Heaven Is Our Destination Where We Will Be ONE With The Lord Forever

Today, we are in The Season Of The Last Generation. The Birth Pains that Christ Jesus spoke about are currently under way, including natural and unnatural disasters. They will be ever increasing. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. Social, economic and political turmoil will be ever increasing, causing people's hearts to be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life. An apostasy within the Church of God is currently under way. This will all reach a climax with Satan revealing his Antichrist and requiring that everyone worship him; That every one receive his "mark" in order to buy or sell; The new currency of the New World Order, the New Tower of Babel.

Today, it is critical that those who have a heart for God are aware of what God is doing and speaking today. God is opening up His Word like never before in preparation for The Time Of The END. I exhort you to open up your heart and your eyes to see what He is doing and your ears to hear what God is speaking at this time. My prayer is that we will be able to stand before the Son of Man at His appearing, without fault and with great joy. I encourage you to read David Wilkerson's book, America's Last Call at davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com. Also, Google, Tommy Hicks Prophecy, 1961 for a view of the End Times.

Tom's books include: Called By Christ To Be ONE, The Time Of The END, The Season Of The Last Generation, Worship God In Spirit And In Truth, Daniel And The Time Of The END, and Overcoming The Evil One. They are available at amazon.com. They can also be read without cost by clicking on link: Toms Books.

Other publications by Tom at the same link include: You Are Unique In Christ, Demonic Activity Increasing, America: A Nation Of Cowards, LIFE: Knowing The Voice Of God, The Earth Full Of Violence: Christ's Sign, Reality: The Realm Of The Spirit, What Is Detestable To God, America At The Crossroads, Many Are Invited but Few Are Chosen, Christian Beware, The Antichrist of Scripture, The Marks Of A Christian, The Apostasy/Rebellion, Satan's Scheme, The Anointing, The Good News, The Water of LIFE, The World Against Christ, The Commands Of Christ, America's New Civil War, America Is Cursed Because Of Its Abortion Murder, America Unprotected, America's Irreconcilable Differences, Evil Begets Evil, America's War Against Christ, America Is Babylon and IN Christ: There Are No Limitations.

To receive Christ Jesus as a child by faith is the highest human achievement.

Today, the Bride Of Christ is rising up in every nation in the world! Giving Glory to Her Savior and King, Christ Jesus!
Today, the world is Raging against God, Rushing toward Oblivion! Save yourself from this Corrupt Generation!
Today, America is being ground to powder because of it's SIN against God!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017


