|Regardless of what one finds or does not find in historical records, the fact is musical instruments are revealed in the Bible, used in worship, and were not abolished by the New Testament writers. God created music to glorify Himself….including instruments so who are we who were created to praise God to say what God desires? Do you really think that God who created this tool, would say it is a sin to use instruments to PRAISE HIM? We get so caught up in things that we, man our denominations, our dogma, and doctrines that we forget such simple lessons God taught us.
Anti-Instrument … we are not under the old testament today since it was nailed to the cross ; Colossians 2: 14 – 17
Response … these verses are simply ripped from their context ; note what was nailed to the cross ; ” having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, having nailed it to the cross, so let no one judge you in – food, drink, festival, new moon, or Sabbaths – Colossians 2: 14 – 17 – not a word about musical instruments.
Anti-Instrument … to justify musical instruments by the old testament is to be severed from Christ and fall from grace – Galatians 5: 4
Response … the letter of Galatians was written by Paul because some were teaching that in order to be ( saved – justified ) one must keep the law of – circumcision, days, months, seasons and years – again not a word about musical instruments – Galatians 2:14-16 … 3:11-13
…4:9-11 … 5:1-4 … 6:13-15 … this was also something Paul had to deal with in Acts 15:1-2 ff
The new testament is very clear that circumcision, religious festivals, sacrifices, and sabbaths are no longer binding. But praising God with musical instruments was never abolished by the new testament writers.
Praising God with musical instruments was …
commanded by God – 2 Chronicles 29:25
inspired by the Holy Spirit – Psalm 150
used on earth and in heaven – Revelation 5:8-9 … 14:2-3 … 15:2-3
And Jesus taught … ” thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven ” … Matthew 6:10
Heart Worship … the new testament teaches Christians to sing and make melody or music in your heart to the Lord – Colossians 3:16 – Ephesians 5:19
Note these translations of Ephesians 5:19 …
and with your hearts sing and play music to the Lord – BECK
sing and make music in your hearts – TCNT
singing and striking the strings with your heart unto the Lord – RHM
These scriptures were not written to teach Christians to sing without musical instruments; they were written to teach Christians to sing songs of praise and to sing them from their heart.
Some people 2000 years ago were teaching … ” unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved ” – Acts 15:1-5 ff
Today some people are teaching that … ” unless you sing songs of praise to God without musical instruments you are sinning and must repent in order to keep your salvation in Christ ”
Paul had this to say about those people 2000 years ago …
they were preaching another gospel
they were perverting the gospel
they should be accursed
they had fallen from grace
Read … Galatians 1:6-9 … 2:14-16 … 5:19-24
unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved
unless you sing without musical instruments you cannot be saved
Sounds familiar doesn’t it ?
The old testament scriptures are still useful for – learning , teaching , and making one wise … Romans 15:4 … 2 Timothy 3:15-16
The new testament seems to make it clear that it is possible for Christians to be one without being uniform in customs. That the Jewish believers can still practice circumcision , observe the festivals , and keep the law. That the Gentile believers do not have to do so , since these things have nothing to do with the gift of salvation found in Jesus. Please read … ACTS 21:18-26
Now read … Acts 15:1-31 ; 16:3 ; 18:18 … Romans 14:1-6
These things are fine for you Jewish believers but don’t make the law and its customs binding on the Gentile believers; don’t make them necessary for salvation.
Question … was it the custom of the Jews to praise God with musical instruments?
Question … since the new testament makes it clear that the Jewish believers still practiced their customs, do you think they continued to obey Psalm 150?
The new testament writers did not demand that the Gentile belivers act like Jews; and it seems clear that they did not demand the Jewish believers to act like Gentiles.
Anti-Instrument … the new testament is silent on using musical instruments and to use them is adding to God’s word which is sinful.
Response … the new testament is not silent and those who use this argument often pick-and-choosewhere they apply it.
Example … the context of – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 – teaches that married women are to ask their husbands at home if they wish to learn about something.
Those who teach that using musical instruments are sinful because the new testament is silent , do not use the same silent argument here. According to their silence argument, married women could not ask the preacher, elders, or deacons. They must ask their husbands at home, and not at church.
