A Watergate Revival (7 of 10) by Steve Wagers

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A Watergate Revival (7 of 10)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: NEHEMIAH
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Nehemiah 7-8
March 1. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. Enrollment in a Historic Book!
A) The Selective Process
B) The Protective Purpose
2. Enthronement of a Holy Book!
A) The Priest Brought It
B) The Preacher Taught It
C) The People Caught It
1) It was Warmly Received
2) It was Deeply Revered
3. Encouragement from a Heavenly Book!
A) Grief Resulting from Condemnation
B) Grace Resulting in Celebration
C) Glee Resulting with Consecration

On June 17, 1972, Frank Wills, a security guard at the Watergate Complex, noticed tape covering the locks on several doors in the complex. He took the tape off, and thought nothing of it. An hour later, he discovered that someone had re-taped the locks. He called the police and five men were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) office. This break was the tip of the iceberg and would result in the one of the greatest scandals in American history, known as "Watergate."

Investigations conducted by the FBI revealed that this burglary was one of many illegal activities authorized and carried out by Nixon's staff. They also revealed the immense scope of crimes and abuses, which included campaign fraud, political espionage and sabotage, illegal break-ins, improper tax audits, illegal wiretapping on a massive scale, and a secret slush fund laundered in Mexico to pay those who conducted these operations. This secret fund was also used as hush money to buy the silence of the seven men who were indicted for the June 17 break-in.

The scandal revealed the existence of a White House "dirty tricks squad," which was behind an orchestrated campaign of political sabotage, an enemies list, a "plumbers" unit to plug political leaks and a secret campaign slush fund associated with CRP (Committee to Re-elect the President), all with high-level administration involvement.

Nixon and his staff conspired to cov ...


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