Woman laughs before her ninth abortion – then she sees her aborted baby

Abby Johnson’s book The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories collects firsthand accounts from former abortion facility workers. The stories vary in theme, each one an abortion worker’s memory of an event that stuck with her after she left. One story, called “Frequent Flyers,” is about a young woman who had nine abortions.
The chapter’s author, who is unnamed, explains how women who came in for repeat abortions at her facility were called “frequent flyers” by the staff. Even though abortion facility workers were committed to promoting and providing abortions, some of them had judgmental feelings toward these “frequent flyers.” The abortion facility worker says:
When Angie walks through our doors for her ninth procedure, even those of us whose paychecks were funded by abortion shook our heads and said “Really? Seriously?”…
Although it went against my own ideology, I wanted Angie to show some indication of remorse. I didn’t want to feel that way about the numerous women who presented for abortions two, three, or even four times. But nine? That, I felt, deserved at least a slight show of regret or even a bit of good old-fashioned shame.
Angie showed no trace of guilt or any kind of distress when she came to the abortion facility. She had laughed through her first abortion, and every abortion since. It was not at all different when she came in for her ninth. The abortion facility worker described Angie’s demeanor:
[S]he seemed to regard her visits to our clinic as an opportunity to perform her improv comedy act. “Could y’all just xerox my chart and I’ll fill in the dates?” She would jest. Once the paperwork was in order, Angie would attempt to banter with the girls in the waiting room. “It’s no big thing,” she assured them. “I’ve done it 8 times before, and I have no regrets.” Although I couldn’t help but like Angie, her flippancy appalled me.
She showed no guilt or remorse of any kind:
Over the years, I had consoled and held the hands of scores of women who approached that same table with much trepidation. Some would weep, their knuckles white as they gripped my hand until it ached. Others would clutch Bibles to their chests and mouth prayers begging for forgiveness, even before the abortionist had begun his work and when their babies were still safe in their wombs. Many times women would climb onto the table and remain limp and unresponsive during the procedure. Mentally, they were a million miles away. And then there was Angie… Angie never even attempted to explain herself. When we would talk to her about birth control and try to set her up with an appointment to explore the matter further, she would just smile and politely refuse with a wave of her hand.
Angie was using abortion for birth control, not bothering to learn any other method. She may have gone on to have nine more abortions – but something happened.
Angie had no doubt heard pro-abortion rhetoric. She had certainly been told that abortion is only removing a ball of cells, a piece of tissue, or an undeveloped mass. But after her ninth abortion, she was curious and wanted to see the “tissue” for herself. She asked the abortion worker to show her the remains of the abortion, and the abortion worker complied. At 13 weeks, her baby was fully formed.
I debated about how to arrange the pieces. Would it be best to throw them all together in a clump so that none of the parts would be recognizable, or should I piece it back together as we normally did to ensure that none of the parts were missing. There was no protocol on such things, so in the end I opted to piece the parts back together.
Angie’s reaction was not what the abortion worker anticipated:
“Thanks,” she said, her trademark smile still fixed on her face. When her eyes traveled to the container, she gasped sharply, and for the first time since she had arrived, Angie was utterly silent. A few moments later her entire body shuddered and gooseflesh was raised on her smooth brown arms.
When she reached out her to touch the baby, I tried to pull the dish away. She grabbed my wrist and stopped me. We were both silent for a few moments as she continued to stare at the contents of the dish. I stepped back and Angie fell forward to her knees, her fingers still wrapped around my wrist. The other girls in the recovery run began to take notice, and my discomfort level rose exponentially.
Realizing her mistake, the abortion worker tried repeatedly to take the dish containing the bloody body parts away. But Angie held tight to the remains of her child, and wouldn’t let the abortion worker pry it from her hands. The abortion worker said:
[Angie] remained frozen on the clinic floor. “That’s a baby,” she said, barely audible at first. “That was my baby,” she said. Her volume steadily increased as a torrent of words poured from her mouth, words that made everyone extremely uncomfortable. “What did I do? What did I do?” she said over and over and began to sob. Some of the girls in the recovery run began to weep along with her. Some covered their faces with their arms or buried their heads in the arms of the recliners.
Finally, the abortion facility workers were able to tear away the dish. Angie became hysterical. Other abortion workers tried to calm her.
Fellow workers rushed to my side to calm Angie down. After a few minutes, it became obvious that she wasn’t going to calm down. We couldn’t even get her off the floor. After discussing it hastily, we decided to drag her to the bathroom. At least the heavy door would stifle her sobs to until we figured out what to do.
Angie flailed her arms and legs and her screams reached a fever pitch as we dragged her down the hall. We must have been quite a spectacle for the other girls in the recovery room. Finally we managed to place a still panicked Angie in the bathroom and closed the door. I suggested that she splash some cold water on her face and “pull herself together.” Her cries, although muffled, were easily distinguished through the door.
Angie began begging the abortion workers to take her mutilated baby home with her. She did not want to part with her child, even though her child was dead. She pleaded with the workers to give in and let her have the baby. They refused. She continued to sob and wail in the bathroom, disrupting the entire facility.
The abortion workers finally went to her paperwork and found her emergency contact – the number the facility was supposed to call in the event of a life-threatening complication. They dialed the number and got her current boyfriend. He arrived at the clinic. It took him 45 minutes to coax Angie out of the bathroom. They both left the abortion facility in tears.
Angie never came to the facility again. The writer of the story does not know what happened to her. The road ahead of her, once she realized her responsibility for the deaths of nine of her children, would be agonizing to travel. We can only hope she found healing.
From then on, the abortion facility had a strict rule never to show the aborted babies to women. Ultimately, another scene like Angie’s would slow down abortion facility operations and affect the facility’s profits. More women would learn about fetal development, and there would be a decrease in the number of abortions. In order to keep everything running smoothly, quickly, and profitably, the facility banned all women from seeing their aborted babies.
Sometime later, the abortion facility worker who showed Angie her aborted baby left the abortion business. She does not give her reasons why, but the story of Angie and her emotional agony no doubt influenced her.
How many women go into abortion facilities not knowing how developed their children are? How many repeat abortion patients have no idea their babies were pulled limb from limb and then thrown out with the trash or sold for parts? All of the abortion facility workers that day discovered that the truth is the ultimate enemy of abortion. They were reminded how vital it is to keep the facts away from vulnerable women if abortion is to be sold to them. It was the only way to continue making money off them.
Source: Abby Johnson The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2016) 71-77


