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King James VI & I

King James VI & I

Biography
James Charles Stuart

King James VI or Scottland, Ireland and King Jmaes I of England

James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625), the only child of Mary, Queen of Scots, was King of Scots from 1567 and King of England and Ireland from 1603, being the first monarch of the House of Stuart to rule all three countries.  His descendants include Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Philippe of Belgium, Felipe VI of Spain, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Margrethe II of Denmark, Harald V of Norway, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. This article deals with numerous descendants of James and his wife Anne of Denmark (Since he is not known to have had any illegitimate children).

James VI and I was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625.

Born: June 19, 1566, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Died: March 27, 1625, Theobalds House, Goffs Oak, United Kingdom

Spouse: Anne of Denmark (m. 1589–1619)

Mother: Mary, Queen of Scots

Father: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Children: Charles I of England, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales
Spouse: Anne of Denmark (m. 1589–1619)
Spouse: Anne of Denmark (m. 1589–1619)
Edinburgh Castle
  Edinburgh Castle

In August 1589, James married Anne of Denmark by proxy and their actual wedding ceremony took place in Oslo, Norway, on 23 November of that year. Although James and Anne were close at the beginning of their marriage, they gradually drifted apart. She had been brought up a Lutheran and converted to Catholicism shortly after marrying James, which was unpopular among the people of Presbyterian Scotland (and, later, those of Anglican England).

By the time of her husband’s accession to the English throne in 1603, Anne was the mother of three living children (Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, Elizabeth and Charles), but had also suffered at least three miscarriages and stillbirths, and had another four children who died in infancy. Their second son succeeded James as King Charles I.

Children

Name Portrait Birth Marriages and Issue Death
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales Henry Prince of Wales 1610 Robert Peake.jpg 19 February 1594
Stirling Castle, Stirling Scotland
Never married
no children
6 November 1612 (aged 18)
Elizabeth of Bohemia Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia from NPG.jpg 19 August 1596
Falkland Palace, Fife, Scotland
Frederick of Bohemia
8 children. The current UK monarchy stems from her
13 February 1662 (aged 65)
Charles I of England Charles I (young).jpg 19 November 1600
Dunfermline Palace, Fife, Scotland
Henrietta Maria of France
5 children
30 January 1649 (aged 48)

 

  1. Henry Frederick STUART, Prince of Wales
    Birth 19 FEB 1594, Stirling Castle; Death 6 NOV 1612, St. James Palace, England. Notes: Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Lord of the Isles, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester. Died of Typhoid.
  2. STUART, Child
    Birth JUL 1595; Death JUL 1595–Stillborn
  3. Elizabeth STUART, “The Winter Queen”, Queen of Bohemia
    Birth 19 AUG 1596, Dunfermline; Death 13 FEB 1662, Leicester House, London, England. Notes: Married Frederick V, Elector of Palatine of the Rhine, King of Bohemia 1619-1620. Had 13 children.
  4. Margaret STUART
    Birth 24 DEC 1598, Dalkeith Palace; Death MAR 1600, Linlithgow
  5. Charles I STUART, King of Britain
    Birth 19 NOV 1600, Dunfermline, Scotland; Death 30 JAN 1649, Whitehall Palace, England; Burial , St. George’s, Chapel, Windsor, England. Notes: Acceded to English throne upon death of his father on March 27, 1625. Murdered by order of “Puritan” Oliver Cromwell and other insurgents. Trial of King Charles I ||| Last words ||| more links to information on Charles I on the King James VI & I index page.
  6. Robert Bruce STUART, Duke of Kintyre
    Birth 18 JAN 1602, Dunfermline; Death 27 MAY 1602, Dunfermline
  7. Son
    Birth MAY 1603, Stirling; Death MAY 1603, Stirling
  8. Mary STUART
    Birth 8 APR 1605, Greenwich Palace; Death 16 SEP 1607, Stanwell Park, Middlesex, England
  9. Sophia STUART
    Birth 22 JUN 1606, Greenwich Palace; Death 23 JUN 1606, Greenwich Palace
*King James VI & I is not known to have had any illegitimate children.

