Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The Dublin-Laurens National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force joins the National Day of Prayer Team for Georgia is asking every pastor to call their church to united prayer on the Sunday before the National Day of Prayer 2016. Given the condition of the land and this crucial hour, it is our desire that a state wide call to prayer would ring from every pulpit throughout the state across racial, denominational and generational lines. Pastors are asked to call their churches to prayer on Sunday, May 1, 2016 and then encourage their congregations to join others in the Body in appealing to heaven on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2016. One way of doing this is using the historic “An Appeal to Heaven” Flag. This special piece of history is a call to prayer and reconciliation, which is presently needed in every facet of our churches and society. Please know that this does not support or endorse any individual or political group except Jesus.
I believe that we have entered into an era in our country that we desperately need to realize that we must turn totally to God for healing. It is not the right person in office or any other thing that we try to do to fix our culture, it is only God that can make a difference in our country. We have entered into a time where human lives mean little to nothing, integrity means nothing, right and wrong is not recognized, Christianity is just a title that we throw around. In fact, Christianity is on the attack in our culture today as never before. We must appeal to God and realize that we must allow God to change us as well.
An Appeal to Heaven Flag
The little known story that follows in these few paragraphs tells about the creation of our nation’s first flag during crisis, the one before Betsy Ross sewed the Stars and Bars in 1776, and the one that was used throughout the Revolution by many companies. This first flag that symbolized the American dream is simply known as the Appeal to Heaven Flag.
The American colonies found themselves in turmoil in the summer of 1775. Shots had been fired. King George declared the colonies in rebellion. War had come. In response, the Continental Congress unanimously appointed George Washington as general over the colonial forces on July 3, 1775. He humbly accepted the daunting task to wage war against the most powerful nation on earth at the time. That summer, he quickly concluded that naval vessels must be commissioned to intercept British shipping. Shortly afterward six schooners entered service, most likely funded from Washington’s own pocket. This became known as “Washington’s Secret Navy”. The ships needed a flag to fly under, but none existed at the time. After careful consideration, Washington chose to boldly affix the words Appeal to Heaven on a white background, and sewed a large green pine tree in the center, thus creating the Appeal to Heaven Flag.
The Appeal to Heaven Flag, also known as “Washington’s cruiser flag”, flew on the six schooners as they were launched. Just a few months after their first voyage, the British Brigantine, named the “Nancy”, was captured by one of our schooners, the “Lee”. On board were muskets, flint, gun powder and other supplies in abundance, enough to last for a year. Not only was this the greatest capture of the entire Revolution, it also inspired all the founding fathers, and the birth of the United States Navy as we know it today. In 1776, the state of Massachusetts adopted this flag for its own Navy. The Massachusetts Navy sailed 25 ships during the war to defend the coast from the British and was eventually absorbed into the United States Navy. In addition to the schooners, the flag was also known to be on floating batteries, river banks, in towns, battlefields like Bunker Hill, and even in places of most importance like our nation’s capital in Philadelphia. It is reported that Washington carried this flag into every battle he fought in.
The Pine Tree, also known as the Tree of Peace, had long been a symbol of importance to the colonies. Some one thousand years before, in a very troubling and conflicted time among six Iroquois Indian tribes, a peace maker brought the six tribes together for peace. It was under one of these giant pine trees that a peace treaty was brokered and they buried their war hatchets. The phrase “bury the hatchet” comes from this event in history. Legend has it that a powerful bald eagle clutching six arrows in its claws perched atop the tree to guard it. Does that sound familiar? The American eagle on our seal has thirteen arrows in its claws. The tree served as a powerful symbol of unity and reconciliation.
Also, these pine trees were some 230 feet tall and up to six feet in diameter. In the mid 1700’s, the King of England saw the value of these trees and wanted them for his Royal Navy. He would mark trees that were not to be touched, which was known as the “Broad Arrow Act”. This infuriated the colonists to no end and strengthened the pine tree’s symbolism in America, becoming known as the Liberty Tree in the fight for freedom.
The story stands as an inspiration for all future generations, but especially for American Christians, to come together in unity, burying the hatchet, and to Appeal to Heaven for help. Shall we not, like our forefathers of old, unite around this one purpose? Shall we not lay aside the issues that divide us? Shall we not bury the hatchet of racial, denominational, and generational differences and unite, remembering the very words of Jesus, “No city or house divided against itself will stand.”? May we not take great courage from the hope authorized in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal the land?
