The higher
Ground
Sounding forth the trumpet
that shall never sound retrea
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September 26, 2010
What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew
James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq):

"I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one
of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said
for growing up in a small town in Texas.  The service itself was
impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his
uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military
brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist
preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the
church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the
parking lot.

However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the
service on the way to the cemetery.  We went to our cars and drove to
the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing
and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling
traffic.  Everyone on the road who was not in the procession, pulled
over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully, some
put their hands over their hearts.

When we turned off the highway suddenly there were teenage boys
along both sides of the street about every 20 feet or so, all holding
large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on
their hearts.  We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4H club or
something, but it continued .... for two and a half miles.  Hundreds of
young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags.  At
one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were
outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags . kindergartners,
handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone.  Some held signs of love and
support.  Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding
flags.  Then adults.  Then families.  All standing silently on the side of
the road.  No one spoke, not even the very young children.

The military presence..at least two generals, a fist full of colonels, and
representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard
which attended James, and some who served with him ... was very
impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community
who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever
been privileged to witness.

Attached are some pictures, some are blurry (we were moving), but
you can get a small idea of what this was like. Thanks so much for all
the prayers and support."
Courtesy of Richard Johnson & Ray Wallace

Subject:  Soldiers' Funeral (Texas Style)



There's something to be said for being raised in a
small town
TRIBUTES TO A FALLEN SOLDIER
Best THAT  I'VE SEEN TO DATE.  

GO USA and  GOD BLESS ALL OF
OUR SOLDIERS!
One cannot deny that these
photos are awesome!
An E-Mail written to the Canadian Government and PM Stephen
Harper by Dennis Pearson

It is obvious that governments allow the exercise of certain
activities that Church theology or dogma or doctrine may find
sinful ... I will not state what these certain activities may be as
Canadian law may seek penalties on those who exercise their
public concern about certain activities they personally find to be
immoral or sinful ... So much for freedom of speech and freedom
of conscience ....I suppose promoters of the law would like to
discourage their southern neighbors from expressing their
doubts about the law, hoping someday that the law be adopted
here.

Well, this American wants the clergyman of his country to retain
the ability to speak the truth about what the Bible says and what
God says concerning certain activities ... I decry any government
attempt to change the wording of the Bible or suppress it....
Government may have the right to legally allow these activities
but it does not have the right to rewrite theological dogma or
doctrine by forcing religious organizations to rewrite their
definitions concerning what constitutes sin.

Government has the right to protect all people from violence and
mistreatment in this world but its legal mechanisms do not hold
standing in the Lord's Judgment that comes after death,
A CANADIAN DILEMMA COMING MAYBE
TO AMERICA ---- DOES THIS HAVE LEGAL
STANDING WITH GOD
CONGREGATION FOR THE
DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

RESPONSES TO SOME
QUESTIONS REGARDING
CERTAIN ASPECTS
OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE
CHURCH
Over the Fence
Above Left -- Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper...
Above Right --- Dennis
Pearson at statue of Former
Canadian Prime Minister
Lester B. Pearson. To the
right -- The  Parliament
Complex
                     A  RESPONSE BY DENNIS PEARSON
 TO PRAYER CENSORSHIP IN THE PA STATE ASSEMBLY


Throughout the history of the PA State Assembly pastors were
invited to say a prayer to God before each legislative day began
.... This was done since the first day when my direct descendant
Peter Kohler of Egypt PA was in the PA State Assembly in PA's
first state Assembly... Now  Pennsylvania House Speaker McCall
bans the name Jesus Christ from prayers.  If I were elected to
the PA State legislature I would surely question this ban  and
would seek to immediately speak my misgivings about this ban
from the floor  to protest this outrage... Indeed in today's more
religiously diverse society we must show tolerance  and respect
for the clerics of other religions that are given the privilege to
say their form of prayer before the before said body... But at the
same time we cannot allow to have the name of the founder of
my (OUR) faith banned and discredited... Why? Because McCall
fears mentioning his name  might offend someone and lead to a
lawsuit...  Frankly, I don't care if an atheist is offended because in
the end the atheist believes in nothing... He seeks to create a
state religion of nothing where morality is man-made and very
changeable from day to day.

That is not my kind of morality...

So Mr. McCall wants pastors to give a generic prayer... Well the
purpose of prayer is to ask a higher authority, a higher judge, a
higher entity to reach into people lives, this case being
legislators, to offer an inner guidance in their decision-making to
make the right decision. Atheists not believing in this laugh at
such incants as useless... And of course, a prayer cannot
demand this higher authority to do something... It must ask by
your will such things be done... And of course a prayer must be
directed toward someone not just thrown up into the air... In the
telephone we cannot dial up 10 random numbers and reach a
friend... Dialing the wrong number doesn't reach that friend...
Likewise tossing up a prayer in the air with the thought that
some deity will enact on it is hollow thinking... In prayer invited
officials of various faiths must be true to the way they prayer...
They must direct their prayer to their respective deity for it to
have any meaning... Likewise prayer must not be just for show...
It would be better to say no prayer than to say a generic prayer
which is done only for show and tradition and is hollow or
nonspecific in its request to the deity that it is directed to.

