Thomas Jefferson Saw An Angel?

Even so, to sign a Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headman’s axe,” and the issue remanded in doubt. Then a man rose and spoke.

Thomas Jefferson tells that on the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, the debate had been raging for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey.

Even so, to sign a Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headman’s axe,” and the issue remanded in doubt. Then a man rose and spoke.

Jefferson described him as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice failing, he said. “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every home into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign, if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the text book of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever”. He fell back exhausted.

The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed a document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any one be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors. Fifty-six men, a little band so unique, we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their scared honor.

Told By Ronald Regan

A Billion

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let’s take a look at New Orleans It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division .
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.
B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.

Washington, D.C ..HELLO!!! … Are all your calculators broken??
This is what your government is doing to us – Remember King George?

Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me to my doom!’

And when he’s gone,
We won’t relax,
We’ll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

(Time to listen to the “Taxman” by George Harrision, or watch an episode of Robin Hood on the BBC.)
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fe e Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
Remember the cry during the revolution against England – Taxation without representation must go… is it Tea Party Time?

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell ‘politicians!’
Make sure you study the issues and look deep into the people running for office this year and make sure who you vote for or soon you will be taxed to vote.
And I still have to ‘press 1’ for English. Oh that upsets me.

How Long Do We Have?

“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.”

I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of Government.”

“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

“From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.”

“During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;

2. from spiritual faith to great courage;

3. from courage to liberty;

4. from liberty to abundance;

5. from abundance to complacency;

6. from complacency to apathy;

7. from apathy to dependence;

8. from dependence back into bondage.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:

Gore = 19

Bush = 29

Square miles of land won by:

Gore = 580,000

Bush = 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:

Gore = 127 million

Bush = 143 million

Murder rate per 100,00 residents in counties won by:

Gore = 13.2

Bush = 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare.”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nations population already having reached the “Governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

Do you realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

Ideas To Help You In 2008

‘Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy! ‘

Some helpful thoughts to start another day in 2008!

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water? ‘
Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.
The lecturer replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. ‘If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.’
‘In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. ‘
He continued, ‘And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.
‘As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. ‘
‘So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.’
‘Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy! ‘

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

1* Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
2* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4* Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5* If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8* Never buy a car you can’t push.
9* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10* Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11* Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12* The second mouse gets the cheese.
13* When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once .
17* We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today

He That Walketh With Wise Men Shall Be Wise

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. –Charles Colton

That day is lost on which one has not laughed.

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. — Louis Nizer (1902-1994) British-American lawyer

Walt Disney

In 1933, Walt Disney began an ambitious project that would have a huge impact on Cinema. Walt’s project would take him 3 years to finance it, Walt would need to mortgage his home.

Walt did this and 3 years later, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released.

Snow White went on to win 7 Academy Awards and was acclaimed by critics.

Walt Disney’s story goes to show us that we can achieve anything, even if it has not been achieved before by anyone else.

Walt’s dream still lives on and Disney’s creations continue to inspire and entertain millions of children today.

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and the disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. –Joseph Addison

A search of one’s life and soul will reveal the hand of God. The outpouring of his blessings come with our afflictions, not in spite of them. Afflictions be praised.
–Elaine Cannon

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. –Charles Colton

Best & Worst Fast-Food Picks

What you’ll burn in hour, if you weigh 110 lbs.

To help guide you at the fast-food counter, the nutrition gurus at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued their choices.

Burger King was panned, with its Double Whopper with Cheese, French Fries, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shake, hash browns, and Value Meals cited as “the worst.”

