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By John Stallings

I’ve never recommended a book, other than the Bible, but I want to tell you about a book I’ve just finished reading called The 5,000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World.

I’m indebted to talk show host Glenn Beck for making me aware of this book. I’m not a follower of talk radio in the sense that I let it shape my opinions, but I’d be less than honest if I didn’t admit to occasionally listening to conservative talk radio over the years, as maybe many of you do, especially while traveling in my car.

I enjoy Rush Limbaugh now and then, but I can’t take too much of him at one sitting. I get especially nervous when Rush says, “Talent on loan from God.” But I am grateful for these independent voices in this hour of American history. My attitude toward all radio talkers can best be summed up in the words my mother used to use with a twinkle in her eye when she wanted to stress that a good man isn’t always right; she’d say, “His mouth isn’t exactly a prayer book.”

The 5,000 Year Leap was written by a man named, W. Cleon Skousen (1913-2006), in 1981, and has never been out of print. It is currently high on Amazon’s overall sales list, and is a book I wish every American would read. I have not only read the book I’ve “drained” it, meaning it’s become a part of me. From the introductory page until the last, I was “hooked.” I’m SO glad I read this book as it’s truly one of the best I’ve ever read! Continue reading “The 5,000 Year Leap” »

The Child With Four Names

By John Stallings

There are lots of people with three names.

Among them are, Sandra Day-O’Conner, US Supreme Court Judge, Jaquelyn Kennedy Onasis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Ray Cyrus, James Earl Jones, and Sara Jessica Parker.

Of course we can’t forget those with one name like Madonna, or Cher or Elvis.

One of the many important decisions confronting new parents is, “What shall we call our baby?” Most new parents spend hours debating this question. We all realize that names matter. Shall the new baby be named after his father, his uncle, a favorite friend? Should he be given a name that happens to be popular at the moment? Or one that simply sounds good? Continue reading “The Child With Four Names” »

By John Stallings

And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (Isa. 59:14)

In the past few weeks the world has had a ringside seat to watch, obviously a world-class liar, bicyclists Lance Armstrong admit that he’s weaved a web of lies for years about his use of performance enhancing drugs. How frustrating is that? It seems that to him the truth isn’t a valued coin in the realm he inhabits.As the poet said, “Oh, what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Continue reading “Truth Has Fallen In The Street” »

By John Stallings

A pastor worked in his study all through Christmas Eve preparing for the Christmas morning service.

Being very tired he dozed off and dreamt of a world to which the Savior had never come. In his dream he was looking around his home but there were no Christmas decorations, no candles or Christmas wreaths. He walked into his study and thumbed through his library but found no books about Jesus, and the Bible he found ended at Malachi.

He noticed that the last words of the Bible were:

“Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Continue reading “I’m Dreaming of A RIGHT Christmas” »

These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

At the time Thomas Paine wrote those words, it looked like we would lose the American Revolution and some people were walking away because times were getting tough. By saying “These are the times that try [or test] men’s souls,” he was saying, “This is how we’ll see what your spirit is really made of. Do you leave when things look bad, or do you have the courage to stand up for what you believe in?”

Somehow these words seem apropos in this hour. Continue reading “These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls” »

People can be so picky, critical, and ungrateful. I know — I’ve served them for more decades than I’d like to think about, and bear the wounds in my psyche to prove it!

You pour your heart out. You give unstintingly of your time and your energy and so often it goes unnoticed, unappreciated, or taken for granted. Even worse, you get picked at by some well-meaning — and some not-so-well-meaning — folk who feel that God has given them “the gift of criticism.” In truth they have the “gift of sandpapering the saints.” Thankfully this description doesn’t apply to ALL of God’s people! Continue reading “So This Is The Thanks I Get?” »

By John Stallings

Dear Oprah,
It would be redundant to say I know everything about you, as I do everyone else who has ever lived on planet earth. I know that you were born in 1954 to Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee in Kosciusko, Mississippi to humble and inauspicious beginnings. You were named after Orpah who is named in the Old Testament Book of Ruth as being the wife of one of Naomi’s two sons, but the midwife misspelled your name when she was filling out the record of birth form. [Oh, and by the way, I’ve never been surprised that your first name spelled backwards is Harpo, a name you’ve used for your umbrella organization.]

