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Discover the forgotten and astounding story of our nation’s founding in Historian David Barton’sThe American Heritage Series.”

Realize the amazing calling upon Christian citizens to be light and salt in their communities and nation. In addition to the DVD presentation with related discussions, there will be essential study of our Declaration, our Constitution and related subjects.

Many Americans are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our nation’s

  • Are we being told an altered view of history or has it altogether been rewritten?
  • Are we a society that has forgotten the truth of its own past?
  • What are the consequences if we have?

No Cost. But please pre-register, call 248.689.4713 x455.
(Indicate “American Heritage Series” and the names of attendees.)

6:45—8:45pm for Six Tuesday Evenings
April 17 through May 22, 2012
Rooms 10/11/12

Location: Faith Luthern Church
37635 Dequindre Road
Troy, MI 48083
(1/4 mile north of 16 Mile, west side of Dequindre)

Today, President Obama

addressed the United Nations Assembly.

In President Obama’s speech, he praised the many regime changes that occurred over the past year, citing how change does not necessarily need to come by violence.  Specifically, the portion of text from his speech to the U.N. Assembly was…

“So this has been a remarkable year. The Qaddafi regime is over. Gbagbo, Ben Ali, Mubarak are no longer in power. Osama bin Laden is gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him. Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way that they will be. The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Dictators are on notice.”

Here again, is the same text,

parsed with snippets of news reports of the day.

“So this has been a remarkable year. (The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 9.1)

The Qaddafi regime is over.(Libyan rebels on Monday said they had sent more fighters and weaponry to Tripoli…)

Gbagbo, (Toure says no U.N. troops were involved in Mr. Gbagbo’s capture which he says was carried out by fighters…)

Ben Ali, (The departure came as a dramatic climax to weeks of violent protests against Ben Ali’s rule in the north African nation…)

Mubarak (It was a moment they had anticipated throughout long days of relentless demonstrations — sometimes violent — that demanded Mubarak’s departure….)

are no longer in power (Rockets pound ghost city as allies say Gaddafi must go…)

Osama bin Laden is gone, (The president called the killing of bin Laden the “most significant achievement to date”…)

and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him.

Something is happening in our world. (The crowd I saw and spoke with were well informed, and deeply concerned Americans about the direction their country was headed. They were polite, courteous and above all–patriotic.)

The way things have been is not the way that they will be. (“We’ve come to take our government back,” Paul declared to a cheering throng.)

The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. (A federal jury found former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of 17 of the 20 counts…)

Dictators are on notice. (President Barack Obama is rapidly advancing an executive dictatorship)

The only question that remains is,

“Who will write the history”?

Random acts of American Exceptionalism can be found all over this country. Perhaps, the fixation of the 24-hour news cycle (too often filled with negative stories) cause us to forget how deep American’s will dig into their pockets, only to help out their fellow man. Major disasters like Hurricane Katrina often highlight the passionate contributions made of time, energy, money and goods made towards our fellow man.  Smaller acts of kindness and support are so prevalent in our daily lives they often go overlooked.  Certainly, Donations made to the local Little League team or Girl Scout Council don’t even count as a “blip on the radar” of the giving made by most Americans.

Take for example a seemingly small local event, like the

Mount Clemens Grand Prix.

This annual event is run entirely by the good hearts of volunteers, who raise tens of thousands of dollars every year for some local charities. Meanwhile, the Mount Clemens Grand Prix demonstrates the basic American ideals of fairness, competition and good clean fun. The event is held every year on the first Saturday following Labor Day, in downtown Mount Clemens (Saturday 10th for 2011).

And who can deny the many many small organizations in Romeo that benefit from untold hours of volunteerism (like parking cars) at the Annual Peach Festival. Romeo’s major annual event, the Michigan Peach Festival spearheaded by the Romeo Lions Club is so close to our hearts, it is often forgotten the foundation of the event is to raise money for charity.

But, you don’t have to look in

Small Town America

to find acts of generosity and American Exceptionalism.

Take this recent example of a New York construction worker who thought to ease the tensions of his fellow man by “singing on the street corner”, during his lunch break. No, this guy (Gary Russo) doesn’t want any donations! He’s a giver! He just wants you to enjoy your lunch. Is this guy crazy for trying to lighten the spirits of his fellow citizens on the street? You decide.

Still doubt that  “American Exceptionalism” is alive and well? How about these stories of what can be found in your local Starbucks or at the Gas Station? Or, even what one lady did to save a cop?

Are You Exceptional?

Quite probably you are!
Random Acts of Kindness are everywhere in America.

Easter is the most recognized day to signify Rebirth and Renewal,

much as our own Declaration of Independence is recognized

as signifying the birth of a New Nation.

From the earliest settlers’ Colony at Roanoke (1586) Easter played an important role in the colonists’ lives. Even Ben Franklin marks time in Poor Richard’s Almanac with his quotable “He that would have a short Lent, let him borrow Money to be repaid at Easter.” Ben (as Poor Richard) would go on to stress the power of Debt to enslave men to their creditors. Along with other great thinking, Ben would ponder the origins of the Egg as a symbol of Easter and rebirth.

And try as some might to paint George Washington as a Deist,

his very Tomb refers to the promise of Easter listing the phrase

I Am The Resurrection And The Life…”.

Likewise, the Jefferson Memorial

is a favored location for Easter Sunrise Services.

This Easter Sunday will provide many

opportunities to celebrate locally.

Here is a list of just a few:

Calvary Christian Fellowship Center, 11097 27 Mile Road, Washington, MI

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church and School, 61095 Campground Road, Washington, MI

First Baptist Church, 58774 Van Dyke Rd, Washington, MI

First Congregational Church, 102 Church St, Romeo, MI 48065

Harvest Fellowship of Romeo, 228 N Main St, Romeo, MI 48065

Mt Vernon United Methodist Church, 3000 28 Mile Road, Washington Twp

Orchards Community Church, 74093 McKay Road, Romeo, MI 48065

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8600 27 Mile Road, Washington MI 48094

River of God Community Church, 230 E Saint Clair St, Romeo, MI 48065

Romeo Church of Christ, 239 West Gates Street Romeo, MI 48065

Romeo First Church of God, 228 Mussey St, Romeo, MI 48065

Second Baptist Church, 250 Dorsey St, Romeo, MI 48065

SS. John and Paul, 7777 28 Mile Road, Washington MI – 48094

St Clement Catholic Church, 343 S Main St, Romeo, MI 48065

St John Lutheran Church, 246 Benjamin St, Romeo, MI 48065

Stone Ridge Church, 7800 West 32 Mile Road, Romeo, MI 48095

Stoney Creek Community Church, 11711 26 Mile Road

United Methodist Church, 280 N Main St, Romeo, MI 48065

Zion Temple, 259 Mussey St, Romeo, MI 48065

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