“The best” fast foods:

* Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad — mixed greens, chicken breast, roasted almonds, mandarin orange segments, and half a packet of Oriental sesame dressing make this 420-calorie salad taste as though it were served in a downtown bistro.
* Burger King Chicken Whopper Jr. — any grilled chicken sandwich is a good choice, but this one actually tastes grilled. The junior size is best — just because it’s a normal-sized sandwich. The junior has 350 calories, while the regular Chicken Whopper has 580 calories.
* Subway’s Low-fat Subs — the new low-fat select subs — honey mustard ham, sweet onion chicken teriyaki, and red wine vinaigrette club — range from 310 to 370 calories are “downright delicious.”
* McDonald’s Fruit & Yogurt Parfait — eat it for breakfast, as a snack, a dessert, or a refreshing lunch, suggests CPSI. It’s two-thirds cup of luscious berries layered between low-fat yogurt and topped with crunchy granola — all at 380 calories and 2 grams saturated fat. Skip the granola and it dips to 280 calories.
* Burger King BK Veggie Burger — it’s the first meatless sandwich from a burger chain, with less than two grams saturated fat and fewer calories (330) than just about any hamburger at any chain.

Exercise Makes the Difference

But if those biggie fries are calling your name, go ahead and enjoy them once in awhile, says Carter, also an ADA spokeswoman. “Life’s too short. Anyway, no one wakes up one morning weighing 600 or even 300 pounds. Just like one day in gym will not make you Arnold Schwarzenegger. It isn’t one food, one day, that will make you fat.”

Just remember, it all adds up.

“You can very easily put on a pound a week, or a pound a month by going overboard, by simply eating an extra 100 calories a day,” she tells WebMD. “Calories go down a lot more easily than they are burnt off. When people realize how slowly you burn calories, it makes a difference. The difference it makes is cumulative over time.”

“The key is to burn up those calories, and that’s not as easy as most people think it is,” Carter says. “You might burn 180 calories if you walk an hour — but you haven’t even burnt off half the calories of those biggie fries.”

What you’ll burn in hour, if you weigh 110 lbs.:

* Driving burns 115 calories
* Mowing the lawn burns 225 calories
* Yoga burns 200 calories
* Skating burns 275 calories
* Laundry burns 100 calories
* Food shopping with cart burns 100 calories

In one study, people who lost weight — and kept it off for five years — were those who burned about 400 calories a day in exercise. They walked four miles a day. “They had to do it religiously, because not all of us have this wonderful metabolism. For most people, four miles is going to take about an hour.”

Exercise has a way of tempering your cravings. “The more physically active you become, and more aware of how hard it is to burn off those calories, the easier it is to say, ‘small fries is fine,'” says Carter.

Originally published Sept.2, 2002

Body Language – The Heart & Mind

Body language is a powerful form of communication.
How well do we use it?


Body language is a powerful form of communication.
How well do we use it?

If we hold to the theory that more than 60% of all
communication is non-verbal, what non-verbal messages are
you sending out into the world? Consider this list – these
are things that “make a statement” about you whether you
are aware of it or not!

The way you dress.
The way you stand and sit.
Whether or not you have facial hair.
The amount and type of jewelery you wear.
Eye contact.
Facial expressions
Hand gestures.
Non verbal indicators such as nodding.
Your vocal tone.

Why not see how vital body language is by trying these
couple of exercises for yourself:


Using only body language, describe your last holiday.


Tell a sightless person how to get to the nearest door and back.


Describe a rainbow to a sightless person.

Now you are communicating and you should feel good- about yourself.

Have a great day.

The Switch

Now, think about that for a minute. Because of these insignificant things called switches, huge trains weighting thousands of tons and being – being over a mile long are able to radically change directions, and end up at completely different destinations.

The Switch

A few days ago – and you’ve probably had this happen to you – I was in a hurry to get somewhere when I was caught by a train. Slowly that thing rolled to a stop directly across my path. A man jumped off and walked a few yards ahead to a switch. He grabbed the lever, and he moved this little tiny section of rail just a few inches, thus enabling the train to move to a different track and change directions.

Now, think about that for a minute. Because of these insignificant things called switches, huge trains weighting thousands of tons and being – being over a mile long are able to radically change directions, and end up at completely different destinations.

Awe! – Now so it is with people. The tiniest of influences and decisions can cause the most radical of changes in people’s lives, leading them to totally different destinations and different courses. May I share a personal experience along that line?

Many years ago, I was asked to give a church lesson to my friends and college roommates. Now, I suppose that may seem harmless enough to most of you, except that it had only been a matter of weeks for me that I had even begun to consider the existence of God, let alone teach someone else about Him.

