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The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life:shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.
True Forgiveness! 

Have you ever tried to forgive someone and found you simply couldn't do it?

You've cried about it and

- prayed about it and

- asked God to help you.

But those old feelings of resentment just failed to go away.


Put an end to those kinds of failures in the future-

- by basing your forgiveness on faith rather than feelings.


True forgiveness doesn't have anything at all to do with how you feel.

It's an act of the will. It is based on obedience to God and on faith in Him.


That means once you've forgiven a person-

- you need to consider him permanently forgiven! When old feelings rise up within you and


Satan tries to convince you that you haven't really forgiven, resist him.

Say, "No, I've already forgiven that person by faith. I refuse to dwell on those old feelings."


Then, according to 1 John 1:9-

Believe that you receive forgiveness and cleansing from the sin of unforgiveness and from all unrighteousness associated with it including any remembrance of having been wronged!


Have you ever heard anyone say, "I may forgive, but I'll never forget!"

That's a second-rate kind of forgiveness-

- that you, as a believer, are never supposed to settle for.

You're to forgive supernaturally "even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32.


You're to forgive as God forgives.

To release that person from guilt permanently and unconditionally and to operate as if nothing bad ever happened between you.

You're to purposely forget as well as forgive.


As you do that-

- something supernatural will happen within you.

The pain once caused by that incident will disappear.

The power of God will wash away the effects of it.

And you'll be able to leave it behind you once and for all.


Don't become an emotional bookkeeper-

- keeping careful accounts of the wrongs you have suffered.


Learn to forgive and forget.

It will open a whole new world of blessing for you.

" not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it pays no

attention to a suffered wrong." 1 Corinthians 13:5.



The Rocks Cry Out

In the Gospel of Luke, we see the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. As he entered the town, riding on a donkey colt, his disciples began to praise and worship Jesus, but the rulers of that town did not like this. Scripture tells us the story like this: "When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!' Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples!' 'I tell you,' he replied, 'if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."---Luke 19:37-40 NIV

This passage tells us of how the glory of God's kingdom can never be silenced. Praise and worship to him will continue for eternity. All of creation proclaims the glory of God. The rocks are an example that Jesus uses to illustrate this point. Although the rocks cannot literally cry out, he essentially says that even if his followers are made to keep quiet about their faith in him and who he is, even the rocks will bear witness of his glory and give him praise.


The Heavens Declare His Glory

Scripture even tells us that the heavens declare God's glory. When we think of the word, "heavens," we think of just heaven itself, or maybe even the sky. No, the heavens is actually a term used to mean the cosmos, the entire universe, and everything beyond that. In essence, ALL of creation. The stars, the moon, the sun, the planets and galaxies also bear witness to the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard."---Psalm 19:1-3 NIV

Even the heavens proclaim that Jesus is Lord, and they sing praises to him daily. They bear witness to his goodness, holiness, and majesty. Even Nehemiah the prophet acknowledged that God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and that all creation worships God. He says, "You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all the starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you."---Nehemiah 9:6 NIV

Nehemiah realizes that God made everything, and that the beauty of the world bears witness to everything that God is. He also says that the multitudes of heaven worship God. This refers to the angels, but even they praise him. They are part of his creation as well.

