THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

July 3, 2020

Appreciating Freedom

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On this 244th Independence Day, I have been impressed with the fragility of the freedoms we possess. These past months of COVID orders and riotous protests show me how quickly our liberties can be curbed, and even vanish, because of the models of the “experts” and the will of the powerful. I hope Americans take the actions and reactions of these past weeks and months to heart. It is “we the people” who possess inherent, God-given rights, not government or its agencies. Americans must be reminded of this. As a nation under God, in Whom we trust, we see that government is accountable also. It is not the highest authority. The rule of law supersedes the whims and even the dictates of any branch or agency of government that contradicts that law. Who holds them accountable? We do! But if we do not act, and individual self-government breaks down, our republic will fail and America will cease to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

America is the only nation in the world based on an idea – freedom and self-government – so if we don’t understand that idea and what sacrifices were made to win that freedom and keep it for over two centuries, how can we possibly continue to keep it?  Eric Metaxas, Author & Speaker

It takes great pains to preserve liberty. Our founding fathers knew and experienced that, and they warned us what would happen if we lapsed in our vigilance to preserve it.

A Republic must either preserve its Virtue or lose its Liberty. – Rev. John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Founding Father and our 2nd President, John Adams, wrote to his wife, Abigail, less than a year after the Declaration of Independence was signed. The war for independence was raging in the north, and Adams and his compatriots were priceless targets of the British occupational forces. Those signers had pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to see this liberation through, and with their blood, sweat, and tears. Read his letter:

I have been lately more remiss, than usual in Writing to you. There has been a great Dearth of News. Nothing from England, nothing from France, Spain, or any other Part of Europe, nothing from the West Indies. Nothing from Howe, and his Banditti, nothing from General Washington.

There are various Conjectures that Lord How is dead, sick, or gone to England, as the Proclamations run in the Name of Will. Howe only, and nobody from New York can tell any Thing of his Lordship.

I am wearied out, with Expectations that the Massachusetts Troops would have arrived, e’er now, at Head Quarters. — Do our People intend to leave the Continent in the Lurch? Do they mean to submit? or what Fatality attends them? With the noblest Prize in View, that ever Mortals contended for, and with the fairest Prospect of obtaining it upon easy Terms, The People of the Massachusetts Bay, are dead.

Does our State intend to send only half, or a third of their Quota? Do they wish to see another, crippled, disastrous and disgracefull Campaign for Want of an Army? — I am more sick and more ashamed of my own Countrymen, than ever I was before. The Spleen, the Vapours, the Dismals, the Horrors, seem to have seized our whole State.

More Wrath than Terror, has seized me. I am very mad. The gloomy Cowardice of the Times, is intollerable in N. England.

Indeed I feel not a little out of Humour, from Indisposition of Body. You know, I cannot pass a Spring, or fall, without an ill Turn — and I have had one these four or five Weeks — a Cold, as usual. Warm Weather, and a little Exercise, with a little Medicine, I suppose will cure me as usual. I am not confined, but moap about and drudge as usual, like a Gally Slave. I am a Fool if ever there was one to be such a Slave. I wont be much longer. I will be more free, in some World or other.

Is it not intollerable, that the opening Spring, which I should enjoy with my Wife and Children upon my little Farm, should pass away, and laugh at me, for labouring, Day after Day, and Month after Month, in a Conclave, Where neither Taste, nor Fancy, nor Reason, nor Passion, nor Appetite can be gratified?

Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.*

Adams speaks to you and me in that final paragraph! Read it again!
(In Adams’ own hand…)

Be inspired. Be informed. Be involved. America needs a rebirth of freedom and the backbone it takes to preserve and defend it. It cannot be left to the politicians. We the People must speak and act. This is why we celebrate Independence Day. Make it a meaningful holiday this weekend! God bless you and may God bless America.

*Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 26 April 1777 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/

May 25, 2020

We MUST Never Forget

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“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”   –John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, July 7, 1775

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson (attributed)

We must never forget.


But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
Revelation 2:4,5

 

 

May 24, 2020

Increased Devotion to the Cause

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Happy Memorial Day
We can really celebrate this holiday by acting on President Abraham Lincoln’s admonition at the conclusion of his Gettysburg Address:

“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.”

I encourage you to take “increased devotion to that cause,” the cause of liberty.

…Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  — 2 Corinthians 3:17

May 23, 2020

Memorial Day and Veterans Day: There is a Difference

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(This is a repeat post from seven years ago, but it bears repeating. Have a meaningful holiday!)