Geneaology from King James I
to Prince Charles and Princess Diana

(and subsequent descendants)

The following genealogical chart is used with kind permission from Yvonne Demoskoff (http://users.uniserve.com/~canyon/royalty.html). Thanks Yvonne! One can also see this page as a pdf at kjchart.pdf


This chart outlines the descent of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles from their common ancestor, King James VI & I. The names in red are five of the six godparents of their son Prince William. Please note that some information (such as full names and titles, in some cases) has been omitted for the sake of space.

(Copyright © 1998 Yvonne Demoskoff)

JAMES I of England and VI of Scotland (1566-1625) | |————————————————————————————————————————| | | Elizabeth Charles I, King of England | | | | Sophia James II, King of England | | | | George I, King of Great Britain (natural daughter:) | Henrietta | | George II, King of Great Britain James, 1st Earl Waldegrave | | |———————————————————————–| |———————| Frederick, Prince of Wales Louisa 2nd Earl Waldegrave 3rd Earl Waldegrave | | | | |———————| | | | | | | | | Augusta George III, King of Great Britain Louise Anne Horatia 4th Earl Waldegrave | | | | | | | | | | Augusta Edward, Duke of Kent Louise Horace 8th Earl Waldegrave | | | | | | | | | | Paul Victoria, Queen of Great Britain Christian IX, King of Denmark Adelaide William | | | | | | |——————————–| | | | Pauline Edward VII, King of G.B. Alice George I, King of the Hellenes 6th Earl Spencer 11th Earl Waldegrave | | | | | | | | | | | | Nicholas George V, King of G.B. Victoria Constantine I, King of the Hellenes 7th Earl Spencer 12th Earl Waldegrave | | | | | | | |—————| |————| | | | Sophie George VI, George, Alice Louis, Earl Paul I, King of the Hellenes 8th Earl Spencer Lady Susan Waldegrave | King of G.B. Duke of Kent | Mountbatten | | | | | | of Burma | | | | | | | | | Anastasia Elizabeth II, Alexandra Philip, Duke Patricia Constantine II, King Lady Diana Spencer | Queen of G.B. of Edinburgh | of the Hellenes | | | | | | Georgina |——————————-| Norton | | | | | | | Natalia Charles, Prince of Wales | |————————————————————————————| | | H.R.H. Prince William of Wales

updated April 9, 2011, H.R.H. Prince William of Wales married Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. They became known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

July 22, 2013, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce the birth of their first son, [the baby was eventually named George Alexander Louis] born at the Lindo Wing, St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. “The baby is third in line of succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He is styled His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge.

(derived from www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/the-duchess-of-cambridge/biography. Quote taken from www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/news-and-diary/the-duchess-of-cambridge-has-been-delivered-of-son)

May 2, 2015, the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born–a daughter, HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. She is fourth in line for the British throne: (1st) Prince Charles (her grandfather) (2nd) Prince William (her father) (3rd) Prince George (her older brother) (4th) Princess Charlotte.

