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Year of the Bible proclamation

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Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden made the following proclamation during the public participation portion of the Dec. 16 town council meeting:

Throughout the history of the United States, one of the most important influences that has shaped our country into a distinctive nation, none may have been more profound or enduring than the Bible, and

Whereas, Early Settlers sought fortitude in their religious convictions found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and their communities were centered on a deep devotion to their Christian Principles that helped provide comfort and strength, and was a source of faith that they could long endure in a new land, and in a new home called Texas, and

Whereas, the framework of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was modeled and influenced by the teachings found in the Bible, and

Whereas, the values put forth in the Bible have been the foundation of our country in beliefs that all people, all individuals are bestowed with inalienable rights, that all are created with equality in the eyes of the creator and the laws of our land, and

Whereas, the teachings of compassion and love for our neighbors has inspired institutional and governmental expressions of benevolent outreach, the encouragement of private charity, the establishment of schools and hospitals, and the abolition of slavery, and

Whereas, it is true and correct, our nation was not founded on any particular religion, nor is it mandated by any Government in the United States that any individual should observe a particular religion; however, the fiber of our founding fathers and the people that have made up our nation, from all walks of life, have expressed their deeply held Christian beliefs such as …

From Francis Scott Key who said,

“And this be our motto, ‘In God is our trust’”
– USA National Anthem, Third Verse

From the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay, who said …

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

Of Course – Abraham Lincoln: “In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”

From Brown University, whose Motto – “In God we Hope” was the inspiration of Salmon Chase to have “In God We Trust” placed on our Currency

Calvin Coolidge who said “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

Harry S. Truman who said  “The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.” –

Dwight D. Eisenhower whom stated,
“Our government makes no sense unless it is founded on a deeply held religious belief.” 

Today our Country, our town is faced with many challenges, challenges that are beyond our own abilities, but require wisdom, grace and compassion from God.  As many of our greatest national leaders-among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—have recognized the influence of the Bible on our country’s development, and as plainly stated by President Andrew Jackson who referred to the Bible as “the rock on which our Republic rests.” … I ask that you join with me, Tom Hayden, Mayor of the Town of Flower Mound, Texas in Proclaiming 2014 to be the “Year of the Bible” in Flower Mound, Texas, and encourage all residents in their own way to examine the principles and teachings found in the Bible.

 

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