Example … Lords Supper … the Supper was observed in the Evening at Night ; see – Matt. 26:20-28 ; I Cor. 11:23-27 ; since the NT is silent on observing the Lords Supper in the morning , is it a sin to do so ?
Example … how does the silent argument apply to – Hebrews 3:13 – daily exhortation – and – Acts 2:46 – daily meetings ?
More examples could be given that would expose this pick-and-choose interpretation, that promotes tradition over the word of God…Mark 7:6-13
It has been my experience that when one challenges a person who teaches this ( law of silence or pattern interpretation ) to simply – think or be consistent – one quickly experiences a person who will either ( blow up or clam up ). That’s because their rules of interpretaion collapses under careful examination. Exposed is their very inconsistent – legalism and patternism – for all to see.
Their legalism and patternism is so unrealistic they must seek loopholes to escape its maze; and if there is something which they themselves choose to do, which contradicts their pattern interpretation, then that something is declared to be expedient.
Holy Scriptures … using the old testament scriptures a person can learn about salvation in Christ, moral instruction, doctrine, and defense of the truth ; according to Paul … 2 Timothy 3:14-17
I do not believe that the new testament writers considered the old testament nailed to the cross. Using circumcision and other external rules to be justified (saved) was nailed to the cross, but the new testament writers practiced what they preached; the old testament is (useful) when used correctly.
Please read … 1 Timothy 1:8 … Romans 15:3-4
The New Testament writers quote the Old Testament over 200 times to teach and defend the faith. They refer to the Old Testament over 600 times.
Praising God with musical instruments was not nailed to the cross or abolished according to the new testament writers.
The N.T. writers are clear ( not silent ) on what is ( no longer ) binding ; such as …
Circumcision , Sacrifices, Food Laws, Days-Times-Seasons, etc.
Romans 14:1-6 , Galatians 4:9-11, 6:15 , Colossians 2:16-17
I do not believe that God is ( silent ) on what pleases Him , and I do not believe God is ( silent ) on what does not please Him.
Everyone who ( hears my words ) and obeys them ; When Jesus finished ( saying ) these things, the people were amazed at His ( teaching ) … Matthew 7:24-28
The Goal of Redemption and the use of Musical Instruments …
The Goal of Redemption is to restore God’s Image of love and holiness in mankind…. One thing I have learned: God made people good. But people have found all kind of ways to be bad…Ecclesiastes 7:29 – New Century Version.
We were created to be like God … And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ; So God created man in His own image… Genesis 1:26-27.
Restoring the divine image through Christ … to be conformed to the image of His Son; that you may be partakers of the divine nature…Romans 8:29 … 2 Peter 1:4.
Christ is the exact image of God … 2 Corinthians 4:4 … Colossians 1:15
Which is an image of Holiness and Love … 1 Peter 1:15-16 … 1 John 4:7-8
The old man ( Adam ) must be put off ; The new man ( Christ ) must be put on … Ephesians 4:17-24 … Colossians 3:5-17.
This is the goal of redemption … Faith + Love + Holiness = Eternal Life.
Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this; caring for orphans and widows who need help ( Love ) ; and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence ( Holiness ) … James 1:27
The writers of the New Testament make it ( clear ) , the Works of the Flesh , ( violate ) – Faith, Love and Holiness – and are sinful – note this in Galatians 5:19-21 and Revelation 22:14-15.
Note how the – fruit of the Spirit – promotes Love and Holiness – read Galatians 5:22-24
To praise God with musical instruments does not ( violate ) – faith, love, or holiness.
This is the goal of redemption, to make us like Christ, who is the exact image of God, to restore the divine image of Love and Holiness.
Unfortunately, some in the Church of Christ seem to think that not using musical instruments is part of the goal of redemption.
