Last week I viewed the uniformly placed grave markers of veterans at the Springfield National Cemetery and the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.  Some buried there died in the heat of battle others died years after their service to our country.  All are to be equally respected.  I am a grateful American.


I am grateful that by the providence of God I was born in America.  This country has provided me with good health (I have always had safe drinking water), an education (both public and private schools), wealth (by world standards), and freedoms constitutionally provided.  I am a grateful American.


Our freedoms are constitutionally provided, they are not guaranteed.  We must through responsible citizenship fight to preserve these freedoms for future generations.  The most basic step toward preserving our freedom is to vote.  I do not consider voting a privilege, it is a duty.  It is my responsibility as a grateful American to cast my vote in every election.


Therefore I urge you to vote August 7.  Some may respond, “I can’t, I am not registered.”  Well, get registered and vote in November, irresponsibility is not acceptable.


Amendment 1 to the Constitution of the United States of America:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  I am grateful for freedom!


Also I encourage you to exercise “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” by attending “America’s Godly Heritage,” August 11, 2012, 7 PM, at the Benson Center.  .  Join me at the patriotic rally for America “to gain a renewed vision for America and a rededication to this great country that God has so graciously placed in our hands.”  I am a grateful American, who is glad to be your pastor


Journeying … ActsOne8 … Randy

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