Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Saturday July 12th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Epiphany

American Minute with Bill Federer

amIn 567 AD, the Council of Tours ended a dispute.

Western Europe celebrated Christmas, December 25, as the holiest day of the season, and Eastern Europe celebrated Epiphany, JANUARY 6, recalling the Wise Men’s visit and Jesus’ baptism.

It could not be decided which day was holier, so the Council made all 12 days from December 25 to January 6 “holy days” or “holidays,” which became known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Beginning in 1534, England’s official denomination was the Church of England, with the national government exercising control over religious services, doctrine, expression and restricting the freedom of speech.

During most of this time, Puritans, nonconformists, separatists, and other dissenters fled from England to other European countries and to colonies in America.

Those dissenters who remained in England practiced their faith in secret, suffered government persecution and even martyrdom.

In 1625, a type of Sunday school song was used by dissenters to teach children, “In Those Twelve Days,” where a spiritual meaning was assigned to each day:

Chorus
In those twelve days, and in those twelve days, let us be glad,
For God of his power hath all things made.

1. What is that which is but one?
What is that which is but one?
We have but one God alone
In Heaven above sits on his throne.

2. What are they which are but two?
What are they which are but two?
Two Testaments, as we are told,
The one is New and the other Old. Chorus

3. What are they that are but three?
What are they that are but three?
Three persons in the Trinity,
The Father, Son, and Ghost Holy. Chorus

4. What are they that are but four?
What are they that are but four?
Four Gospels written true,
John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew. Chorus

5. What are they that are but five?
What are they that are but five?
Five senses we have to tell,
God grant us grace to use them well. Chorus

6. What are they that are but six?
What are they that are but six?
Six ages this world shall last,
Five of them are gone and past. Chorus

7. What are they that are but seven?
What are they that are but seven?
Seven days in the week have we,
Six to work and the seventh holy. Chorus

8. What are they that are but eight?
What are they that are but eight?
Eight beatitudes are given,
Use them well and go to Heaven. Chorus

9. What are they that are but nine?
What are they that are but nine?
Nine degrees of Angels high
Which praise God continually. Chorus

10. What are they that are but ten?
What are they that are but ten?
Ten Commandments God hath given,
Keep them right and go to Heaven. Chorus

11. What are they that are but eleven?
What are they that are but eleven?
Eleven thousand virgins did partake
And suffered death for Jesus’ sake. Chorus

12. What are they that are but twelve?
What are they that are but twelve?
Twelve Apostles Christ did chuse
To preach the Gospel to the Jews. Chorus


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