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On January 23, 2009, exactly 94 years from the day she was born, Grandma went home to see the face of her redeemer. Praise to God for His love, and to His Son Jesus Christ for His forgiveness of sins, and to the Holy Ghost for the seal of faith.

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"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

—Samuel Adams…

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On January 23, 2009, exactly 94 years from the day she was born, Grandma went home to see the face of her redeemer. Praise to God for His love, and to His Son Jesus Christ for His forgiveness of sins, and to the Holy Ghost for the seal of faith.

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"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

—Samuel Adams
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Our family has attempted to make a home in one of the poorest, economically hardest hit counties in Ohio. As manufacturing, an historically important Ohio base, has continued to leave our area and the United States of America all together, the income is no longer there to provide our families with the basic needs, let alone a little diversion from their immense burdens. I will not allow greed on my part to reach into your home the way that corporate America has. All across Ohio and the United States, banks are rewarding families that pay their mortgages on time by doubling the interest rate. The news is telling us that these loans were given to high riskers who would not have been able to pay their loans anyway. Don't let them sneak that in...they were paying their loans until jobs left and interest doubled. In Ohio, the bank is legally allowed to come within .000009% of doubling your interest rate before it is considered predatory lending. Who are the laws helping? Sen. George Voinovich, Rep. OH states that these types of loans are victimizing the elderly and minorities. Who are the minorities? I believe that the minorities are the oil share holders and wealthy bank executives and even our own federal government. Where are the leaders who are like the founders of our nation who were willing to sacrifice their lives and even their fortunes for posterity? Our current leaders, it would seem, would rather be dead than without and be forced to live like the majority of Americans.

We have elected a president that vows to bankrupt major portions of our economy for the sake of cooling off the earth. As a senator, Obama helped to write laws that take away more of Americans' rights of free enterprise. He has promised to level the playing field, and to bring down America so that other countries have a fair chance at being a super power. He is planning on helping the middle class by putting them on welfare as well as the poor and increasing the tax burden of wealthier citizens to pay for it. He is socialist and America has forgotten her history lessons. All people in a socialist country are poor except the dictator. He wants to create another roads program which is only available to certain people, not all Americans. He supports the government putting us to work, feeding us, clothing us, sheltering us, and limiting our movement (considering a mileage tax). America is seeming more and more like the U.S.S.R. Our farmers are on government welfare (subsidizing) while we import food: food, medicines, and toys that make our nation sick, diseased, weak-bodied, and weak-minded.

Our young men and women (many with nothing left to lose; many with everything to lose) are joining the service to be sent to fight a "war" that they are not really even allowed to fight, because if they kill someone in this war, America feels bad about it and puts our soldiers on trial. That right there tells me that this is not a war that is meant to be won. It is a federal investment. THIS war...don't know what to say.

We are panic-stricken by global warming. Yes, use the earth's resources wisely, but don't stop using them so we can save the earth at the cost of human lives. The earth is made for human beings. We are looking, terrified, to the skies for that last degree of temperature change that will end it all for us. God has promised that the seasons will not change and that there will always be a time for planting and harvest as long as the earth continues. Should the earth not continue, then I would think that our worries about harvest will be over!

Is the problem just our governments? NO. We have all been greedy; too proud to do much of the labor that God has given us to do in our own country. Americans have become complacent and even apathetic, relying and actually demanding that the government take care of us. People! We are on our way to bondage in a nation that is becoming more and more feudalistic. We have allowed the government to take away our right to act in love in the name of Jesus. As a people, we have allowed the murder of children, the gouging of the poor for the basic necessities of life, the removal of innocence from our children by the music, television, movies, and games we allow and actually purchase for them. We have failed to teach them that they are sinners, and have denied to ourselves that we are sinners, needing the pure sacrifice of our Living Lord Jesus Christ to save us from damnation. People everywhere believe they need only to answer to their own conscience for their actions. Because of this there is no longer any respect for life and others. Amazingly, the schools in my hometown of Cleveland, OH, had been untouched by murderous rampages until only recently. This did not happen in the poor, drug-infested neighborhood. This happened at one of our best schools, downtown, where gifted children attend. Every one of us, regardless of who we are or where we come from, has murder and violence in our hearts.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

What an amazing promise! What would it take to turn America around? Almighty God promises to hear our broken-hearted confessions of immorality, and greed, and murderous thoughts. He promises to forgive us and make us innocent in His eyes through the blood of his only Son, Jesus Christ, who loves us so much, yet, even while we are still sinners. He promises to heal our land.

How about you individually? Are you tired? Are you carrying a burden that you can't shake? Do you look at the news and the world and feel hopeless? Is your heart broken? Is your spirit so lonely and empty that you feel like you are no longer alive? My friend, Jesus loves you more than any words could express. He went, willingly, to the cross for you. He knows what it is to suffer, to feel alone, rejected by the world. He's been hungry, cold, and tired. He knows each tear you've cried, and all of your heartaches. He bought you back with his own blood, suffering, and death. He has saved you from the punishment that all sin deserves and has taken it upon Himself. He has risen again to life, defeating sin, death, and the devil. If you have not taken Jesus as your Savior, you are already dead. As he reaches out to you today, take hold of his hand and let him pull you up out of the grave to life!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

He expects nothing from you. There is nothing that you can do.

8"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

He only wants to guard you jealously because of his great love for you. Don't wait until the last minute to pray. God can free you today, right now, from the sins that bind you and the impending punishment. Don't feel like you don't know what to say...just tell him that you are sorry for your sins and know that you need Jesus to save you; accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is your Savior, your friend.

You may email me at GrandmasGirl [!at] embarqmail.com if you want to talk.

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