Surviving Your Wilderness

Another priority for physical survival in the desert is building a fire. The fire’s heat can dry wet clothes and keep the body warm in cold conditions. It can also purify water by boiling it. Experts say that fire even has the psychological affect of boosting morale during a survival situation. Its warmth and light give comfort and restore confidence. This helps the stranded person calm down and think more logically.

We need these advantages of fire for our spiritual lives also. Wilderness seasons make us vulnerable to negative attitudes. Sorrow can soak us like a cold rain. Anger can sneak in and contaminate the thoughts we drink. And the desert’s big danger, disillusionment, can blind us to the hope of the Lord’s faithfulness that leads us out to the Promised Land. But God’s fire consumes these dangers. It dries out sorrow, boils away the impurity of anger, and emits a glow in the desert night that restores faith. Divine fire brings revival in the wilderness.

But what does it look like practically? What is God’s “fire” for a personal desert? The story of Israel’s time in the wilderness again provides the answer.

As we saw last time, Israel’s desert period was God’s appointed time to establish His presence with His people. “So Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:33-34). That’s the moment when God took up residence among His people. But that was just the beginning. God was establishing even more for His people during their formative time in the wilderness.

Once He established His presence among them, God had to institute a way for His people to approach Him. In other words, He had to teach them how to worship Him. And what was at the center of the worship He gave them? Fire. “Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces” (Lev. 9:23-24).
What, therefore, is our “fire” during a personal wilderness? It is passionate, sacrificial worship. Trials or dry spells are not the times to allow the flames of devotion to cool down. Those are the very times to burn the brightest. Whole-hearted, sacrificial worship is what keeps our gaze fixed on the beauty and truth of Jesus Christ during difficult times. It keeps our hearts ablaze with love and adoration. That is the fire that keeps sorrow, anger, and disillusionment out of our hearts. What coldness or impurity can withstand the flames of divine love? What demonic predator dares come near a saint torching the night with an inferno of worship? Fiery devotion terrorizes our enemies and acts as a defense against desert dangers. Most of all, though, it pleases God.

It’s important to remember, however, that Israel did not start its own fire. The Lord did. Those stranded in a physical wilderness without matches or a lighter must start their own fire with the raw materials nature provides them. That can be a challenge for those without experience in survival techniques. But this is one challenge that does not carry over to the spiritual wilderness. We never have to worry about lighting our own fire. Just as fire came out from the Lord’s presence for Israel’s altar, so does He ignite the flames in our hearts. Father God already gave us the Holy Spirit when we were born again. The Lord Jesus then baptizes us in the Holy Spirit by grace. The spirit of worship comes from God as a gift. We don’t have to look to our surrounding circumstances for inspiration. We can look to the Lord and rediscover the great fire that burns within.
Yet it is our job to keep that fire burning. God starts it, but commands us to maintain it.“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out” (Lev. 6:13). We must partner with the Lord as stewards of worship in the desert. Paul tells us, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). Later he adds, “Boil in the Spirit, serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:11). God gave us the Spirit, but we are responsible to stoke His flames by worshipping in Him during hard times. Thus Paul exhorts believers to activate the Spirit’s existing flame: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:18-20).

