Ronald Reagan – “I believe that until and unless someone can establish that the unborn child…

Ronald Reagan on abortion

“With me, abortion is not a problem of religion, it’s a problem of the Constitution. I believe that until and unless someone can establish that the unborn child is not a living human being, then that child is already protected by the Constitution, which guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all of us.”

Video courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

Ronald Reagan on abortion and the constitution

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

My Utmost for His Highest (Discovery House Publishers; Revised edition , June 1, 1992)

I would like to share with you one of my favorite Bible devotionals. I consider it a must-have to own in your personal library.  Here are some of the reasons that I have added this book to my daily devotional time: 

  • Short, easy daily reads
  • Practical, Biblical applications for your life
  • One clear topic per day
  • Comes in many formats – hardcover, paperback, digital, audio
  • 1 devotional for every day of the year
  • Good for study, edification, and training
  • Travels easily

This edition of Oswald Chambers’ golden book combines all of the features of the updated language edition while preserving the meaning and style of the author. Men and women the world over return again and again to the words of Oswald Chambers in the most popular devotional book ever published. This book has 411 reviews on Amazon—357 are five stars! I have the digital edition and have it on multiple devices, which gives me the opportunity to read it on my Kindle, iPad, smart phone or computer.

Quotes by Oswald Chambers on Hartian.com

The Origin of ThanksGiving – Proclamation 118 – Thanksgiving Day, 1864

abraham-lincoln-pictureProclamation 118 – Thanksgiving Day, October 20, 1864

By the President of the United States of America

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Nathaniel Hawthorne – “Happiness in this world, when it comes…

Nathaniel Hawthorne imageHappiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.   Nathaniel Hawthorne

Is this not what Jesus said in response to the daily concerns we have for our needs -“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

I have never seen a quote of wisdom that did not have a root in scripture.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

Ronald Reagan – “… those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security…”

“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it. When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people’s weapons. It makes it so much easier for the secret police to operate, it makes it so much easier to force the will of the ruler upon the ruled.”