2020 is for All the Marbles

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3-20-2019

 

2020 is for All the Marbles

 

Jeb said Republicans need a choice in 2020; Biden said he’s the one to beat Trump in 2020; Pelosi calls Trump a bully – while she herds her democratic colleagues and tag along RINOs in a voting frenzie against Trump; Schumer calls Trump unfit; Waters cries for Impeachment; and All the other Democratic hopefuls are going to lower the voting age, allow illegals to vote; stack the SCOTUS with extra seats; save us from global warming; give us the Green New Deal; Free education, medicare for all, free phones, free rent, free food and free money to those who just don’t want to work; plus tear down that stupid wall……… Many of them are congressional newbies or current politicians with years of experience doing nothing in the halls of Congress.

 

Free isn’t free no matter how it is packaged!

 

Ask the soldier spending his or her days in the sandbox?

Ask the mother, father, spouse, son or daughter who received the flag on behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation?

Ask the parents who buried their child murdered by an illegal alien?

Ask the parents of an aborted child AFTER birth?

 

So tell me what’s in it for America? 2020 is for All the Marbles! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Using Every Tool in the Toolbox

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3-20-2019

 

Using Every Tool in the Toolbox

 

Have you ever visited the home of a home builder or a general contractor? What you find will amaze you. There could be saws, hammers and all sorts of tools for a host of specialties. Maybe even a bucket lift, a cement mixer or a sawzall. Builders are by nature creative. They have done it all and still have the tools to prove it. The really good ones have some of the really good tools too. They surround themselves with guys who can individually do a host of specialty skills like electrical, plumbing, painting and carpentry work. They know what it takes to bring the job up to code.

 

Leaders are a lot like builders. They too surround themselves with guys who know how to get things done. They know a job worth doing is done right the first time. Leaders just have a different toolbox to choose from. There are guys who are right for a certain phase in the creation or development of a specific job like a guy with a certain skill set. One person can size up a business, a department or a specific job and has a working knowledge of how to turn things around or tune it up. However it may take an entirely different person to take it to the next level. A good leader knows when to step up his game and bring in the right person and at the right time.

 

Isn’t it funny how people are always quick to criticize something they know absolutely nothing about? They are the ones who can tell you how things ought to be done, but have no experience in doing what they are telling you what they think you should do. Does that make sense?

 

Military leaders are another breed altogether. Their toolbox is full of knuckleheads, sometimes fresh out of basic or advanced training schools. They are the privates who are eager to please. They answer as they’ve been taught to say “”Yes Sergeant”, “No Sergeant”, or “I don’t know Sergeant”. Once they’ve been in the unit a while it becomes “Why me?” or “Can’t you get someone else?” and they get lax or lazy. It takes a good leader to come in and turn things around and get them re-focused and back on track.

 

The same thing is true with the President. A new president will come into office and disrupt things by bringing in new blood or in his case a new Administration. His transition team has worked closely with him to insure the right people go into the right jobs. Often it’s a combination of former military personnel going into positions dealing with the military or foreign affairs. Looking at things from the outside it may look like some of the people are simply rich people going into positions without any rhyme or reason. Yet everyone’s quick to give their assessment of the situation they have no experience with.

 

When there is a shakeup or a change in cabinet level leaders or in the White House staff the media goes crazy with all kinds of evaluations and public criticism as to why the change is being made. Personality clash with the President; disgruntled former insider tossed out in the cold without any reason; the President picked the wrong guy or gal for the job.

 

It never occurs to those naysayers that the President is just pulling another tool out of his vast toolbox. Sometimes you need a screwdriver and other times you need a sledgehammer. It’s been said that you can’t remake a first impression.

 

I can honestly say that I’ve never been President of the United States. I have however 20 years’ experience as a military leader. It is essential to come into a job knowing what the mission is for both the unit and your section. You must size up the situation, determine if you have the right men and women to get the job and the mission accomplished properly. Sometimes you have to adjust by rearranging or reassigning personnel to new or differing duties. Other times you remove people and bring in new ones. Never have had a previous section leader come back to criticize how you are handling the section. That’s why you don’t normally hear a former President criticize the current President over how his administration is leading the United States domestically or in foreign affairs.

