39 And he went forth a little, and felled down [fell down] on his face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, pass this cup from me [praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, this cup pass from me]; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
59Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;60But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
One could make the assertion that with destruction always comes rebuilding.
On the eve of battle, many men have reflected, planned and sought council, even of their deity.
It is not at all uncommon and to be expected.
Tomorrow, I believe, we embark on one of the greatest struggles our Nation has ever faced. We go into this certain hellfire of uncertain outcome with great trepidation if, that is, we are of any good sense at all.
There will be, it is sure, immense struggles associated with our future.
When held at ransom by a tyrant, there is but one response by those accustomed to freedom.
Freedom will find its voice in the determination of those who resist the shackle.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
There can be no doubt that those who seek to limit the freedoms of others can only be construed as the vicious oppressor.
They live, only, for such suppression; for it is the only way of success for the tyrrant.
The democrats have ransomed our future. They have placed a shackle, and a burden our our very descendants that can not be denied.
They have sold us into a slavery of the state. The “company store” is the Congress of the United States, and given present conditions, we will never be able to pay our way out of this indentured and servile state into which they have sold each and every one of us.
At the very least, we may always hope that there will be a complete and total reversal of this mad yoke that our Congress has so kindly placed upon our shoulders.
Perhaps there will be a time, and a day, when this will be the case.
For now, we will trudge along through this quagmire, but in time, we will again prevail and, that, through our freedom.
26 When the centurion heard [that], he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. 27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was [free] born. 29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.