Why do you follow external rules, man-made commands; they may seem to be wise, but are only part of a man-made religion; but they do nothing to control the desires of the sinful self; they do not promote love and holiness … read Colossians 3:20-23
The new Circle of Life Jesus The light of Life… “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. “(John 8:12)Read more about this program from the Worship Academy. Resources for Churches
Paul writes: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood or human enemies, but against principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness of this wicked world and all their followers.” Ephesians 6:12. In spiritual warfare, the enemy already struck us and the enemy is continuously warring to strike us. You do not need permission to strike back the enemy. Your birth into this world engages you in this battle. Your Christian life re-commits you in that engagement. God sent His son into a “Family” unit. Not a church or school to be raised but in a home. With the coming apart today of the home and marraige the family unit is in danger.
Some important facts about children and their behavioral patterns.
According to teachers’ reports, children whose mothers and/or fathers frequently attended church exhibited higher levels of cognitive skills than those whose parents attended church less often.Children were less likely to exhibit behavioral problems at school if either of their parents (particularly their mothers) attended religious services and if both parents attended church with the same frequency, whether sporadically or frequently, than children whose parents did not attend religious services at all.Children were less likely to have internalizing behavior problems (in terms of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and sadness) if either of their parents attended church services and/or if both parents attended with the same frequency (i.e. either sporadically or frequently.)
Teens from intact families with frequent religious attendance were the least likely to have ever shoplifted (6.1 percent) when compared to (a) their peers from non-intact families with frequent religious attendance (7.9 percent), (b) peers from intact families with low to no religious attendance (9.9 percent), and (c) peers from non-intact families with low to no religious attendance (12.3 percent).
An increase in the proportion of single-parent families in a neighborhood was associated with a significant increase in youth violence.
Youths who more frequently prayed and read, watched, or heard religious content were less likely to exhibit anti-social behavior. Private religious practices also moderated the impact of factors associated with an increase in violent behavior, such as witnessing violence or being the victim of violence.
The following developmental effects can occur for youth involved in online chat: (1) Dis-inhibition in sexuality, aggression and race relations (For example, making inappropriate comments about sexual activity or race that would be considered anti-social in other contexts, or acting out sexually in risky, maladaptive, or illegal ways (i.e. with children). (2) Early sexual priming (3) Modeling of racism, negative attitudes toward women, and homophobia. (4) Breeding of personal and social irresponsibility due to anonymity online.
We guide and teach children a little sign language. Becasue the world along with all media including music today uses even this tool of communication for the deaf and turned it into a use for evil right before us. It is the sign of the Satanic church. They have taken the simple I love you and twisted into a salute to the devil. There is a clear and present danger we face today. Somewhere we forgot the there is only ONE way, ONE truth, and that is JESUS. We lost the key along the way that governs morals and values and took the lock off and let the door swing open to the lies of the devil which usher in the sin’s of the flesh and the world. IT is LOVE and has been replaced with Pride, and Power. The I L U sign language has been replaced with the hoof sign of the devil.
When the thumb is tucked in, it is the hoof sign of the Satanic Church. Thumb is out it is I love You.
Our children are being attacked, they only learn by what they take into their minds and hearts. The FAMILY unit is being destroyed. Children still look to the church and see us gossip and backbite, the Sexual Abuse, how the people in the congregation show little or no love, are not in unity always fighting, and seeking power and wanting money. Our homes are falling apart because we are told that we must “do whats best for oneself”, best for me. Be all that you can be. And the church again compromises and say’s that’s ok, we are called into PEACE. They look to Harry Potter because our church leaders say it is ok, nothing wrong with the books and movies, they place tattoos on their bodies of Harry Potter because the church celebrates a Mass in his honor, and we wonder why our children rebell and show not respect or accountability. The GOOD SAMARITIAN gave the 2 most presious items that we as humans find it hard to part with… OUR TIME and OUR MONEY. In this ministry we ask you for no money just your TIME.