Worship touches God’s depths when it burns from our depths. The Lord did not wait to establish Israel’s worship until they settled in Canaan. He set them on fire in the desert, before the Promised Land. He could not afford for them to learn to worship only after gaining public success and identity. He had to teach them to worship in order to forge their identity. Otherwise their worship would be “strange fire,” a selfserving religious facade without presence or substance – without God Himself.
Israel’s character had to be tempered by fire while suffering in Sinai’s badlands. They couldn’t light themselves on fire once they arrived. They had to emerge from the wilderness already ablaze with God. For this reason the Lord appeared privately to Moses in a burning desert bush. He was symbolizing His people’s essential identity. Israel was a bush in the desert flaming with God. God took that bush as it burned with His glory, and planted it in the Promised Land.

It is the same for us. God brings us into the wilderness to set us on fire. Then He can bring people into their destiny that have learned to worship – truly worship – Him with loyal, fervent hearts. We cannot become pure sacrifices of love if we learn to worship only under the most ideal conditions, during exciting services, to the coolest music, and with the best musicians. We must learn to worship in the wilderness. If we won’t burn for God in the desert, then we won’t burn for Him at all. Conversely, if we will worship in the obscurity of the wilderness, then God can use us in public. For then our flames consist of white-hot glory, rather than carnal passion. This is how God creates true worshippers. So don’t waste your wilderness. Make it a temple of glory.
If you’ve lost the sense of His fire amid the harsh conditions of your personal desert, then turn to God again. You possess God’s flame burning inside you. Fellowship with the Spirit within, and find again His zeal to glorify Jesus and adore the Father. Open your heart in spite of your circumstances and natural feelings, and allow adoration to flow out of your mouth. Remember His amazing grace, His steadfast love, and His gift of Jesus Christ to you. Give thanks with passion. Worship with affection. Not because you feel like it, but because the Lord is worthy – especially in the desert. When you put yourself on the altar like this, God’s flames will consume you as a living sacrifice. And the resulting fire will protect your heart, nurture your soul, and illumine your night. Engulf your wilderness in a blaze of worship!

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“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:8–9).
DAILY FIRE! - Christ For All Nations  
There is no real life without the secret of God.
Abraham learned to trust God, and it revealed to him the paths of peace. In his day, cities existed by military might, founded on bloodshed. 

God gave Abraham a new vision: a city of peace, whose “builder and maker is God.” His eyes scanned far horizons indeed. He was the first to discern the paths of righteousness, paths “in the sea” and ways in the wilderness. The paths of righteousness and peace have been found. They are marked and known. 

Used or not, they can now never be forgotten, but are there, freeways open for all. 

Many nations claim to follow them, but it is only feebly. If we traced them back, they would bring us to the tent door of Abraham, where God said to him, 

“Walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1).

The letter to the Hebrews sums up that for which Abraham lived: 

“He waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). In his day, nobody knew of any spiritual foundations. Rulers ruled only for their own benefit. 

Before Abraham, people’s heads were vacant of any purpose or plan. Nobody knew why on earth he or she was on earth! Paul faced the agnostics and Stoics of Athens, saying: 

“These times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Therefore, he wrote to Timothy, “Jesus Christ…brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Paul also talks about those who “professing to be wise…became fools” (Romans 1:22). We may live without knowing the distance to the nearest star, or the secrets of the atom: but there is no real life at all without the secret of God.

Taken from Daily Fire Devotional: 365 Days in God’s Word by Reinhard Bonnke. Copyright © 2015 by Reinhard Bonnke. Use by permission of Whitaker House. www.whitakerhouse.com

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Katy Foster

Don’t worry. I won’t show up at your house at dinner time. Although I would like to, we haven’t taken the time to get to know each other. Besides, I would want to contribute to the meal with a casserole or dessert, but I’m not sure what kind of food you like. 

