Keep America Strong…

Let us PRAY for our country,

and pray for our troops!

Meet Colonel Van T. Barefoot

The following article (see below), that was forwarded to me by a friend and brother in the Lord, a retired Admiral, and it brings up a very serious problem that we have in America!

Let me start by quoting a verse of Scripture that is a WARNING from God:

Deuteronomy 8:11-20
11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today.
12 Lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;
13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Who delivered you from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and a thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end
17 then you say in your heart,

‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.

20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God.

Our country today is filled with a people, who because of the many blessings of God, which I might add we have inherited and have been passed down to us because of the faith of our forefather, they have in fact forgotten God; not only that, but they have rejected His Word; rejected His laws; and are today making every effort to remove any mention of Him from our society.

We have a nation today whose people are exactly the sort of people this scripture is talking about!

Again, I point my finger not at the atheist and agnostics, as the guilty culprits, as they are only doing what comes natural; but rather I point my finger at the Church, as the responsible party here.

I think a little history is in order. Don’t you understand that we owe our existence, as a free republic, to the colonial church of the 1700’s, when our country was birthed during a great spiritual awakening (1730-60)?

They are the ones who formed our Constitutional Republic in the first place; and the main instigators which caused people of that period to take up arms against mother England also came from the pulpit!

Oh how far we have fallen, from where we began!

At this point, there is another warning that I would like to direct your attention to:

Cycle of Democracy

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.

“From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.  These nations have progressed through this sequence:

  • from bondage to spiritual faith;
  • from spiritual faith to great courage;
  • from courage to liberty;
  • from liberty to abundance;
  • from abundance to selfishness;
  • from selfishness to apathy;
  • from apathy to dependence;
  • from dependency back again into bondage.”

Dr. Alexander Tytler, a Scot professor, wrote a scholarly tome, from which this concept comes, called “The Athenian Republic” which was published shortly before the thirteen American colonies gained independence from Britain.  “Google” him to learn more.

In publishing a handout on the “Cycle” in 1994 I noted that the national debt had reached a staggering $4.5 trillion dollars. By October 1, 2007, it had soared to $9.06 trillion!

Barely one year later (Oct. 17, ’08) it was $10.3 trillion!!

On April 22nd, 2009, another trillion dollars of debt had been added raising the public debt to $11.3 trillion.

Our forebears thought of debt as slavery.  They would be shocked at what their descendants have done.   – – John Wrisley.

It grieves me to have to say this, but the bulk of the unchurched people today, in our country, who have yet to have an encounter with Jesus Christ, they have been raised in a secular and godless society, and because of these facts they know no other way; and because of this, there is no longer a sense of the Fear of the Lord, that our forefathers once had; and by fear I mean reverence, awe, and respect.

Today’s morality is no longer based upon the Bible, from which our entire legal system comes; but it is based on individual preference, where each person does what seems right in their own mind, with no regard to anything God has to say.

This is a BIG mistake folks; and the reason we can know that there is a serious adjustment coming, a proverbial swat across our country’s posterior; is because God has promised certain things when His covenant children fail to honor Him, and fail to follow His laws.

Now I’d also like to say that the reason God does this, is not to destroy us, not yet anyway (God’s wrath will be poured out a little later); but for the time being, we are still living in a dispensation of grace, where we still have time to repent. That window, however, is getting smaller and smaller with the passing of every day!

So now the reason God chastens His children is because He loves us, and He is trying to get our attention! And it’s not only the attention of the unbelievers He is after; but He is also trying to wake up the church, consisting of those people who are called by His name; that they would humble themselves and pray; that they would turn from their wicked ways and repent (meaning to change the way they think); and that they would once again seek after God’s face! Selah


Skip Barland

From: Norman
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 3:46 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: worth reading FW: A Special Hero

—– Forwarded Message —-

Subject: Hero… a real one!

Head east from Carthage on Mississippi 16 toward Philadelphia. After a few

miles a sign says you’re in Edinburg.

It’s a good thing the sign’s there, because there’s no other way to tell.

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg — probably didn’t

Make much news back then.

Twenty-five years later, on May 23,1944, near Carano,  Italy, Van T. Barfoot,

who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun

positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers.

He advanced through a minefield, took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned with 17 prisoners of war.

If that wasn’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three

German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it

did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after also serving in Korea  and

Vietnam, a Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make news last week was a neighborhood association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home.

Seems the rules said a flag could be flown on a house-mounted bracket, but for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.

He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and was facing court action if he didn’t take it down.

Since the story made national TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position and agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among them.

“In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference,” Barfoot told The Associated Press. As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to read his Medal of Honor citation.

It indicates he’s not real good at backing down.

Van T. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation:

This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor

Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond

the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily

engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding

ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot moved off alone upon the enemy left flank.

He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans.

He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot.

Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions

in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17.

Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions.

Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank.

As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech.

While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety.

Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of point blank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.”

If you got this email and didn’t pass it on – guess what – you deserve to get your butt kicked! I sent this to you, because I didn’t want to get my butt kicked.





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