No wonder our children are looking to Heroe’s as they do, and become part of cults because the family has lost LOVE, the church has fallen into sin, and try to hide in secret. The cult shows a love that is fleshly. The father that was for many years seen as a child’s hero has been replaced by Spiderman being claimed Christlike in Character and with the Trinity, and games like Guitar Hero role playing characters of PURE DARKNESS, and our Churches offering services in honor of HARRY POTTER. and the church saying its ok. We are faced with a great challenge to make a difference in childrens lives, to guide them in the Way of Truth through The Word of God. To teach them accountability and respect. In many way’s our children have deep inside lost their trust in the church. We must take this task on with LOVE not judgment, with PRAYER, not words of hurt, with FAITH not fear. Together lets make a difference….one child at a time. The Apple is such a good fruit. Who would have thought that it would have caused us death and separation from paradise for us? Such things that we think are not important or won’t matter are sweeping our childrens minds.
We Believe that PRAYER is vitual to Teaching Children “on their level”. Author Dan Wheeler brings the teaching materials down to a child’s level. Some of the highlights of our programs deal with Teaching the Ten Commandments, Unity and Prayer, Faith, Forgiveness, and Salvation, Communion, Baptism, colors of the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle, The Disciples of Christ, Birds in the Bible, Musical Instruments of the Bible, just to name a few. The Word of God, the Bible is the handbook for life.We must train children how to just simply ‘talk’ to God just as they talk with each other. The 5 finger prayer is a very easy way to teach children about prayer. Along with our visual examples in the lessons such as the ‘Prayer Jar’ ‘The Prayer Can’, ‘The Prayer Balloons’. The STS method developed by Dan uses Sight, Touch, Sound to teach children about music and the Bible, about Real Heroes, and real worship. Sign up today for these exciting free programs.
See We can make a difference online. This link was added just this week due to the requests of teachers. We wanted a way to allow them to hear our theme song without downloading special add on’s or media players. So you will have to close the page after you view it. You will remain on this page you will just be closing the window. Hiding God’s Word in the hearts of Children.This is a link. You can hear our programs Theme song. This song is used with permission from the composer and supports this ministry. Thanks to Debbie for allowing me to use this awesome song for the theme song of this program. The Bible Alphabet Song is on Kids Praise! 5 “Psalty’s Camping Adventure” ©1985 Rettino Kerner Publishing – psalty.com
Written by Ernie Rettino & Debby Kerner Rettino
“There shall not be found in you one who passes his son or his daughter through the fire, one that uses divination, an observer of clouds, or one divining, or a whisperer of spells, or a magic charmer, or one consulting mediums, or a spirit-knower, or one inquiring of the dead. For all doing these things are an abomination to Jehovah. And because of these filthy acts Jehovah your God is dispossessing these nations before you.” (Deu 18:10-12)
A robe is not a cape perhaps but we believe that the very Romans that mocked our Lord wore capes and we like to use a cape as a example in our programs of just how Christ was treated. Jesus taught us to be HUMBLE. A Real Hero has a heart for others and is humble, not one who dresses up to impress, or has power from such a outfit. The Power comes from GOD!
ROBES and CAPES are not the same thing?
A Cape can be used to describe any sleeveless outer garment, such as a poncho, but usually it is a long garment that covers only the back half of the wearer, fastening about the neck.
A robe is a loose-fitting outer garment. A robe is distinguished from a cape or cloak by the fact that it usually has sleeves.
The blood-stained robes of the Lord symbolize His punishment of the nations (Isa 63:3; Rev 19:13). When Christ returns He will wear a robe with the words “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORD” written upon it (Rev 19:16).
People in the Bible often tore their robes as an expression of grief, repentance, and shock (2 Sam 15:32; Job 1:20; 2:12; Ezra 9:3, 5). King David’s virgin daughters wore robes of many colors which became rare symbols of the purified Church approaching Christ as a virgin bride (2 Sam 13:18-19; Psa 45:14). After being raped by her half-brother Amnon, David’s daughter Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her many-colored robe in a poignant expression of her grief at the loss of her honor. Royal robes were laid aside and replaced with sackcloth and trembling when nations realized that the wrath of God was near (Jonah 3:6; Ezek 26:16).