 

I venture to say that if we as a people would keep our noses to the grindstone, focused on OUR best interests and doing what is best for ourselves and our families we wouldn’t be concerned as to whether or not our President is doing his job the way WE think it should be done. After all we have no dog in that fight, do we?

 

If we listen to all the political banter it usually comes from politicians sewing discord and discontent in an effort to gain enough votes so that they can go in and mess things up for all of us. Gone are the days when we can see our economy growing and on the world stage other nations are seeing strong leadership coming from the White House yet hear nothing but politicians telling us how messed up we are for backing such a leader as President Trump.

 

Let me leave you with this thought. This successful builder and entertainer has done in such a short time while putting up with the egocentrically challenged political left because this President has both a vision for America and the knowledge and experience to make it a reality.

 

As we approach the Presidential Election cycle for 2020 all the political bantering I hear coming from the left is simply talk with no substance. We have failed politicians who are currently in Congress and have been for some time without making a case for themselves that is backed up with any substance, yet they want us to believe that they have all the answers? Once a politician always a politician, kissing babies and making them cry by promising them the moon and what they have no intention of delivering.

 

I urge you to Vote for America! Don’t vote political party, we are better than that! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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To Which Kingdom Do You Belong?

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2-28-2019

 

To Which Kingdom Do You Belong?

 

 

I’ve been awake about an hour unable to go back to sleep. I decided to check my email and to my surprise I have only one email from The Pocket Testament League (www.ptl.org), a ministry that offers daily emails called Pocket Devotions. These are scriptural topics with tidbits to think about as well as internal questions designed to keep your focus upon what the Word of God instructs us to do.

 

You can find The Pocket Testament League on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pocketpower).

 

Today’s topic is “To Which Kingdom Do You Belong” and the following scripture verse:

 

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

 

This hit home to me as I have been blogging for about a year and attempting to use my blogs to enlighten and inform readers on issues of personal, political and spiritual issues. Often I have become cynical, voicing my complaints, criticisms, throwing into the mix a bit of gossip and fault finding.

 

This has sort of become my writing style and until I received this devotional for today I never considered what I was doing was not pleasing to God. I did feel it was my God-given right.

 

The Questions to Ponder really hit home and made me realize the error of my ways.

 

What does your speech say about your residency? Do you belong to the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of light? Are your words spoken to build others up according to their needs? Do those who hear you benefit by listening?

 

Four simple questions that apply to my writing as speech where I have often inserted scripture with personal opinion and lambasting others whom I felt were wrong or had wronged others. WOW! I just slapped myself in the face with my own self-righteousness. This brings me back to one of my recent writings entitled “Anger Without Sin” where I referenced another Pocket Devotional article.

 

We are created in the image of God. That’s what the Word of God tells us. We struggle daily to think with the mind of God, but because we are simply unable to comprehend or fathom beyond the surface of the wisdom of God we fail miserably.

 

My personal challenge moving forward will be to write about or choose subject matter that builds up others according to their needs. I want my writings to benefit the reader, without focusing or drawing attention upon myself. For me that will be difficult, unless I let the Spirit of God flow through my writings so that others see God the Father instead of me. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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The Confusion of Being Social in America

2-26-2019

 

The Confusion of Being Social in America

 

The millennials tend to look at being social as a gathering or party given by an organized group and a place where one can sort of “hang out” like online with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. So it stands to reason that social millennials look at America become a social nation as appealing, after all we already have social media and social security, right?

 

We’ve been hammered by socialists such as Bernie Sanders since the 1980’s and that’s longer than his fan base has been alive. The midterm elections brought forth another younger version of Bernie Sanders in the persona of New York bartender turned socialite and now Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-NY who self identifies as the new “Boss” in the House as she touts her New Green Deal.

 

Let’s digress back to the 1992 National Council for the Social Studies officially adopted definition of Social Studies “as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence”. www.definitions.net/definition/social+studies

 

The national curriculum standards for social studies represent educators’ best thinking about the framework needed to educate young people for the challenges of citizenship. Note. The definition was officially adopted by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in 1992. www.socialstudies.org/standards/execsummary

 

Social studies is a field of study that seeks to unify the diverse subjects of history, politics, economics, sociology, geography and anthropology, ultimately aiming toward a comprehensive understanding of society www.reference.com › Social Sciences

When we look at the word “Social” in the context of the adjective form we are led to believe that socialism will be characterized by friendly companionship or relations like in a social club with others in one big happy community as people are meant to be social beings.

