What shall we say that we have learned about America?  At some point in our educational journey, we have taken courses in civics, government and American history.  We have read the words of her founding fathers and cited the significant founding documents that theoretically make America unique among the nations of the world.
But if we’re paying attention, what we’re taught about America doesn’t square with the stark, barren reality of America.
So I offer up, for serious consideration, conversation, contemplation and critical dialogue, the following seven-stanza free-from verse, “A.M.E.R.I.C.A.DOT.COM”:

America.  What have I learned about America?  First of all let me say that I love America and love being an American citizen.  And because I love America – or at least the promise of American – and presumably an American descended from many generations of my African ancestors who were brought here some 398 years ago today, born here and enslaved here, I reserve the rig…

Symbols of Hatred All Come Down Now!

Symbols are indelibly connected to the ideologies, individuals/institutions and intrinsic history that begat them. Nazi sympathizers and the KKK understand this. Hence they violently protest and even kill to defend the monuments of Confederate figures who rebelled against the Union to violently defend their right to kidnap, rape, abuse, murder and enslave their fellow human beings made in the image of God. Don't be deceived. That's the centuries-long legacy of genocide and hate that they mean by "heritage." Never forget that.

Never forget Heather Heyer, who was senselessly mirdered while trying to protect her country from White supremacist terrorism and neo-fascism.

Never forget that this POTUS, unlike other POTUS's before him, possesses neither the moral authority nor empathy to roundly condemn the despicable acts of domestic terrorism in #Charlottesville. Nor does he have the fortitude to totally disavow and divest his administration of pro-neo-Nazi sympathize…

Turn Your Attention and Focus on Jesus!

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."  John 3:14, 15

     With the increasing popularity of the smartphone and other portable digital devices, distracted driving is fast becoming a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.  We're paying more attention to talking/texting/websurfing/checking emails while driving, but paying less attention to actually driving and keeping eyes on the road ahead. We can do a much better job of focusing on the main thing.  It is a matter of life and death that get focused and stay focused on the right thing at all times.

     Today's devotional thought reminds us that having a singular spiritual focus is a matter of eternal life and death.  Consider this powerful thought from the inspired pen:

     Throughout the camp of Israel there were the suffering and the dying who had been wounded by th…

The Governor's Pardon

"For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  Galatians 2:19, 20

John Henry Smith sat on death row for nearly a quarter century awaiting his execution.  The inmates in regular population, and the prison guards, often referred to John as a "walking dead man" as the date of his death by electric chair drew near.

On the eve of his execution, John ordered and consumed his last meal, a king's feast which consisted of a huge Porterhouse steak; Maine lobster tails; corn on the cob; a baked potato with sour cream and chives, and broccoli spears.  After visiting with Chaplain Hall, John looked over at his favorite prison guard Bobby Ray - a personal friend - who had come to say good-bye and to escort him to the electric chair.


Our Deliverance Even Greater Than The Exodus!

In freeing our souls from the bondage of sin, God has wrought for us a deliverance greater than that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. Like the Hebrew host, we should praise the Lord with heart and soul and voice for His "wonderful works to the children of men." Those who dwell upon God's great mercies, and are not unmindful of His lesser gifts, will put on the girdle of gladness and make melody in their hearts to the Lord. The daily blessings that we receive from the hand of God, and above all else the death of Jesus to bring happiness and heaven within our reach, should be a theme for constant gratitude. What compassion, what matchless love, has God shown to us, lost sinners, in connecting us with Himself, to be to Him a peculiar treasure! - Patriarchs and Prophets, 288, 289. From Devotional: To Be Like Jesus, p. 13.

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It was a blessing to be in Holy Communion today at church.  It is a necessary and powerful reminder that we are ever …

A Blind Woman's Prayer

A Blind Woman's Prayer

I read a true testimony here lately about a blind lady who heard the gospel present truth about Jesus Christ and became a devoted follower of Christ.  From that point on, she earnestly desired to read the braille Bible, but her fingers were not sensitive enough to follow the raised print to learn the letters.  Despite her best efforts and the painstaking efforts of her teacher, she could not follow the lettering.  She was very disappointed and wept bitterly over this.

But then something amazing happened.  This dear lady began to earnestly pray to the Lord to make her fingers sensitive enough to read the braille.  She persisted in her petitions to the Lord.  But afterwards she fell very ill.  During the illness her fingers became very sensitive to touch, and she was able to read the braille print!  She was able to read the precious truths of God's word for herself! Glory to God!

God Answers Persevering Prayer

This woman's persistence calls to my mind…

Our Savior's Highest Honor (Repost from E.G. White Estate)

This devotional was just so good that I had to share it with you my readers.  I pray that it blesses you the way that I have been blessed by it.  Look upon Jesus our Lord and know that "by his stripes, we are healed." - F.M.

Daily Devotional July 16, 2017 Our Saviour’s Highest HonorAnd one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Zech. 13:6.
“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. . . . One reminder alone remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet, beholding Christ in His glory: “He had bright beams coming out of his side: and there was the hiding of his pow…