America's National Parks
Name Photo Location Date formed[2][5] Area[2] Description
Acadia Image-Schoodic2.jpg Maine
44.35°N 68.21°W
February 26, 1919 47,389.67 acres (191.8 km2) Covering most of Mount Desert Island and other coastal islands, Acadia features the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast, granite peaks, ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats.[6]
American Samoa Ofu Beach NPS.jpg American Samoa
14.25°S 170.68°W
October 31, 1988 9,000.00 acres (36.4 km2) The southernmost national park is on three Samoan islands and protects coral reefs, rainforests, volcanic mountains, and white beaches. The area is also home to flying foxesbrown boobies, sea turtles, and 900 species of fish.[7]
Arches Delicatearch1.jpg Utah
38.68°N 109.57°W
November 12, 1971 76,518.98 acres (309.7 km2) This site features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch. In a desert climate millions of years of erosion have led to these structures, and the arid ground has life-sustaining soil crust and potholes, natural water-collecting basins. Other geologic formations are stone columns, spires, fins, and towers.[8]
Badlands BadlandsView3.jpg South Dakota
43.75°N 102.50°W
November 10, 1978 242,755.94 acres (982.4 km2) The Badlands are a collection of buttes, pinnacles, spires, and grass prairies. It has the world's richest fossil beds from the Oligocene epoch, and there is wildlife including bisonbighorn sheepblack-footed ferrets, and swift foxes.[9]
Big Bend Santa Elena Canyon.jpg Texas
29.25°N 103.25°W
June 12, 1944 801,163.21 acres (3,242.2 km2) Named for the Bend of the Rio Grande along the US–Mexico border, this park includes a part of the Chihuahuan Desert. A wide variety of Cretaceous and Tertiaryfossils as well as cultural artifacts of Native Americans exist within its borders.[10]
Biscayne Biscayne NP snorkeling.jpg Florida
25.65°N 80.08°W
June 28, 1980 172,924.07 acres (699.8 km2) Located in Biscayne Bay, this park at the north end of the Florida Keys has four interrelated marine ecosystems: mangrove forest, the Bay, the Keys, and coral reefs. Threatened animals include the West Indian ManateeAmerican crocodile, various sea turtles, and peregrine falcon.[11]
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Black canyon gunnison Colorado.jpg Colorado
38.57°N 107.72°W
October 21, 1999 32,950.03 acres (133.3 km2) The park protects a quarter of the Gunnison River, which has dark canyon walls from the Precambrian era. The canyon has very steep descents, and it is a site for river rafting and rock climbing. The narrow, steep canyon, made of gneiss andschist, is often in shadow, appearing black.[12]
Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon Hoodoos Amphitheater.jpg Utah
37.57°N 112.18°W
February 25, 1928 35,835.08 acres (145.0 km2) Bryce Canyon is a giant natural amphitheatre along the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The unique area has hundreds of tall hoodoos formed by erosion. The region was originally settled by Native Americans and later by Mormon pioneers.[13]
Canyonlands Canyonlands Needles.jpg Utah
38.2°N 109.93°W
September 12, 1964 337,597.83 acres (1,366.2 km2) This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries, which divide the park into three districts. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts fromAncient Pueblo Peoples.[14]
Capitol Reef Cassidy Arch, Capitol Reef National Park.JPG Utah
38.20°N 111.17°W
December 18, 1971 241,904.26 acres (979.0 km2) The park's Waterpocket Fold is a 100-mile (160 km) monocline that shows the Earth's geologic layers. Other natural features are monoliths and sandstone domes and cliffs shaped like the United States Capitol.[15]
Carlsbad Caverns Carlsbad Interior Formations.jpg New Mexico
32.17°N 104.44°W
May 14, 1930 46,766.45 acres (189.3 km2) Carlsbad Caverns has 117 caves, the longest of which is over 120 miles (190 km) long. The Big Room is almost 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long, and the caves are home to over 400,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats and sixteen other species. Above ground are the Chihuahuan Desert and Rattlesnake Springs.[16]
Channel Islands Channel Islands National Park.jpg California
34.01°N 119.42°W
March 5, 1980 249,561.00 acres (1,009.9 km2) Five of the eight Channel Islands are protected, and half of the park's area is underwater. The islands have a unique Mediterranean ecosystem. They are home to over 2,000 species of land plants and animals, and 145 are unique to them. The islands were originally settled by the Chumash people.[17]
