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In Colossians 3:23, the Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” How different would our world look if we actually took that advice to heart?
For starters, Abraham Lincoln would not have been assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Continue reading
In 1796, Thomas Paine, the patriotic author of Common Sense – the pamphlet some claim started the Revolutionary War – wrote a letter to a colleague that was filled with scathing and accusatory criticism. In fact, the words to his friend were just as cutting as the words he’d used against the tyrannical English government a few years earlier.
The recipient of that letter may surprise you. Continue reading
Throughout his life, President Lincoln developed a reputation for compassion and forgiveness. Regardless of how grievous the offense, or how vile the offender, Lincoln was known to exercise his right of presidential pardon quite often.
Perhaps one of the best known examples was in the case of “the sleeping sentinel.” Continue reading
Some people live their lives in such a manner that the only way they can be accurately described is “Christlike.” Those people’s lives are marked by humility, generosity, and sacrifice. In short, they are far more focused on others than themselves.
For many reasons, George Washington was one of those people. Continue reading
So many people think that the prophets of the Old Testament had a bland and repetitive message. They accuse the seers of simply giving a one-size-fits-all “turn or burn” memo for ancient civilizations.
Then, they read Ezekiel’s prophecy against Tyre…and everything changes. Continue reading
History has shown time and again that advancing a kingdom isn’t an easy task. The endeavor demands many resources: soldiers, money, supplies, and time. But the greatest commodity of all is commitment.
Hernando Cortez, the famous Spanish Conquistador, knew that better than anyone else. Continue reading
Many of the nations mentioned in the Bible still exist today. For example, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and others can be found in the pages of the Bible and on a modern map. But not Assyria. Though it played a critical role in biblical history, Assyrian civilization simply ceased to exist around 600 B.C.
Just like God said it would. Continue reading
Imagine the church without Amazing Grace or How Great Thou Art. Hymns were the backbone of the church’s worship for hundreds of years! Granted, hymns are losing their popularity with today’s generation, but God’s people still owe a debt of gratitude to their writers.
Instead, many hymnists were once hated for writing/composing such music. Continue reading
On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin climbed aboard a rocket and left Earth’s atmosphere, becoming the first human to ever fly through space. Upon landing, he infuriated Christians because he was quoted by Communist Party leaders as saying, “I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.”
The truth is, he said nothing of the sort. Continue reading
The American Revolution produced story after story of personal sacrifice for our nation’s independence. It also produced one of the most notoriously selfish betrayals in history. At the time, many people were surprised by Benedict Arnold’s traitorous deceit, General Washington included.
But if they’d known more about him, they might not have been surprised at all. Continue reading