American Hero Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856 in southwest Virginia.  Initially, like most slaves, he was known by his nickname “Booker” with no middle or surname.  But what began as a tragic result of the sin of slavery that stained the Declaration’s promise of God-given liberty for all was overcome by…

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The Story of Valentine’s Day

Why would a Christian priest in Rome in the 3rd century A.D. be imprisoned, tortured and threatened with death just for standing up for marriage, secretly marrying soldiers to their brides?  When we think of Valentine’s Day today, we think of romance, whether serious or trite, but we rarely think of the fact that February…

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New Year’s Day

January 1 as New Year’s Day was first celebrated in 46 B.C. when the Julian calendar took effect.  The traditional Roman calendar, first established in the 7th century B.C. was based on the lunar cycle.  Various politicians would add days to extend their own political terms and thus it was frequently corrupted.  Julius Caesar, the…

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The Boston Tea Party

When people think of the historic Boston Tea Party that took place in 1773, they often have images of wild and lawless men destroying the personal property of others and throwing it into the sea in a riot, just so they don’t have to pay a very small tax.  About the only thing that is…

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Labor Day

Labor or work has its origin in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 2:15 says “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (NIV)  God did this before the fall as a command and life principle and thus work is good and…

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