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[19 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 245 views]

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — 100 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.
According to the U.S. Census, the …

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[24 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | 709 views]

The surviving pages of the world’s oldest Christian Bible have been reunited online. The early work, known as the Codex Sinaiticus (“the book from Sinai”), has been housed in four separate locations around the world for more than 150 years. As of last week, it is now available for anyone to peruse at the Web site www.codexsinaiticus.org, allowing scholars and other readers to get a closer look at this unique treasure. The only other Bible that rivals Codex Sinaiticus in age is Codex Vaticanus, which was written around the same …

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[19 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 422 views]

I read of the revivals of the past, great sweeping revivals where thousands of men were swept into the Kingdom of God. I read about Charles G. Finney winning his thousands and his hundreds of thousands of souls to Christ. Then I picked up a book and read the messages of Charles G. Finney and the message of Jonathan Edwards on ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ and I said, ‘No wonder men trembled; no wonder they fell in the altars and cried out in repentance and sobbed …

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[4 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 289 views]

Rev. George M. Docherty, whose sermon before President Dwight Eisenhower helped push Congress to insert the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance, has died. He was 97. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Docherty moved to the United States in 1950 to become pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He was unfamiliar with the Pledge until he heard it recited by his seven-year-old son, Garth. “I came from Scotland, where we said ‘God save our gracious queen,’ ‘God save our gracious king.’ Here was the …

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[3 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 400 views]

The tradition — introduced by European Americans of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings — dates back over four centuries. But it is primarily from the pilgrims’ Thanksgiving celebration of 1621 that we derive the tradition of Thanksgiving Day.
The pilgrims set sail for America on Sept. 6, 1620, and, for two months, braved the harsh elements of a storm-tossed sea. Upon disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they held a prayer service and then hastily began building shelters. However, unprepared for such a harsh New England winter, …

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[21 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 300 views]

Cyril of Alexandria, Egypt, AD 444 wrote:
“For He is the Lord of all powers, fulfilling by His will what exceedingly surpasseth nature, and effecting at once what seemeth Him good. The mystery of the Incarnation passeth all marvel and discourse, and no less the benefits redounding to us. For how is it not next to incredible, that the Word, Begotten of God, should be united with the flesh and be in the form of a servant, and endure the Cross and the insults and outrages of the Jews? Or how …