 

Social

Adjective

Relating to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club.

Seeking or enjoying the companionship of others; friendly; sociable; gregarious

Of, relating to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society: a social event.

Living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation: People are social beings.

 

Noun

A social gathering or party, especially of or as given by an organized group: a church social.

Digital Technology = social media: photos posted to social.

 

All this talk about real world socialist governments in countries such as Venezuela failing is just falling on deaf ears because of the pie in the sky everything is beautiful rantings of college indoctrinated  liberals with the mistaken belief that others have simply gone a socialism the wrong way and they will not make those same mistakes.

 

I guess that is a natural progression from the standard bearers of the old (and I do mean old) guard of liberal Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein and others who have held the liberal party together with grit and determination (fear and intimidation) the likes of which “Flex Seal ®” could not fix.

 

What’s so bad about socialism you might ask? Well take a look at the success stories of places like Cuba, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar (Burma) where socialistic communism or fascistic government dictators maintain order by force and fear of death. I say to those still undeterred that taking a sabbatical to one of these paradises for a minimum of 1 year should pretty much open the eyes of those blinded by the lure of socialism.

 

Socialism is not Facebook or Instagram pie in the sky. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Anger Without Sin

2-25-2019

 

Anger without Sin

 

Look around at current events through the lens of “Godly Eyes” and what do you see? The world has seemingly gone amok!

 

The killing of the innocent is lauded as a woman’s right to choose. Sorry but that is not a guarantee under the Constitution or the laws of God. There is no such thing as anyone’s right to murder another. Murder is illegal and God calls it for what it is Sin.

 

Our nation has preached tolerance for so long that tolerance is no longer tolerated. How’s that for you oxy-morons? We are told to tolerate the intolerable, accept the unacceptable. Failure to lower our own personal standards places us in the same category as the scum of the earth.

 

Let me clue you in on something, we are born into a fallen sinful world which makes everyone the scum of the earth. There is not one thing that we can do to lift ourselves out of this scum; Nothing.

 

We are told by the Word of God (Jesus) to trust in God with all of our heart, mind and soul. Our body is not our own, it is the temple of the living God. We are to search everything as to whether it matches up with what God calls good. We are to run away from evil.

 

To the Christian believer sin is sin and not to be tolerated or partaken of. We are no longer of this world, but have been set free from the bondage of sin by the Blood of Jesus. It is not what we deserve for the wages of sin is death. God is the Creator of all and the giver of life to every living creature, animals, birds, fish and plants and all mankind. There can be no life without God and spiritual death is separation from God for eternity.

 

The choice is ours to make. Continue in our life of sin or ask God to forgive us? Choosing God leads to life any other choice leads to a spiritual death with separation from God eternally.

 

I’m not some holier-than-thou or a more-perfect human being. I’m simply one who gets caught up in the daily onslaught of human interaction and while using the faculties and emotions created in my by God tend to lose sight of the “end game” at times.

 

I am less tolerant of the stupidity of mankind and become impatient when it comes to anyone forcefully trying to peddle sin as truth, justice and the American way. It just doesn’t wash with me.

 

Our nation was founded on the Christian principles of the Bible. Our Constitution is the law of the land and based on the premise that the laws of God are surpreme.

 

When we as a people turn our backs on Almighty God who created us, we are simply thumbing our noses up at God declaring him irrelevant and that is dangerously ignorant on our part for it is God alone who can save us.

 

What we see today are people looking to governments or men for salvation. They will reap what they sow. Government is the compromise of men and women who bicker amongst themselves about how to do what is “best” for their people. God is the only answer. Until God becomes the center of human life and existence all paths lead to certain destruction.