Three different robes have their place in the Passion story. The most famous is the scarlet or purple robe used in the Mocking of Christ and the Ecce Homo [Latin for “Behold the Man”] (Mt 27:28-31; John 19:2-5; Mk 15:16-20). Purple robes, because of their costly dye, were worn by Greek and Midianite rulers (Judg 8:26). Roman soldiers wore scarlet robes. The scarlet robe placed on Christ was probably one of the soldier’s cast-off rags. After flogging Jesus, the Roman soldiers placed this robe on Him and offered Him mock worship along with a crown of thorns and a reed scepter. When they were finished with their game, Pilate brought the bleeding Jesus out to the Jewish mob still wearing His “kingly” attire and announced “Behold the Man,” possibly hoping, even at this late stage, to invoke some pity in the crowd for the man he believed innocent (John 19:5). Since the mob still demanded His death, Christ’s own clothes were put on Him and the Savior began His journey to Calvary (Mt 27:31).
Historic Haunted America
This book by Michael Norman, Beth Scott – 1996 – Body, Mind & Spirit – 672 pages
In the doorway stood a man in a black cape. He vanished when several other … One character in the play wore a cape, but he was elsewhere at the time…Harry Potter and his black cape? cape that makes her look like a cross between a nurse and a Greek goddess. … He used various occult texts in developing his rituals, … Discriptions of capes from a company
Ritual Cape Earth has Mother Gaia holding a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, surrounded by her consorts the Green Man spirit of vegetation and the Horned God spirit of the animal nature.
Ritual Cape representing Fire has a golden dragon, symbolizing life force energy and longevity, holds a crystal ball in front of a blazing sun disc, invoking the energies of fire: energy, passion, light, movement. Cosmic Alchemy Cape has 12 signs of the zodiac, suns and moons, stars and comets, a large symbol of eternity over a double spiral. Creative Magic Happens! Its not the color but what a cape has represented throughout the ages and even today. The Lord instructs us ” Lead us not into temptation” why should we as Christians even influence such things to our children.
Why we don’t use capes in our program. First of all JESUS our top Hero never wore a cape and the very idea of capes go hand in hand with halloween and costumes, vampires and dark characters, wicca, demons, the founder and member’s of the Satanic church also wears capes. It’s not that a cape is a bad thing, we want to teach children that the HERO lives inside of each of them and they don’t need to dress or wear anything to be a real hero. This is also a worldly way to look at a super hero. So why should we even try to introduce unbiblical dress to our children. It what is on the INSIDE not what they wear on the outside!
[ Begin with high hat cymbals start Words to H.E.R.O.
H E R O “lets go [clap clap] H E R O ” lets go [clap clap] H E R O ” lets go [clap clap]
No matter what I face
His Love will I embrace
A HERO lives in me
Jesus set me free
Now 4 Vacation Bible School Programs Free for you to use. The Hero Academy was first introduced as a pilot program in 2006. This Vacation Bible School was recieved with great sucess. Now used worldwide by churches, schools, pre-schools, and even taken to other countries by missionaris. Training the Children to become like the one true Hero Jesus Christ and living a life by that example no matter what they face in life. Learning about the HERO in each of them. From the character, the qualities, the tools they can work with in the real world. Exciting materials, including up tempo songs for you to use, crafts, activities and most important of all Based around the Word of God.
Teaching children about what makes a real hero from the Bible to Current Day. Each day a visit from one of your local Fire, Police, Military, Hospital, Religion Hero’s. Hands on allowing children to SEE, TOUCH, and SENSE using our STS method of teaching developed by Rev. Daniel Wheeler.
“Gideon”, said the voice. He moved over his wheat and stood very still, “Who wants Gideon? Then the mighty voice sounded again. “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of Valor!”. A quality of a real Hero. Like all our programs the Hero Academy, Master’s Call Music Camp, The Lighthouse of Life VBS all can be tied in together. Below is our Christmas Program that you can use. Notice the woman in the rocking chair reading. This goes with our theme in the HERO ACADEMY about Rocking Chair stories. Also our Youth Program features Game Show Theme that was Piloted in 2007 with a huge success. Other Publisher’s also have used this game show idea recently in 2009 and plan to use a HERO type program in 2010.