You’ve done pretty well in the money department, amassing a reported $1.5-Billion net worth. Money isn’t the only measure of success, it’s not even a good measure, but it is one measure on Earth, I suppose. My servants Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon were all very wealthy as a result of serving Me, so in and of itself, wealth in any magnitude is of no concern to Me. As you know, I’ve always been more concerned with what people do with their money than how much they amass. Continue reading “A Message to Oprah Winfrey from Jesus of Nazareth” »

By John Stallings

One second, and it happens! One careless mistake, transpiring in a fleeting flash of time, in “the fog of war!” The massive cannon is fired, and its deadly payload is screaming downrange locked-on to its intended target. There’s no way it can be stopped or retrieved now; its course is fixed and unchangeable. Problem is: YOU are the intended target, and its heading straight for you! And, the worst part of it all is that the person who fired it is a comrade, someone who was on your side. WHAM!! The missile strikes its mark and a ferocious and fiery explosion ensues! You’ve just been the unfortunate victim of every soldier’s nightmare — “friendly fire!”

But, this is not Gettysburg,  The Battle of the Bulge, Pork Chop Hill, Baghdad, or Afghanistan. This is one of the most mystifying kind of war — “The War of Christians vs. Christians!” I’m talking about the many “walking-wounded” in the Body of Christ who’ve been hurt by other believers, people who have been battered and bruised by the betrayal of a comrade, a bunker buddy — a fellow Christian. Much like Malchus, the man whose ear was severed by Simon Peter’s sword, you’ve been hurt by some who basically is a “good person,” a fellow believer, maybe even a family member. Continue reading “Hurt — How To Survive and Thrive When It Comes” »

Note from the Editor/Publisher:
Yesterday was “Mother’s Day” in America, the day we’ve designated to give tribute to and honor the hundreds of millions of mothers in our nation, for all they have done and do in the vital role as mothers to and for us all. Everyone has a natural mother, though, sadly, some individuals, through various circumstances, were deprived of a relationship with their mother, or even knowing who their mother is or was. Nevertheless, a person cannot be born into this world without a mother. We all were conceived in the womb of a mother. Mothers are vital to our lives, in innumerable ways, and we are all born with a God-placed love in our hearts for our mothers—that’s why we’ve set this one day aside in our nation to honor and express to them in various ways how much we love and appreciate them and all they’ve done for us.

For this reason, it is mindboggling how a woman who is the mother of five children and the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives over this past weekend could be so denigrating to the high office of motherhood as to send out an email to Democrat party members denouncing “Republican lawmakers for voting for a bill that would eliminate virtually all taxpayer funding of abortions across all governmental programs and agencies” (Read article at: Pelosi Trashes Pro-Life Bill on Mother’s Day), and appealing to constituents to contribute to enable the party to purchase advertising to aggressively oppose the legislation.

With what may be the most pivotal national election cycle in our nation’s history approaching, it is vital that Christians consider and solidify their own position on one vital issue concerning which American voters will require political candidates to declare their position, and which may just be the most critical issue determining our nation’s future. Continue reading “The Hidden Cause Behind America’s Economic Collapse” »

By John Stallings

I read an article recently about Pastor Jim Swilley, the pastor of a Georgia “mega church,” announcing that he is gay.

Pastor Swilley stated, “I know a lot of straight people think it is a choice. It is not.” He went on to say that he has known of his homosexuality since he was a boy.

Is it true that homosexuals have no choice in the matter? Are people born gay? More importantly, is this really the question we should be asking? We’ll get back to that. Continue reading “Is There A “Gay Gene”?” »