Category Archives: American history

Peace Is Possible Between Israel & The Palestinians

Is peace possible between the Palestinians and Israel?  Yes, but there needs to be a radical change in methodology.  Here’s how — begin systematically applying loving, non-cooperative, non-violence modeled after Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Independence Movement and Martin Luther … Continue reading

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How 2 Celebrate The 4th Of July

How 2 Celebrate the 4th! Celebrate the 4th of July by using your freedom of speech (while you still have it). Speak up, in a kind and loving way, about your love for God and your commitment to biblical principles … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. On Liberalism (& Other Forgotten MLK Quotes)

“I began to question the liberal doctrine of man. The more I observed the tragedies of history and man’s shameful inclination to choose the low road, the more I came to see the depths and strength of sin. . . … Continue reading

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Robert Kennedy’s “Ask Why? . . . Ask Why Not?” Applied To Church

I like to apply the idea from Bobby Kennedy’s “Ask why? . . . Ask why not?” quote to church.  Here goes: “There are those that look at church as a programmed religious service and ask why?  I dream of … Continue reading

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Your life is like a donut — there’s a big hole where God should be.

The first Friday in June is National Donut Day in the USA.  This holiday began in Chicago in 1938 when The Salvation Army began to sell donuts to raise money to help people suffering from the Great Depression and to … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin & Sermon Free Church

I think Benjamin Franklin would have loved sermon-free church because it gets people actively involved and transforms them from passive pew-sitters to spiritual go-getters! Ben said: “I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works. I mean real good … Continue reading

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A Rap ‘Bout Rights (Who Has Rights?)

Who has “rights”?  People like to talk and rap about rights but what are rights? What is the foundation of the concept of human rights? It’s God. If humans are nothing but randomly produced, living machines; then Darwin was correct … Continue reading

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Are Background Checks Judgmental? (A Definition)

A definition: Background checks — a way of judging who is too irresponsible, too immoral, or too insane to legally buy a gun.

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The Message Of Obama’s Inaugural Bibles

President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term on a stack (of two) Bibles — Lincoln’s Bible and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s traveling Bible.  So what would Lincoln and King have to say about that? “In … Continue reading

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What Will It Take For A Bible Type Revival To Happen In America?

At The Salvation Army Berry Street last Sunday we passed out paper and pens and had everybody who was willing to write out a question for God and then to listen to God for His answer to their question. Then … Continue reading

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