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You can trust Him!

So many of us have been disappointed by putting our trust in man. Our leaders are fallible whether in Church or in government.

Although we must continue to put our trust in our leaders, know that there is only One that is infallible, only One that we can put our full trust in.

Let these words from S.M. Lockeridge be an encouragement to you as we begin this new year.

from a sermon by Dr. S.M. Lockeridge​

You can trust Him.

He is the one who made us. It is He who made us and not we ourselves. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows forth His handiwork. No means of measure can define His limitless love, and no farseeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply.
I’m telling you, Church, you can trust Him!

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He is enduringly strong and entirely sincere.
He is eternally steadfast and immortally graceful.
He is imperially powerful and
He is impartially merciful.
He is the greatest phenomena that has ever crossed the horizon of this world.
He is the sinner’s Savior.
He is the centerpiece of civilization.
I’m trying to tell you today, Church, you can trust Him!

He does not have to call for help, and you can’t confuse Him.
He doesn’t need you and He doesn’t need me.
He stands alone in the solitude of Himself.
He’s august and He’s unique.
He’s unparalleled and unprecedented.
He’s supreme and He’s preeminent.
He is the loftiest ideal of literature.
He is the highest personality in philosophy.
He is the fundamental doctrine of all theology.
He is the cardinal necessity of Spiritual religion.
He is the miracle of the age.
He’s the superlative of everything good that you can call Him.
I’m trying to tell you, Church, you can trust Him!

He can satisfy all your needs, and
He can do it instantaneously.
He supplies strength for the weak and
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He sees.
He guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.
He cleansed the leper.
He forgives sinners and
He discharges debtors.
He delivers the captives.
He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.
He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent.
He beautifies the meek.
I’m trying to tell you, Church, you can trust Him!

He is the leader of legislators.
He is the overseer of the overcomers.
He is the governor of the governors.

He is the key to knowledge.
He is the wellspring of wisdom.
He is the doorway of deliverance;
He is the pathway of peace.
He is the roadway of righteousness.
He is the highway of holiness.
He is the gateway of glory.
He is the Master of the mighty.
He is the captor of the conquerors.
He is the head of heroes.
He is the leader of legislators.
He is the overseer of the overcomers.
He is the governor of the governors.
He is the prince of princes and
He is the King of kings.
He is the Lord of lords.
You can trust Him!

His office is manifold.
His promise is sure.
His life is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.
His mercy is everlasting.
His love never changes.
His word is enough.
His grace is sufficient.
His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy;
His burden is light.
I wish I could describe Him for you.
He is indescribable because He is incomprehensible.
He is irresistible because He is invincible.
You can’t get Him off your hands.
You can’t get Him off your mind.
You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him.
You can trust Him!

There was nobody before Him and there will be nobody after Him.
He had no predecessor.
He will have no successor.
He is all things.
He is the giver of life.
He is the joy out of every sorrow.
He is the light out of every darkness.
He’s the peace that passes all understanding.
He is the giver of every good and perfect gift.
You can trust Him!

There is no God before Him.
There will be none after Him.
He is the first.
He is the last.
He is preeminent.
There is no other God! Hallelujah!
You can trust Him!​

The Liberty Bell

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof (‭Leviticus‬ ‭25‬:‭10‬ KJV)

This inscription, on the symbol synonymous with Liberty itself for so many, is said to commemorate William Penn’s Charter of  Privileges declaring for the people of Pennsylvania religious liberty and self governance.

This inscription became a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof

This inscription and it’s symbol was also used by the suffrage movement encouraging support for women’s voting rights.

The symbol synonymous with Liberty draws its meaning from the power of the Word. Our founders understood the source of our Liberty as did so many patriots that followed.

Liberty does not come from a god-less nation. This nation was birthed in religious liberty, on the foundations of the Judeo-Christian belief that ALL are created in God’s image and ALL are given free will to choose their pursuit. Liberty comes only from God and never from government.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ KJV)

Who is Publicly Supporting Scott Turner For Texas Speaker of the House?

“I am talking to people that are freedom minded, liberty loving, hard working, God fearing people…in order for Texas to be the very best that it can be…the chains of complacency and the shackles of status quo have got to be destroyed” – Scott Turner

There are those in Texas that are publicly standing up “in order for Texas to be the very best”,  there are those that want a servant leader to lead Texas by conviction, but who are they?

