PARSON TO PERSON
FREEDOM AND RIGHTEOUSNESS REQUIRES VIGILANCE
As the United States of America wades deep into its third century of being a free and independent nation, it does so without the mainstream of its citizenry possessing the values and resolve that initiated it and supported it through tough, sad, hard, and happy times. That loss is fundamental, so fundamental that the nation as it was framed may not much longer endure. What happened? Think with me! Solomon wrote: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11. The greatest gift a nation could hope to possess in war with another, would be to find them all asleep in the day of battle. Vigilance has its virtue, and sleep its calamity! In the spiritual warfare, the forces of evil have succeeded in rocking this nation to sleep on toxic materialism. When a majority of the population finds it more palatable to abandon its talent, mental acumen, self determination and personal freedom in favor of whoever will put the biggest check in the mailbox, the devil himself has no trouble garnering the necessary votes to rule. Even when it is known, but not fully comprehended that his rule will be enslavement. Such induced lethargy and sleep provided from the labor of others wins in the battle of preferences in an unprincipled people. This weekend, much celebration will mark yet another year to celebrate the founding of the United States of America. What a God-sent it has been to His people who for centuries yearned to be free to worship Him according to the dictates of their conscience and understanding of Holy Writ! However, judicial actions of the past half century affords much to lament in witnessing its decline. The shinning. global example of freedom and blessedness of this nation is a story of bloodshed, principle, dedication, and hard work. Let all who love this country stand fast in these things and be a part of its grand story. Let us all give ear anew to the words of the wise man who so eloquently penned, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
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PARSON TO PERSON
She literally gave of herself
1886 – Louise (Lulu) Celestia Fleming was appointed by the Woman’s American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of the West. Lulu Fleming had heard the story of her grandfather’s capture in Africa and enslavement in Florida. After she was brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and baptized in 1877, while in her teens, she had dreamed of returning to “her people”, and began to plan her life with that reality in mind. She was educated at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Then with the encouragement of Dr. Kellsey of the Sixth Av. Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the financial assistance of the “Young Ladies Home Mission Society,” she enrolled in Estey Seminary Course, graduating as the class valedictorian in 1885. After a great revival had broken out in the Congo, she answered the call for young women to come to assist in the training of new converts. She set sail in March of 1887 and arrived on the field in May. She served in Palabala as a matron for the station girls and a teacher in the schools. She wrote on Jan. 10, 1891, “…More people have been reached this past year, and some have turned from sin and darkness into light.” Her health failed and she had to return to the states in 1891. While there she enrolled in the full medical course at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1895. Having united with the Grace Baptist Church of Philadelphia, she returned to the Congo the same year with full support from her home church. She literally gave herself for her “own people” and contracted the dreaded African Sleeping Sickness and died. Miss Fleming was buried in Philadelphia on June 14, 1899.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon; adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 13-14.
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