Congaree Congaree swamp.jpg South Carolina
33.78°N 80.78°W
November 10, 2003 26,545.86 acres (107.4 km2) On the Congaree River, this park is the largest portion of old-growth floodplain forest left in North America. Some of the trees are the tallest in the Eastern US, and the Boardwalk Loop is an elevated walkway through the swamp.[18]
Crater Lake Crater lake oregon.jpg Oregon
42.94°N 122.1°W
May 22, 1902 183,224.05 acres (741.5 km2) Crater Lake lies in the caldera of Mount Mazama formed 7,700 years ago after an eruption. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is known for its blue color and water clarity. There are two islands in the lake, and, with no inlets or outlets, all water comes through precipitation.[19]
Cuyahoga Valley OhioErieCanalLock.JPG Ohio
41.24°N 81.55°W
October 11, 2000 32,860.73 acres (133.0 km2) This park along the Cuyahoga River has waterfalls, hills, trails, and displays about early rural living. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail follows the Ohio and Erie Canal, where mules towed canal boats. The park has numerous historic homes, bridges, and structures.[20] The park also offers a scenic train ride with various trips available. [21]
Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley.jpg California,Nevada
36.24°N 116.82°W
October 31, 1994 3,372,401.96 acres (13,647.6 km2) Death Valley is the hottest, lowest, and driest place in the United States. Daytime temperatures have topped 130°F (54°C) and it is home to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. There are canyons, colorful badlands, sand dunes, mountains, and over 1000 species of plants in this graben on a fault line. Further geologic points of interest are salt flats, springs, and buttes.[22]
Denali Mount McKinley and Denali National Park Road 2048px.jpg Alaska
63.33°N 150.50°W
February 26, 1917 4,740,911.72 acres (19,185.8 km2) Centered around the Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, Denali is serviced by a single road leading to Wonder Lake. McKinley and other peaks of the Alaska Range are covered with long glaciers and boreal forest. Wildlife includes grizzly bearsDall sheepcaribou, and gray wolves.[23]
Dry Tortugas Fort-Jefferson Dry-Tortugas.jpg Florida
24.63°N 82.87°W
October 26, 1992 64,701.22 acres (261.8 km2) The Dry Tortugas on the west end of the Florida Keys are the site of Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. With most of the park being water, it is the home of coral reefs and shipwrecks and is only accessible by plane or boat.[24]
Everglades Everglades National Park cypress.jpg Florida
25.32°N 80.93°W
May 30, 1934 1,508,537.90 acres (6,104.8 km2) The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Thismangrove ecosystem and marine estuary is home to 36 protected species, including the Florida pantherAmerican crocodile, and West Indian manatee. Some areas have been drained and developed; restoration projects aim to restore the ecology.[25]
Gates of the Arctic GatesofArctic.jpg Alaska
67.78°N 153.30°W
December 2, 1980 7,523,897.74 acres (30,448.1 km2) This northernmost park protects part of the Brooks Range and has no park facilities. The land is home to Alaska natives, who have relied on the land andcaribou for 11,000 years.[26]
Glacier St Mary Lake - Wild goose Island.jpg Montana
48.80°N 114.00°W
May 11, 1910 1,013,572.41 acres (4,101.8 km2) Part of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, this park has 26 remaining glaciers and 130 named lakes under the tall Rocky Mountain peaks. There are historic hotels and a landmark road in this region of rapidly receding glaciers. These mountains, formed by an overthrust, have the world's best sedimentary fossils from the Proterozoic era.[27]
Glacier Bay GlacierBay3.jpg Alaska
58.50°N 137.00°W
December 2, 1980 3,224,840.31 acres (13,050.5 km2) Glacier Bay has numerous tidewater glaciers, mountains, and fjords. The temperate rainforest and the bay are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, whales, seals, and eagles. When discovered in 1794 by George Vancouver, the entire bay was covered by ice, but the glaciers have receded over 65 miles (105 km).[28]
Grand Canyon USA 09847 Grand Canyon Luca Galuzzi 2007.jpg Arizona
36.06°N 112.14°W
February 26, 1919 1,217,403.32 acres (4,926.7 km2) The Grand Canyon, carved out by the Colorado River, is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 1 mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 15 miles (24 km) wide. Millions of years of exposure has formed colorful layers of the Colorado Plateau in mesas and canyon walls.[29]
