“Alaska Renames Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day” read yesterday’s on-line Time headline.
Alaska has joined a growing number of states and local governments that are moving away from celebrating Columbus Day. Since less than half of the states celebrate the accomplishment of Columbus, most of you probably worked yesterday.
Columbus Day is losing ground to a continued social movement of political correctness. While fiction has always obscured some of the facts regarding the great explorer, it’s apparent that the average person knows little of his voyage and accomplishments. Continue reading
Victor Villasenor was born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California in 1940. When Victor began school, he spoke only Spanish, like his Mexican parents. Besides the language barrier, he faced cultural challenges, heavy discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia.
Villasenor dropped out of school his junior year and moved back to Mexico. As a young adult a compassionate woman taught him to read, and ironically Victor decided he wanted to be a writer. For ten years he worked as a common laborer, digging ditches and cleaning houses. But all the while he thought about plots and characters in the stories he could write. Continue reading
The third Monday in February is designated as President’s Day. All Presidents, living and dead, are recognized and honored.
However, special honor is given to our first President, George Washington, born on February 22nd, and our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day, February 12th in 1809. Lincoln is one of America’s most admired Presidents. Called the Great Emancipator for his role in abolishing slavery, Lincoln was a unifying influence during the most divisive time in America’s history, the Civil War.
Lincoln was a man of faith, courage and humility. He was also a man of great persistence and perseverance. His life was filled with many problems, challenges and set backs. Here’s a brief sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House. Continue reading
“Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop” is the title of a little book by John Mason.
I read it years ago, but I recently came across it again. It’s a neat little book filled with 52 golden nuggets of two pages each. Mason’s goal is to help us rise above mediocrity. Get more out of life. And discover a new momentum for living.
Many of the chapter titles encapsulate simple spiritual truths that are obvious. But often we fail to apply. Here are a few: Continue reading
Today is a special milestone for ThePreachersWord. This is the 500th post!
We began January 1, 2012 with no readers! No track record. No idea of what to expect. And certainly no thought of posting 500 times! What began as an unexpected opportunity to minister in this manner has been a wonderful blessing to me. And I hope to those who are regular readers.
According to WordPress we have 2400 followers from various media sources. ThePreachersWord has been read in over 170 countries. And we have posts in over 100 categories. Continue reading
Today is Columbus Day. It is a day that Americans celebrate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Some say that America was really discovered by Norse Vikings, Irish missionaries or the ten lost tribes of Israel! But the fact is Columbus was successful in his quest and returned to the old World to spread the good news. Continue reading