The Cross - Billy Grahams Message to America
Your choice alone of your own free will and accord...choose wisely when we come to life’s journey we have all fitted our minds as living stones for that spiritual building. We can share this with others if we ourselves understand what this is that we share. The God of the Universe, Supreme Architect will help us in that journey to a fulfilment that comes from the dwelling of the spirit in the heart. For through and instructive tongue we may pass to the attentive ear, the secrets that come from provable by faith truth safely longed in a faithful breast, our heart, the well spring of life, the repository of spiritual knowing and truth.
From the message of the cross our future will be fulfilled…share the truth…let them see this in you brothers of America…the beauty of Holiness, your strength, your wisdom as a brother Mason. According to all four gospels Jesus was crucified at a place called Golgotha - an Aramaic word for skull. The Latin term is Calvaria where the name Calvary comes from. The reason why it was called "skull hill," possibly because it was the site of executions with the hill indicating the shape portraying a human skull.
Let your strength be apparent to those who know us not as brothers...but whom for those that ask, seek, and knock – may they be encouraged to be better than the good man they already are. Be not ashamed brothers…for Americas faith is not well understood by today’s youth – lets strengthen America together as the sacred band of brothers we are…through the Fatherhood of God.
Never be ashamed…trust the strength from our rule and guide to restore America.
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Why Should We Learn Scripture
Now I would like to suggest just a few principles that can help each of us become more effective in our personal study of the scriptures.
First, pray for understanding and invite the help of the Holy Spirit within us. The things of the spirit can only be learned by and through the influence of the Spirit. Each time we begin a session of sincere scripture study, an earnest and humble prayer in which we petition our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son for the assistance of the Holy Ghost will greatly improve our learning and our understanding.
The second principle is work. Gospel knowledge and understanding come through diligent study of the scriptures and the tutoring of the Holy Ghost. The combination that opens the vault door to hidden scriptural treasures includes a great deal of work--simple, old-fashioned, hard work. A farmer cannot expect to harvest in the fall if he does not properly sow in the spring and work hard during the summer to weed, nourish, and cultivate the field. So it is for you and me.
We cannot expect to reap scriptural insight unless we devote the price of regular and diligent study. Casual strolling through or dabbling in the scriptures will not yield enduring gospel understanding. As Elder Maxwell has noted on several occasions, we are to "feast upon the words of Christ--not nibble" . And the scriptural treasures we seek in our lives cannot be borrowed or loaned or obtained second-hand. We must each learn to open the vault door by applying the principle of work.
The third principle is consistency. Given the hectic pace of our lives, good intentions and simply "hoping" to find the time for meaningful scripture study are not sufficient. My experience suggests that a specific and scheduled time set aside each day and, as much as possible, a particular place for study greatly increase the effectiveness of our searching through the scriptures.
The fourth principle is to ponder. Please turn with me to Chapter 4 in 2 Nephi. Nephi is describing the things of his soul: And upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of brass. For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.
Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.
The word ponder means to consider, to contemplate, to reflect upon, or to think about. The process of pondering takes time and cannot be forced, hurried, or rushed. As described, pondering is very much related to our covenant responsibility to "always remember him." In rememberence to that undiscovered country.