Grand Teton Teton Range from Glacier View Turnout-closeup.JPG Wyoming
43.73°N 110.80°W
February 26, 1929 309,994.66 acres (1,254.5 km2) Grand Teton is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The park's Jackson Holevalley and reflective piedmont lakes contrast with the tall mountains, which abruptly rise from the glacial sage-covered valley.[30]
Great Basin Great Basin National Park 102007 031.JPG Nevada
38.98°N 114.30°W
October 27, 1986 77,180.00 acres (312.3 km2) Based around Wheeler Peak, the Great Basin has 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, glacial moraines, and the limestone Lehman Caves. It has some of the country's darkest night skies, and there are animal species including Townsend's big-eared batPronghorn, and Bonneville cutthroat trout.[31]
Great Sand Dunes Coloradodunes.jpg Colorado
37.73°N 105.51°W
September 13, 2004 42,983.74 acres (173.9 km2) The tallest dunes in North America are up to 750 feet (230 m) tall and neighbor grasslands, shrublands and wetlands. They were formed by sand deposits of theRio Grande on the San Luis Valley. The park also has alpine lakes, six 13,000-foot mountains, and ancient forests.[32]
Great Smoky Mountains Fall at Oconaluftee Overlook.JPG North Carolina,Tennessee
35.68°N 83.53°W
June 15, 1934 521,490.13 acres (2,110.4 km2) The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.[33]
Guadalupe Mountains West face of Guadalupe Mountains at sunset 2006.jpg Texas
31.92°N 104.87°W
October 15, 1966 86,415.97 acres (349.7 km2) This park has Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, the scenic McKittrick Canyon full of Bigtooth Maples, part of the Chihuahuan Desert, and a fossilized reef from the Permian.[34]
Haleakalā Haleakala Crater.jpg Hawaii
20.72°N 156.17°W
August 1, 1916 29,093.67 acres (117.7 km2) The Haleakalā volcano on Maui has a very large crater with many cinder cones,Hosmer's Grove of alien trees, and the native Hawaiian Goose. The Kipahulusection has numerous pools with freshwater fish. This National Park has the greatest number of endangered species.[35]
Hawaii Volcanoes Puu Oo cropped.jpg Hawaii
19.38°N 155.20°W
August 1, 1916 323,431.38 acres (1,308.9 km2) This park on the Big Island protects the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, two of the world's most active. Diverse ecosystems of the park range from those at sea level to 13,000 feet (4,000 m).[36]
Hot Springs Hots Springs National Park aerial.jpg Arkansas
34.51°N 93.05°W
March 4, 1921 5,549.75 acres (22.5 km2) The only National Park in an urban area, this smallest National Park is based around the natural hot springs that have been managed for public use. Bathhouse Row preserves 47 of these with many beneficial minerals.[37]
Isle Royale IsleRoyalePlane.jpg Michigan
48.10°N 88.55°W
March 3, 1931 571,790.11 acres (2,314.0 km2) The largest island in Lake Superior, this park is a site of isolation and wilderness. It has many shipwrecks, waterways, and hiking trails. The park also includes over 400 smaller islands in the waters up to 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the island. There are only 20 mammal species and it is known for its wolf and moose relationship.[38]
Joshua Tree Joshua Tree - Rock formation in Real Hidden Valley 1.jpg California
33.79°N 115.90°W
October 31, 1994 789,745.47 acres (3,196.0 km2) Covering parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts and the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this is the home of the Joshua tree. Across great elevation changes are sand dunes, dry lakes, rugged mountains, and granite monoliths.[39]
Katmai Brown bears brooks falls.jpg Alaska
58.50°N 155.00°W
December 2, 1980 3,674,529.68 acres (14,870.3 km2) This park on the Alaska Peninsula protects the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, an ash flow formed by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, as well as Mount Katmai. Over 2,000 brown bears come here to catch spawning salmon.[40]
Kenai Fjords Exit Glacier Jul09.JPG Alaska
59.92°N 149.65°W
December 2, 1980 669,982.99 acres (2,711.3 km2) Near Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, this park protects the Harding Icefield and at least 38 glaciers and fjords stemming from it. The only area accessible to the public by road is Exit Glacier, while the rest can only be viewed by boat tours.[41]
Kings Canyon ParadiseValley.JPG California
36.80°N 118.55°W
March 4, 1940 461,901.20 acres (1,869.2 km2) Home to several Giant sequoia groves and the General Grant Tree, the world's second largest, this park also has part of the Kings River, site of the granite Kings Canyon, and San Joaquin River, as well as the Boyden Cave.[42]