No big deal. I’ll stay home and continue in the contentment of my own food.

Most likely, we have turned heads because of our portrayal of abiding in Christ, without ever knowing someone was watching. Christians have an aura of wholeness that’s noticed. Who can you invite into this joy? Into your home? To your church? 

If you don’t invite them, more than likely, they won’t show up. Jesus invited His disciples to follow Him. James and John didn’t throw fishing poles over their shoulders to run to Jesus. Matthew didn’t shout, “Hey Jesus, how about me?” Jesus came to them. Our Savior even tells us, 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV). Jesus knocked first.

Jesus welcomes us, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), and in Isaiah 55:3, we’re invited, “Incline your ear, and come to Me.” Jesus is warm, welcoming, and inviting to all. 

However, if I don’t know those verses, I won’t know that Jesus or his followers are warm, welcoming, and inviting. 

It takes an invitation. 

Typically, a person doesn’t walk confidently over a threshold that is not their own. An invitation encourages others that they are worthy, appreciated, and loved.

Your church looks inviting and warm, but I’m not sure about the spiritual food that is offered there. 

I’d like to contribute, but I’m not sure if I belong, or if I’m good enough. 

No big deal. I’ll stay home in the contentment of my own “food”… It takes an invitation. 

Do you remember the joy of receiving an invitation? Beloved, pay it forward.

Katy Foster, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, is a homeschooler of three, and author of From a Boy to a Godly Man series. Contac


Sharia Law Is Dead And Gone

Former president Barack Obama and his Democrats wanted us to believe that Muslims are good and kind, that they’re just a bunch of unfortunate people forced to leave their homelands. Obama wanted you to think that these poor people are just here to assimilate and leave the American dream. 
No, they don’t want to live the American dream, but take it. Most Muslims come to this country to shoot and run over innocent people just because they want.
America went through hell during Obama’s presidency, because the former president didn’t fight against terrorists. Moreover, he armed them. Have you ever seen Obama do anything to blast terrorists? No, he supported Muslims and gave them more rights than Americans will ever have.
Now Muslims are trying to plant their Sharia law in every institution across the country. Is this what Obama referred to when he said that “Muslims are here to assimilate?”
This law is the most terrible of them all. 
According to this law, you can get killed for being a gay, and rape victims can’t do anything to punish rapists. Can you believe this? President Donald Trump will never allow anything like this, and he was clear about this during his presidential campaign.
The good news is that the House passed a new bill that bans “the application of foreign law.” Democrats and Muslims aren’t quite happy about it, and they complain that the new bill only targets Muslims, and approves xenophobia and racism. Really?
“We’ve heard a lot of discussions about this being a religious law and specifically directed at preventing Sharia law and I just don’t read it that way,” explained Republican Theresa Hamilton.
Sandy Montgomery had a similar opinion. “We have allowed legal immigrants, illegal immigrants and now refugees to take advantage of our law and culture to take up their own agendas. 
They have no intention to abide by our laws, nor are they interested in assimilating to our culture,” she said.
What do you think about this bill? Will Muslims protest again?
My comments: Muslims are still pouring into this Country. And wherever they go there will be Terrorism and Trouble. Until the U.S. acknowledges that Islam is Inherently Evil and forbids their coming here, little will have been accomplished. Like in Europe, they will create their No Go Zones, where they Congregate, and the Battle will continue. 


Those who live according to the Sinful Nature
Have their Minds Set on what that Nature desires.;
But those who live in Accordance with the Spirit
Have their Minds Set on what the Spirit desires.

But the Mind Controlled by the Spirit

It does not submit to God's Law,
Nor can it do so.
Those Controlled by the Sinful Nature
Cannot please God.
(Romans 8:5-8)

This explains what we see in America and the World today.


What is your life?
You are a Mist that appears for a little while

(James 4:14)


You Adulterous people,
Don't you know that Friendship with the World

Anyone who chooses to be a Friend of the World

Or do you think Scripture says without reason
That the Spirit He caused to live in us
But He gives us more Grace?
That is why Scripture says:

'God Opposes the Proud
But gives Grace to the Humble.'

