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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:36 AM
Subject: ...still good advice
This past Sunday afternoon Shirley and I toured Jamestown island, site of the original English settlement in 1607. This humble location, still small and unimposing, eventually endured disease, Indian attacks and discouragement to grow into the United States of America. There is a monument dedicated to the settlement that has been there for a long time. I took a picture of a quote from the London Council for Virginia that offers advice to the Virginia Colony before they left England, so that they would be successful. There were two pieces of advice: (1) be united and (2) fear and serve God. We learned from a tour guide that this is basically what the people of Jamestown did. They united to defend themselves and establish a sustainable presence in America and they worshiped God. One of the first buildings in the fort was a church. And God sovereignly preserved the colony...even when they were decimated by disease and starvation. We learned that they almost abandoned the village to return to England after a period of severe famine when a supply ship arrived in the nick of time.
"Make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country" and "Serve and fear God, the giver of all goodness"...sill the best advice for Americans and for people who would prosper everywhere!
Ephesians 4: "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."