Elected Officials:

Jeff Leach, HD67, @leachfortexas Jonathon Stickland, HD92, @RepStickland Matt Krause, HD93, @RepMattKrause
Bill Zedler, HD96, @Bill_Zedler Matt Rinaldi, HD115 elect, @MattRinaldiTX Tony Tinderholt, HD94 elect, @Tony_Tinderholt
Matt Shaheen, HD66 elect, @MattShaheen Dustin Burrows, HD83 elect, @Burrows4TX Mark Keough, HD15 elect
Scott Sanford, HD70, @Scott_SanfordTX Matt Schaefer, HD6, @RepMattSchaefer David Simpson, HD7, @davidsimpsontx
Patrick Fallon, HD106, @FallonForTexas Bryan Hughes, HD5, @RepHughes
Molly White, HD55 elect, @MollyWhiteTX  Stephanie Klick, HD91, @StephanieKlick
Constable David Woodruff Tarrant County Pct 2

County GOPs:

Dallas Harris Collin
Ellis Titus Smith
Cass Marion Harrison
Lamar Sabine Red River
Upshur Shelby  Erath
Panola  Kaufman

Organizations and Notables:

  • Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility – Michael Quinn Sullivan
  • Hector Garza – Secretary/Treasurer Nat’l Border Patrol Council Local 2455
  • FreedomWorks – Matt Kibbe
  • Grassroots America We the People – JoAnn Fleming
  • Texas Eagle Forum – Cathy Adams, Trayce Bradford
  • Women on the Wall
  • NE Tarrant Tea Party – Julie McCarty
  • Clear Lake Tea Party
  • Direct Action Texas – Aaron Harris
  • Lone Star Tea Party – Josh Finkebinder(P), Kelly Cannon(VP)
  • Arlington Tea Party – Josh Finkebinder(P), Kelly Cannon(VP)
  • Cass County Patriots
  • Montgomery County Tea Party
  • The Liberty Blessing – Joel and Karen Starnes

Christmas: State of Mind

christmas-message-1927“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” – Calvin Coolidge Presidential message, December 25, 1927

Christmas 1923 was the first Christmas that the White House displayed a National Community Christmas Tree. President Coolidge was also given a button that turned on the 2,500 green, red and white electric lights.


Jonathan Stickland, Texas House District 92

“I want this session to be about going on the record” – Jonathan Stickland

Jonathan Stickland is a Conservative Christian Republican currently serving in the Texas State House for District 92. He supports limited government, transparency, limiting regulation, and most importantly wants to represent the voters, not the lobbies.

Jonathan SticklandJonathan’s strong family values and conservative roots were an integral part in his voting record during the 83rd Legislative Session. Jonathan has been awarded 100% scorecards from Empower Texans, the Texas Eagle Forum, and Concerned Women for America. Jonathan was also ranked as the most conservative Representative of the 83rd session by Professor Mark Jones of Rice University.

*excerpt from

Reared for Immortality

If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the Constitution and the Union, then they will have accomplished all that their author ought to desire. Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils and sufferings and blood of their ancestors, and capable, if wisely improved and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are as beautiful as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order; and its defences are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly or corruption or negligence of its only keepers, — THE PEOPLE. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest; and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them. – Joseph Story, Supreme Court of the United States 1811-1845, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

Daguerreotype_of_Joseph_Story,_1844“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest; and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.”





The First Vote: Speaker

The beginning of every legislative session commences with selecting the Speaker of the Texas House and Tuesday January 3rd, 2015 begins the 84th Texas Legislative Session.

Why is this vote so important to us Texans?

Most of the speaker’s power lies in their appointments to committee chairs. With these appointments, comes power and responsibility for the legislation that ultimately makes it to the floor for a vote. As an example from last session, under the leadership of the current “Republican” Speaker, Joe Straus, not one Pro-Life bill made it to the floor during regular session. It was only because of pressure from Governor Rick Perry that forced the special session that made the way for the landmark pro-life bill (HB2) that has provided protection for so many women in Texas and saved the lives of so many precious lives. So many bills submitted from our liberty minded legislatures were blocked in committee or never allowed out of calendar.

We, as Texans have an obligation to protect Life and Liberty for our children, for our state and ultimately as Texas goes, so does the United States. I believe Texas is and will be the last line of defense in the protection of our civil and religious liberty.

As Christians we believe our liberties are derived from our Creator not from our government.

Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 (WEB)

As the body of Christ, “We the People” were established as the true caretakers of our own Liberty. Our legislators are sent as Representatives to that affect. We must make our voices heard in Austin, affecting change through the legislative process.

The Speaker’s race is paramount to our fight for Liberty. We must petition our legislatures to vote for a new Speaker that will not misuse their power as the current Speaker has since 2009.

The current Speaker, Joe Straus, has misused that power and has been a hindrance to our Liberty through his policies:

  • Retribution was threatened on those representatives refusing to support Straus in previous sessions.
  • In 2013, 51% of legislation that made it to the Governor’s desk was authored by Democrats – who unanimously voted for Straus as Speaker.
  • Pushed for state expanded Medicaid under Obamacare
  • In 2013, spent the entire $8 billion budget surplus and took $4 billion from the state’s rainy day fund.