I was 18 years old. I knew nothing about God; I wasn’t even sure I believed in Him. Never in my life to that point had I taught any kind of a lesson, nor given any manner of a public speech. I didn’t have the slightest idea what to say or to do. Needless to say, I was scared to death!

Someone thrust a teaching manual in my hands and said, “Here, just follow this!”

Oh, yeah – as if it were that easy. So I did.

Now here we were, all my friends and roommates gathered in my apartment on Monday night to hear pitiful little me expound ‘the mysteries of the kingdom.’ Well, I began as the manual told me. It came to a place where I was instructed to ask my ‘audience’ a question. So I did, but no one answered. They just sat there looking at the floor. I waited, and I waited.

Finally in frustration I blurted out, “C’mon you guys, answer me!”

They looked so shocked, but they answered me; they came to life, all of them! In a matter of minutes, a marvelous Gospel discussion ensued. And I’m sure looking back that I just smiled and nodded, and had no clue what they were talking about.

Now here’s the point: When the lesson was over, a number of them came up to me and complimented me on the wonderful lesson ‘I’ had taught. It might seem like a silly thing, but that had a profound impact on me. It was the first time in my life I could remember feeling like I was actually good at something. I believed what they told me.

Because of that experience, I always and ever after that accepted teaching opportunities that came my way. Eventually – and you may judge for yourself – I became a professional teacher and speaker.

Again, my dear friends, the influence of the tiniest compliment switched the entire course and destination of my life. I will always be grateful to those wonderful friends.

Glenn Rawson – December 1999

The Witness of the Shepherds

And why did the people wonder at their words? Well, that’s obvious. The Lord often tests our faith in His message by the messenger who delivers it.

The Shepherds

“… there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock[s] by night.” (Luke 2:8)

Isaiah spoke of the Messiah as a shepherd feeding His flock and gathering His lambs. Therefore, it was to establish His role as the shepherd of Israel that Jesus was born in the land of, and announced to the world by Israel’s shepherds. Moreover, since Bethlehem was pasture to those lambs destined for sacrifice for the sins of the people in the temple, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was born in Bethlehem among the lambs of God.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” (Luke 2:9)

These were not just men who happened to be in the right place at the right time. They were ‘just’ men, righteous men, and were transfigured before God, and called by Him to prepare Israel to receive the Savior’s words. This was no accident.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)

‘Gospel’ means ‘good tidings’ or ‘good news.’ And of all that ever has been or ever will be in this world that’s called ‘news,’ this was the greatest news of all! Oh, how great [is] the importance to make these things known unto the children of men, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah. The most important life ever lived, and the most meaningful mission ever given to a man, and now He was here.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

The greatest gift of all Christmas gifts – past, present, and future – was this one. God gave us His son. He is Jehovah, the God of your fathers, and He is mighty to save.

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, [and] lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)

Think of how this must have sounded to those shepherds. The Savior – a baby? The Messiah – Jehovah? – lying in a manger? This is extraordinary! But then again, this is no ordinary baby.

By this sign, by the angel telling them this, not only did the shepherds know Him when they found Him, but in every worthy sense, their faith was confirmed by that sign. They knew Him and they knew what He was – the moment they laid eyes on Him.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2: 13-14)

This was not just joy bursting forth in song. This reveals how Heaven viewed the Savior’s coming. It tells what they thought of Him, and what He was here for. Jesus came to earth to glorify the Father, and do His will upon the earth – and bring God’s peace to every troubled heart. Please note how Jesus was and still is the most joyful of music.

“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:16-18)

Do you see it? Do you see why the shepherds are part of that story? They were born to be witnesses. Israel’s priests in Jerusalem were the authorized rightful shepherds who should have announced Him to the world, but they had devoured the flock and lost their place. Therefore, then as now, it is the weak and simple, the shepherds, who are honored to be the Lord’s first witnesses.

And why did the people wonder at their words? Well, that’s obvious. The Lord often tests our faith in His message by the messenger who delivers it.

