Lord Thy God With ALL Thy Heart

“My dear Son, In your letter of the 18th January [1811], you mentioned that you read to your aunt a chapter in the Bible…every evening.  This information gave me real pleasure.  So great is my veneration for the Bible, and  so strong my belief, that when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, that which contributes most to make men good, wise, and happy-that the earlier my children begin to read it ..the more lively and confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens of their country…You must soon come to the age when you must govern yourself.  You have already come to that age in many respects; you know the difference between right and wrong, and you know some of your duties…It is in the Bible, you must learn them all, and from the Bible you must practice them.  The duties are to God, to your fellow creatures, and to yourself.  ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with thy entire mind, and will all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments, Jesus Christ expressly says, ‘hang all the law and the prophets.’”  John Quincy Adams, 2nd President of the United States.  Sourced to Bill Federer, American Minute, March 27, 2012

“When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples and told them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you.  As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat, untie it and bring it here.  If anyone says to you, why are you doing this? Say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’  So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door.  They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, ‘what are you doing, untying the donkey?’  They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go.  Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it.  Many people spread their robes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields.  Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting:  ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Mark 11:1-10

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