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Still standing tall

Happy birthday Stonewall!

“It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils.”

“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to always be ready, no matter when it may overtake me.”

“We are, in truth, more than half what we are by imitation. The great point is, to choose good models, and study them with care. People insensibly contract, not only the air, the manners, and the vices, of those with whom they commonly converse, but their virtues too, and even their way of thinking. . . Persist, therefore in keeping the best company, and you will sensibly become like them.”

“Revolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”

“The Bible furnishes men with rules for everything”

“However dark the night, I am cheered with an anticipated glorious and luminous morrow. . . . No earthly calamity can shake my hope in the future so long as God is my friend.”

“Continue to pray for me, that I may live to glorify God more and more, by serving Him and our country.”

“Never distrust our God, who doeth all things well. In due time, He will make manifest all His pleasure, which is all His people should ever desire.”

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Happy Birthday, General

“My whole trust is in God, and I am ready for whatever He may ordain.”

“I did only what my duty demanded. I could have taken no other course without dishonor. And if it all were to be done over again, I should act in precisely the same manner.”

“God disposes. This ought to satisfy us.”

“Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.”

“You cannot be a true man until you learn to obey.”

“There is a true glory and a true honor: the glory of duty done — the honor of the integrity of principle.”

“We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.”

“Honesty in its widest sense is always admirable. The trite saying that ‘Honesty is the best policy’ has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. This seems to be true. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.”

“Those who oppose our purposes are not always to be regarded as our enemies.”

“Fame which does not result from good actions and achievements for the good of the whole people is not to be desired. Nero had fame . . . Who envies him?”

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Good listening

Our annual Pastors Conference was held this week and it was outstanding. Doug Wilson, John Barach, Rob Maddox, and Duane Garner were our featured speakers and they all did a sterling job.

And now, if you go here, you can hear the lectures as well.

So go get ‘em and give a listen. :)

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A young girl bungee jumped off a bridge and the very thing you fear will happen, happened. Watch:

I just cancelled my reservations to go on the next jump.

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Hate thy neighbor

Reading de Coulanges The Ancient City is fascinating. In describing the attitude ancient paganism produced toward your neighbor, he observes,

The religion of these primitive ages was exclusively domestic [worshiping ancestral gods -- sw]; so also were morals. Religion did not say to a man, showing him another man, That is thy brother. It said to him, That is a stranger; he cannot participate in the religious acts of thy hearth; he cannot approach the tomb of thy family; he has other gods than thine, and cannot unite with thee in a common prayer; thy gods reject his adoration, and regard him as their enemy; he is thy foe also. (p. 76)

There was no basis for “society” aside from the State. Private religion destroyed anything like true communion between man and man. No wonder Paul persists in emphasizing the “one-anotherness” of the gospel. The reality of being “one” in Christ Jesus, was staggeringly revolutionary.

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