A special thanks to Dr. Jacob King and Dr. John Franklin for their contribution to this Appeal to Heaven Flag story.
Appeal to Heaven Flags can easily be purchased off the internet or $9-$15. Simply google “An Appeal to Heaven” flag.
I am planning on purchasing a number of these flags at the Laurens Baptist Association. If you would like to get one from us, please let me know asap.
Laurens Baptist Association
1882 Trinity Hills Drive
Dublin, Ga. 31021
Truck Driver Ministry Information from Tee Achee
My Name is Tee Achee (Men's Ministry Coordinator Marie Baptist Church) I work with the Truck Stop Ministries Inc. based in Jackson Ga., which was started by a trucker by the name of Joe Hunter. Being an over the road trucker, Joe often found himself in a city away from home on Sundays, and being a born-again Christian, he wanted to attend Church and fellowship with other Christians. More often than not, there wasn't a church where he could park his rig. Since he was hauling very expensive loads at the time it wasn't feasible to leave the truck and ride to church. After spending 20 years over the road, his runs changed to where he was home on weekends, and in March of 1981, Joe went to the local Truckstops of America location, in the Atlanta area and asked permission to have a Bible study on Sunday mornings for the drivers that were laid over there. It was granted immediately and what is not known throughout the United States as Truckstop Ministries, Inc. was formed. We Currently have Chapel services in 85 location in 29 States. Joe and his wife Jan, travel to as many of the location as they can each year.
I have an awesome Mission Opportunity to present to you:
We have partnered with the LBA and a local Friendly Gus on I-16 exit 54 to conduct a Truckers Fellowship Meeting. There are more than 3 million over-the-road truck drivers in America and many of them pass by your backyard every day. Many of these drivers are hungry to hear GOD's Word and hungry for Christian fellowship. A typical truck stop parks about 400 trucks whit a turnover of about every 6 hours. This means a potential of 1,600 driver a day or over 11,000 drivers a week. that's a lot of souls that need to hear about JESUS!
This is a tremendous Mission Field!
I pray that each of you will give me the opportunity to tell you about this opportunity we have to share JESUS in this community. Please feel free to email me or call me for more information.
In the meantime these are just a few areas we need assistance to get this new and exciting Ministry off the ground:
1. The first way you can help is with Prayer, which is the most important.
2. The second way is with your time. We need:
Whatever position you feel led to serve, we will train you before you are sent out alone. Thank you May GOD Bless you and your Ministries.
2016 Spring Schedule
CHR 210 - History of Christian Thought - Dr Ray - Thursdays
CHR 300 - History of the Church - Dr Morris - Tuesdays
All classes are SACS accredited
Classes start Thursday, Jan 21st, 2016
Class time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $100 per class plus book fees.
$35 application fee for all NEW students.
For more info and to register for classes, call the LBA at 478-272-0361
F & F Ministries
F&F Ministries is led by Dennis and Lucinda Edleblute. They meet every other Sunday in Wilson Woodard Community Park at the corner of Rowe Street and Cherry Lane. The next meetings are scheduled for May 1st, May 15th and May 29th. The service starts at 2:30 with a short sermon then prayer and meal. Fellowship and personal prayer time finish the service. This past Sunday, they fed around 70 children and adults. Musical groups provide entertainment. You can visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fandfministries/timeline
Upcoming Events & Meetings
Mission Trip To Baxley Children's Home
Appeal To Heaven Prayer Time at all LBA churches
National Day of Prayer
Mission Trips are being planned for 2016!!!! Click here for details or call the LBA for more information!
Ongoing Disaster Relief Training offered thru GBC. Click here for more Information.
Looking for additional volunteer opportunities?
Check out Mission Georgia and sign up! Click here for more details.
Looking for info on Laurens County churches?
If you are interested in the history of LBA churches or simply need some information, we have an online directory of churches. Just click the Churches tab or follow the link below.
Southern Baptist Convention
Georgia Baptist Convention
International Mission Board
Baptist Faith and Message
Need information or have questions, please contact us at:
Tel: (478) 272-0361