The one thing that Jesus-followers have going for them that nobody in any religion has is the love of Jesus.

Jesus is the Rock, the common ground of all who know Him, love Him and name Him as Savior and Lord. Despite all of the fussing about stupid stuff – hair, music, dress, associations, etc. – that we may do down here, when it’s all said and done, if we’re His, we’re family. And that’s what we should all focus on.

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The more I see, the more I hear, the more certain I am that we who were born into the Greatest Generation have failed to pass on the elements of culture that created that generation and made it the Greatest. We refer to this current generation as the millennials. Do we know what that term means? It seems to me they think they are people replacing the past millennium and it is their duty to tell us how we are to live the next millennium. Their big problem is, in attempting to show us how smart they are, they are revealing their stupidity and their total lack of common sense. It seems that Washington might be spreading that disease; I’ve noticed a lot of smart people who go there seem to lose their common sense pretty quick.

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Dr. Kirk Neely, Religion Department at the University of South Carolina Upstate, recently wrote an article in an upstate newspaper correctly pinpointing hatred and prejudice as a basic problem of mankind which often results in physical violence and death to others. (Remembering 9/11, 09-13-19: also worth reading for memorializing tragic, useless human suffering and brave actions of first responders.) Mankind clearly needs help! Dr. Neely advocated studying other world faith systems as a solution to counter hatred. Perhaps we would do better, instead, to advocate adherents of other world faith systems in the United States and around the world to study Christianity for individual self reflection? It was not individual adherents of Christianity that brought down the Twin Towers! Dr. Neely concludes man should be more loving toward others. True!! But where do we get that individual power? History of mankind graphically demonstrates we humans do not have the inherent power to end hatred, violence and war among men. Man’s hatred can not be overcome by “human” wisdom or “human” religion! But there is a wisdom and truth that transcends collective human wisdom for individuals!  

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I do not understand why the bill H.3456 is not on the floor of SC Congress for discussion and passing of this bill. What are you doing to protect my 2nd Amendment rights?

American history and history of other nations tells us not to give up our guns:

  • A Japanese General was asked, “Why did you bomb Pearl Harbor instead of coming on land to attack America”? He stated because all the Americans had guns and would shoot us. We would be fighting the military and the people. We could not win that way.
  • Look at what’s going on in Venezuela since given up their guns. They kept warning us to not give up our guns for years. Telling us to look at them. They refused for a long time not to give up their guns, but over the years they gave in. They stated that within months after giving up their guns, they were under dictatorship.

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The Slave Narratives - Part 7 of a Series of 10

John Beckwith, 83, of Cary, NC, former slave, in 1937. “I reckon dat I wuz ‘bout nine years old at de surrender…I wuz happy den as I thinks back of it, until dem Yankees come.”
John Beckwith, 83, of Cary, NC, former slave, in 1937. “I reckon dat I wuz ‘bout nine years old at de surrender…I wuz happy den as I thinks back of it, until dem Yankees come.”

As part of the Federal Writer’s Project during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration employed scores of journalists to interview former slaves and record verbatim (and in dialect) their memories of slavery. From 1936 to 1938 about 2, 300 former slaves were interviewed, most of whom were delighted to tell about “slavery times.”  In 1941, these systematically designed interviews were published by state in a multi-volume series called The Slave Narratives.

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In Part 1 of this series I asked the question:  What impels a young man to embark on a life of missionary service to his LORD and Savior?  It became clear, during my research, that John Birch received his “calling” to be a missionary from his Savior, Jesus, and he received that calling at a young age.  He never turned back from serving his Savior, nor did he hesitate from going into harm’s way many times during that service.   John was characterized by Robert Welch as “a simple, but highly intelligent man, who worked hard to serve God, spread God’s Word, and fought for the freedom to do so.”  Many times during his wartime service, Birch longed for the day when he could farm his own land, marry and raise a family, and continue to serve God in his own way.

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Masters, Slaves, and the Conditions of Slavery - Part 6 of 10

The photo is book cover of Time on the Cross and should be sufficient in itself—nothing needs to be added. Source wiki.
The photo is book cover of Time on the Cross and should be sufficient in itself—nothing needs to be added. Source wiki.

There was a great variation in the conditions of slavery among peoples and over time in history. Sometimes conditions improved or deteriorated within a single civilization. The relationship between master and slave also varied among peoples and over time. Slavery or some similar hierarchical system was extremely prevalent in ancient times. Many slaves held special status because of their responsibilities or personal relationship to their master. 

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