And “… Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
Line upon line, Mary learned who her son was, and what He was born to be. And she was quick to observe. Mary did not let these events dwindle in her memory ever. Forever, and ever, she kept this first Christmas in her heart, and pondered the real meaning until she understood – as should we. God bless.

Glenn Rawson – December 2006

The Christmas Gift of Freedom

Does God care about human freedom? Can a man be saved in bondage? Now these are important questions. By way of an answer, I have an unusual Christmas story I would like to share with you.


Does God care about human freedom? Can a man be saved in bondage? Now these are important questions. By way of an answer, I have an unusual Christmas story I would like to share with you.

It’s December 1776: The tattered remnants of George Washington’s Continental Army are camped in the open on the banks of the Delaware River. Where once they had been some 20,000 in number, bold and strong, now they are less than 6,000. Where once they had soundly defeated the British at Lexington and Concord, now they are a decimated band running for their lives across the frozen New Jersey landscape with the British in hot humiliating pursuit.

And now here they are, huddled around fires to keep from freezing, their rations are reduced to starvation subsistence, even living on tree bark. Their inadequate clothing is nothing more than filthy rags hanging on emaciated bodies. They are dejected and defeated, as beaten psychologically as they are physically. And yet, for all of us on this rag-tag group of men hangs all the hopes of the American Revolution. This is the army. They are all that stand between America and avowed British tyranny.

Consider, if you will, General Washington. At this time, he is about as burdened a man as ever lived. Many are calling for his resignation, even within the Continental Congress. Officers within his own command are openly murmuring against him, and positioning to replace him. Desertion[s] within the ranks of his army are rampant and daily. And here he stands on the banks of the Delaware with an army seemingly too weak to fight, feeling the weight – and carrying the blame of the American plight.

Meanwhile across the river in Trenton, safe and warm, are the Hessian mercenaries left by General Howe to hold Washington’s pitiful army at bay. He could have finished them at any time, but it is widely known that on December 31st the enlistments of Washington’s army will expire; the men will go home. The British see no need to attack and finish him off. Cold, starvation, desertion – it [they] will finish the fight for them. All the British and the Germans need [to] do is sit and watch while the American Revolution collapses upon itself, and the dream – that arrogant dream of America freedom – dies with it. I don’t need to tell you, this is a monumental historical moment.

At one of the lowest points, Thomas Paine comes into camp, talking and mingling with the soldiers. He is deeply moved by their plight, and sits down and, according to some, pens a pamphlet called “The American Crisis” on the head of a drum. These are some of those words he wrote at that critical time:

“These are the times that try men’s souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: – tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.” (The American Crisis I, December 19, 1776)

These words cause a storm through America. To the credit of the man and the power of heaven that moved him, Washington was inspired by these words, and by the powers of Heaven. He did not lie down in defeat. He rose from his knees, gathered his ragged and beaten army, and in the face of a terrible howling blizzard crossed the Delaware on Christmas night, 1776. Several thousand men, cannon, and horses were ferried across the ice-choked black waters of the Delaware. From there, Washington marched his men 9 miles to Trenton leaving bloody footprints in the snow as he went – in weather literally so cold that men froze to death the moment they sat down. At dawn, Washington does the impossible with the incapable. He attacks Trenton and the unsuspecting Hessians, and captures the men and the city – and looses not a single man in the battle.

Inspired by that timely victory, the faltering fight for American freedom regains its momentum. Men reenlist, volunteers come, allies join, and the battle for freedom goes on to victory. Washington over the next few days captures Princeton and sufficient supplies to carry his men through the winter safely quartered at Morristown.

But oh, think about that moment! – when it would have been so easy to give up the fight and quit. Thank God for that man. Thank God for those men! Little did they know how much their sacrifice would change the course of human history, and change our lives. I tell you – with all of my soul, the cause of freedom is the cause of Christ. His birth signaled the opening of the prison doors. No man can be saved in bondage, political or spiritual. We must be free in heart and in person.

Praise be to God for an oft-forgotten Christmas gift given by humble men and women at great cost. Thanks be to God and Merry Christmas!