King James I of England
(VI of Scotland)
INTERESTING FACTS

  • King James I was a Christian who wanted the Bible in the hands of the common man. Specially commanded the Authorized (King James) Version of 1611 of the Bible.
  • King James was known for his wisdom. He was known as “Great Britain’s Solomon” while he was yet alive.
  • Fluent in Greek, Latin, French, English, and his native Scots. Schooled in Italian and Spanish.
  • Wrote extensively including Basilicon Doron (the Kingly Gift), Daemonologie, and tracts on varied subjects such as “Counterblaste to Tobacco” which condemned the use of tobacco. Counterblaste is considered the first anti-smoking tract. These and many other writings are found in The Workes of the Most High and Mightie Prince Iames (in Jacobean typography, the letter “I” can represent I or J), a massive collection of the king’s writings now online. In The Workes, one finds that King James was a contender for the faith of Jesus Christ and cared about the spiritual well-being of his kingdom. He even wrote Christian meditations for his people. His writings are still relevant today–King James has a message that Rome does not want you to hear.
  • William Shakespere was one of his subjects. Learning and writing thrived under the King’s reign.
  • Formed the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire by uniting warring tribes of Scotland and then enjoining the crowns of Scotland and England in 1603. He was the first to call his new kingdom, “Great Britain”.
  • King James was became King of Scotland in 1567 when he was 13 months old and acceded to the English throne in 1603.
  • Scottish reformation leader John Knox read the sermon when he was crowned King.
  • He endured racism as a Scot ruling over the English, nevertheless had the love and admiration of many subjects. Years after his death, detractors tried to sully his good name. Unfortunately, it continues today, yet KJV translators, yea the King himself had predicted such.
  • King James was sickly having crippling arthritis, weak limbs, abdominal colic, gout, and a number of other chronic illnesses. He also had physical handicaps which affected his legs and tongue. Coupled with numerous attempts on his life, he required constant attention and watchcare.
  • His mother was Mary Queen of Scots who was deposed in 1567 and executed in 1587 after 19 years in prison. His father, Lord Darnley, was murdered in 1567.
  • Roman Catholic clerics tried to kill him more than once. The King was born during the time of the Reformation and well knew popery’s atrocities. In 1536, popery burned William Tyndale to death for distributing the Bible and it was MUCH displeased with King James’ authorization of a Bible in English (see translator’s notes). Roman Catholic Nicolo Molin, an Ambassador said this of King James:

    “…He is a Protestant…The king tries to extend his Protestant religion to the whole island. The King is a bitter enemy of our religion (Roman Catholic)…He frequently speaks of it in terms of contempt. He is all the harsher because of this last conspiracy (Gun Powder Plot) against his life…He understood that the Jesuits had a hand in it.”

    King James said this in Basilicon Doron:

    “I am no papist as I said before…Now faith…is the free gift of God (as Paul sayeth). It must be nourished by prayer, which is no thing else but a friendly talking to God. Use oft to pray when ye are quiet, especially in your bed…”

  • He led a chaste life. Sir Henry Wotton (June 1602) said this of King James:

    “There appears a certain natural goodness verging on modesty…He wears short hair…among his good qualities none shines more brightly than the chastness of his life, which he has preserved without stain down to the present time. Contrary to the example of almost all his ancestors, who disturbed the kingdom with the great number of bastards which they left.”

    F.A. Inderwick wrote in 1891:

    “James had a reputation for learning, for piety, for good nature, and for liberality.”

    In 1603, Sir Roger Wilbaham wrote:

    “The King is of sharpest wit and invention…of the sweetest most pleasant and best nature that I ever knew, desiring nor affecting anything but true honor.”

  • King James loved literature and wrote extensively including the Basilicon Doron which contains instructions to his son on how to live and be a just king. King James’ advice to his son concerning chastity:

    “Keep your body clean and unpolluted while you give it to your wife whom to only it belongs for how can you justly crave to be joined with a Virgin if your body be polluted? Why should the one half be clean, and the other defiled? And suppose I know, fornication is thought but a veniall sin by the most part of the world, yet remember well what I said to you in my first book regarding conscience, and count every sin a breach of God’s law, not according as the vain world esteems of it, but as God judge and maker of the law accounts of the same: hear God commanding by the mouth of Paul to abstain from fornication, declaring that the fornicator shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven, and by the mouth of John reckoning out fornication among other grievous sins that declares the commiters among dogs and swine.”

    Advice to his son on how to treat his wife.

    “And for your behavior to your wife, the Scripture can best give you counsel therein. Treat her as your own flesh, command her as her lord, cherish her as your helper, rule her as your pupil, please her in all things reasonable, but teach her not to be curious in things that belong not to her. You are the head, she is your body, it is your office to command and hers to obey, but yet with such a sweet harmony as she should be as ready to obey as you to command, as willing to follow as you to go before, your love being wholly knit unto her, and all her affections lovingly bent to follow your will.”

