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As we honor our Presidents and even our Founding Fathers today, let’s remember some of the beliefs and principles that made many of them so special.

Whenever possible, our firm tries to recommend other Christian financial professionals to help us serve the clients with whom we work. Kurtis Ward, a Christian attorney from Oklahoma once told me a true story to illustrate the difference between the words “shall” and “will.” A businessman once related to Kurtis a strange business transaction that the businessman had with a new client. He said that the client went through one of the businessman’s contracts and everywhere a certain word occurred, the new client scratched it out and replaced it with another word. The businessman said that he thought the client was not very bright. Kurtis said, “I think I know what the two words were.” The businessman was surprised when Kurtis asked, “Was the first word ‘will’ and the second word ‘shall’? He asked Kurtis how he knew.

Kurtis said something to the effect that the word “will” leaves some “wiggle room,” but the word “shall” doesn’t. To that, the businessman replied something like, “Wow, I guess he wasn’t so dumb after all.”

On President’s Day, as we honor the leaders of our country, I believe that it’s important for us all to remember how important truth and integrity were to our Founding Fathers. Their words meant something, and they didn’t try to “wiggle” out of their commitments. And where did most of our Founding Fathers acquire their values? Despite what some revisionists would like us to believe, most of our Founding Fathers were staunch Christians. My prayer is that America would realize that our problems ultimately stem from spiritual issues, and that we would heed 2 Chronicles 7:14 and turn back to God.

So for those of you who enjoy word studies and historical information, spend some time reading our country’s founding documents. It’s also fascinating to research all of God’s promises in the Bible which use the word “shall.”

One of the best collections of information on our country’s Christian heritage can be obtained at http://www.wallbuilders.org. David Barton has done exhaustive studies on our nation’s truly Christian foundations. I highly commend his work to you.

Scripture–2 Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (KJV)

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (NASB)

God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. (Message)

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him. (Amplified)

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (NLT)

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. (ESV)

for Jehovah — His eyes go to and fro in all the earth, to show Himself strong [for] a people whose heart [is] perfect towards Him; (YLT)

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. (HCSB)

For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro through the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward him. (Darby)

Blessings,

Steve

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Blessings,

Steve

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