Rabbi Carl S. Choper  in  a recent letter appearing in the
Allentown Morning Call says "The chaplain is required by law
and common courtesy to offer a prayer that takes into account
the diversity of our commonwealth. Not to take that diversity into
account is a mark of disrespect. The Legislature has a
responsibility to insist that its guest chaplains show respect for
the religious diversity among the people that the Legislature
represents."

Indeed a legislative prayer does not have to mention the name
Jesus but just the same it is very inappropriate to ban the use of
that name for the reasons I discussed above

I will now print a prayer that Billy Graham once offered and was
repeated by others.

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and
reversed our values.
                     KANSAS PRAYER

This is a Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their
Senate.
It seems Prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright
was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate,

Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, But this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and
reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and
called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called
it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of __expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our
forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from Every sin and set us free.
Amen!"

The response was immediate.

A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is
pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those
calls
responding negatively. The church is now receiving international
requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program,
"The
Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program
than
any other he has ever aired.

With the Lord's help! , may this prayer sweep over our
nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can
be
called "one nation Under God."

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don't
Stand for something, you will fall for everything."
By Dennis L. Pearson of The COMMON SENSE HERALD
(c) 2003 by Dennis L. Pearson and Revised (c) 2009... All
Rights Reserved

The Old Testament (and the New Testament) speaks to the USA as much
as it did to ancient Israel. If we allow the atheists, the false believers and
the secular humanists to force the USA to turn its face from God, God will
respond by taking our blessing away from us. He will allow the enemy to
come to our gates and do great damage to us. We look at world history
and see that empires have risen and fallen. Kingdoms have risen and
fallen. Nations have risen and fallen. Obviously the USA can share the
same fate if the eternal God turns his face from us because we have
decided that we are a government and a people above God rather than
under God. And additionally, we have decided that we are a government
and a people that no longer place our trust in God or have become so
arrogant that we think that we do not need God’s potent forced field or
shield.

We need to remind ourselves that God gives us the stewardship to rule
and we must do it wisely. In ancient Israel God replaced King Saul with
David because King Saul abused his power and sinned. He did not allow
David to build the temple because he sinned. He did not allow Moses to
enter the Promised Land because he sinned. Take God out of society and
wickedness will flourish; therefore for the good of the nation it is essential
that we remember that his values are superior to ours.

AND I DO EMPHASIZE THAT GOD IS NOT DEAD.

If the atheists, the false believers and the secular humanists believe that
citizens can be safe in a nation, which, having no eternal values to set its
standards creates its own values, then they all are deluding themselves.
For in such a society the standards for morality will change from day to day
and morality will be ordered like a fad. What is in for morality one day, one
week, one month, one year or one decade will be out the next day, next
week, next month, next year or next decade.

Indeed, the federal government cannot promote a state religion... The early
German speaking immigrants to the U.S were much concerned about this
for In their homelands they were told by their ruling prince what religion
they were to practice. Consequently, many families have their origins in
America due to the persecution of France's Louis XIV who invaded the
Duchy of Lorraine and provinces of the Holy Roman Empire (now
Southwest Germany)... These people had to convert to Catholicism or die
or the very least have their property taken away and be enslaved.
Emigration of Protestants was forbidden. However many Protestants did
convert to Catholicism with the aim to emigrate if they could and then
return to their reformed Christian or Lutheran faith.

For the American Slaves it was follow the Northern Star to get to the Free
States in the North... For the people suffering in the lands and period so
described, it was follow  the Rhine River downstream to Holland, high tail it
to England and then America.

Incredibly in the period during and after the 30 Years War and Louis XIV’s
incursions – that part of the Holy Roman Empire which later became
Southwest Germany lost approximately 90 percent of its population by
death or emigration... It took the economy of the area 120 years to recover.

But as it happened, Religious bigotry as well as ethnic bigotry again in the
twentieth Century reared its ugly head  and overtook Germany and Central
Europe...  The end result --- Mass death --- forced emigration --- forced
slavery --- Cruel treatment of Human Beings by other Human Being ---The
Holocaust of both the Jewish people and other European Ethnics --- The
eventual establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.

There are people in the world such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  
who deny that the Holocaust occurred but I do not join him as part of that
chorus... And anyone who accuses me of being part of that chorus is
misguided at the least, and very nasty, wicked and political at the most. I
know that the Holocaust --- the slaughter of 6,000,000 European Jews
held in German concentration camps occurred. The fact is, my father
Kenneth Pearson as part of the U.S. Army Signal Corp was attached to a
unit of videographers and journalists that in the last stages of World War II
had visited the Concentration camps and told the stories of the living and
dead who were forced into the Camps by the German NAZI PARTY and its
Gestapo. And I personally as part of a trip to Germany for a special
Passion Play at Oberamergrau  had visited what was left of the Dachau
Concentration near Munich. I purchased a book there that described step
by step how Hitler and his band of criminals took over German society and
choreographed the Holocaust.

