John Newton Quote

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Jesus did not tell parables to confirm well-known truths, but rather to shatter well-known truths.

From John 8:31-32:  “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'”

John Newton (1725-1807) was an English pastor who also was a writer of several hymns, including the beloved “Amazing Grace.”  His early life is filled with contrasts, when compared to his later life.  He served as a ship’s captain during the slave trade, but later renounced his work after his conversion to Christianity.  He became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade later in his life.

Democracy’s Open Door

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Challenges shall arise

Founding Fathers always knew

Banking on nation’s resilience

Diligence sees us through


Compromise offers path

Democracy’s open door

Common ground must be sown with faith

No longer keeping score


Nation’s tomorrow calls

Steering with imperfect hands

Leading always, “Of the People”

Across freedom’s great land


With each generation

Grateful nation never bends

Defending democracy’s quest

Freedom’s proud dividend

A shining example of a nation’s perseverance. U.S. Capitol Building’s dome was finished during the American Civil War. (Courtesy of Pinterest)

In his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln immortalized the continuing spirit and faith in the American experiment of democracy with these words, “. . . that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Coretta Scott King Quotes

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Women, if the soul of the nation is be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.

Struggle is a never ending process.  Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was the wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  In her own path of life, she assisted him in the march forward for civil rights, as well as being an accomplished author.

Nature’s Retreat

The writing of this poem is inspired from the works of American poet, Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

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Escaping life’s hectic pace

Finding nature’s retreat

Breathing her refreshing air

Freedom’s open love seat


Waking to blessed sunrise

Living off nature’s land

Sowing seeds, fertile harvest

Freedom’s new motherland


Pursuing nature’s rhythm

Feeling never alone

Answering only to God

Freedom’s sturdy jawbone


Sleeping under nightly stars

Filling mind, mellow dreams

Sharing nature’s melodies

Freedom’s harmony beams


Experiencing new joy

Tasting nature’s flavor

Discovering Father’s gift

Freedom’s grace-filled favor


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New Freedom

From Exodus 19:5:  “ Now, therefore, if you obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is Mine.”

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Obeying God’s law

All shall fall short

Darkness consumes

Flesh’s evil tort


Sowing falsehood’s seeds

Emptiness reigns

Corruption rules

Flesh’s sinful chains


Witnessing Jesus

Calvary’s death

Covenant breaks

Flesh’s final breath


Praising Risen Lord

New freedom’s call

Harvest ready

Grace building faith’s wall

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From Galatians 6:14-15:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to Me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything!”

Bob Marley Quotes

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Better to die fighting for freedom than to be a prisoner all the days of your life.

Judge not, before you judge yourself.

Bob Marley (1945-1981) was a Jamaican-born singer, songwriter, and musician.  His unique and pioneering musical talents shared many inspiring songs.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a Founding Father of the United States.  He served his nation as a prominent statesman and effective diplomat.  

John Rawls Quotes

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A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.

Religious faith is an important aspect of American culture and a fact of American political life.

John Rawls (1921-2002) is an American political philosopher.  Some of his writings emphasize the concept of “justice as fairness.”

Faith’s Devotion (Elfchen Series #98)



Each generation

Into God’s story

From bondage to freedom


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Daily trials

Recalling Bible’s truth

Pilgrimage with our Savior


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Life’s rhythm

Knowing and trusting

Word of our Lord


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Oswald Chambers Quote

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Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life.

From Romans 6:6:  “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.”