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  1. I tend to agree that in the beginning, the Founders knew who they were working for and their writings reflected that knowledge. The Christian Faith was well- reflected in those documents. I would posit, however, that as time went on, those documents were interpreted and reinterpreted in the name of political expediency. As one case after the next ( much of American secularism was established more by the courts than by the widespread consent of the American people) was presented to the Supreme Court, our assumptions of ages past were trimmed away until we see our country in the state of spiritual famine it's in now.
  2. The top 5% of the landowners who agitated for and led the Revolution were largely Enlightenment philosophers ( " Deists," if you like), while most of the soldiers and militiamen who actually did the fighting were of the Christian faith of one stripe or another. The Anglican Church had ( for obvious reasons) had fallen out of favor among the colonists, but with the Great Awakening, there were still the Methodist, the Baptist, the Presbyterian and the Congregational churches one could potentially choose from. Among the Germanic groups, there were the Reformed, Lutheran, Amish and Mennonite churches. The elite might not have been Christian, as a whole, but most of the rest of the fledgling country was, although to see the laws in place today, you wouldn't necessarily know that. Secularism has been a plague on our country since the beginning.
  3. 1: My name is Andrew. I'm 45 years old and I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. 2: I would say that my lifelong commitment to Christianity began on February 23, 2013, when I was received by a reaffirmation of faith into Hope Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, FL. I just knew that the Lord heard my vows and He holds me accountable for them. His grace has been a constant in my life ever since. 3: Lots of Bible Study and retreats. I was raised as a moderate Southern Baptist ( well before the fundamentalists took power in the Southern Baptist Convention), but in 1995 I went through the RCIA program of the Roman Catholic Church and was confirmed. I attended Catholic mass and Confession regularly until 2002, when a scandal broke out about the affair that the priest who confirmed me had. I was an ELCA " Lutheran" for two years and my newborn daughter in 2004, was christened in that faith. Then, I studied all kinds of different religions and wound up marrying somebody who was involved in Wicca in 2008. Around 2009, I had my marriage convalidated by the RCC and began going to Mass again. When we moved down to Florida, I started noticing ( again) certain problems in Catholic theology. I studied Lutheranism in depth and realized that while I require liturgy in my own worship, the RCC wasn't the place for me to go any more. 4: God has saved my life more times than I can count and He's given me a renewed sense of hope during some of the bleakest days of my life. 5: God's grace enables one to have the faith s/ he needs to put God at the center of his/ her life. I see God's love demonstrated in my life through the love shown to me and the love I feel for others. Acts of generosity, sound, Biblically based advice and basic fellowship are all for me demonstrations of God's love. 6: Personal daily devotions, attendance at Divine Service, faith- based conversation and theological study all characterize my evangelic interest. 7: In the morning, I do my personal devotions which include daily prayers from the Lutheran Book of Prayers, Bible Study, my own personal prayers which are structured by praise, confession and intercessory prayers. I finish with studying a few articles from the LCMS's Concordia: The Book of Lutheran Confessions. 8: My favorite Christian writers include St. Augustine, Dr. Martin Luther, Phillip Melanchthon, Martin Chemnitz and CFW Walther. I also like reading works by the theologians Daniel Preus, Edward A. Engelbrecht and President Matthew Harrison. 9: When I'm met with opposition, it usually involves my beliefs, although I suppose my personality can be rather abrasive at times. 10: Follow the rules, stay with the program and enjoy the conversations would be my advice to those who've recently joined up.
  4. Thank you for letting me know, @William! 🙂
  5. Where is the denominational subforum, by the way, @William?
  6. It looks like the forces of secularism ( I include the Far Right in that term) are on a full frontal assault against religions all across the board. Christchurch shootings, church burnings, synagogue shootings and yesterday's attack near a church in Baltimore sure do make it look like there's a concerted effort to make believers and heathen alike avoid their houses of worship for fear they won't survive a service.
  7. Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ! It's been awhile since I'd last posted here, so let me bring you all back up to speed. First and foremost, by God's grace alone, I am a believer. I have been a practicing member of Hope Lutheran Church in Manassas, VA, since 2014 and before that, I'd been a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, FL, since I was received by a reaffirmation of faith in February of 2013. Before that, I was a lost soul desperately searching for meaning until I was driven to my knees and had the courage to ask God exactly where He wanted me to be and where I could do the most good. Turns out that for me, the best place to grow spiritually was the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod ( www.lcms.org). Fast forward to 2019. I had been seriously ill for several months, from September of 2018 to March. I had been assigned a Pulmonologist who had discovered that I had asthma and allergies to begin with and after a take- home sleep study, it seems that I've got severe sleep apnea, as well. I had an in- patient sleep study last week and I'll discuss the results of those with my lung doctor later this week. I'm sorry @William, for being gone for so long. I look forward to many interesting conversations here and to getting caught up to speed on the happenings around here! Oh, yeah, my name is Andrew.
  8. This seems like a small group of folks who need to read their Book of Concord a little more carefully... whenever Luther would mention rosaries, it was in a negative context, " vain repetition, as useless as it is wicked," going by one quote. Of course, one might call it an adiaphoron if they don't push its use on others.
  9. Yes, yes it is a small world! Happy to make your acquaintance, brother!
  10. Well met, Chemnitz and welcome to the forum!
  11. Wow, this is flipping hilarious! Give me some time to catch my breath, please..
  12. Great. Now we all get to point to an ancestor of an exotic ethnicity ten generations back and ignore the ethnicities we actually belong to! WooHoo!
  13. God bless you too, sir. My morning devotions include saying Dr. Luther's Morning Prayer, reading two chapters out of the Pentateuch, two chapters out of the History, two chapters from the Wisdom Books, two chapters from the Prophets, two chapters from the Gospels, two chapters from the Pauline Epistles and two chapters from the General Epistles. Then, I stand before my Lord and say a personal prayer that includes words of thanksgiving, confession, petition and praise. Then, I read some articles out of the Lutheran Confessions. It takes me about forty- five minutes and is a wonderful start to my day.
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