Memorial Day, originally Decoration Daynational cemetery 2

Decoration Day was celebrated first in the north and south following the Civil War. Today, as well as back then, this day of remembrance was to memorialize our war dead. It wasn’t until following World War I that May 30 became a common observance of the day–later becoming a national observance in 1971 by an act of Congress set for the last Thursday of May. Memorial Day has historically been a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives in defense of our country. A little known fact remembered from an Act of Congress in 2000 is the National Moment of Remembrance–a minute of silence at 3:00 pm local time to collectively remember  those who died in the service of their country–to help put the “memorial” back in Memorial Day.

veterans1Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day

Veterans Day honors all American veterans, both living and dead, for their honorable and loyal service to America. It is celebrated on November 11 of each year. There was an unpopular 10-year period (1968-78) when it was moved to the fourth Monday of October, but was changed back to the original historic day. Armistice Day commemorated the end of World War I–“the war to end all wars”–on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour of the morning when the armistice was signed. Of course, World War II shattered all hopes of the end of world-wide war.

 

The Christian world awaits the end of all war, but not through any act of man or nation or united nations, but through the return of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Scripture admonishes us and gives us hope:

Psalm 46:9 – He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.

Isaiah 2:4 – And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Micah 4:3 – And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.

Revelation 21:4 – And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

April 21, 2020

HomeHeartEd

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Here is a PDF page of all the following links:  Homeschool Emergency Resources

Homeschool Emergency Resources For “Stay-At-Home” Time

Great Resource Lists (Mostly Free):

https://wallbuilders.com/homeschooling-resources-fun-activities-for-at-home/  (most comprehensive list)

https://coronavirushomeschooling.com/  (support and resources)

https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus  (scroll down for At-Home Activities)

https://worldandeverything.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Homeschool-Resources.pdf

This list is just a quick-start—there are many other fine organizations that provide curriculum to help you as a parent-educator. Check the internet and also with your local homeschool support organizations, co-ops, and learning centers for other resources.

Free Lessons:

https://www.learnourhistoryorders.com/everbright/loh_s08_0719_000all/

http://freekidsguide.com/

https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2020/03/24/free-at-home-education-resources-from-ancestry-and-access-to-nearly-500m-national-archives-records/

https://www.mfwbooks.com/

https://www.pinterest.com/saddlebackparents/get-outside/

https://www.pinterest.com/saddlebackparents/indoor-activities/

https://www.pinterest.com/saddlebackparents/home-school/

https://veritaspress.com/60-days

https://www.slso.org/en/edu/at-home-resources/   (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra)

Check the internet for other homeschool curriculum publishers, private and online schools, for many more resources, free and purchased.

Disclaimer: This list was compiled rather quickly from many trusted resources, some faith-based and some not, some private sector and some public sector. There are so many links to so many varying organizations that it becomes nearly impossible to endorse every group and every lesson plan and activity. As with any resource list, parents need to thoroughly check out all resources. Please use your discretion and discernment to find resources that are compatible with your worldview. If you find anything blatantly incompatible with the Judeo-Christian worldview, please notify HomeHeartEducation@gmail.com. Thank you.

April 5, 2020

First Things First – Start Easter Off Right

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March 21, 2020

Encouraged by COVID-19

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Pandemic | SBS News

The American response to this virus pandemic, I must say, has been very encouraging to me. (You may think I am delirious!) Though we are all inconvenienced because of it, I am grateful for this one thing: It is a culture of life that is driving these decisions to self-quarantine and isolate. We do this to preserve the most vulnerable among us, seniors with compromised health. (Perhaps God would also impress upon us the vulnerability of the pre-born as well.) The wisdom and experience of our senior population is so important to us as families, as citizens, and as a culture. Though the economy also plays a major role in how we are responding, we are not sacrificing our elders on the altar of expedience and financial cost-benefit analysis. The real ROI (return on investment) will be in the strengthening of families and culture, understanding that all God’s children are important and valuable and worth sacrificing for. Jesus thought so! Take this cloistered opportunity to build and encourage relationships with family, friends, and neighbors. Help someone around you with a kind word or deed.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf,
for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” – Jeremiah 29:7
“Give and it shall be given unto you…” – Luke 6:38

September 30, 2019

House Dems Attempt Coup, Divert Media

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Newt nailed it….and I couldn’t agree more:

“Pelosi is not leading an impeachment process. This is a legislative coup d’etat of a kind we have not seen in America. The left in the news media and the House want to destroy President Trump.They have been trying to destroy him since election night 2016.

