What fun to introduce you to my young friend and writer, 12-year-old Isaac Barros. Isaac is the son of our beloved family friend, Larry Barros, who went home to be with Jesus in 2014. Larry was a children’s church leader, curriculum writer, and an amazing preacher. I plan to introduce you to Larry’s words sometime in the future.
Following Isaac’s contribution below, you will find a bit of my musings and a variety of fun resources for all ages to inform and celebrate America and freedom. year-round.
Inside America's lengthy history Back to ol’ 1750 We were forced to pay taxes on tea Includin’ powdry sugar fo’ candy All to looney King Georgie And America was boilin’ angry! We celebrate July 4th When America marched forth America had golden independence Ova’ th’ void of despondence Yanks remember the Boston tea party Brave gents tumbling tea into the Sea We blitzed at the tyranny Seeking to be politically free We remember all of this Casting fireworks that leave a colorful kiss They eat up the inky sky Impossible to pass by America followed the trinity Trust in God completely -Isaac Barros, 2022, (12 years old)
You may be right, but that doesn’t give you a right to be rude.
Rather than employ the now popular and ineffective choice of today’s culture to shut people down and refuse to hear others out, let’s talk it out with reasoned arguments, compassion and respect.
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19 (NKJV)
The Bible counsels us to speak the truth in love. ( Ephesians 4:15 )
Let me bring attention, to the racial tension Let’s take a listen, and see what we’ve been missin’ This is a call to take action show some compassion Listen pay attention show some affection — Excerpt from my spoken word in progress
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 NKJV)
Remember, if you hold the truth you have a moral obligation to show others to the light.Tweet
The Great Seal of the United States of America says we are. “E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one.”
Our pledge of allegiance states, “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” and our national motto says, “In God We Trust.”
But when we seek our own and trust in man, as some do, we end up divided. See, the Gospel has the answers—it truly is the answer for all that ails us.
A Reminder: It’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
To me it is a puzzle, why they wanna muzzle What’s up with cancel culture, like an evil vulture Why they so aggressive — tryna be suppressive? Try to steal our right to preach — our freedom of speech That’s why we had a revolution, established the Constitution We have a right to preach, the freedom of speech I have a proclamation We don’t need permission To be about the great commission Make a decision to live a life of mission To preach about God‘s grace — offered to the human race — Excerpt from my spoken word in progress
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)
RESOURCES Independence Day at the National Archives #ArchivesJuly4 National Archives — America’s Founding Documents: The Declaration of Independence The Constitution The Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence • Dramatic Reading
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