 

Only God can rise up a leader who allows the voice of the Almighty to direct his paths and bring his people out of the wilderness. As he has done in “biblical” days of old, God searches the heart of a man requiring only availability. Often it is the most unlikely or undesirable whom God chooses and it is my firm belief that President Donald J. Trump is that man. The accomplishments we see are more than coincidence or charisma they are acts by God to show his love to us. So long as a man walks in obedient faith, God promises to prepare the way and walk beside him. The impossible become possible when God is the center of it all. We are told that God’s ways are not man’s ways and we cannot fathom or understand the reasoning of God’s plan. To the unsaved mind it seems like folly while to the believer nothing is impossible with God.

 

Our nation and the world are at a historical crossroad. Nations crumble while corrupt leaders prosper. The poor become poorer while the rich become richer and life is not fair. Yet God brings the rain on the rich and the poor alike.

 

The idea of political correctness is a curse to weaken and bring down the will of a people. It pits man against man, family against family and people against people until there is nothing left but hatred and anger. That is why we are told to be angry but sin not.

 

Here are three bible verses which instruct us to be angry but sin not.

 

Psalm 97:10: “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

Proverbs 8:13: “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”

Amos 5:15: “Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”

 

Mark 3:5 – When Jesus looked around at the arrogance of man he became angry and spoke to the man to stretch out his hand and Jesus healed him. Jesus directed his anger at sin, not at the people whom he would soon die to deliver from their sin.

 

We strive to be like Jesus. We are to hate sin, not people. Sin cannot be legislated to become acceptable when God has declared it as sin. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Where is Your Allegiance?

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2-18-2019

Where is Your Allegiance?

 

Serious questions demand serious answers, “Where is your allegiance”; “For whom would you lay down your life”?

 

As a Christian my allegiance is to God who made everything and chose me to be his. It is God who said trust me and I will carry you the trials and tribulations of life. Yet it is I who say, “Yes Lord I trust in you”. The choice is mine. The bible tells us that death is not to be feared and to be absent from the body is to be present with God.

 

We often teach our children in Sunday school to recite a pledge to the Christian Flag so they understand where their allegiance is.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.”

 

In our schools we teach our children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance so they understand the concept of our nation and its relationship to Almighty God and to each other.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

We should not take any oath lightly because they are not just a pledge or promise to either a king or to God. An oath is a vow or specific promise or pledge to act or behave in a specific manner. When you can take an oath of office to promise to perform your duty to the best of your ability, taking that oath or vow requires that promise must be fulfilled. In order for someone to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, that question is dealt with at Armed Forces Induction Centers across the nation when successful candidates for military service are sworn in and take the oath of enlistment.

 

Oath of Enlistment

 

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962)

 

While serving in the Armed Forces it is during the initial basic training that soldiers are taught to learn and abide by the Code of Conduct.

 

 

The Code of the U.S. Fighting Force

The Code of the U.S. Fighting Force is a code of conduct that is an ethics guide and a United States Department of Defense directive consisting of six articles to members of the United States Armed Forces, addressing how they should act in combat when they must evade capture, resist while a prisoner or escape from the enemy.

 

Articles of Code of Conduct

 

The Code of Conduct provides guidance for the behavior and actions of members of the Armed Forces of the United States. This guidance applies not only on the battlefield, but also in the event that the service member is captured and becomes a prisoner of war (POW). The Code is delineated in six articles.

 

Article I:

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

 

Article II:

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

 

Article III:

If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

 

Article IV:

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

 

Article V:

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

 

Article VI:

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

 

It is very important to learn this code of conduct in the event a soldier is taken as a prisoner of war by the enemy.

 

What we tend to overlook is what oath do new citizens take after passing their citizenship tests? Do they simply raise their right hand and say, “I do”? I don’t think so. Unless you have been there or have a loved one come from another country to the United States and complete the process of becoming a citizen you don’t really know?

 

New citizens must take a Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in order to complete the citizenship process.

 

 

Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

 

Oath

 

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

 

Note: In certain circumstances there can be a modification or waiver of the Oath of Allegiance. Read Chapter 5 of A Guide to Naturalization for more information.

 

The principles embodied in the Oath are codified in Section 337(a) in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides that all applicants shall take an oath that incorporates the substance of the following:

Support the Constitution;

Renounce and abjure absolutely and entirely all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which the applicant was before a subject or citizen;

Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

Bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and

  1. Bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; or
    B. Perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; or
    C. Perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law.