The Hero Academy is a 5 day program with a grauation set on a Sunday at your church or another weekly evening. The graduation is a very important part of this program so please take time and plan it accordingly. The balloon release is for the 5th day of the program but also if graduation is done on a evening it is recommended that you consider doing the prayer balloon release at that graduation and perhaps even have the graduation outside. It should be a serious time but yet one of fun and excietment with a sense of achievement for the cadets [children]. Many children today come from broken homes and have low self esteem. We want to build them up not perform.
Can you ever remember in your life a time when children are being attacked, abused and murdered, not just by adults but children. It is time we go back to the enemy’s camp and take back what we have allowed him to take from us. Prayer out of school, compromise on values and morals, getting caught up in the same lie that was spoken in the garden. Children learn by what they are taught, and that is how they grow up and live as adults. The Rocking Chair stories are told by a teacher as the children gather around in front of the chair. The rocking chair has been a tradition for reading throughout time. It is a pillar of learning as I like to put it. Click on the woman below to read about why I use the Rocking Chair.
The goals of the Hero Academy VBS are: To Train children what a real hero is, their qualities, the laws they follow [The 10 commandments], where they recieve real power from, God and Prayer, about the real enemy of a Hero, about others not self, about how faith replaces fear and the shield of faith, the tools of a hero, about water a necessary for life both physical and spiritual, baptism, communion, RESPECT for each other and others, respect for adult heroes, about how a hero worships and praises the ultimate hero Jesus Christ. This program was authored with those who had a very limited budget for a VBS. You can change your program according to your funds. The shirt below is one that the children make themselves and wear at the graduation. Notice the hand print which is there own and te words ” Love the tool of a REAL HERO” must be painted on the shirt. This requires the help of adults. Some churches with funds available have the shirts printed up “Love the tool of a REAL HERO and then on the third day have the children place their hand print on it. White t shirts can be donated by members of your church or community, go to your local K mart or Walmart and ask for donations.
The Vacation Bible School program for 2010 MUSIC CAMP 2010 The Master’s Call pilot program was conducted at the Dallas Baptist Church. The program was a huge success…PRAISE GOD!!. The attendance was consistant for all three day’s. Also coming for next year is the Hiking for Life VBS program. This program will be downloadable in Feb. 2010.
Downloading this program will be available in Jan. 2010 but you must register again for it is a new downloading site.
Just like any workman a Hero takes his tools from his hero tool box and places them upon his tool belt. Some of the key tools are, The Bible, The Laws, Prayer, Love, Power, Examples, Sacrifice for others..
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
The Logo of the HERO ACADEMY You make the giant shield out of cardboard and place them on the wall in your classroom or where you are teaching the program. Ribbons are tied from the bottom of the shield as cadet teams accomplish tasks that are set for them to do. More details are in the lesson plans after you sign up.
You have heard the saying garbage in…garbage out. Well the GOD WE serve never made Junk. But in today’s world we have allowed the junk to fill their minds. What one time was a real HERO today is replaced by sports figures on drugs, comic book characters that make their way into video’s, movies that are far from the truth and the list goes on and on. The one time family, is now broken because we simply have given way to compromise, have pulled GODS STANDARDS down to fit our own needs, when we should REACH UP TO GOD”S STANDARDS.
It is the pollution of the world that goes into our children that brings change. So lets together get back to the basics. Yes RESPECT for each other, for GOD, our Parents, for life. The BIBLE, we break down into a little saying below. Internal brings Eternal. This program is not candy coated about a journey to a distant land on a pirate ship, or flying around as a super hero for God, or searching for a lost tressure it is written around things that we have allowed the Devil to take away from us and our children. Why children seem to be as I say ‘unleashed’ unrestricted, is because they have no RESPECT. RESPECT is a key to this program. And the guidelines in the ACADEMY like setting must be lifted up with the serious attitude. This vacation BIBLE School program is by no means boaring, it is fun and filled activities which move along each day to the point there seems to be not enough time. BUT if you are looking for another VBS where children just ‘play’ and follow themes of the world this program is not for your church. For it is up to us as leaders to establish a foothold, to take the ground back. Let us replace the FEAR factor with the FAITH factor.
