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Good Sunday morning COL Mikel J. Burroughs from rainy Northern Virginia. I am SO glad to be home and back in contact with RP.
Freedom is something that is NOT granted to us by our government. The founders understood this well but it seems like many don't understand this now. If the government gives us our freedom it can also take it away. All of us must stand ready to defend it, if necessary with our lives as our forefathers did. I certainly hope it doesn't come to that; it seems like slowly our country is waking to the threat within which is far greater than the threat from without. I thank all of you who have willingly put your lives on the line for our great nation. May she long out live us all.
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Excellent meme from Ben Franklin, I agree with your assessment of the dire straits in which 'WE' as Americans find 'OUR' country! America does NOT belong to congress NOR the multiplied thousands of civil service staffers ! Welcome back home. Thank you & Blessings, Charlie !!!
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SSgt Marian Mitchell
SSgt Marian Mitchell
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Well put Lt Col!!!
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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I pray that you and I recognize our liberty in Christ and our responsibility to treat others as we desire to be treated, my friend and sister-in-Christ Lt Col Charlie Brown.
I pray that each one of YOURS are behaving responsibly with joy, peace and wisdom. Empower us to wisely demonstrate freedom and liberty in Christ. Give us discernment to avoid engaging in activity which could confuse the immature in the faith.
Thank YOU, LORD for giving us true liberty in Christ and opening our eyes to see and ears to hear the truth. I am beyond grateful that YOUR truth sets us free.
I pray that we each are becoming better listeners. Lead each to gently remind people that freedom through Christ is focused on what we should do.
I pray that those faith leaders and teachers who focus on ‘negatives’ or ‘positives’ alone will be motivated by YOU to teach the whole gospel.
I pray that each one of YOUR adopted children and their loved ones sleep well tonight.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
FYI SMSgt Lawrence McCarter SSG William Jones PO1 Robert George PO1 Jerome Newland SP5 Jeannie Carle SGT Steve McFarland COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
SP5 Jeannie Carle
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Amen and AMEN, ma'am!
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Good "Sunday" Morning COL Mikel J. Burroughs from a windy rainy day here in the Greater Boston Area!!! I am now on my PC, so I will complete my Response about "Liberty", a great topic for today...and you really have some great quotes, Mike!

1) "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms."
- Richard Henry Lee

2) "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." - Thomas Jefferson

3) "He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." - Thomas Paine

4) "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
- George Orwell

5) "A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country." - James Madison

6) "To disarm the people...was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason

As we contemplate all of the QUotes from great people of their time, we must always remember that...


"We the people must remind our leader's of the love of country, freedom, and the Red, White and Blue Flag, so they never try to extinguish or take our liberty; that we the few who've served, fought, and given our lives for, was not given in vain." — COL (Ret) Mikel Burroughs






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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Sgt (Join to see) - Me either Kerry! I want my children and my children's children to enjoy what we had up to this point brother!
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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Another amen and Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! ;)
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All Excellent quotes today, interesting is that ALL except for the one from Orwell were from 'OUR Founding Fathers'! What is interesting is that No politician of today Ever says such things, a Very Great pity! The war Is coming, I Pray that it comes in My day not the days of my grandchildren & great grandchildren ! Thank you for these reminders Kerry & Blessings !!!
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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I pray that you and I recognize our liberty in Christ and our responsibility to treat others as we desire to be treated, my friend and brother-in-Christ Sgt (Join to see).
I pray that each one of YOURS are behaving responsibly with joy, peace and wisdom. Empower us to wisely demonstrate freedom and liberty in Christ. Give us discernment to avoid engaging in activity which could confuse the immature in the faith.
Thank YOU, LORD for giving us true liberty in Christ and opening our eyes to see and ears to hear the truth. I am beyond grateful that YOUR truth sets us free.
I pray that we each are becoming better listeners. Lead each to gently remind people that freedom through Christ is focused on what we should do.
I pray that those faith leaders and teachers who focus on ‘negatives’ or ‘positives’ alone will be motivated by YOU to teach the whole gospel.
I pray that each one of YOUR adopted children and their loved ones sleep well tonight.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
FYI SMSgt Lawrence McCarter SSG William Jones PO1 Robert George PO1 Jerome Newland SP5 Jeannie Carle SGT Steve McFarland COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Good morning my RP Family. What does Freedom mean to you? What is Freedom and where will you find it? There may be many scenarios one can relate to Freedom, from being free from your parents and moving out on your own, freedom from slavery, freedom from school, freedom from bullying and the list goes on and on. Today I would like to address Freedom what the Bible says about Freedom. I am submitting article that was written just before our celebration of Independence Day this year by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I believe it addresses Freedom very well. I pray that after reading it that you will receive many blessings from the wisdom of the Bible. Have a blessed day today and always.

Taken from billygraham.org

HomeStories4 Things the Bible Says About Freedom

As the United States of America celebrates Independence Day on July 4, it’s worth noting the nation was founded upon the idea that God created human beings to be free. The Declaration of Independence states that people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

But what is “liberty,” exactly? Is freedom based upon the country where you live, or can it have a deeper meaning?

