Since Apr 18, 2004
Meet my friend, Jesus
All of eternity hangs in the balance. It's worth a few minutes to click on over.
May God Keep Safe All Who Serve Our Country
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791 Source: Encylopedia 8ritannica
One of my strongest comforts in life is knowing that "God allows in His wisdom what He could easily prevent by His power."
..... Tony Snow on President Bush: "... the president reminds me of one of those guys who walks through a gym playing 40 games of chess at once and can keep all the moves in his head.
"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once."
-- From Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-37) by Wm. Shakespeare
"For I am the LORD, I change not." Malachi 3:6a
"How much more shall the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the living God?" Hebrews 9:14
It is my devotion to and passion for America that make me love this place.
Describing President Lincoln and the qualities that allowed him to reunite two warring parts of a nation, Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom's Cabin) wrote these insights bearing wisdom for today. While she notes his greatness at times was in passive strength, the record stands for all time that when he needed to lead boldly, he did.
"Lincoln's strength is of a peculiar kind; it is not aggressive so much as passive, and among passive things it is like the strength not so much of a stone buttress as of a wire cable. It is strength swaying to every influence, yielding on this side and on that to popular needs, yet tenaciously and inflexibly bound to carry its great end; and probably by no other kind of strength could our national ship have drawn safely thus far during the tossing and tempests which beset her way. Surrounded by all sorts of conflicting claims, by traitors, by half-hearted, timid men, by Border State men and Free State men, by radical Abolitionists and Conservatives, he has listened to all, weighed the words of all, waited, observed, yielded now here and now there, but in the main kept one inflexible, honest purpose, and drawn the national ship through." From The Passionate Beechers by Samuel Agnew Schreiner, John Wiley & Sons, 2003
Listen to "Hell's Best Kept Secret" by Pastor Ray Comfort: How To Win Converts to Christ and Keep Them in the Faith
I recommend listening to the free MP3 download at the top left of the screen.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
--John Jay, Founding Father and first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
~ ~ ~ ~ ~After the revolution, John Adams wrote to Dr. Benjamin Rush about a horse he bought, and compared it to the fledgling America:
On horseback on my way to Weymouth ... I met a man leading a horse, who asked if I wanted to buy a horse. Examining the animal [in detail] and inquiring of his master, his age, his history, temper, habits, etc., I found he was a colt of three years old ... His sucking teeth were not shed, he was 17 or 18 hands high, bones like massy timbers, ribbed quite to his hips, every way broad, strong, and well filled in proportion; as tame, gentle, good natured and good humored as a cosset [pampered] lamb. ... this noble creature is the exact emblem of my dear country. I will have him and call him Hobby. He may carry me five-and-twenty or thirty years if I should live. I ride him every day when the weather suits, but I should shudder if he should ever discover or feel his own power. (emphasis mine) From John Adams by David McCullough
George W. Bush didn't originate the idea, but I'm awfully glad he continues the tradition while it is needed. The following is from Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox, by Hugh Rankin, which I must say, by way of review, is an interesting look at the Fox's life.
"With the approach of the British, the [South Carolina] State Assembly ... hastily adjourned ... [delegating] almost dictatorial powers to Governor Rutledge, justifying their action with, '... in times of danger and invasion, it has always been the policy of republics to concentrate the powers of government in the hands of a supreme magistracy for a limited time.' ... Rutledge and ... his council ... were endowed with, 'a power to do every thing necessary for the public good, except the taking away the life of a citizen, without a legal trial.'"
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Hebrews 13:20,21
People may forget what you say;
People may forget what you do,
But people will never forget
How you made them feel.
Let us love one another, as God has loved us.
#9 President Bush in Halifax, 2004
#8 St. Valentine's Day 2007
#7 The president in Cincinnati, April 2006
"It is also regrettable that Senator Kennedy has found more time to say negative things about President Bush than he ever did about Saddam Hussein." - Scott McClellan, November 11, 2005
Paul Harvey, December 6, 2005: "Sen. John Kerry has been heard from ... on a CBS interview he accuses American troops of terrorizing Iraqi women and children. He says, and this is a quote, 'We should let the Iraqis do that.'"Favorite fiction author: The massively insightful, delightful, profound observer of human behavior: Jane AustenAnd for a fine example of that, Michael Junior (Michael Veschuere) sings "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Favorite reading topics: history, especially of war; biographies and autobiographies of people whose lives I find worth studying
Favorite secular music: Pachelbel's Canon in D
"In music the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear, but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music." Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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