I repeat -- Take God out of society and wickedness will flourish; therefore
for the good of the nation it is essential that we remember that his values
are superior to ours. Individuals that use the big lie technique to do harm to
other individuals in school, or in the work place or in the political world or
out in the community may be described as nasty, devious, manipulative
and at the worst ---  wicked.

As far as I am concerned posting the 10 commandments is not the
establishment of a state religion. Singing the 4th Stanza of the National
Anthem is not the establishment of a state religion. Saying the pledge of
allegiance is not the establishment of a state religion.

However, adopting an official atheist policy in government is a violation of
the Church State principle by adopting secular humanism as a state
approved religion. Indeed in the United State, government cannot force an
individual to adhere to a certain religious way of life but neither can
government force an individual to cease adhering to a certain religious way
of life.

Indeed the laws of government are affected by the pressures put on by
those who adhere to or not adhere to a certain religious way of life. And
people in that society are expected to submit to the laws of the land. But
for those who practice the religious way of life, their guide for morality will
be in the time-honored writings and traditions of their faith which ought to
be accord with eternal law established by the Creator of the Universe.
                       DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE IN THE WORLD
                                       BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

               by Dennis L. Pearson of the Common Sense Herald
                 Copyright (c) 1993 by Dennis L. Pearson ***
                                ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What causes conflicts and quarrels among us? Do they not
spring from the aggressiveness of our bodily desires? We
want something that we cannot have or have immediately;
and thus, we become bent on destructive behavior. We are
envious, and cannot obtain our ambition, and so we quarrel
and fight.

Followers of Jesus Christ are admonished in the First Letter of
John Chapter 2 not to set their hearts on the godless world or
anything in it.

The reason for this is that anyone who loves the world will
become a stranger to the Father's love. It is written that
everything the world affords, all that panders to the appetites
or entices the eyes; all the glamour of its life, springs not from
the father but the godless world. And that world will pass away
with all its allurements, but he who does God's will stands for
evermore.

Does this mean that followers of Christ, which I profess to be,
should not participate in the affairs of the community or its
governance?

No, I don't believe that is so. However, in our participation we
must be like the man or woman who sees his and her brother
or sister commit a sin which is not a deadly sin. We must pray
to God for them, that he grant them forgiveness and new hope.

Our purpose or mission in participation ought not be to
disparage or cast judgement; rather,our mission should be to
put to an end to ignorance and stupidity by example of our
good conduct. We ought never repay wrong with wrong or
abuse with abuse.

Anyone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ should
understand that they are citizens of heaven, but by the
circumstance of our existence, we also express our
citizenship in the place where we are. In John 17:11,15,16,
Jesus reminds his disciples that they are "in the world" but
not "of the world."}

The Catechism of the Evangelical Congregational Church
maintains that Christian citizenship is a highly important part
of a believer's stewardship. With a sympathetic understanding
of the cultural and religious background of the people, we are
to share in community life by participation in worthwhile
projects, by showing keen interest in the moral and civic
betterment, and, in all these relationships, to honor the Christ
whom we worship as Savior and Lord.

First John Chapter 2 verses 9 to 11 states: " A man may say, 'I
am in the light'; but if he hates his brother, he is still in the
dark. Only the man who loves his brother dwells in light;there
is nothing to make him stumble. But one who hates his brother
is in darkness; he walks in the dark and has no idea where he
is going, because the darkness has made him blind."

Those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ should not
be surprised if the world hates them. After all, Jesus Christ
was in the world, but the world though it owed its being to him
did not recognize him. Jesus entered his own realm, and his
own would not receive him.

I ask? Do we deserve or expect better treatment than the one
who gave us the right to be called the Children of God?

Certainly not, for anyone who does not love is still in the realm
of death; for everyone who hates his brother or sister is a
murderer and no murderer has the eternal dwelling within him.

Therefore, it is our duty if we profess to be Christians or
religious people to keep our good name clear so that when we
receive the criticism or abuse of the world, that those
institutions or individuals who malign or insult us will be put to
shame.

If we suffer, it must not be for murder, theft, sins of the heart
or body or sorcery; and importantly, we must not suffer for
infringing upon the rights of others.

Our mission and purpose as believers is to engage in
honourable occupations, which are not only honourable in
themselves, but also useful to their fellow man.

Jesus of Nazareth gave up his life for us. Therefore, we are
bond to lend a helping hand for those in need.

Indeed it is written that if a man or woman has enough to live
on, and yet sees his brother or sister in need and shuts up his
heart against them, how can it be said that divine love dwells
in them.

Love indeed must not be a matter of words or talk. Love must
be genuine and show itself in action.

For if an individual willfully persists in sin after receiving the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins remain. What is
left is the terrifying expectation of the Judgement and fierce
fire that will consume those who set their hearts on the
godless world.

As stated in the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy Chapter 3
verse 1-5: "Those who will be consumed are men who will
love nothing but money and self; they will be arrogant,
boastful, and abusive; with no respect for parents, no
gratitude, no piety, no natural affection; they will be
implacable in their hatreds, scandalmonger's, denial of its
reality.