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Ray and I recently watched the speech by the U.S. Senate chaplain, retired Rear Admiral Barry Black, at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast, held, as always, on the first Thursday of February in Washington, D.C. It was excellent. We also listened to statements other leaders said at the breakfast. It was especially encouraging to hear both a Democrat and a Republican tell about the active Bible studies and prayer meetings attended by many of our government leaders in Washington.

These 5000 Bibles are ready to go into hotels in Washington, D.C. in 1913. Courtesy Library of Congress.
These 5000 Bibles are ready to go into hotels in Washington, D.C. in 1913. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Many years ago a homeschooling mama brought a passage from Deuteronomy to my attention. The passage told kings what to do when they came to the throne. I had read it before, but I hadn’t paid close attention. Based on what God commanded kings to do in this passage, she had made it her practice to have her children copy scripture.

God’s purpose for what He told those kings to do was not for them alone, but also for their sons after them. God has so much help just waiting for us, for our children, for our country, and for the world, if only we will follow His advice.

Now it shall come about
when he sits on the throne of his kingdom,
he shall write for himself
a copy of this law on a scroll
in the presence of the Levitical priests.
It shall be with him
and he shall read it all the days of his life,
that he may learn to fear the Lord his God,
by carefully observing
all the words of this law and these statutes,
that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen
and that he may not turn aside from the commandment,
to the right or the left,
so that he and his sons may continue long
in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 17:18-20

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