 

The language of the current Oath is found in the Code of Federal Regulations Section 337.1 and is closely based upon the statutory elements in Section 337(a) of the INA.

As a Wilson, my allegiance is to love, protect and defend my family against all enemies and all threats.
 

What we see happening today are the carefully planned and orchestrated acts of civil unrest and disruption of racial harmony where the uninformed masses are made to react due to lack of common sense and their own ignorance of the Immigration Laws of the United States. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Five Hundred Thirty Five to One

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2-15-2019

 

Five Hundred Thirty Five to One

 

There ought to be a movie about modern day Congress and President that highlights the epic saga of what amounts to a modern day coup d’etat orchestrated by the previous administration’s FBI senior staff and members of Congress.

 

What began as a politically financed stunt against a political opponent took on a life of its own at the expense of US taxpayers while tarnishing the reputation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This became a travesty of justice against a sitting President and a huge hoax on the American public. The scope of deceit is of a magnitude never before seen in the United States and is nothing short of the nationwide wholesale peddling of “snake oil” akin to the frontier days in the American Wild, Wild West.

 

The sayings that absolute power corrupts absolutely and a people who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it ring true once more.

 

The intent of the founding fathers as it pertains to elected congressional officials was to have citizen-legislators who would be elected to represent the citizen who voted for them. They would go to Washington and represent the will of the people. Upon expiration of their term, return home and resume their personal lives as private citizens having made America a better place for having served.

 

Instead Congress has become a career choice, reelection the priority with greed, power and financial gain a byproduct. America has not become a better place, but rather a cash cow to be milked dry. Members of Congress have often placed themselves above the law. The lawmakers have become the lawbreakers never to be held accountable.  Rather than submit legislators have betrayed that sacred trust and overridden the will of the people. Instead of changing US laws when flaws become apparent, legislators simply ignore them. Not willing to abide by the rule of law, it is ignored all together.

 

Modern day Congress sees itself in an adversarial relationship with the President and relies on the Supreme Court to act as a sort of playground monitor. They have forgotten the role of government is to govern.

 

Legislative Branch legislates;

 

Executive Branch enforces;

 

Judicial Branch rules based upon Constitutional mandates.

 

There is no room in governing for personal feuds, playground bickering or street justice. Elected officials are not superior to, but dependent upon citizens who expect their will to be carried out. The United States Government is responsible for the safety of and is responsible to its citizens. We have seen the audacity of a government who feel its citizens are not capable of self-governance. Provisions in the Constitution provide for the removal of an unresponsive government and the creation of a new one, when its citizens feel it is warranted.

 

We are at a critical point in the history of this nation where the driving force for change is Political Correctness that attempts to force into extinction the only Constitutional-Republic the world has ever seen. The corruption that has taken hold of many facets of our government threatens our very way of life. I am reminded of the story in the bible where it appeared the entire “Army of God” stood in fear of a giant named Goliath. As he stood taunting a young boy, David chose a single pebble, loaded his slingshot and felled the giant. David then used the giants own sword to cut off his head.

 

America has been under attack for quite some time and it appeared that as fearful as it was, nobody knew what to do about it. Christians across this nation fell to their knees in prayer asking God to have mercy on our nation and deliver us from evil. God heard our many prayers and he answered in a way nobody saw coming. They weren’t answered overnight but in the timing and choosing of God.

 

Today America has the giant of Political Correctness which threaten the very life of our nation. One must be careful what to do, say or even think for fear of being sued, threatened or imprisoned. Many of our legislators are furthering the PC cause by legislating it into the fabric of our nation in an attempt to effect changes of global proportions.

 

God has reached into his vast and unlimited resources to call forth a man of experience and determination and will to fight the battle and defeat the giant of Political Correctness. The man God has called knows well what it takes to win, because to him winning isn’t just everything, it’s the only thing.

 

When God called Donald Trump answered and given a mandate from God the battle for the very soul of America began and although the giant has not yet fallen, it has been defeated. Regardless of political persuasion or ethnicity the time is now for Christians to fall down on their knees to pray over America. Pray for our nation, our leaders and for our enemies. We pray for wisdom from God and the strength to become victorious so that God will set our nation free. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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