The Sunday Message

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

This coming Wednesday is the Fourth of July also called “Independence Day.” There will be parades, picnics, and fireworks.

I hope you have a safe and happy fourth!

Since it’s an election year, there will be candidates or their volunteers in the parades letting us know they are patriotic and that they love the USA. They will shake hands, kiss babies, and maybe hand out some candy.

The Fourth of July is also the number one beer-drinking holiday, which means the saying, “Hold my beer and watch this” is probably something we’ll hear a lot.

This week I posted a poll result from Rasmussen that said 31% of likely voters said it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.

I hope not. Our country is really divided these days and it worries me. We may not like some of our elected officials, but we need to love our country.

Please join me in praying for our country over the Fourth of July holiday.

Have a great week!

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Fourth of July by the Numbers

Have a great Independence Day 2017 – Happy 242nd Birthday America!

From my friends at WalletHub here is…



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The Sunday Message

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. – Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

God bless America! Have a wonderful Independence Day holiday!

 

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Happy Independence Day 2016

We have so much as a Nation to be thankful – we should especially be thankful for those who have fought and died so that we may have freedom and liberty. My prayers go out to those protecting us today.

I posted this on Friday, but since today is Independence Day, I thought I would post it again. WalletHub takes a look at the 4th of July By the Numbers:

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The Sunday Message

For, dear brothers, you have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve each other.Galatians 5:13 (TLB)

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day. Since Independence Day is about our freedom and independence, I want to share a selection from a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was given at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963:

And I say to you today my friends, let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the mighty Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only there; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill in Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover

It’s Friday and the day before Independence Day – so there’s probably not much of an appetite for blog reading – but here I am cranking out another edition of “Caught My Eye” so thanks for stopping by!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Montana autopsies, 125 errors, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, U.S. Air Force and volunteering, Donald Trump, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
-Samuel F. Smith, “America”

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Hillary for America campaign, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Transportation Security Administration, unemployment, Instagram accounts, driving while impaired, Cuba, top songs for Independence Day, Republican candidates, and much more!

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Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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The Sunday Message

I hope you had a great Independence Day and you were able to enjoy the day with family and friends.

As I was watching the fireworks high in the sky over the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana, Friday night, I felt a sense of pride in our country. We may fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but when we need to we circle the wagons because we are Americans first.

Around this time of year I always try to read something about the Declaration of Independence or about the 56 men who signed it – kind of a refresher course.

Most of the signers were lawyers and merchants. There were two listed as clergymen, although there have been some arguments about how many signers had been involved in ministry.

My favorite line is, “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.”

We live in the greatest country on the face of the earth.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” –Galatians 5:13

 

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Happy Independence Day 2014

Friends,

We have so much as a Nation to be thankful – we should especially be thankful for those who have fought and died so that we may have freedom and liberty.  My prayers go out to those protecting us today.

Take a few minutes and listen to Ray Charles singing, “America the Beautiful” and enjoy this great day!

All the best,

-JmB

 

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