Kobuk Valley Agie River.jpg Alaska
67.55°N 159.28°W
December 2, 1980 1,750,716.50 acres (7,084.9 km2) Kobuk Valley has 61 miles (98 km) of the Kobuk River and three regions of sand dunes. Created by glaciers, the Great Kobuk, the Little Kobuk, and the Hunt River Sand Dunes can reach 100 feet (30 m) high and 100 °F (38 °C), and they are the largest dunes in the arctic. Twice a year, half a million caribou migrate through the dunes and across river bluffs that contain ice age fossils.[43]
Lake Clark Lake Clark National Park.jpg Alaska
60.97°N 153.42°W
December 2, 1980 2,619,733.21 acres (10,601.7 km2) The region around Lake Clark has four active volcanoes, including Mount Redoubt, rivers, glaciers, and waterfalls. There are temperate rainforests, a tundra plateau, and three mountain ranges.[44]
Lassen Volcanic Cinder-cone-from-behind-Snag-Lassen.jpg California
40.49°N 121.51°W
August 9, 1916 106,372.36 acres (430.5 km2) Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world, is joined by all three other types of volcanoes in this park: shield, cinder dome, and composite. Other than the volcano, which last erupted in 1915, the park has hydrothermal areas, including fumaroles, boiling pools, and steaming ground, heated by molten rock under the peak.[45]
Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave National Park 007.jpg Kentucky
37.18°N 86.10°W
July 1, 1941 52,830.19 acres (213.8 km2) With 392 miles (631 km) of passageways mapped, Mammoth Cave is by far the world's longest cave system. Cave animals include eight bat species, Kentucky cave shrimpNorthern cavefish, and cave salamanders. Above ground, the park contains Green River (Kentucky), 70 miles of hiking trails, sinkholes, and springs.[46]
Mesa Verde Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Palace Right Part 2006 09 12.jpg Colorado
37.18°N 108.49°W
June 29, 1906 52,121.93 acres (210.9 km2) This area has over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo, who lived here for 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and the Balcony House, with passages and tunnels.[47]
Mount Rainier Mount Rainier from west.jpg Washington
46.85°N 121.75°W
March 2, 1899 235,625.00 acres (953.5 km2) Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradiseon the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmirevisitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.[48]
North Cascades Thornton Lakes 25932.JPG Washington
48.70°N 121.20°W
October 2, 1968 504,780.94 acres (2,042.8 km2) This complex includes the two units of the National Park and the Ross Lake andLake Chelan National Recreation Areas. There are numerous glaciers, and popular hiking and climbing areas are Cascade PassMount ShuksanMount Triumph, andEldorado Peak.[49]
Olympic Hoh Rain Forest Maples.JPG Washington
47.97°N 123.50°W
June 29, 1938 922,650.86 acres (3,733.8 km2) Situated on the Olympic Peninsula, this park ranges from Pacific shoreline with tide pools to temperate rainforests to Mount Olympus. The glaciated Olympic Mountains overlook the Hoh Rain Forest and Quinault Rain Forest, the wettest area of the continental United States.[50]
Petrified Forest PAINTED DESERT BADLANDS.jpg Arizona
35.07°N 109.78°W
December 9, 1962 93,532.57 acres (378.5 km2) This portion of the Chinle Formation has a great concentration of 225-million-year-old petrified wood. The surrounding region, the Painted Desert, has eroded red-hued volcanic rock called bentonite. There are also dinosaur fossils and over 350 Native American sites.[51]
Pinnacles PinnaclesParkView.jpg California
36.48°N 121.16°W
January 10, 2013 26,605.73 acres (107.7 km2) Known for the namesake eroded leftovers of half of an extinct volcano, it is popular for its rock climbing.[52]
Redwood Redwood National Park, fog in the forest.jpg California
41.30°N 124.00°W
October 2, 1968 112,512.05 acres (455.3 km2) This park and the co-managed state parks protect almost half of all remainingCoastal Redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. There are three large river systems in this very seismically active area, and the 37 miles (60 km) of protected coastline have tide pools and seastacks. The prairie, estuary, coast, river, and forest ecosystems have varied animal and plant species.[53]
Rocky Mountain Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, USA.jpg Colorado
40.40°N 105.58°W
January 26, 1915 265,828.41 acres (1,075.8 km2) This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lakeare popular destinations.[54]