  • King James loved his wife, Queen Anne, and wrote beautifully of her. They had nine children together. Once, while out hunting, Queen Anne mistakenly killed King James’ favorite dog. Sir Dudley Carleton wrote in 1613:

    The queen shooting a deer mistook her mark and killed Jewel, the King’s most special and favourite hound; at which he stormed exceedingly awhile; but after he knew who did it he was soon pacified and with much kindness wished her not to be troubled with it for he should love her never the worse; and the next day sent her a diamond worth �2000 as a legacy from his dead dog….The Queen by her late pacification hath gained Greenwich.

  • King James is the founding monarch of the United States. Under his reign, we have the first successful colonies planted on the American mainland–Virginia, Massachsetts and Nova Scotia. King James ordered, wrote and authorized this Evangelistic Grant Charter to settle the Colony of Virginia:

    “To make habitation…and to deduce a colony of sundry of our people into that part of America, commonly called Virginia…in propogating of Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness…to bring a settled and quiet government.”

Sources: Wikipedia, http://www.edinburghcity.org.uk/attractions/castle-history/, http://scotlandsmary.com/james-i-vi/, https://www.jesus-is-lord.com/kinginde.htm, http://www.israelitesunite.com/king-james.html

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1611 King James Bible, 1st Edition – 1st Printing Facsimile — KJV, KJB

1611 King James Bible, 1st Edition – 1st Printing Facsimile — KJV, KJB

1611 King James Bible, 1st Edition – 1st Printing Facsimile

Beautiful Original 1611 King James Version
Very Ornate – Original Artwork – Gothic Type

The 1611 King James Bible was written more than four hundred years ago when the English language was different.

 
This Edition Facsimile Reproduction of the 1611 First Edition King James Bible (KJV, KJB) measures approximately 11 inches tall by 8.75 inches wide by 3.5 inches thick, and weighs about 10 pounds!  Can you imagine how beautiful this will look on your bookshelf?

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Do not confuse our photographic facsimiles with small, cheap, “reprints” you may have seen. The popular Thomas Nelson or Hendrickson Publishers “1611 Edition” mass-marketed Bible, for example, is NOT a true facsimile (nor do they claim it is). It is a totally new type setting in a strange semi-modern Roman Style Type Face without the original woodcut decorative accents or beautiful Gothic Black-letter Style Typeface found in the original. Such reprints may maintain the ancient spellings, but they do not LOOK anything like an original 1611.

 If you are looking for a beautiful, affordable, authentic copy of the original 1611 King James Bible to use as a desk-reference or bookshelf-reference piece (like a dictionary)…then this is the Bible for you. Our 1611 facsimile makes the perfect Christmas Gift. You may even wish to purchase one of the gorgeous 1611 King James Bible for yourself and one for a Christmas gift. This Edition Facsimile Reproduction of the 1611 First Edition King James Bible measures approximately 11 inches tall by 8.75 inches wide by 3.5 inches thick, and weighs about 10 pounds. (So actually… it’s fairly large and heavy book).

 The binding is hardcover black imitation leather with gold stamping along the spine. Each page was computer-scanned from the original, and printed on heavy cream paper. In a much more manageable “medium-folio” size, rather than the original “giant pulpit folio” size, it remains otherwise an exact photographic duplicate of the very first press run of world’s most beloved book. Most people have never seen what the original King James Bible looks like, and having one in your home will provide you with a great conversation-piece, and an object of great beauty.

 The 1611 King James Bible was written more than four hundred years ago when the English language was different. The original 1611 A.D. text, written in Early Modern English, shows the language with its Latin influence. Spelling was in Jacobean style which was not entirely standardized, but could be read phonetically. The original typeface was in Gothic style. Although both the typestyle and the older language of the 1611 version may be considered difficult to read by some 21st Century English readers, the translators produced an accurate translation known for its beauty, cadence, and poetic feel.

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JOHN 3:16 The 1611 original (with Gothic type)
 
For God so loued þ  world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne:
that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.
 
JOHN 3:16, a 1900-1970 Cambridge Edition of King James Bible (based on 1769 version)
 
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.
 
