they have the time, interest, and dedication. For managing multiple sites, it works best with WP where a manager of multiple WP sites for several clients and can post once and have it repost to Twitter, FB, etc. However, since Instagram posts to Facebook or WordPress via plugins, and not the other way around, it cannot receive an update from FB or WP. Therefore, MJ will not post to Instagram. That would have still to be done manually.

For companies or teams who are managing multiple clients and need up to 50 social media services, Hootsuite for Business would be an obvious choice. MacJournal cannot compete on that level. Hootsuite also has a corporate level service that is unlimited, but the price is not advertised, so you know what that means…
So, MacJournal is a good single starting point for limited social media management, but it is not yet a Hootsuite killer. It will take quite a bit of development, and an automated cloud service to come close.

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Amazon Suppressing Reviews to Benefit Sellers!

I have reviewed many products on Amazon, but recently I got a notice that one of my reviews was suppressed at the behest of the seller, which has only 1 review, a 5 star. I was astounded. I gave the product a 3 star review, saying that while it looks nice, it does not deter real herons from attacking our koi pond, as it is advertised to do.  I protested to Amazon, which promised to get back to me, explaining the reason and justification for suppressing a legitimate review, but after 3 months,  I still have not heard back from them. I suspect that there is some collusion between Amazon and their larger retailers. So, I am just saying, BEWARE of glowing reviews.

Amazon suppressing legitimate review

Initial Question: Why was my REVIEW Suppressed??? I said the product looked good but did NOT deter real cranes from eating my fish. Why was my FAIR review removed and this one, perhaps a shill allowed???
Order #
104-2260671-802….

02:28 PM PDT Jefferis Peterson: The product is advertised as a decoy to deter herons, it did not work
02:28 PM PDT Michael(Amazon): Hello, my name is Michael. I hope you’re doing well. I am sorry to read that you have this issue. I’ll be happy to help you.
02:28 PM PDT Jefferis Peterson: I think my review was fair.
Why was it allowed to be suppressed. I gave the product 3 stars.
02:29 PM PDT Michael(Amazon): I understand let me check on this
02:29 PM PDT Jefferis Peterson: I’ve done many reviews. All fair and none mean.
02:32 PM PDT Michael(Amazon): sorry for the delay, I’m researching on this
02:34 PM PDT Michael(Amazon): Jefferis, this goes beyond what I can do, so I’ll transfer this to the department that can give you the answer you are looking for
I’ll email them this information and they will contact you back
02:35 PM PDT Jefferis Peterson: Okay, thank you. This is the first time someone has suppressed my review and I think it not good for Amazon or for their business.
May I end the chat then?
02:38 PM PDT Michael(Amazon): sure, have a great day, I’ll send a confirmation email for the transfer to another department
02:38 PM PDT Jefferis Peterson: thank you
Thank you.
Amazon.com

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The Hobby Lobby Decision and What it Means for the Church

The Supreme Court upheld religious liberty and freedom of conscience in its 5-4 decision on Monday, and in doing so, avoided the same mistake the Court made when it upheld the rights of slave owners in the Dred Scott decision and ensured the Civil War. The Dred Scott case not only restored the rights of slave owners to recapture runaway slaves in the Northern States, but made those who did not believe in slavery complicit in their capture and return. In other words, it forced those who hated slavery to comply with slavery by handing slaves back to their masters. This legal decision to deny freedom of conscience only served to strength Abolitionist sentiment and helped precipitate the Civil War.Dred Scott, whose famous case to gain his free...

Noting that then, as today, we have a sharply divided country on the issue of just “who” is entitled to the protection of life and liberty, that narrowly divided Supreme Court is reflective of that divide. The belief that abortion is indeed murder is a conviction that will not disappear with the stroke of the judge’s pen, as has been amply demonstrated by over 40 years of conflict and social disaffection.

However, this decision is a lesson for the Church and what happens when the true people of God come together in the agreement of prayer: things change for the better. We are often discouraged and downcast by the organized media, thinking that the people of God have no effect or power when it comes to the government or the world. We are targeted for such discouragement on purpose by the media, who would just like us to disappear, go away, and stop upholding our convictions about life, faith, justice and morals in the public square. The left leaning media and the blue-blood Republicans consider us a thorn in the side of liberalism on the one hand and unrestrained commerce on the other. In spite of how alone we feel and how powerless we are told we have become, we will cannot change our convictions or our faith.

An Angel Releases the Apostle Peter

An Angel Releases the Apostle Peter (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

There was also another time, when the “Church” was less than a few thousand people, had no political power, was persecuted by the government and by their own religious institutions, and all they could do was pray. Even then, they did not believe in the effectiveness of their prayers; they seemed so small. The story goes that Peter was arrested and put in prison (Acts 12), and the church was gathered together to “earnestly pray” for his release. And the night before he was to be put on trial, an angel opened the prison doors and set Peter free. Peter comes to the house of prayer, but when he gets there, the people refuse to believe that their prayers have been answered:

“And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and told that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, “You are mad.” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel!” But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.” -Acts 12:13-16

My point is this: when the people of God pray in unity for righteousness, our prayers can be answered even when, individually, we don’t believe in the power or effectiveness of our prayers. This decision shows that the great grass-roots, hidden from the eyes of the media and the powers of this age, have more power and effectiveness than they realize, and such a result should give us hope and courage to continue on in prayer for our nation and the Lord’s salvation. Many are the prayers of the saints that have gone up to God from all across the nation regarding our right to be free to practice our faith and follow the liberty of conscience. Those sometimes fumbling, stumbling, and “hardly expecting an answer” prayers have indeed been heard. God hears and the nation is held in the balance. Those prayers make a difference! Let’s see what else the Lord will do through us!

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