Sonny Day Devos – Fourth of July—Fourth-of-July.html?soid=1102073785300&aid=0qCYqKcEojU

Fourth of July 
Happy Birthday, America


Happy birthday to this land

From mountain peaks to coastal sand,

From pilgrims brave to astronauts

The joy of freedom fills our thoughts.

With pride we claim this land of ours.

But then our eyes turn to the stars.

The hand of God has brought us here

And from His praise we must not veer .

“In God we trust,” our motto reads,

Across the years He filled our needs.

It was not man who made us great.

It was the Lord. There’s no debate!

So Happy Birthday to this great land.

For God still holds us in His hand!



 Psalms 33:12-15 (NIV)

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

    the people he chose for his inheritance.

13 From heaven the Lord looks down

    and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches

    all who live on earth-

15 he who forms the hearts of all,

    who considers everything they do.

 In the opening verse, the Psalmist alludes to the unique favor placed upon Israel, “the people he chose for his inheritance.” However, the context immediately following also associates God’s blessing to “all mankind.”

 Undoubtedly, the writer was specifically thinking of Israel when writing these words, but, given the complete context, I think it is also fair to say that the words, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” can be applied by all nations who honor God.

 Our nation certainly has reaped that blessing. Happy birthday, America!

Russian Warplane Flies Within 50 Feet of U.S. Spy Plane in Asia


BY: Bill Gertz  
April 28, 2016 5:00 am

A Russian MiG-31 jet flew within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft in Northeast Asia last week, Moscow’s latest aerial saber-rattling against American ships and planes, according to defense officials.

“On April 21, a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol reconnaissance aircraft flying a routine mission in international airspace was intercepted by a MiG-31 Russian jet in the vicinity of the Kamchatka Peninsula,” Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the Pacific Command, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Benham said the intercept was “characterized as safe and professional.”

“Intercepts between the United States and other militaries occur often and the vast majority are professional,” he noted. “For intercepts that are deemed unprofessional, the U.S. takes appropriate measures through military and diplomatic channels.”