English spelling differences in John 3:16

U = V (Example: loued = loved; gaue = gave)

y with ‘e’ above it was used as represent the ‘thorn’ character, which means ‘the’)
nn (Sonne = Son)

Other spelling differences

V = U (Example: vnto = unto | See John 1:11. As a variation of the same letter, ‘V’ was used at the beginning of a word and ‘U’ within. )

VV = W (Example: svvord = sword) [The V was called a ‘U’, this is why we still call a W a ‘double U’]

I = J (Example: Iesus = Jesus | See John 1:17)

Long “s” letters look similar to “f” letters (Notice the ‘Old Testament’ type example on the right)

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The Modern “Translations” Based on the Corrupt Alexandrian Texts
(NLT, NIV, ESV, HCSB, ISV [Unique Son], NHEB, WEB, etc.)

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

There are two problems here.

1) The so-called modern translations deny the deity (meaning He is not God) of Jesus Christ by removing the begotten.  There are many other places they deny His deity as well.
2) They promote us, man.  We no longer have everlasting life.  We have, eternal life, JUST LIKE GOD!
The WNT or Weymouth New Testament, the YLT or Young’s Literal Translation as well as several others take the corruption even further…in fact, in the opposite direction of the other Modern Versions as mentioned above.
WNT, “For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son,
that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.”
The WNT:
1) Denies the deity of Jesus Christ.
2) Changes Everlasting to “Life of Ages
YLT, “for God did so love the world, that His Son —
the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is
believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.”
The YLT:
1) “May not.” That does not sound so definite.  WOW.  I hope I have everlasting life.
2) Changes Everlasting to “life age-during.”
Life of Ages?  life age-during?  To be honest, I am not even certain what that means.
There is so much more…please contact me if you are interested in learning more.  In the meantime, stick to God’s Word!  Stick to the KING JAMES VERSION!
 
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Rev. Kevin Airrington

Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford,Oregon

Star Spangled Banner

 

It is an honor to come before you on this special day and offer these words honoring our veterans who are with us, and those fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. It is also a privilege to remember with you our loved ones who have left this world before us.

The first Memorial Day was not called Memorial Day. It is believed to have been celebrated with a parade of freed slaves and Union soldiers marching through Charleston, South Carolina in 1865.

Waterloo, New York, is considered the official birthplace of Memorial Day because after it was observed there on May 5, 1866, General John Murray and General John A. Logan called on all communities to honor the war dead every year.

Memorial Day….What do you think of when you think of Memorial Day – the beginning of summer vacation, barbecues in the back yard, family get-togethers, maybe you are looking forward to the Indy 500? It hasn’t always been this way.
In most churches Memorial Day is ignored because it is not one of the holy days on the church calendar. But I believe that it would be good for us today, May 26th, 2014 to consider what Memorial Day really represents, for its very name calls us to remember.

The ability to remember is a wonderful gift God has given us. In a flash we can be a child again, skipping rocks across a pond, or walking in a meadow. Through memory we can fall in love, get married, & enjoy our children all over again. All this is possible through the blessing of memory.

Some of our memories are happy as we recall wonderful experiences. But some are sad, & we may weep as we remember them.

Memories are also very practical. If we couldn’t remember that a red light means “stop” we’d be in trouble. If you weren’t able to remember what day it is, or your anniversary or wife’s birthday – you’d be in big trouble. So yes, memories are practical too.

The Gospel of John, chapter 15, verses 13 & 14 paint a perfect picture of what Memorial Day is:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Memorial Day grew out of the human need to remember where we have been. Only then can we figure out where we are going. The cherished memories of a nation, a town, a church, or a family provide the values and dream that one generation passes on to the next. Forgetting means dropping the torch.

All of this was on the mind of President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 as he made his way to the Pennsylvania battlefield. He feared that he might be the last president of the United States. After a three day Battle in the fields of Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War; the country teetered on the brink of self-destruction. The ceremony that afternoon would dedicate the site of the cemetery for the over forty thousand soldiers killed at Gettysburg in the three-day battle the previous July. Lincoln’s remarks provided the seedbed for what would become Memorial Day.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” he began. Less than two minutes later, he concluded, “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here (this of course he was referring to the sacrifice of the soldiers). It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The speaker before Lincoln, Edward Everett, was one of the most popular public speakers of his day. He spoke for two hours. Yet Everett admitted to Lincoln, “I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.” Lincoln’s own words would not fall true…he said, “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,” however his 2 minute speech continues to echo in the American memory. Even I as I began sharing portions of Lincoln’s speech — the Gettysburg Address with you…you were recalling it and perhaps were saying it with me.