Submit yourselves, then, to God,

Come near to God and He will come near to you.
Wash your hands you Sinners,
And Purify your hearts, you Double-minded.

Grieve, Mourn and Wail.
Change your Laughter to Mourning
And your Joy to Gloom.

Humble yourselves before the Lord,
And he will lift you up.
(James 4:4-10)

How do we Resist the Devil?
We Humble ourselves before the Lord;
We say to the Lord,
You are my Way, my Truth and my Life;
The only Way, the only Truth and the only Life
In all that exists.

You are Love, and Your Love is Essential to me,
And You can only give Your Love to those who Love You;
Those who are Born Again, Born of Your Spirit;
Those who walk in the Light of Your Word.

Then You can Lift me Up;
Into Your Secret Place,
Where this World and its Worldly Enticements
Have No Hold of me.

When Worldly Enticements have no Hold on me,
The Devil is Resisted and Flees.

I have been Crucified with Christ and I no longer live
But it is Christ Who lives in me
And this life that I now live I live by Faith in the Son of God
And His Power at work in me (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:29))

I Set my heart on things Above (Colossians 3:1-4)

My life is Hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

I cloth myself with the Garments of Christ (Romans 13:14)

And let His Word dwell richly in me (Colossians 3:16)

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Ocean currents



Bill Federer remembers often-forgotten naval heroes

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” yelled Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, who had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see above the smoke. His fleet of wooden ships, with hulls wrapped in chains, were accompanied by four iron clad monitors as they attacked Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864.
When one of the iron clad monitors, the Tecumseh, hit an underwater mine, called a torpedo, it quickly sank and the fleet faltered in confusion. David Glasgow Farragut rallied his sailors and drove them on to capture Mobile, Alabama, the last Confederate stronghold in the Gulf of Mexico.
David Glasgow Farragut’s father, Jordi Farragut Mesquida, was born in Spain and served as a Spanish merchant captain before joining the American Revolution. Jordi changed his name to George Farragut and served as a lieutenant in the South Carolina Navy. He fought at Savannah, was captured in the siege of Charleston, then fought at the battles of Cowpens and Wilmington.
George Farragut moved his family to New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase. There, George Farragut met David Porter Sr., another Navy veteran of the American Revolution. David Porter Sr., contracted tuberculosis, and, after suffering sunstroke in 1808, was taken in by George Farragut and his wife Elizabeth, who cared for him. Tragically, David Porter Sr., died and later that same day George’s wife Elizabeth died of yellow fever.
After losing his wife, George Farragut’s financial situation grew desperate and he was unable to provide for his children. David Porter Sr.’s son, also named David Porter, became U.S. Navy Commodore. He offered to adopt George’s 8-year-old David Glasgow Farragut.
Commodore David Porter had an illustrious career which began during the Quasi-War with France, serving as a midshipman on the USS Constellation, under the command of John Rogers. They captured the French ship L’Insurgente, Feb. 9, 1799. Porter was 1st lieutenant of the schooner USS Experiment and commanded the USS Amphitheatre.
During the First Barbary War (1801-07) against the Muslim pirates who were terrorizing the Mediterranean, Porter was 1st lieutenant of the Enterprise, New York, and Philadelphia. When the Philadelphia became stuck on an uncharted sand bar along the coast of North Africa, Oct. 31, 1803, Muslim Barbary pirates surrounded it and captured the crew. Porter was among those held as prisoners in Tripoli for over a year and a half.
After release, June 3, 1805, Porter continued patrolling the Mediterranean, as acting captain of the famous USS Constitution, and captain of the USS Enterprise. During the War of 1812, David Porter was captain of the USS Essex, with his young 11-year-old adopted son, David Glasgow Farragut, on board as a midshipman. David Porter sailed around Cape Horn to the Pacific where he claimed the the Marquesas Islands for America in 1813. Congress never ratified the claim, thereby allowing France to take control of The Marquesas Islands in 1842 as part of French Polynesia.
As the War of 1812 continued, Porter raided British whaling ships in the South Pacific until his USS Essex was captured at the Battle of Valparaiso, Chile. Commodore David Porter later took command of an expedition to suppress piracy in the West Indies. When one of his officers was captured and jailed, Porter retaliated by raiding Fajardo, Puerto Rico. As this was an unauthorized action, Porter was pressured to resign.
