On June 14, 2010 the 60 foot statue of Jesus entitled, King of Kings in Monroe Ohio, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground; all that was left of the fiberglass and Styrofoam structure was the metal framework.
The statue itself showed only the upper half of Christ as though He was rising up out of the ground with outstretched hands behind the baptismal pool.
“Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall see disaster no more. ” Zephaniah 3:14-15.
Semper Fidelis or Semper Fi in its common usage is the motto of the United States Marine Corp. It was adopted as the USMC motto in 1875, or 1883. The motto’s origin is unknown though it was common in Western Europe for hundreds of years before.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8.