Over the next few years, many communities set aside special days to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Some services were held with little fan fare. Others involved marching bands and speeches. All included decorating soldier’s graves with flowers and flags. Most towns referred to the event as Decoration Day. After World War I the day expanded to honor the American heroes of all wars. Gradually the custom of decorating the graves of relatives and friends became a part of the day.

Eventually the official name was changed to Memorial Day. Originally, the day always fell on May 30. In 1971 congress moved the date to the last Monday in May.

Why Memorial Day? Because we don’t want to forget. What do we remember?

Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to remember certain events and certain people in history. We especially remember those who have died—those close to us: parents, grandparents, children and loved ones. We also remember those who have been taken in war or other tragic events.

We remember the death of the 3,000 men and women, boys and girls, who died on September 11, as evil men flew two airplanes into the Twin Towers in New York City. We remember the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust; we remember the faithful Texans who fought against Santa Ana and his Mexican army. Their rallying cry was “Remember the Alamo.”

I was watching the history channel one night, as they told the story of the Titanic and the tragic death of

1, 500 passengers. In 1986, Dr. Robert Ballard, who was responsible for locating the Titanic, placed a memorial plaque on the stern of the ship. It reads: “In memory of those souls who perished with the “Titanic” April 14 & 15, 1912. Dedicated to William H. Tantum, IV whose dream to find “Titanic” has been realized by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. The officers and members of the Titanic Historical Society Inc. 1986″

 

And so, today we remember—we remember our loved ones, we remember our soldier heroes—those who have fought for freedom, and we remember the saints, those Christians who fought for spiritual freedom. I have just three final points to my message—three things we must never forget:

  1. REMEMBER THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

The freedoms you and I enjoy today have come to us through tremendous sacrifice. The right to keep and bear arms, the right to own property, the right to come and goes as we please, the right to speak our mind without fear of being arrested…the right to worship God or not to worship God in any manner we choose…all of the privileges and rights we enjoy today have been made possible by men & women who gave a sacrifice beyond measure.

Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg said,
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”—.

Let me emphasize these words to you “freedom isn’t free.” Every freedom we enjoy as American’s was purchased and has been preserved by many who paid a sacrifice beyond measure. The freedoms we enjoy were not free!

  1. REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES

Remember, our family and our friends who have left this world for a better world. Remember, how they impacted your life. As I speak these words I can find no better way to articulate what I need to say than to quote my daughter, Rosebud Airrington…she was just 10 years old when she wrote these words:

“A person may be dead and buried, but if we are lucky they will never be forgotten.” I thought it was interesting that she said, “IF WE WERE LUCKY.” If WE are lucky…shouldn’t it be if THEY are lucky? I wasn’t exactly sure what she meant. Then she went on…”it was her 72nd birthday, on March 3rd, 1012 when my Nana took her last breath on earth and her very next breath she took in Heaven. A grave marker or a tombstone is not my Nana and it is not your loved one. I watched my brothers and my cousins carry the box that held the body that once held the life of my Nana to the place where she would be buried.   Her marker will serve as a memory of her. It is important to me and I know that your loved one’s marker is important to you. But remember, nothing lasts forever and these markers will not be here forever either…I will never forget my Nana…” WOW! I should have just repeated my daughter at the beginning of my message and I would have been done!

 

 

Lastly…

  1. REMEMBER THAT NO BETTER FRIEND THAN A FRIEND WHO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

I want us to remember the words found in the Gospel of John, the 15th chapter, versus 13-14.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Those were the very Words of Jesus Christ. I want us to remember, who gave His life for His friends…gave His life out of love. Please, this Memorial Day, as you lay flowers and wreaths on the graves of soldiers, family members and friends…as you partake in family BBQs…the Hamburgers, Hotdogs and the watermelon: Please remember the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE that took place 2,000 years ago just outside the City walls of Jerusalem on a hill called Calvary. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most significant event in all history!

