By Dr. Benny TateI truly believe the hand of God has blessed the nation of America like no other nation. Within the first 200 years of our nation’s founding, men walked on the moon, created an educational system that was the envy of the world and established Capitalism where opportunity exists for everyone. The reason is simple ‘“ God’s hand has been on this great nation since its inception.The founding father of our country was definitely a believer in the God of the Bible, a man not only of tremendous intellect but also of conscience, caring, dedication and faith. His faith was founded on experience.One particularly interesting account occurred on July 9, 1755, during the French and Indian War.George Washington was with the British troops under Gen. Edward Braddock on their way to Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed by the French.The Brits were being slaughtered since they were only accustomed to fighting in open fields.To deliver orders from Gen. Braddock to the troops, Washington rode horseback back and forth across the battle. Every other officer on horseback, except Washington, was shot down. Even Gen. Braddock was killed, at which point the troops fled in confusion.After the battle, on July 18, 1755, Washington wrote to his brother, John. A. Washington, ‘But by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!’A famous Indian warrior who was in that battle said, ‘Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet. I had 17 fair fires at him with my rifle and after all could not bring him to the ground!’Truly, God providentially watched over our founding father and He continues to watch over our nation.I certainly don’t agree with all that goes on in our nation, especially the moral decline, but I’m grateful that I live under the banner of freedom. I believe we should celebrate, preserve and thank God for our liberties.President John Adams once wrote to his wife, Abigail, ‘The second day of July, 1776, will be memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever.’I want to invite you to a Fantastic Patriotic Celebration with fireworks, delicious food and excellent entertainment by the one and only Lee Greenwood. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his song, ‘God Bless the USA’ and Lee will perform it live Sunday, June 30 at Rock Springs Church.The celebration begins at 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an exciting evening celebrating our nation’s freedom.