One of the most greatest Dangers we face today
How do children today view a Hero? Just look at the video games they play. The movies they watch even the T.V. series Hero. But the qualities are they are learning are they really that of a real hero? Does the hero kill the bad guy always? Jesus fought evil with love. One of the most recent Games that both children and adults are playing is called GUITAR HERO. Please take some time and read about this game.
“…For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” -Romans 16:18
HEROE’S IN GAMES that the children Role Play…a clear and present Danger
Heroes in Games you think there is no harm in them? Read this please
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West Virginia became the 35th state of the Union on June 20, 1863. Created in the midst of the Civil War, West Virginia provided to the Union Army 31,872 regular army troops, 133 sailors and marines, and 196 United States Colored Troops, during that terrible conflict of 1861-1865. It is also estimated that somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 men served in the Confederate Army in this war of “brother versus brother.”
This web site is dedicated to the honor and memory of the Civil War soldiers, sailors, and marines of West Virginia.
The history of the First Regiment of Virginia Union Volunteer Infantry antedated the organization and formation of the new State. It was a part of the old Virginia military establishment, Governor Peirpoint having been appointed Provisional Governor of the State of Virginia by President Lincoln, the State government being established at Wheeling, by reason of that portion of the State east of the Alleghanies having joined its fortunes with the Confederacy through the operation of secession.
This regiment of Loyal Virginia Infantry was the first regiment organized on Southern soil for the defense of the nation under the call of President Lincoln. The regiment was organized at Wheeling, the first company being mustered into the service of the United States on May 10, 1861. On May 23, the organization of the regiment was complete, Colonel Benjamin F. Kelley being assigned to the command by the then Provisional Governor of Virginia, Francis H. Peirpoint.
The condition of the public mind in and about the city of Wheeling at the time this regiment was organized was such that grave fears were entertained by very many loyal people that it would be unsafe to send arms and equipments of war with which to equip this regiment, to the city of Wheeling. Several patriotic gentlemen whose loyalty never was questioned, residents of Wellsburg, the county seat of Brooke, the adjoining county on the north, made application to the Secretary of War, and through the kind offices of Governor Andrews, of Massachusetts, arms were secured for this regiment. They were sent to Wellsburg in the care of Messrs. W. H. Carothers and Cambell Tarr. Louis Applegate and Adam Kuhn were associated with them in the receiving and transferring of these arms by steamboat to Wheeling, where they were turned over to the regiment. On May 27, the regiment was placed under marching orders.
The good people of Wheeling had furnished them with a supply of blankets and clothing, but they were without knapsacks, haversacks, cartridge-boxes or any other of the habiliments of regularly organized troops, save that in their hands they clasped an old United States Springfield musket.
Colonel Kelley applied for transportation to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which was refused upon the grounds that the railroad company proposed to remain neutral in the question of war as between the sections, the agent stating that an order had been issued that the road would not carry either troops or munition of war for either side. Colonel Kelley emphasized the following language in reply to the agent: “This is war. Railroad companies cannot be their own masters. They are to serve the government that guarantees to them possession and protection for their property. You have a train of cars in the depot to-morrow morning at four o’clock or I will place you in prison and take possession of your railroad by military authority.” No further argument was needed. The agent communicated with the company and the cars were accordingly furnished and afterwards, throughout the entire war, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad continued to perform any service necessary for the successful transaction of the war. The regiment left Wheeling May 27th on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.They were joined at Benwood by some Ohio troops under Colonel Irvin, and two days afterwards, at Camp Buffalo, the 15th Ohio joined the command. On the 31st, Grafton was occupied by our troops, while the Confederates under Colonel Porterfield retired. On the morning of June 3, the first battle was fought at Philippi, West Virginia, in which the First Virginia participated, Colonel Kelley being wounded in the affray. Here is a notable incident in the history of the regiment. It was not only to bear in history the record of having been the first loyal regiment formed on Southern soil, but the additional historic incident is now given to it by reason of Colonel Kelley being the first officer wounded in the great War of the Rebellion.
It would be impossible to trace out the meanderings of this regiment through the three months’ service that followed. Suffice it to say they participated in all the historic campaign of the early war in the mountains of West Virginia. The regiment completed its service and returned to Wheeling, where it was mustered out of service on the 28th day of August.