Saguaro Saguaronationalparl17102008.jpg Arizona
32.25°N 110.50°W
October 14, 1994 91,439.71 acres (370.0 km2) Split into the separate Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain Districts, the drySonoran Desert is still home to much life in six biotic communities. Beyond the namesake Giant Saguaro cacti, there are barrel cacticholla cacti, and prickly pears, as well as Lesser Long-nosed BatsSpotted Owls, and javelinas.[55]
Sequoia Giant Forest.jpg California
36.43°N 118.68°W
September 25, 1890 404,051.17 acres (1,635.1 km2) This park protects the Giant Forest, which has the world's largest tree, General Sherman, as well as four of the next nine. It also has over 240 caves, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney, and the granite dome Moro Rock.[56]
Shenandoah Dark Hollow Falls Shenandoah NP 2007.jpg Virginia
38.53°N 78.35°W
May 22, 1926 199,045.23 acres (805.5 km2) Shenandoah's Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that are home to tens of thousands of animals. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park that has more than 500 miles (800 km) of hiking trails along scenic overlooks and waterfalls of the Shenandoah River.[57]
Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt National Park.jpg North Dakota
46.97°N 103.45°W
November 10, 1978 70,446.89 acres (285.1 km2) This region that enticed and influenced President Theodore Roosevelt is now a park of three units in the badlands. Besides Roosevelt's historic cabin, there are scenic drives and backcountry hiking opportunities. Wildlife includes American Bison,pronghornsBighorn sheep, and wild horses.[58]
Virgin Islands St John Trunk Bay 1.jpg United States Virgin Islands
18.33°N 64.73°W
August 2, 1956 14,688.87 acres (59.4 km2) The island of Saint John has rich human and natural history. There are Tainoarchaeological sites and ruins of sugar plantations from Columbus's time. Past the pristine beaches are mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and algal plains.[59]
Voyageurs Voyageurs National Park.jpg Minnesota
48.50°N 92.88°W
January 8, 1971 218,200.17 acres (883.0 km2) This park on four main lakes, a site for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, has a history of Ojibwe Native Americans, French fur traders called voyageurs, and a gold rush. Formed by glaciers, this region has tall bluffs, rock gardens, islands and bays, and historic buildings.[60]
Wind Cave Wind Cave lower.jpg South Dakota
43.57°N 103.48°W
January 9, 1903 28,295.03 acres (114.5 km2) Wind Cave is distinctive for its calcite fin formations called boxwork and needle-like growths called frostwork. The cave, which was discovered by the sound of wind coming from a hole in the ground, is the world's densest cave system. Above ground is a mixed-grass prairie with animals such as bison, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs,[61] and Ponderosa pine forests home to cougars and elk.
Wrangell –St. Elias MountJarvis.jpg Alaska
61.00°N 142.00°W
December 2, 1980 8,323,147.59 acres (33,682.6 km2) This mountainous land has the convergence of the Alaska, Chugach, and Wrangell-Saint Elias Ranges, which have many of the continent's tallest mountains over 16,000 feet (4,900 m), including Mount Saint Elias. More than 25% of this park of volcanic peaks is covered with glaciers, including the tidewater Hubbard Glacier, piedmont Malaspina Glacier, and valley Nabesna Glacier.[62]
Yellowstone Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin from above.jpg Wyoming,Montana,Idaho
44.60°N 110.50°W
March 1, 1872 2,219,790.71 acres (8,983.2 km2) Situated on the Yellowstone Caldera, the first national park in the world has vastgeothermal areas such as hot springs and geysers, the best-known being Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. The yellow-hued Grand Canyon of theYellowstone River has numerous waterfalls, and four mountain ranges run through the park. There are almost 60 mammal species, including the gray wolfgrizzly bearlynxbison, and elk.[63]
Yosemite YosemitePark2 amk.jpg California
37.83°N 119.50°W
October 1, 1890 761,266.19 acres (3,080.7 km2) Yosemite has towering cliffs, waterfalls, and sequoias in a diverse area of geology and hydrology. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formedYosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife.[64]
Zion Zion angels landing view.jpg Utah
37.30°N 113.05°W
November 19, 1919 146,597.60 acres (593.3 km2) This geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of four ecosystems.[65]