David Porter went to Mexico and served as commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy from 1826-1829. In 1829, the United States appointed him Minister to the Muslim Barbary States, and then U.S. ambassador to the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
Named for him was:
  • the ship USS Porter
  • Porter, Indiana
  • Porter County, Indiana
  • Valparaiso, Indiana, named for Commodore Porter’s Battle of Valparaiso
David Porter’s adopted son, David Glasgow Farragut went on to serve aboard the USS Washington, 1817-1818, patrolling the Mediterranean Barbary Muslim Coast. David Glasgow Farragut spent nine months in Tunis as an aid to Navy Chaplain Charles Folsom, who was serving as the U.S. Consul, till a plague forced his departure.
In 1825, David Glasgow Farragut served on the USS Brandywine which was escorting Marquis de Lafayette back to France after his extended visit to America. On board was 19-year-old midshipman Matthew Fontaine Maury, who later became renown for charting wind and sea currents.
On April 19, 1862, David Glasgow Farragut captured New Orleans, the Confederacy’s largest city. Sailing the Mississippi River at night, his ships were difficult to hit with cannon fire as Farragut had covered the hulls with dark mud and tied tree branches to the rigging.
David Glasgow Farragut was promoted to be the first U.S. Navy Admiral. He was encouraged to run for president, but declined.
In David Glasgow Farragut’s honor are:
  • A statue in New York City
  • A statue in Washington, D.C.
  • A Washington, D.C. city square and subway stop, Farragut Square
  • Farragut, Tennessee
His son, Loyall Farragut, wrote in a book titled “The Life and Letters of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut”: “He never felt so near his Master as he did when in a storm, knowing that on his skill depended the safety of so many lives.”
During his last illness, David Glasgow Farragut asked for a clergyman to pray to the Lord, saying: “He must be my pilot now!”
David Glasgow Farragut’s adoptive brother was David Dixon Porter (1813-1891), who following him in becoming the second U.S. Navy Admiral. David Dixon Porter helped Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War in the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863, and in the attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 1864-65. David Dixon Porter later served as superintendent of U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Admiral David Dixon Porter stated: “When one sees how much has been done for the world by the disciples of Christ and those professing the Christian religion, he must be astonished to find anyone who hesitates to believe in the Divine origin of Jesus and the wonderful works He performed, all of which are so beautifully portrayed by the author of the work under consideration; and no man or woman of real intelligence would hesitate to believe that it is only through Christ that sinners can be saved, unless their vanity is so great that they are capable of saving themselves without an intermediary.”
Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), became known as the “Pathfinder of the Seas” for having charted sea and wind currents while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Considered the founder of modern hydrography and oceanography, Maury developed the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Hydrographic Office, which was often visited by former President John Quincy Adams, who avidly enjoyed astronomy.
Matthew Fontaine Maury wrote in his book “Physical Geography of the Sea,” 1855, which was the first popular textbook on marine science: “I have always found in my scientific studies, that, when I could get the Bible to say anything on the subject it afforded me a firm platform to stand upon, and a round in the ladder by which I could safely ascend. As our knowledge of nature and her laws has increased, so has our knowledge of many passages of the Bible improved.”
Matthew Fontaine Maury continued: 
“The Bible called the earth ‘the round world,’ yet for ages it was the most damnable heresy for Christian men to say that the world is round; and, finally, sailors circumnavigated the globe, and proved the Bible to be right, and saved Christian men of science from the stake. And as for the general system of circulation which I have been so long endeavoring to describe, the Bible tells it all in a single sentence: ‘The wind goeth toward the South and returneth again to his circuits.'”
Matthew Fontaine Maury stated: “I will, however … ask pardon for mentioning a rule of conduct which I have adopted in order to make progress with these physical researches which have occupied so much of my time. … The rule is, never to forget who is the Author of the great volume which nature spreads out before us, and always to remember that the same Being is the author of the book which revelation holds up to us.”
