BY T.F. STERN In the movie, Always, there’s a scene where a mechanic is working on a service vehicle used at a small private air strip.  Somehow while the motor is running it jumps into gear and takes off without a driver.  On the back of the service vehicle is...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, GEORGE WASHINGTON On May 26, 1789, the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in the United States meeting in Philadelphia, PA sent an address to the newly inaugurated first President of the United States, George Washington. The President's response was full of his typical humility, gratitude, and sincere...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Franklin letter to George Whatley, 23 May 1785, from Passy, France I AM not acquainted with the saying of Alphonsus, which you allude to as a sanctification of your rigidity, in refusing to allow me the plea of old age, as an excuse for my want...
JOHN TAYLOR, CALLED UNTO LIBERTY There is also another political party, who desire, through the influence of legislation and coercion, to level the world. To say the least, it is a species of robbery; to some it may appear an honorable one, but, nevertheless, it is robbery. What right has...
BY ALLEN WEST I reiterate my sincere condolences and prayers for those who so tragically had their lives taken from them in Las Vegas. To those forever scarred by the memory of this violent attack and the loved ones who will have an empty chair going forward at family gatherings,...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, EZRA TAFT BENSON I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles. I do not think our civilization will end that way. I think it will die when we no longer care—when the spiritual forces that make us wish to...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, ALBERT E. BOWEN Are there not, in reality, underlying, universal principles with reference to which all issues must be resolved whether the society be simple or complex in its mechanical organization? It seems to me we could relieve ourselves of most of the bewilderment which so unsettles...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, THOMAS JEFFERSON A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering. Source: Thomas...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL On August 14, 1796 Vice President John Adams reflecting on the importance of a Christian education, sets it down in ink for posterity, that there is no better course in political and moral science, no better teacher of individual and public economy, no better...
BY T.F. STERN Where to begin, oh where to begin…  How about Shakespeare’s famous St. Crispin’s Day speech; that might set the tone.  I’ll cut to the chase; you can read the entire masterpiece via the link. “…He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20th CENTURY SERMONS, GEORGE ALBERT SMITH OCTOBER 1950 Most of the nations are losing the liberties they have had because they have not kept the commandments of the Lord. Most of the difficulty is the bid that is made by the leadership of nations to people that if they...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE Address at the Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Bishop Francis Asbury, Washington, DC, October 15, 1924 This occasion cannot but recall to our minds in a most impressive way the sacrifice and devotion that has gone into the making of our country. It is...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, AMERICAN FOUNDING ERA, REV. DANIEL SHUTE Reverend Daniel Shute defends the proposed U.S. Constitution and specifically its prohibition of religious tests—Massachusetts Ratification Debates, 31 January 1788 Rev. Mr Shute: Mr. President—To object to the latter part of the paragraph under consideration, which excludes a religious test, is, I...
Called Unto Liberty, Ezra Taft Benson, This Nation Shall Endure As we read the newspapers and other printed materials, listen to television and radio, and read or hear the voices of distinguished Americans, we become conscious that America is at the crossroads. we stand today with the reality before us...
Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in this struggle must have...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, DAVID O. MCKAY Excerpt 1: from address delivered in Salt Lake City on July 18, 1953. Excerpt 2: from address delivered at Brigham Young University on May 18, 1960.  Two Contending Forces Excerpt 1: Today two mighty forces are battling for the supremacy of the world. The destiny...
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, EZRA TAFT BENSON 1976 During this historic celebration of our nation’s Bicentennial, it seems appropriate to say something about the principles, functions, and role of government which these Founding Fathers established. I am humbly grateful to God for the blessings we all enjoy as citizens...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the writing and later ratification of the Constitution of the United States, the American Founding generation demonstrated their aversion towards 'titles of nobility' when in Article I, Section 9 and 10 they forbade both the federal and state governments from granting such titles. Sixty-four...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS, WITH STEVE FARRELL On the 28th of 1787, American Founding Father and First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, penned a letter to Jedediah (also spelled Jedidiah) Morse, (1) thanking him for sending his recent Geography text, as well as giving him some well...