Let's not forget the blood that was shed for this great nation. Let's not forget the men and women that have died and made the sacrifice so we can have the freedom to love, to worship, and to excercise our faith.FlyHigh Ministries salutes all the soldiers who have made such a sacrifice. Let's not forget the Sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross that allowed us to have fellowship with the Father.

1John 4:9-10 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we love God, but that He love us and sent His Son as an atoning Sacrifice for our sins.

Declaring His Promises 


Ex 23:27 I will send My terror before you and will

throw into confusion all the people to whom you shall

come, and I will make all your foes turn from you [in


Deut 20:4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes

with you to fight for you against your enemies to give

you victory."

Deut 28:7 "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise

against you to be defeated before your face; they

shall come out against you one way and flee before you

seven ways.

Deut 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and

dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting

arms; He drove the enemy before you and thrust them

out, saying, Destroy!

Isa 42:13-17 The LORD will march out like a mighty

man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a

shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph

over his enemies. 14 "For a long time I have kept

silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But

now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and

pant. 15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills and

dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into

islands and dry up the pools. 16 I will lead the blind

by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I

will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light

before them and make the rough places smooth. These

are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. 17

But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You

are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame.

Isa 54:17 But no weapon that is formed against you

shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise

against you in judgment you shall show to be in the

wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph

over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of

the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord

is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the

vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that

which I impart to them as their justification], says

the Lord.

Isa 65:24 And it shall be that before they call I

will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will

hear. [Isa 30:19; 58:9; Matt 6:8.]

Luke 1:37,45 For with God nothing is ever impossible

and no word from God shall be without power or

impossible of fulfillment.

...And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who

believed that there would be a fulfillment of the

things that were spoken to her from the Lord.

John 15:7-8 If you live in Me [abide vitally united

to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live

in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be

done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My

Father is honored and glorified, and you show and

prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

1 Cor 15:25-28 For [Christ] must be King and reign

until He has put all [His] enemies under His feet. [Ps

110:1.] 26 The last enemy to be subdued and

abolished is death. 27 For He [ the Father] has put

all things in subjection under His [Christ's] feet.

But when it says, All things are put in subjection

[under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is

excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him.

[Ps 8:6.] 28 However, when everything is subjected to

Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to

[the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that God

may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme,

the indwelling and controlling factor of life].

1 Cor 15:54-57 And when this perishable puts on the

imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts

on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the

Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly

vanquished forever) in and unto victory. [Isa 25:8.]

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is

your sting? [Hos 13:14.] 56 Now sin is the sting of

death, and sin exercises its power [upon the soul]

through [the abuse of] the Law. 57 But thanks be to

God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors]

through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Rom 4:19-20 He did not weaken in faith when he

considered the [utter] impotence of his own body,

which was as good as dead because he was about a

hundred years old, or [when he considered] the

barrenness of Sarah's [deadened] womb. [Gen 17:17;


20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver

(doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God,

but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he

gave praise and glory to God,

Ex 15:6-10

6 "Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in

power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy

in pieces. 7 And in the greatness of Your excellence

You have overthrown those who rose against You; You

sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble.

8 And with the blast of Your nostrils The waters were

gathered together; The floods stood upright like a

heap; The depths congealed in the heart of the sea. 9

The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake, I

will divide the spoil; My desire shall be satisfied on

them. I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy


10 You blew with Your wind, The sea covered them; They

sank like lead in the mighty waters.

Deut 26:8 And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt

with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and

with great (awesome) power and with signs and with


Ps 106:9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried

up; so He led them through the depths as through a

pasture land. [Ex 14:21.]

Isa 40:25-26 "To whom then will you liken Me, Or to

whom shall I be equal?" says the Holy One. 26 Lift up

your eyes on high, And see who has created these

things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls

them all by name, By the greatness of His might And

the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

Isa 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends

of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary.His

understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to

the weak, And to those who have no might He increases

strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those

who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They

shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run

and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isa 44:24-26 [Judah Will Be Restored ]

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed

you from the womb:"I am the LORD, who makes all

things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who

spreads abroad the earth by Myself;

25 Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And

drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And

makes their knowledge foolishness;

26 Who confirms the word of His servant, And

performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to

Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,' To the cities of

Judah, 'You shall be built,' And I will raise up her

waste places;

Eph 1:17-22 [For I always pray to] the God of our

Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may

grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of

insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and

intimate] knowledge of Him, 18 By having the eyes of

your heart flooded with light, so that you can know

and understand the hope to which He has called you,

and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints

(His set-apart ones), 19 And [so that you can know

and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited

and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us

who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His

mighty strength,

20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from

the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the

heavenly [places],

21 Far above all rule and authority and power and

dominion and every name that is named [above every

title that can be conferred], not only in this age and

in this world, but also in the age and the world which

are to come. 22 And He has put all things under His

feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme

Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout

the church], [Ps 8:6.]

Col 2:12-15 And you, being dead in your trespasses

and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made

alive together with Him, having forgiven you all

trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of

requirements that was against us, which was contrary

to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having

nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed

principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle

of them, triumphing over them in it.

Rev 1:16-19 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet

as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to

me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am

alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades

and of Death.