Captain Phinney of the ship Gertrude wrote a letter acknowledging the influence Maury had made on him: “I am free to confess that for many years I commanded a ship and although never insensible to the beauties of nature upon the sea or land, I yet feel that until I took up your work, I had been traversing the ocean blindfolded. … I did not know the amazing and beautiful combination of all the works of Him whom you so beautifully term ‘the Great First Thought.’ … You have done me good as a man. You have taught me to look above, around and beneath me and recognize God’s hand in every element by which I am surrounded. I am so grateful for this personal benefit.”
Maury sailed around South America’s Cape Horn, writing, “The Navigation of Cape Horn,” published in the American Journal of Sciences and the Arts.
Maury wrote the gulf stream: “If the current of the sea, with this four-mile velocity at the surface, and this hundreds of tons pressure in its depths, were permitted to chafe against its bed, the Atlantic, instead of being two miles deep and 3,000 miles broad, would … have been long ago cut down into a narrow channel that might have been as the same ocean turned up on edge, and measuring two miles broad and 3,000 miles deep. But had it been so cut, the proportion of land and water surface would have been destroyed and the winds, for lack of area to play upon, could not have sucked up from the sea vapours for the rains to form and the face of the earth would have become as a desert without water.”
Of the ocean, Maury wrote that God set: “… bars and doors to stay its proud waves; and who gave the sea His decree that its waters should not pass His command. He laid the foundations of the world so fast they should not be moved forever.”
Matthew Fontaine Maury joined the Confederacy during the Civil War, where he perfected the “electric torpedo” (naval mine), the likes of which Admiral David Glasgow Farragut faced in the battle of Mobile Bay. Maury’s torpedoes, according the the U.S. Secretary of the Navy in 1865 “cost the Union more vessels than all other causes combined.”
After the Civil War, Matthew Fontaine Maury served in the Mexican government under the French leader, Maximilian. He even attempted to build a New Virginia Colony in Mexico. Matthew Fontaine Maury returned to the United States where he accepted the teaching position of Professor of Meteorology at Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.), also holding the chair of physics. Offered the position of president of several universities, he declined, keeping a rigorous schedule lecturing on science in America and Europe. He served as a pall bearer when Robert E. Lee died.
Engraved on Matthew Fontaine Maury’s tombstone at the U.S. Naval Academy is the verse which had inspired him from Psalm 8: “Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.”
Named for him are:
  • Maury Hall at the University of Virginia
  • Maury Hall at the College of William and Mary
  • Maury Hall at James Madison University
  • Maury Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
  • USS Maury was the name of several ships
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury High School is Norfolk, Virginia
  • Maury Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Lake Maury in Newport News, Virginia
  • Maury River in Rockbridge County, Virginia
  • Maury crater on the Moon
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury Oceanographic Library, the world’s foremost military collection of physical oceanography materials, located at the Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
On Nov. 30, 1860, 13 years before his death, Matthew Fontaine Maury had laid the cornerstone for the University of East Tennessee, stating: “I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore of no authority in matters of science. 
I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches. What would you think of the historian who should refuse to consult the historical records of the Bible, because the Bible was not written for the purposes of history? 
The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other. The agents in the physical economy of our planet are ministers of Him who made both it and the Bible.
“The records which He has chosen to make through the agency of these ministers of His upon the crust of the earth are as true as the records which by the hands of His prophets and servants, He has been pleased to make in the Book of Life. … They are both true; and when your men of science, with vain and hasty conceit, announce the discovery of disagreement between them, rely upon it, the fault is not with the witness of His records, but with the worm who essays to interpret evidence which he does not understand.”
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