Most that know me well understand I love looking for rare and old out of print religious books. I've found some real treasures in antique stores over the years. Last Saturday, I found another amazing book, not a religious one, but one on American history. The book I found has a copyright of 1892 and is Elia W. Peattie's classic, The Story of America. I've already read the first couple of chapters of its more than 750 pages and the first paragraph alone, I thought, was gripping.
Seriously though, hymns are a blessed means of inspiration and worship for us. Andy Griffith once said, "You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future."  The Scriptures exhort us to "speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19).
Like a Damocles sword, a sabre of defiance has always been raised against Jesus, from His birth to throughout His life to the present. Undeterred, Christ and His church continue marching forward victoriously. Those who resist the authority of the baby Jesus fight an unwarranted and futile war against Him.
Recently I saw a t-shirt that said, "The Virgin Mary was an Unwed Teenage Mother." That's true and it reminded me of an interruption that took place at a Quebec pro-life conference back in October of this year. A dozen pro-choice protesters descended upon an evangelical church where the conference was being held, chanting blasphemous slogans, one of which was a French pro-abortion sing-song against the Virgin Mary: "Oh, If Mary had known about abortion, we wouldn't have to deal with all this nonsense."
As Paramore tells it, One Sunday morning in the late 1960s after preaching a message on soul-winning, Clifton came to him and said he wanted to go soul-winning with his pastor. 'Preacher, I know where there's a whole nest of them,'" Clifton excitedly told Paramore. So he and Clifton set out one day together to find "a whole nest" of people who needed the Lord.
It was once an activity that was outlawed for decades. Today, however, it's officially sanctioned, easily accessible, popular, and has gained a strong foothold in American culture. Just this past week, a half billion dollar Powerball jackpot has been the stuff of everyday conversation, with people talking about what they would do with the money if they won.
Most people have heard the expression, "playing the race card." The concept has been bandied about in the media for several years. It typically refers to someone falsely alleging another person is racist in order to gain some political advantage or to draw their credibility into question.
In 1921, Dr. J.C. Fitzpatrick noticed an interesting document being auctioned off at an art gallery in New York. What Fitzpatrick bought for the Library of Congress at the price of $300 turned out to be George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, dating back to 1789. The document had been lost and stayed lost for over 130 years.
There's much America should learn from the Petraeus affair. Sexual immorality is an equal opportunity sin and rampant. It has serious negative consequences.
Sometimes God's people find themselves in the grip of negative forces far superior to themselves. It may be as it is for many conservative evangelicals, some Catholics, and many political activists who hoped to see a different result in this year's election, but now fear a righteous cause has irreparably failed. Whatever the situation, take a lesson from a Blue Jay in the talons of a Hawk. Fight, fight, fight, fight, fight.
As we rapidly approach Election Day, I've heard a number of my friends say that they just can't vote for the lesser of two evils. They will neither support Obama or Romney for president; instead they'll support a third party candidate or they won't vote.
Perry Noble is a choice servant of Christ, passionate for the souls of men. But in his recent blog, Noble argues against the church's involvement in politics. His arguments sound so spiritual. But his arguments misconstrue what many conservative evangelicals are actually trying to do today in the public arena.
Are you afraid of dying? You don't have to be in a life-threating situation to be afraid of death. Most people whenever they contemplate dying are afraid of it. It's the subject we like to avoid talking about.
I have never prayed publicly that the prayer wasn't offered in the name of Christ. But I have determined more than ever, God showing me grace, I will never do so. Moreover, I will not rest until my God-given, unalienable constitutional right to publicly pray according to the dictates of my own conscience is freely restored, not only for me, but for all people everywhere who cherish religious liberty.
Anything seemingly new today is popular and eagerly anticipated. Yet it's not the new that America needs to hunger so much as it is a restoration to the old. The message of judgment is nothing new, but if America doesn't heed that message of old and return to its religious moorings liberty cannot survive.
Drinking alcohol today is a commonly accepted way of life, despite the fact that it has become the accepted killer of our time. Alcohol is a drug that claims more addicts than any other drug in America. Still, Christians differ on the role of alcohol in society.
The denial of God has never been a part of America's heritage. But the current mythical view of the so-called "separation of church and state," which essentially removes any mention or acknowledgment of God and His Lordship from public life has been calamitously entrenched in the national psyche for way too long.
An aspiring politician gave his best shot at a campaign speech. He felt that it was a stirring, fact filled speech. Then the candidate looked out on his audience and asked, "Are there any questions?" That's when someone in the back row called out, "Who else is running?" That seems to be the sentiment of many Christians when it comes to the nation's choices for President in 2012.
Quite to the contrary of the atheistic mindset, it was a "God fixation" that actually built and prospered this great country. All the values most beloved by Americans – those that changed much of the world – derived from a Christian perspective.
Is this really what has become of the American Dream? This is far removed from an earlier time when the nation's attention was not so much on its possessions, but the quest to be a civil, just, righteous, freedom-loving, God-fearing, contented, thankful and generous people.
Some erroneously maintain the First Amendment of the Constitution protects porn as freedom of expression. But that's just untrue. Despite the fact the Department of Justice is doing nothing to enforce obscenity laws, it's really a crime. Every Christian should be deeply concerned about the spread of the smut enterprise.
There are times in life when nobody but the Lord will do. America is experiencing just such a time. Nothing better demonstrates how much danger this nation is in than the deep separation currently existing between its citizens.
For quite some time, gay activists have tried to convince the nation homosexuals are a class of people, who like blacks have been denied their civil rights. Therefore, to oppose their political agenda is discriminatory – a form of bigotry on the same par as racism. The comparison of homosexuality to race is like comparing apples and oranges.
An unfortunate dynamic of our political times is that too many politicians proudly strut around behaving as if they were king. They roar and act as if they own the country.
The doctrine of the incarnation, the Virgin Birth, the Deity of Jesus Christ is absolutely necessary to the entire construct of the Christian religion