“No one should be confused by the current phony, one sided, partisan impeachment. I led a serious impeachment effort with a special counsel who said President Clinton was guilty on count after count. Look at our rules for fairness and the lynch mob approach of Schiff and Pelosi.”           (Newt Gingrich on Fox and Friends this morning and Twitter.)
American political speech is increasingly partisan ...

This nonsense has to stop. While the House Dems are chasing their dreams, who is minding the shop? (The House is in lockdown accomplishing nothing.) They are trying to set the agenda and steer the media (most of whom agree) away from their wholesale sellout of American principles and their lame duck attempt at a presidential nomination process. This election cycle is not going to be pretty. It will be wholesale desperation and lies, so hold on, America, it’s going to be a nasty ride.

May 27, 2019

Memorial Day–A Day of Remembrance

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Today, we attended the first annual Memorial Day Remembrance at the newly renovated Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Names of 554 active duty soldiers who died since the Vietnam War were read and will be engraved on the beautiful “Court of Honor” memorial in front of the Museum. Sparsely attended as it was, there was one glaring omission in the program. I have never attended any memorial service, military or civilian, that did not include a prayer. It was gravely missed. With all the beautiful renovations and upgrades since the MO Historical Society assumed control of the Memorial, I would hope that Missouri’s spiritual heritage and its traditional foundation and support of our military heritage would not also become casualties of the current cultural war of political correctness. Hopefully, this was a simple oversight and not a planned omission. May God continue to bless America, I pray.

Here is the program:

 

April 14, 2019

Today in Christian History – Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

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Expectations were running high when Jesus entered into Jerusalem with the fanfare of the crowd and palm branches. They were greeting their would-be King and Deliver-Messiah. But…on a donkey? But He didn’t confront the dreaded and oppressive Roman government? He confronted the Jewish religious rulers and system instead. In less than a week, much of the crowd would turn against Him. Got questions? Watch this:

Make Jesus Lord of your life!

“…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”  Romans 10:9

March 13, 2019

Wisdom from the Past, for the Future

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March 8, 2019

Runaway U.S. House passes Leftist Unconstitutional Legislation

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H.R. 1 passed the U.S. House today on a strict party-line vote. The so-called “For the People Act” title is certainly reminiscent of 1950/60’s-style communist rhetoric. This hallmark legislation championed by the Democrat Party is nothing short of a power grab, taking Constitutional authority regarding elections from the states including sweeping new voter registration rules, promoting ill-conceived ethics reforms, and calling for D.C. statehood. The Democrat Party should be ashamed. This bill is unconstitutional, unwise, and unAmerican. This is a desperate political move to the far left. Americans should be aware and Dem House members should be placed ON NOTICE! I am praying that America wakes up to this crisis and speaks in 2020, if not sooner.

Text of H.R. 1 “For the People Act”

February 22, 2019

The Father of Our Country

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February 22 marks the birthday of our first president, George Washington…my all-time favorite POTUS. He was the only president to be elected UNANIMOUSLY…TWICE! Washington was trusted, a gentleman beyond reproach, a man of deep and abiding principle based in his deeply held faith. Perfect, no–meritorious, yes.  It is unquestionable that George Washington was providentially preserved and used of God to help birth and lead the United States of America. His heart’s desire was to retire to his Mt. Vernon farm, but his sense of duty to God and country repeatedly brought him back to leadership. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee served under and was a close friend of General Washington. Lee’s eulogy of Washington forever endeared America to her first Commander-in-Chief and President:

First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen

God bless George Washington.

February 6, 2019

Thank you, President Trump

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The President’s 2019 State of the Union address will go down in history as an unequivocal stand for life, liberty, and property. He stood for life, the defense of our country, and our free markets. God bless you, Mr. President, as you flesh out your words in the administration of your high office!

 

December 29, 2018

Another New Year

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Another Christmas and another year is completing. What a beautiful season it is as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, the birth of hope, and the birth of a new year with all its fresh starts and dreams. This is a gift from God. And this is how we say thank you…All that we are, all that we have, all that we hope to be, we give to Him whose birth the angels sang! May God’s love, joy, and peace command our hearts as we enter 2019. If you have never given the reins of your life to Him, let Jesus be born in your heart today and crown Him Lord of all! This is what brings joy to your heart and JOY TO THE WORLD! God’s blessings to you!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!  -2 Corinthians 9:15

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