And he said, Hearken ye all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou, King Jehoshaphat:  Thus saith the Lord unto you, Fear you not, neither be afraid for this great multitude:  FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S”  (2nd Chronicles 20:15-17; 1599 Geneva Bible).

For those of you who are unaware, the 1599 Geneva Bible was the Bible used by our PILGRIM Forefathers and mothers (they didn’t trust the King James Version because they disliked King James and his allegiance to The Church of England, with its “anti-Calvinist” inclinations).  I’m sure it was often read and preached from during the dangerous and tedious 66-day Atlantic voyage from England to the New World during the harsh fall and winter of 1620.  Fierce storms and huge waves and horrible living conditions below decks would have turned most modern people back from whence they came.  Not so for these 104 stalwart souls who had determined to separate from their old world and, at least some of them trusting in God’s guidance, build a new and religiously separate colony on the barren coast of North America. 

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“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known. 

The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing; Sing praises to His name, He forgets not his own.

“Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining; ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine. 

So from the beginning the fight we were winning; thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be Thine.

“We all do extol Thee, Thou leader triumphant; and pray that Thou still our defender will be. 

Let Thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised, O Lord, make us free!”

Mayflower II under full sail off Cape Cod - 2013
Mayflower II under full sail off Cape Cod - 2013

Who in the Christian world doesn’t recognize that great old Thanksgiving hymn?  The words and music are from The Netherlands of the 16th century, and it was arranged in its present form by Edward Kremser (1838-1914).  Since the hymn originated in the same country (Holland, or The Netherlands) that our Separatist Pilgrim Forefathers and Mothers lived in as exiles from England from 1608 to 1620 (and for many of those same Separatists much longer than that), I’m sure that our “Plimoth” Pilgrims may have sung that song, or at least a version of it, very often during their 12 year sojourn in Holland, to which they had fled to escape the extreme persecution inflicted upon them by the despised and feared King James and by the harsh hierarchy of The Church of England.  (On the other hand, the Separatist Pilgrims sang mostly from the Psalms, so whether or not they ever sang this old hymn I can’t say with certainty.)

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“…Pilgrim history (is) a story which has no end.  It will end only if people suffer a failure of nerve in the quest for basic human rights.  It can honestly be said that ALL who cherish freedom are Pilgrim descendants.”  - Rev. Gary Marks, “Pilgrims Then and Now” Plymouth, Mass. (1990)

(Note:  I don’t pretend to be an authority on Pilgrim History, but I am quite knowledgeable about it, because my wife. who is descended from at least three Mayflower passengers,  is a life-long member of the National/State Society of Mayflower Descendants, and we’ve attended many Mayflower Society meetings together over the years. In the early 1990’s I presented the program for  the Fall meeting of the S.C. Society of Mayflower Descendants.  This and the following two articles will center on these amazing people who, in obeying what they believed were the teachings of their Savior, Jesus the Messiah, changed history!)

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Ashamed to "Wrap Yourself in the Flag?" You shouldn't be!

One of the benefits of living a long time is that a person can mentally retrieve many recollections  of people and places and events that were significant to him and to many others, once upon a time.  More and more I find myself drawn to an era and its unique remembrances that has just about disappeared from our people’s mental histories,  a time that is almost as unknown to today’s younger Americans as the time of our great-grandparents was unknown to us.  That time, for me, was the World War 11 era, from the late 1930’s up through the late-1950’s.  That was my “golden age”, and those who shared those halcyon years with me know that in many respects it was a much different, and far better, country then compared to the one in which we live today.  I’m saddened for those of you who will never know how wonderful it truly was.

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Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.
Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.

Last time I reviewed how I first met Dr. Anne, and how she prepared for her call from God to be a Christian missionary.  We also reported on some of her “challenges” and victories centered around her work in Haiti, which many, if not most, Americans would consider as being too dangerous and too frustrating.  But as Dr. Anne has amply demonstrated, “with God NOTHING is impossible”, and overcoming problems is a result of strong and fervent prayer, even overcoming a fractured hip on the day before she was to return to the U.S.  Recall that Dr. Anne first went to Haiti in 1987.  I’ll pick up her story at that point:

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“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” - Matthew 14:14

Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.
Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.

No—this wonderful story isn’t about me.  I’d like to tell you, in her own words, about a friend that I met several years ago at the business in which I work part time (writing for The Times Examiner seems to be my “full time” job).  We had another mutual friend who would tell me about the “adventures” of a missionary/doctor friend of hers, and eventually I got a chance to meet this unique lady, a physician/surgeon/missionary to Haiti whose name is Dr. Anne Livingston, during her occasional visits back to Greenville. 

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Sattue of Annie Moore and her two brothers, (Cobh, Irland) by Irish scuptress, JeAnne Rynhart.
Sattue of Annie Moore and her two brothers, (Cobh, Irland) by Irish scuptress, JeAnne Rynhart.

One of the most divisive issues facing Americans today is the issue of immigration into the U.S. – most especially the truly troubling ILLEGAL variety of immigration!  For decades, and probably much longer, we have been faced with the specter of hordes of “undocumented” invaders crossing over our borders, or overstaying their visas, for sundry purposes --  ostensibly to seek a better life for themselves and their children and become “WELFARE LEECHES” but, in some cases, to infiltrate their poisonous hatred of our relatively free American culture into our body politic, as they seek to extend  their insane and Satanically-induced Islamic beliefs and violence from their own despotic countries into ours.

