While the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, it was four days later, on July 8, before it was read in public.
On that occasion, what is now known as the “Liberty Bell, rang out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Continue reading
My PC Bible Study Program by BibleSoft opens each day with a short devotional thought by Charles Spurgeon. This morning’s thought is based on Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.”
Spurgeon observed, “This ‘liberty’ makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible.”
In the writing style of his day, he offers some insights worth sharing with our readers. “You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please…Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings.” Continue reading
Lillian Quigley, in her children’s book, The Blind Men and the Elephant, recounts the famous fable of six blind men who encounter an elephant for the first time. In the story each man touches a part of the elephant and draws his own conclusion of what an elephant is like. Continue reading
It was on this day, January 6, 1941, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress “in an effort to move the nation away from a foreign policy of neutrality. The president had watched with increasing anxiety as European nations struggled and fell to Hitler’s fascist regime and was intent on rallying public support for the United States to take a stronger interventionist role.”
At the close of his address Roosevelt said that he looked forward to a world founded upon 4 essential human freedoms–freedom of speech, freedom from want, freedom of worship, and freedom from fear. Continue reading
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, there have been a rash of predictions and dire warnings about the impact this will have on religious freedom.
The majority opinion seeks to appease such fears. Continue reading
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Have you heard about Lindsey Stone? She’s the Massachusetts woman who posted the above picture of herself on facebook. As you can see she is making a crude gesture and yelling in front of a sign in Arlington National Cemetery that says, “Silence and Respect.” Obviously, she is doing neither. The post went viral causing a national controversy. As a result, Lindsey was fired from her job. Continue reading
Freedom. It’s word that swells with emotion within our hearts. Freedom is synonymous with America. The Flag. July 4th. Fireworks.
Freedom speaks of the state of independence.Liberty. And a lack of restrictions. It is an opportunity to exercise one’s rights. To pursue your dreams. To fulfill your spirit’s longing. Continue reading
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Seventy-one years ago today on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the State of the Union Address where he articulated “The Four Freedoms” that he saw as a goal not only for the United States, but the world. The four fundamental freedoms “that people everywhere ought to enjoy”, according to Roosevelt, are freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Continue reading