Here are some key ideas from the Bible about freedom—including how to find true freedom in your life.

1. People have been searching for it for thousands of years.
The quest for freedom is a theme found throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Just three chapters into the story of God’s creation, humanity gave up its freedom by choosing to rebel against God. From that time forward, the perfect freedom God created in the Garden of Eden was gone, and the long-term effects were both physical and spiritual.

The Old Testament of the Bible records how God’s people lost their physical freedom time and again as various empires overtook them (most notably the Egyptians, as recorded in the book of Exodus).

The loss of physical freedom was often tied to spiritual disobedience like worshiping false gods. But time and again, the one true God forgave His people and rescued them. When God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He was foreshadowing the arrival of Jesus Christ, who came to free humanity from sin—the spiritual slavery that leads to death.

Today, many people are living in spiritual slavery without realizing it. They chase false gods of money, success, personal comfort and romantic love—only to realize they still have an emptiness that can’t be filled by any of those things.

>> Everyone worships something. Read Billy Graham’s short answer about the definition of an idol.

2. God’s answer to our loss of freedom has always been Jesus Christ.
When Jesus began his short period of ministry on the earth, He announced He was the One that God’s people had been waiting for since the fall of humanity. He did this by reading a particular passage from the book of Isaiah—a passage his listeners knew was referring to the Messiah, or the Savior of the world.

The words had been written hundreds of years earlier and spoke of a new freedom that was coming in the future. When Jesus stood up to read, He was saying the future had arrived. Liberty would come through Him.

“And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:17-21, emphasis added).

>> Read Billy Graham’s short devotion, “Truth Brings Freedom.”

3. Jesus came to free us from death, sin and anything that enslaves us.
The core message of the Christian faith—the Gospel—is that Jesus Christ rescues us from the slavery of sin and offers true freedom in this life and beyond. This is what Jesus said:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The Good News—the best news ever—is that faith in Jesus frees us from the death we deserve for sinning against God. It frees us from the punishment that would be inflicted upon us at the end of our lives for the evil things we’ve thought and done.

While Christ followers still battle with sin, they are no longer slaves to it. Through the power of Christ, His people can be set free from the bondage of greed, vanity, pride, pornography, addiction, abusive behavior, gluttony, selfishness—and any other sin under the sun. Here’s what Jesus said about the freedom He offers:

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34-36).

>> Watch Billy Graham’s powerful message, “Truth and Freedom,” from his 1969 New York City Crusade.

4. God gives us freedom to choose our own path.
God created human beings, not robots. We don’t have to accept the freedom He offers us through Jesus Christ. He gives each person the free will to accept or reject His salvation. But the Bible warns that hell is a real place where real people end up when they knowingly reject the truth.

Likewise, those who choose Christ are not forced to obey Him at every turn. But God makes it clear: the best life is one that’s devoted to honoring Him. As the Apostle Paul explained to some of the first Christians:

“’All things are lawful for me,’” but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

>> What is “the judgment,” and why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Listen to Billy Graham’s message.

Final thoughts on freedom
From cover to cover, God’s Word points to freedom in Christ. And God doesn’t leave us wondering how to grab hold of the freedom He offers. It starts with acknowledging our brokenness—and admitting we are slaves to sin. And it ends with choosing Jesus and following Him daily. Only He can break the bonds of slavery and lead us to true freedom, now and forever.

Choose Jesus today, and find out what true freedom feels like.
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
9 mo
I pray that you and I recognize our liberty in Christ and our responsibility to treat others as we desire to be treated, my friend and brother-in-Christ PO1 H Gene Lawrence and sister-in-Christ Linda Lawrence.
I pray that each one of YOURS are behaving responsibly with joy, peace and wisdom. Empower us to wisely demonstrate freedom and liberty in Christ. Give us discernment to avoid engaging in activity which could confuse the immature in the faith.
Thank YOU, LORD for giving us true liberty in Christ and opening our eyes to see and ears to hear the truth. I am beyond grateful that YOUR truth sets us free.
I pray that we each are becoming better listeners. Lead each to gently remind people that freedom through Christ is focused on what we should do.
I pray that those faith leaders and teachers who focus on ‘negatives’ or ‘positives’ alone will be motivated by YOU to teach the whole gospel.
I pray that each one of YOUR adopted children and their loved ones sleep well tonight.
By the power and authority of the Name above all names, Jesus the Christ.
FYI SMSgt Lawrence McCarter SSG William Jones PO1 Robert George PO1 Jerome Newland SP5 Jeannie Carle SGT Steve McFarland COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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SPC Margaret Higgins
SPC Margaret Higgins
9 mo
LTC Stephen F. - Steve, I attempt to do as GOD wants: to respect others more than myself. Thank you for your prayers, Steve!
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Wayne Soares
Wayne Soares
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Great share brother Gene
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PO1 H Gene Lawrence
PO1 H Gene Lawrence
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Wayne Soares - thank you, brother Wayne. I’m glad you think so. Be blessed.
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