Of the three months’ organization it is sufficient to say that Henry B. Hubbard, of Wheeling, was lieutenant-colonel; Isaac H. Duval, of Wellsburg, was major; John B. Lukens, of Wheeling, was adjutant; Isaac M. Pumphrey was quartermaster; Dr. Joseph Thoburn was surgeon, and Dr. J. D. M. Carr, assistant-surgeon.
Fifth West Virginia Cavalry, Company D On the first Monday after Pres. Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops for three months service, Thomas Gibson Jr. began to recruit a company in the city of Pittsburgh, Pa.; but not succeeding in securing the full complement of men, the company was not accepted by the Governor. Recruiting was continued, and when the next call for troops came, they again tried to enter the service, but having only fifty men, the company was again refused. But amid the excitement, they determined to mount and equip themselves, and go as an independent organization. While arrangements were being made to that end, word was received from Wheeling, Va., that troops were wanted there, for the protection of the threatened border. The company unanimously decided to go to that city and enter the service there, proceeding by boat, and arriving in Camp Carlisle in May. Captain Gazzam, of Pittsburgh, was there with about the same number of men as Captain Gibson, and by an understanding between the two Captains, the two companies were consolidated. On June 14, 1861 the company was mustered into U.S. service and was mustered out on June 16, 1864. The recruits and veterans were then transferred to the 6th. W.V. Calvary.
With the crack of a rifle and the thundering resound of a cannon, West Virginia cast its lot with the Union and became inextricably linked with the bloodiest war in American history. Western Virginia was at the forefront of the Civil War from the beginning. With John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, the southern states became paralyzed with fear. John Brown, a fiery evangelical famous and infamous for his passion for emancipation, attacked the arsenal with the goal of arming slaves in the southern states to start their own rebellion. The Harpers Ferry National Historic Park has managed to keep the armory’s engine house, Brown’ headquarters during the fight, exactly as it appeared over 140 years ago. Wheeling, Wv is a area rich in history. From the beginning of the settlement to the break away from Virginia in forming West Virginia. West Virginians played a important part in the Civil War, and Wheeling’s young men were their for our countries call.
The Birth of West Virginia
Following Brown’s trial and subsequent hanging, the nation hoped and prayed for a diplomatic solution, but that fateful day when southern forces fired on Fort Sumter marked the end of the debate over the role of slavery in the United States. While the majority of Virginia’s state delegates voted to secede, 32 of the 47 delegates who voted to stay in the Union were from western Virginia. Western Virginians were evenly split between those favoring union and emancipation and others favoring the rights of states and slavery. It was even rumored that the vote for western Virginia to form a new and free state had to be rigged, as allegiance to the South was so strong in many areas. In Wheeling, West Virginia Independence Hall served as the home of the Restored Government of Virginia in what became the original capitol city of West Virginia. Now a museum, visitors can see Civil War artifacts as well as listen to costumed guides tell the story of the birth of the Mountain State on June 20, 1863.
With the North and South realizing that allegiances in western Virginia were mixed, they both struggled for dominance and moved in immediately to take over strategic areas. Unknown to many, Parkersburg was once home to thousands of Union troops and placed under martial law due to its Confederate sympathies and its new status as a major river port for oil shipping. The Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum looks at the role oil played in early western Virginia and how many of the statesmen pushing for western Virginia’s independence were actually newly rich oilmen from the nearby oilfields at Burning Springs. As thousands of troops poured in from both sides, western Virginia divided, brother against brother at times, to join the Civil War.
Organ Cave is the second largest commercial cave on the east coast and a National Historic Landmark. The walls of the cave glitter with salt petre, a primary ingredient in black powder, used by Robert E. Lee’ s troops during the Civil War. Within the depths of Organ Cave is the Hopper Room, a well-preserved refinery and one of the largest selections of Civil War Hoppers in the U.S. Visitors can walk the trails used by the troops and enjoy the acoustics of the “Chapel Room,” that once housed 1,100 confederate soldiers.