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A Call from the IRS

On April 16th, the phone rang at First Baptist Church in downtown Glendale. When Pastor Jefferson answered the phone, a member of the IRS introduced himself and said he had a few questions for the pastor.

“This can’t be good,” thought the pastor…. Continue reading

Starting With Sorrow

If you were creating your own government, what would you do first? Would you build a strong military? Secure honest leaders? Write just laws or ensure a viable economy?

East Germany didn’t start that way. Their first official act was to apologize to the world. Continue reading

Hero or Zero?

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

George and Jesus

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

Take Out That Part About….

Most people will agree that the Bible has its fair share of difficult passages. It contains laws and commandments, claims of exclusivity, and supernatural miracles that boggle the mind. Some have even suggested removing the parts of the Bible that are too difficult or divisive.

But cutting out parts of the Bible is just as foolish as cutting out parts of the Constitution. Continue reading

The Second Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Freedom. It’s what the Declaration of Independence is all about…right?

Yes…but only for those first Americans who had the right skin color. Continue reading

Speak Up…I Dare You!

In 1956, just three years after the death of Joseph Stalin, perhaps Russia’s most tyrannical leader, Nikita Khrushchev, the new prime ministry of Russia, gave an address to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party.

What was said – and not said – that day, left an indelible mark on everyone in the room. Continue reading

God’s Idea of Balance

The archangel Michael still remembers the conversation.

God had been missing for about six days. Michael went looking for God and found Him resting one day later. He humbly inquired, “Lord, where have you been?” Continue reading

The Power of a Badge

A slightly overzealous D.E.A. officer was driving through Texas when he stopped at a ranch and began talking with the old rancher. The agent told the rancher, “I need to inspect your property for illegally grown drugs.” Continue reading

Have You Seen My Keys…and My Declaration of Independence?

OK, we’ve all misplaced things. Who hasn’t lost their keys? Or their wallet? Or their car in a parking garage? Truth be told…some of us have lost our kids, occasionally.

But can you imagine losing the governmental document that proclaims your independence? Continue reading