"There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses...."

Andrew Jackson

What are the Odds…? Proof Positive That God is Indeed in Control

7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson
On January 30, 1835, outside the U.S. Capitol Building, a would-be assassin, Richard Lawrence, fired a pistol at President Andrew Jackson at point blank range. The gun misfired. Lawrence then pulled out a second pistol and again fired at the president. Miraculously, the second pistol also misfired, and Andrew Jackson walked away unharmed. The pistols were later examined, tested, and re-tested, and they were found to be in perfect working order. You may agree or disagree with Jackson’s performance as president, however, clearly it was not yet time for him to leave office!

 “Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever. 
You are all-powerful, and you know everything.
You control human events—You give rulers their power and take it away,
and you are the Source of wisdom and knowledge.”

Daniel 2:20-21 (CEV)

 

“ . . . God Most High is in control of all earthly kingdoms and . . . He is the one who chooses their rulers.”

Daniel 4:32 (CEV)

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Celebrating America’s Presidents!

I was enjoying a cappuccino with my friend and her teenage daughter when the discussion turned to history and politics. As her eyes glazed over, my friend’s daughter said, “History is sooo boring. Who cares about politics? It doesn’t affect me!”

Here’s my perspective on history: STORIES are the key. History becomes fascinating and relevant when I learn about people from the past who had the same desires and conflicts I have today. Americans have had disagreements over the same political issues for over 200 years.

History also reveals that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction:

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Presidents’ Day…or is it Presidents Day?

 

What do you think of when you think of Presidents’ Day? Most working men and women begin planning what to do with another three-day weekend. Too bad it’s in February. The weather can be a problem. So why is it in February and not some more convenient month? You have George Washington to thank for that. He was born on February 22, 1732. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln as well—born on February 12, 1809. But I’m afraid Ole Abe is kind of an afterthought. It originated as an Act of Congress in 1879 celebrating Washington’s birthday, and all government employees in our nation’s capitol were given the day off. As you can imagine, federal workers in the rest of the country were terribly hurt. I mean, weren’t they just as patriotic and hard working as their counterparts in D.C.? If you cut them, did they not bleed red, white, and blue? And so it wasn’t long before all federal agencies were honoring President Washington on his birthday by taking a day off to celebrate. 

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