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(I’m indebted to an article in the November/December 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution magazine, American Spirit, entitled: “On The Oregon Trail”, by Bill Hudgins, for first bringing to my attention the now almost forgotten American hero, Marie Dorion (ca. 1786-1850), and from which article I quote and paraphrase freely.  Other sources from which I quote somewhat freely will be listed at the end.)

Marie Ioway Dorian (ca, 1786-1850) as she would have appeared during her long trek across the early American West.
Marie Ioway Dorian (ca, 1786-1850) as she would have appeared during her long trek across the early American West.
Marie Ioway Dorian (ca, 1786-1850) as she would have appeared during her long trek across the early American West.

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The (ficticoius) Lake Isle of Innisfree, as described in Irish Poet William "Yeats'" Poem.

What, you ask, is “an Isle of Innisfree”?  It is a mystical place that resides in your memories, carefully hidden away from “outsider” eyes, available only to the one whose memory vault is locked securely from those who didn’t share one or more of those “ancient reminiscences” with you, such as a parent, a sibling, or a childhood friend.  Except for “bits and pieces”, one’s “Isle of Innisfree” can never be fully shared with one’s children, and seldom with one’s spouse.  It can only be shared with one who “lived” it.  If you don’t understand what I’m saying, then you aren’t old enough to have discovered your own “Isle of Innisfree”!

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Last time we began an investigation into what is called a “Proposed Article V Constitutional Convention”, or a “CON-CON, also referred to as a “Convention of The States”.  We examined the procedure that  “Article V” of our 1787 Constitution specifies as to how our constitution is to be amended.  We also looked at some “unwise” amendments ratified in the first quarter of the 20th century, and began to question the rationality of convening a NEW CON-CON, as well as the possible motives of the people and/or groups who are pushing hard for it—people who are attempting a “con-job”, first and foremost.

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The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Summer of 1787.
The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Summer of 1787.

Let’s begin this investigation into this possible Mega “CON JOB” by reading what our present U.S. Constitution says in Article Five (V)  about “amending” it:

“ARTICLE V:  The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislators of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a Convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislators of three-fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by Congress;…”

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As we discovered in Parts 1 & 2 of this article, the Christian missionary named John Birch lived a short but incredibly dedicated and adventurous life.  Back in the 1930’s, hundreds of faithful Christians from many denominations devoted part or all of their lives to missionary work in the large and chaotic country of China.  John’s parents were part of that dedicated band, and as soon as he was trained and prepared, he also became one of them.

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In Part 1 of this series I asked the question:  What impels a young man to embark on a life of missionary service to his LORD and Savior?  It became clear, during my research, that John Birch received his “calling” to be a missionary from his Savior, Jesus, and he received that calling at a young age.  He never turned back from serving his Savior, nor did he hesitate from going into harm’s way many times during that service.   John was characterized by Robert Welch as “a simple, but highly intelligent man, who worked hard to serve God, spread God’s Word, and fought for the freedom to do so.”  Many times during his wartime service, Birch longed for the day when he could farm his own land, marry and raise a family, and continue to serve God in his own way.

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Photo from Veteran Tributes (www.veterantributes.org)

No, this article is not about the John Birch Society, that great educational and patriotic organization that has been exposing the enemies of constitutional government, and their despicable intrigues,  in the U.S. for over 60 years, resulting in merciless attacks against it and unmitigated mendacities told about it, because THE ENEMIES OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES FEAR THE TRUTH—THEY FEAR THE EXPOSURE OF THEIR ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-CONSTITUTION MACHINATIONS, AND THEY FEAR THE WRATH OF A TOTALLY INFORMED AMERICAN PEOPLE!  The real John Birch never knew the late  Robert Welch, the American businessman and patriot who founded the JBS in December of 1958.

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I can’t discover who originated that truism I used in the title to this article, but he/she was thoroughly aware of the foibles and shortcomings of that troublesome species of American citizens called “liberals” (also known as “progressives”, “socialists”, “maleducated”, “non-thinkers”, “left wingers”, and “moonbats”).  A few months ago my long-time friends in another state sent me a little tidbit of “truisms” that they had gleaned from the internet.  The article seems to have originated on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and was titled: “Is Logic the Same Thing As Common Sense?”  Let’s look at each of these gems of logical common sense and reflect on the degree to which these “observations” have made inroads into our society, and whether or not they make “common sense”. You may or may not agree with my opinions, but that’s OK as long as you think about my words.  (I apologize for the length of this article, the longest I’ve ever written, but sometimes a writer just can’t “shut up” because so much needs to be said!)

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 Sometimes the right path is not always the easiest” - Princess Matoaka, a.k.a. “Pocahontus” (c. 1596-1617), a.k.a. Rebecca (Mrs. John) Rolfe--daughter of the Great Chief Powhattan, of Virginia.

Back in the days when I could move my legs and arms without joint pain, and before the force of gravity became much “stronger”, I used to do a lot of hiking in the North and South Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains with my kids and their friends, or with our adult friends.  Finding the correct path in the high country, surrounded by rocks and trees, and often cloud cover, was very important.  We all loved “the high country” and we spent many wonderful weekends or parts of vacation weeks exploring well known, and not so well known, great views and landmarks in “our” mountains.  In every case, having trail maps and using good observation and common sense made our hikes both enjoyable and safe.  Following the right path made ALL the difference.

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