Empower Texans provided an exhaustive list of Conservative reforms that were killed by Straus and his crony committee appointments (from The Joe Straus Record):

  •  Urging Congress to cease imposing the Obamacare contraception mandate on business
  • Monthly reporting requirement for abortion doctors, providing penalties
  • Allowing volunteer security staff with a CHL to carry a concealed weapon in the course of their service with church permission
  • Requiring counties, cities, and school districts to list total outstanding debt and debt per capita on any ballot for a new bond election
  • Preventing school boards from discriminating against religious organizations seeking to use public school facilities during non-instructional time
  • Preventing insider trading by state officials or employees
  • Protecting Texans from federal gun registrations
  • Prohibiting discrimination by institutions of higher education against faculty or students who research Intelligent Design
  • Protecting Texans from the Obamacare individual mandate
  • Closing the “judicial bypass” loophole allowing minors to receive and abortion without parental notification
  • Placing greater restrictions on eminent domain powers
  • Preventing abortions after 20 weeks post fertilization
  • Preventing abortion service referrals in Public School sex education courses
  • Addressing coercive conditions imposed on the state by the receipt of federal funds

Who is running for Texas Speaker of the House?

The current Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, will be seeking re-election to the position and we have got to fight to get him  “de-throned”.

The Liberty Blessing is endorsing a man of great distinction, a Godly man with a servant leader view of his role as a legislature, Scott Turner.

“The Lord is shaking the very foundations of the Texas House. The key is – the people are speaking, but the question is – Will we listen?” – Scott Turner

I have been blessed with the opportunity to pray for and with Scott Turner. He shared his heart with a small group of Christian activists in Tarrant County.  This man has the calling of the Lord on him. He understands what it means to be a servant leader, to lift others to do great things. He understands the power of the Word in his life and how Jesus Christ can soften the hearts of those you share Him with. He understands what it means to “wait on the Lord” and to listen to the guiding of the Holy Spirit. For this next role, most importantly he understands the Liberty, the Lord has for us and the importance in fighting for that Liberty.

Watch Scott Turner give his testimony:


History is set to be made this session. The last contested vote for the Speaker’s seat was in 1975, every vote since has had the contender publicly drop out prior to the vote. This is also the first time that a contender has spent so much time and money actively campaigning directly to Texas citizens asking them to pressure their representative to support them for the Speaker’s seat. Only the members of the Texas House casts votes for the Speaker and we want this vote to go to the floor.

What can you do?

Your Texas House Rep needs to know where its constituents stands on issues they face during session. A phone call, an email, or even a hand-written note will make an impact on your legislature. We often feel that government has gotten too big for our representatives to care about a single call or a note from some “nobody” in their district. For some reps this is true, but that tide is changing and your voice does make a difference – especially at the State level. I have personally met with many Texas House Reps and when asked what can we as concerned Texans do to affect change, they all reply “communicate with us”. You would be surprised how few calls or notes they actually receive.  Your note or call does not have to be long or eloquent. An example note would look like this,

“My name is ____________________________, I am one of your constituents and I would like you to vote for Scott Turner For Texas House Speaker.”

This is a great site to Find Your Representative and author a quick note that will be printed and hand delivered to your representative. You can also locate your representative at the state’s Find Your House Rep page or Find Your Senator’s page.

Take Action Now

Please take action now. We have a little over a month to communicate just how important this vote is to our House Reps and our friends.  See below for ways you can pass the message on:


Out of Small Beginnings

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many., yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehova have all the praise”
― William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

bradford1On William Bradford’s tombstone is written:

In Hebrew: “Jehova is our help”

In Latin: “What our fathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish”


For the Glory of God

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalms 118:29

As with any holiday, looking back upon its history tends to be commonplace, yet so much of this holiday’s history is lost to revision or explicit omission. The writings from our nation’s original architects, or those nearest to the origins, suit us best—still—as references from which we can learn. My amazement never wanes while reading of the “adventures” taken by the brave men, women, and children settling this great nation. The absolute trust they had in God’s daily provision is a picture of faith that we should all aspire.

The language used so naturally in reference to Scripture in William Bradford’s writings shows how integral their faith was in their lives. The Pilgrims endured many trials and tests because of their strong belief in freedom and worship. Their story is foundational to our Liberty and to this great nation “Under God.”

Although the original Mayflower Compact has been lost, William Bradford recounted the text in his writings “Of Plimoth Plantation” (sp. intentional). Bradford called this the “first foundation of their government in this place.” As to the reason for the Compact, he says “when they came ashore, they would use their own liberty; for none had power to command them.”

Signing of the Mayflower CompactThe Mayflower Compact

“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.”

Happy Thanksgiving – Anno Domini 2014

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18