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.
May God continue to bless our nation, keep us safe from the enemy of our souls, forgive us our sins, and help us as individuals to become more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Amen!
In Christ's Service,
Dr. David Jeremiah's Turning Points Devotional for December 31, 2011:
Why His Return?
And if I go… I will come again...
The first appearance of Jesus was a mission of humility and sacrifice. The second will be a mission of triumph and transformation. He often described it as a groom returning for His bride. The Church, He said, is "the bride of Christ." And what eager brides we are! -- eagerly awaiting our Lord to come take us home! According to 1 Thessalonians 4, He will break through the clouds with a great shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
But He must also come to judge the world. Jesus spoke several times of the final judgment, when He would come to judge the living and the dead and to separate His faithful children from those who refuse to follow Him.
He'll also return to establish a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. How eagerly we're awaiting His new universe with its shimmering capital city described in Revelation 21 and 22 as the New Jerusalem.
Another year is dawning, dear Father let it be, on earth or else in Heaven another year for Thee!