For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who ever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.     john 3:16

The 13 Folds of the American Flag


 The first fold is a symbol of life.
The second fold is for our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing rank, who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold stands for our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it’s to Him we turn to in times of peace as well as war for his divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to America. In the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is where our heart lies. It’s with our flag that we pledge allegiance to the flag and the republic it stands for.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces. For it is the armed forces that protect our country and flag against enemies, whether they be domestic or foreign.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it is through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for He has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, which some consider the 13th fold; the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

 

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 Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

​God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above
From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home, sweet home
God bless America
My home, sweet home
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PARENT.....

In May and June we celebrate Mother and Father's Day. This is a good time to reflect on the role we have played and are playing in the lives of our children. 

The dictionary defines parent as the caregiver of a child. Make sure children are healthy and safe, equip them with the skills and resources to succeed as adults, and transmit basic cultural values to them. Parents and caregivers offer their children love, acceptance, appreciation, encouragement, and guidance. What does the Bible say about being a parent? It has a lot to say about raising our children to be men and women of God. The very first thing is to teach them God's Word along with being a godly example ourselves. We need to follow Deuteronomy 6:7-9: Impress them (instruction) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Discipline and instruction are integral parts of being a good parent. Children who grow up undisciplined lack direction and self-control. As they get older they rebel against any kind of authority, even God's, become resentful and discouraged. Discipline must be balanced with love. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Being a good parent is all about raising children who will follow our example in obeying and worshipping the Lord.  Also, the raising of a child is not the responsibility ot the school teacher or the Sunday School teacher. It belongs to mom and dad!