 

God Bless all of you…thank you so much for having me…enjoy the rest of your Memorial Celebration.

 

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I’M AN EXPERT

I’M AN EXPERT

Today’s article will be short I hope. I am watching the Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis & the Bill Nye Pre-Debate show.

I watched this debate…I purchased the debate on DVD. To be honest I was a bit disappointed. I expected more out of Bill Nye The Science Guy. What did we learn from this debate? Bill Nye is NOT a Science Guy and God did it. I understand Ken’s position, I just would have hoped he would have supported his opinion with facts. There are plenty of facts that support God did it. Perhaps I missed them…I will watch the debate again.

Bill Nye has a children’s program…where he claims to be a science guy. I have watched the show and he does come off as some sort of an expert. he uses some pretty big words. “Our bodies find germs with special chemicals called anti-bodies. When the white blood cells sense the anti-bodies they attack the germ.”

His shows are relatively entertainment and there is some information. (I’ll show you a clip in a minute). I have a question? How much prep time does Bill Nye need for a 23 minute children’s science show?

A Christian Brother of mine…you may know him. His name is James L Georgeson. This is a man that I became antiquated with Mr. Georgeson in the winter of 2012 when his young sin was murdered by U.S. Marshall’s. Mr. Georgeson’s life was just ripped in a million pieces with no chance of ever recovering the pieces in order to re-assemble it. I reached out to him and he asked me to do a Bible Study in my home. It was clear after the first meeting he was not ready for this sort of gathering. I then invited him to a grief support group. This too lasted perhaps for one or two sessions.

Shortly after this, he completely pushed me away. I knew his grief was almost too much for him to bear. He pushed everyone that loved him away. I continued to pray but gave him the space he so desperately needed.

Finally, we reconnected and I could immediately see changes in him. He was quick to point out his walk with Christ was better than it has ever been and he was hungry for Biblical knowledge.

Just today he asked who John was talking about in Revelation 6:2. I quickly said, Jesus Christ and used Revelation 19 and Psalm 45 to support this. He was reading a book and the author claimed it was the antichrist.

I am aware that some Contemporary Bible Expositors agree with this teaching. I simply disagree.

I have a question?

How long did the author of the book that Mr. Georgeson was reading have to research before he wrote the booklet?

When I was in the Army I read a grand book on rock climbing. This was the ABC’s of Rock Climbing…it had everything from selecting equipment, preparing rigs to tying knots.

I had been rock climbing…but nothing serious. I certainly was not an expert. One day several of us were sitting around shooting the breeze. I started talking about the “art of rock climbing”. I spoke as if I had invented the sport. At the end of my 30 minutes of “talking” these boys were all excited and ready to go rock climbing. One young man even said, “Kevie, I would go rock climbing with you and I would not be afraid because you really know what you are doing.”

DOH! I read a book! I was not an expert….not even close and to be honest, I WOULD BE AFRAID TO ROCK CLIMB WITH ME.

I have a question.

How long did it take for me to research rock climbing before I could convince others that I was the man to go with…that I was the man to keep them safe?

You see, Bill Nye is NOT a science…he plays one on a 23 minute children’s show. Does he have some knowledge? yes, but he is an entertainer. How can we trust any man? How can we trust a man that says, “I am an expert.”

Now, please don’t mix words with me. He doesn’t actually have to SAY he is an expert. I never once told those army buddies that I was an expert rock climber. Our actions can say it. You know, ironically, that fella in the army that said he wanted to go with me, his name was Darrin O’Sheilds. Today, he lives in Washington D.C. and he works for S.W.A.T. — in fact he trains them! One of the skills he teaches is rock climbing and repelling.

I will ask again, “HOW CAN WE TRUST ANY EXPERT?”

Psalms 118:8 – It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

I say unto you…TRUST NO MAN….TRUST NO EXPERT.

We can take it a step further:

Matthew 23:8-9, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

I think that it is safe to say that Jesus is not big on titles…and He even forbids the use of some.

Put your trust in the Life Giver.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9L6zRO084

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