Summary: We have the freedoms we have today because of men and women who would rather die free than live in slavery. We have freedom from sin today because of a Savior who died in our stead. Don’t Sell Out. Live Free, Free from sin!

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“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to...its office holders.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

“Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); Founder Of The Boy Scouts

“It is better to be faithful than famous.” -Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919); 26th U.S. President

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.” -John Adams (1735-1826); 2nd U.S. President

“Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” -Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (born 1942); Boxer

“Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” -Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924); 28th U.S. President

“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.” -Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969); Founder Of The Japanese Martial Art Akido

I Kings 21:1-15; II Kings 9:26; John 15:1-8

The King wanted Naboth to sell out.

He said ‘No’.

January 1st, 1776 on Prospect Hill near Boston the Stars and Bars (Old Glory) was unfurled for the first time.

July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress gathered and 56 signers signed their livelihood and life’s away by signing the Declaration of Independence.

In 1814 Dr. William Beanes was taken by the British. While he was there he treated some of their wounded. A lawyer, Francis Scott Key went to the British to try and gain Dr. Beanes release, to no avail. They both were placed on a sloop behind the British ships during the battle that ensued. From that vantage point, Key penned:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!...

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