sermon: Psalms: Book Three (Part Four)

Lessons of History
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 22-Aug-15; Sermon #1282; 75 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, asserting that the history of the United States, compared to the mother country Great Britain, is relatively brief, holds that it is nevertheless well-documented by extremely literate Founding Fathers (Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, etc.), many of whom had a grasp of classical and modern languages. We have a superabundance of their lucid, learned writings in letters, diaries, and official documents, laying bare their goals and aspirations. Sadly, liberal 'progressive' American educators, instead of going back to the primary sources for historical information, create 'redacted,' distorted, hopelessly twisted misinformation, deliberately casting a gloomy shadow on the goals of the Founding Fathers, ridiculing any notion of American exceptionalism. Liberal 'progressive' historians want to focus on blemishes and social problems such as slavery (racism) and women's suffrage (feminism), and imperialism, denigrating any noble and upright motivations our nation may have had. The writings of the founders serve as the foundation for the concept of the American Republic and a Constitution limiting the corrosive power of the Federal government. Historically and spiritually speaking, the beginning of things set the stage for what comes after. Our parents Adam and Eve did not put up much of a struggle resisting sin; unfortunately, we do not either. We are weak and subject to temptation from evil spiritual forces. Thankfully, Almighty God, in the first chapters of Genesis unfurls His plan to call out a spiritual family created in His image. God wants us to learn events, personalities, and principles before they were sullied by subsequent damaging events. As God's called-out ones, we are obligated to follow the lead of our righteous forebears Abraham and Sarah, pursuing righteousness and yielding to God's shaping power. The theme of Psalm 78 is to go back, r

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Abraham and Sarah AP Guidelines AP history course Asaph Assyrian captivity Before the foundation of the world Bereshit Britain 950 College Board history placement exam dustup Contemplative psalm Constitution Contemplation Curricula devoted to the founders Dark sayings as deep truth David as a type of Christ Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Divorce Ephraim as a deceitful bow Events in Egypt and Jerusalem Ezekiel 16 Federalist papers 400 years of United States history I Peter 5:10-11 Forbidden fruit Foundation of mankind and his thinking Founding fathers learned men Founding of St. Augustine Genesis: God's acts God's faithfulness God's grace God's law as perfect and good God's response Hebrews 3:12 Historical psalm Hosea 7:16 Human nature as perverse In the beginning Isaiah 51:1-2 Jamestown 1607 John Adams John 10 Judges 2:10 Man's refusal to obey God Marriage-sanctity of Maskil Matthew 13:34-35; 19 Meditative psalm Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven Norman invasion Oklahoma lawmakers Parables Pearl of Great Price Plagues Psalm 78 Punishment, deliverance, compliance, rebellion Resisting sin Return to bedrock Rush Limbaugh 1066 1565 Sculls full of mush 'Social studies' Skewed foundation Steadfast as fit Taunting God Tempting God Testing God The beginning of things set the stage for what happens Teaching children by example The Law of first mention Thomas Jefferson Understanding, comprehension, and instruction Wilderness events Zion as a type of righteousness

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