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One Nation Under God:
A Christian Argument in Favor of Separation of Church and State
On June 14, 2004, the Supreme Court overturned a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which held that including the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Court failed, however, to make a ruling on the main issue, deciding instead that the atheist who brought the suit did not have standing to bring the issue before the courts.
One Nation Under God is an in-depth look at this and other legal challenges to the role of Christian symbols and expressions in American public life. In a short history of the writing and legal interpretation of the Establishment Clause, attention is given to both sides of the long-standing controversy over the intent of the amendment and the struggle to find a balance between the separation of church and state and the religious beliefs of the nation. A history of the Pledge is also given, along with the two previous cases where the Supreme Court has ruled on its constitutionality.
Ruth suggests that many Christians want to keep religion in our public life for the wrong reasons, such as fear of losing our freedoms, national pride, and our own comfort. In fact, we may want to be a Christian nation more for our sake than for God’s. Comparing God’s covenant with the nation of Israel and his New Testament covenant with the people of his Church, it is clear that God has not called the United States to be a Christian nation. While Israel was called to obey God’s law in return for his promise to keep them safe in their homeland, the calling of the Church is to spread the gospel of Christ to all the world, having been given the promise of eternal life in God’s kingdom. But like the Children of Israel who wanted to return to the safety of Egypt, many Christians want to return to the comfort of simple rules and the promise of material blessings in return for obedience.
God wants to give you a lifetime of blessings.
He has a plan and a purpose for your life.
He loves you and wants the best for you.
But there is an enemy who wants to destroy what God yearns to provide.
Life is a battlefield. Will you stand firm?
Standing Firm will help you prepare for the spiritual battle against your enemy, Satan, as you learn to defend yourself with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the Word of God, and prayer. Becoming aware of potential dangers and preparing to meet them head-on will allow you to have victory in both the physical world and the spiritual world.
Standing Firm contains exercises and questions in each chapter that make it valuable as a personal or group study.
Additional resources for Bible study groups coming soon!
Brenin's Crown is the story of a woman torn between her love for one man and her desire to protect her father’s kingdom. Growing to womanhood in dangerous times, she must face disappointment, betrayal, and isolation while keeping a secret that many would die to discover. For she alone has the power to choose who will take her father’s place as king.
As the daughter and only child of Queen Morveren and King Brenin, young Addien leads a life of luxury and security. But when all that is torn from her, she must learn to survive by relying on her own courage and strength of character. In doing so, she also learns about trusting others and holding on to her faith.
Set in the Dark Ages of British history, the story moves from a sophisticated Roman-built city, to a ring of standing stones on a wild moor, to an ancient Celtic stronghold, each based on actual historical sites. In this land of contrast merged the passion of the Celts, the intelligence of the Romans, and the influence of the early Christian church. This is where faith and fantasy meet, where good and evil are not always clearly defined, and it is not always possible to know the right thing to do.
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