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Who is Indispensable?

Who is Indispensable?

According to George Washington’s biographer, James Flexner, he was the “indispensable man” of US history. While other statesmen were signing documents, Washington was in the field training an army in the courage, stamina, and skill required to stand behind those documents. Outnumbered by the enemy, Washington’s ability to keep his troops together under dire circumstances was indispensable. In securing our Independence, he did the impossible against all odds and against the most powerful military force ...

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American Individualism

American Individualism

Politicians profess great love for the common man while promising to use government wealth and power to take care of commoners. Sadly, this works like a charm in the new America that sees rugged individualism as a vice, not a virtue.

Rugged individualism is a tremendous force for good when it takes shape as a selfless advance toward accepting personal responsibility. Virtuous individualism calls up the courage to emerge from the crowd to play a self-reliant ...

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The Falling Sky!

The Falling Sky!

Chicken Little didn’t know what hit her.

While minding her own business, an acorn landed on her little head and panic set in. She warned her friends, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey bought the story, hook, line and sinker. After all, Chicken Little felt a piece of the sky hit her head. They set out to warn the king but found Foxy Loxy ...

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THIS Marriage Will Last!

THIS Marriage Will Last!

In the Bible Jesus loved (the Old Testament), the chosen people of God were often described as His beloved bride. Their relationship became quite rocky due to her serial unfaithfulness. This inspired many prophetic calls for repentance and a remnant remained. God’s steadfast love for her endured.

In the New Testament, the church becomes the bride of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote of Jesus and His church in synonymous terms with husband and wife (Ephesians 5:22-33). ...

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Dear Church Critics, Here’s Why I Love Jesus’ Church

Dear Church Critics, Here’s Why I Love Jesus’ Church

I recently read a blog post by John Pavlovitz titled, “Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are REALLY Leaving You.” Instead of challenging all his negative stereotypes about Jesus’ church (His bride), I will offer seven undeniable truths about her:

    1. Jesus’ church is FLAWED!

    So are you. You’ll fit in fine.

    2. Jesus’ church is FREE!

    Compulsion in giving is forbidden (2 Corinthians 9:7), so if they charge admission, it’s not Jesus’ church. But ...

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Which Way Does the Finger Point?

Which Way Does the Finger Point?

Preaching is as popular and unpopular today as ever.

I. Popular Preaching.

Preaching has always been a powerful and popular craft in America, whether it comes from politicians or preachers. Today, little “g” preachers (government) seem to go farther than big “G” preachers (God). Exceptions abound, but let me make my case.

On the merits of long sermons and little else, Barack Obama sailed through two national elections, preaching his way to the top. The ...

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To the Grave and Beyond!

To the Grave and Beyond!

I like mottos. Here are a few of mine:

  • “Be joyful in hope.”
  • (Romans 12:12)
  • “If you love to learn, you’ll learn to love.”
  • “It is good to be smart, but it is better to be good.”
  • “Love the sinner, not the sin.”

If you don’t have a life motto, take any of mine! Better yet, come up with your own. Or borrow one from a historical hero. Just make sure it is ...

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“OUR POLAR STAR”
The legacy of Barton W. Stone

“OUR POLAR STAR”  <br>The legacy of Barton W. Stone

At the far end of the handle of the Little Dipper is Ursa Minor. Pilots and navigators have long called it the Polar Star. You may know it as the North Star.

While all the other stars rotate around the heavens, the Polar Star is always in the north. It is the one constant in the constellation of the northern hemisphere sky. Ancient mariners and explorers relied on it for a fixed point of reference ...

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In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes

If you had been a Pilgrim in 1621, would you have been thankful?

That year, Gov. William Bradford chose a day for giving thanks to God and he invited local Indians to their humble celebration. Chief Massasoit came with 90 Indians to feast on fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. To strengthen their resolve, they cited King David’s words in the 92nd Psalm: “It is good to give thanks to the ...

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The Best Argument Against Multi-Culturalism is…
Noah Webster (1758-1843)

The Best Argument Against Multi-Culturalism is… <br>Noah Webster (1758-1843)

When Noah Webster was born (October 16, 1758), America was by no means united in its culture, language, values, or political institutions. Colonial America consisted of competing groups that spoke various dialects of English, German, French, Dutch and other languages. Values and virtues varied dramatically across the rancorous colonial landscape. Almost since the Mayflower, earnest Puritans and mercenary materialists lived side by side. Some lived in harmony with Indians and others did not (mostly the ...

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