Summary: Defining Moments in AMERICAN HISTORY Defining Moments in HIS STORY Defining Moments in OUR STORY
Intro: CONTINENTAL DIVIDE = advance slide
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Metal Building – Purpose for roof … shed water…
Left… West…. Right … East
The USA has a watershed … also
(all continents have….)
All water (Spring, rivers, streams, brooks, rain, snow melt, EVEN COCA COLA) if any liquid falls on the west side… of the continental watershed… PACIFIC SEABOARD
…. EAST SIDE…. ATLANTIC SEABOARD
This WATERSHED is called a CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.
For this message, I would like to use the term… WATERSHED.
Not only do buildings and continents have watersheds,
TIME also HAS WATERSHEDS…we could call it… WATERSHED MOMENTS or…
DEFINING MOMENTS…. a "LIFE BEFORE" and "LIFE AFTER" event
This morning, I would like to look at WATERSHED (DEFINING) MOMENTS in
1. HISTORY (American)
2. HIS STORY (our LORD JESUS CHRIST)
3. OUR STORY – (each person is writing their own personal story)
I. Defining Moments in History (AMERICAN)
Just as human beings usually are born nine months after conception, there was a period of time in American history where the AMERICAN IDEA was conceived.
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Then OPPRESSION is the mother of freedom.
America was an idea that began in the early 1500’s. The period of pregnancy lasted almost 300 years.
The defining moment of our beloved nation’s was its birth which took place 238 years and two days ago.
On that day, 56 men pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to lead the newborn nation into the unchartered waters of freedom and democracy.
They all signed our nation’s birth certificate = the
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!
This was definitely a watershed moment. However, if we were to isolate that specific day in 1776, on the surface, our national birthday would have seemed rather insignificant. With a lack of modern communication, nothing much changed that day in the day-to-day lives of the signers nor of the citizens of this brand new nation. In retrospect and looking at the larger picture,…July 4th 1776 looms larger than life.
That day was the equivalent of having bringing about a 9.0 quake in the world’s geopolitical reality. The uniqueness of the American dream shook all geopolitical foundations and upset the status quo fruit basket of despots around the world.
Until that day, a select few aristo…crats (no relation … Kratz ;-) ruled over the earth’s population through intimidation, slavery, bribery, murder, threats, barbaric wars, coups and other such power plays that had kept the masses oppressed, beaten down and hopeless and this, since the beginning of human history.
The truth is that throughout human history until July 4th, 1776, it could be said that the geopolitical stage of the entire world was survival of the fittest. With the obvious exception of the nation of Israel, a nation that was more “fit” enslaved the weaker nations.