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He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one. Continue reading

Connie McClellan

Sandy Snavely

Masterpiece – The Art of Finishing Well, began with a call on the hearts of two women who said ‘yes’ to producing a conference for women over 50.
Nearly a year later that call was brought to fruition, as approximately 250 women gathered together at Grace Community Church for an full day of heartfelt worship led by Maxine Lawrence and her incredible team of musicians, two keynote messages by Connie McClellan and Sandy Snavely, who drew life-changing messages from the life of Paul, whose letters to Timothy set the hearts for all of God’s women on finishing well. Continue reading

The writer of Psalm 139 must have given some thought to where Creator God exists. He concluded that God is everywhere. He was convinced that God knew everything about him ‒ his location, what he was doing, and where he was going. If he was content having Creator God knowing all of this, it must have been comforting.

I have been noticing how evidence of the Creator is everywhere. The colorful leaves of fall reveal just one phase of their life, which began with green buds that grew and became contributors to the oxygen that we breathe. Soon they will be in compost piles, helping to prepare the soil for other plants to grow. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The short answer is “NO!” But the longer answer is “Nonsense! Carbon dioxide is essential for life on this planet, important in many industrial applications, and not producing the warming that has been predicted.”

Of course, you will never see that explained in the constant climate propaganda, featuring photos of giant smokestacks spewing smoke or automobiles apparently belching smoke on a cold morning. They know that few people will realize that the “smoke” is really just water vapor. Water vapor is the other benign byproduct of our civilization and a much stronger “greenhouse gas.”

To be sure, smokestacks and automobile tailpipes do exhaust carbon dioxide too, but it is a colorless odorless gas that is invisible. If you want to see it, you will need to go to a grocery store and buy a chunk of solid CO2, commonly called ‘Dry Ice.’ But be careful, it is very cold and will disappear as it warms up, without ever Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

For students born with learning disorders like dyslexia, learning to read without a specialized program is an incredibly difficult task. Instead of being a satisfying challenge, it becomes a demoralizing chore.

Consider the experience of Tara Mixon, who quit her job to homeschool her dyslexic first grader. His self-confidence had plummeted when he couldn’t learn to read alongside his Kindergarten class. Transitioning to a single income meant she couldn’t afford specialized tutoring, which often costs more than $50 per hour. Continue reading

Two-hundred and thirty-one years ago the U.S. Constitution was signed making America a Constitutional Republic. It is hard to understand why so many U.S. citizens continue to call our political system a “democracy.”

“Thus, a constitution that limited the power of government was necessary to preclude elected officials from imposing tyranny on the people.” This is why they (our founders) adopted a constitution with limited enumerated power, divided and checked across several branches and levels. (Executive; Legislative; Judicial.) Continue reading

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Elections are evidence that both pandering to personal self-interests and appealing to every bodily organ but the brain are effective strategies. Politicians who are able to camouflage their desire for power in altruistic catch-phrases that appeal to emotion, ignorance, and naïveté are usually going to be victorious over those who tell the hard realities… a.k.a. the Truth.

What are the motives—the impulses—that induce citizens to vote? If we start with the most sublime inducement, we would probably argue that “it” is a personal sense of national duty. Many persons consider voting to be a responsibility of citizenship and a right of all citizens in a Republic. And a percentage of these persons make their own material interests subordinate to the collective, national interest. They reason that what is best for the nation is best for them, even if sacrifices are required in the short term. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Have you ever been sitting at an outdoor cafe watching people walk by, or walking down a crowded sidewalk, when the thought suddenly flashes in your mind, “None of these people know you. How significant are you, anyway?” I know that it’s happened to me many times. The thought may be fleeting, but it’s an important question for each of us. The way in which a person answers it is critical. In my opinion, most people don’t have an adequate answer. They try to convince themselves of their significance, or value, by quickly reviewing their accomplishments and how many people they have helped. They may also look for their significance in their job or education or bank account or social standing. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

In the last two years, the Republican had a once in a generation opportunity to enact a thoroughly conservative agenda and to diminish the Democrat Party as a political force.

Unfortunately, through fecklessness and lack of true conservative convictions, they have now squandered that opportunity, likely for good. Republicans took the House from the Democrats in 2010 because they believed in and campaigned on conservative principle – resisting the gargantuan growth of government, returning power to the people, reducing government spending and taxes. Virtually none of it got done.

The last two years have been particularly disappointing as Republicans were unable to do something as basic as fund the border wall that the president campaigned on and the people wanted. Continue reading

Where do they sleep?
The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to America, where do they go to the bathroom?
And eat and sleep and store their clothes?
And how is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their hair and clothes are well kept?
How is any of this possible? Continue reading

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