When each of us awakens in the morning, we are not guaranteed we will be alive that night when it is time for bed. We also are not guaranteed we will awaken the next morning when we pillow our heads at night. The clock of life is wound but once, and no one knows when it will stop.

Life is filled with unexpected disappointments that throw us for an emotional loop at times when we least expect it and leave us wondering, “What do I do now?” The beautiful fact in all this is — God is already waiting for…


How Big is God?

The other day I received the latest copy of Turning Points by Dr. David Jeremiah, dated January 2021. When I opened it, I stopped to read his blog, this month entitled, Blessed Beyond Measure. He mentions high school science (astronomy — with a dose of math sprinkled in) and offers some amazing information.

A light-year is a measurement of distance — the distance light travels in one year. To figure out how far that is, (here’s where the math comes in) light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Multiply the number of seconds in a day…


As the sun began to set on D-Day, June 6, 1944, this question had been answered by more than 9,000 soldiers who either died or were wounded as a result of the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Their bravery and sacrifice provided the break the Allied forces needed to destroy the choke-hold the Nazis previously gained over Europe by allowing more than 100,000 additional troops to make it safely onshore and begin the task of securing coastal French villages. …


When you hear the term “Memorial Day”, what thoughts fill your mind? Some think, “Summer is finally here! Let’s have a bar-b-que.” Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with bar-b-ques; however, if that is the first thought in your mind, you’re missing the whole point of this special day.

The United States sets aside a number of holidays each year to reflect/remember certain important events in our history. July 4th for example. For most people, when that date is mentioned, thoughts return to 1776 and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. That’s definitely an important day. …


At the urging of Edmund Randolph and James Madison, a meeting was called to revise the Articles of Confederation into a workable plan of government that would bind the country together. The earlier Annapolis Convention had previously been called with the “sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation”, intending to “render the federal constitution adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union.

On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention was called to order, composed of 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies. Returning to Independence Hall, the same place many of them…


To fully understand how the Constitution came to be, attention must be directed to the political teachings and contemporary influences of the day in which it was written, along with recorded history. Of equal importance are the religious influences on the political writings of that time.

More than any other nation besides Israel, the United States has been intensely influenced by the Old Testament. Between 1770 and 1789, the vast majority of political pamphlets were written by members of the clergy. When a study is made of all references from these writings, 34% are directed towards the Bible, with the…


From biblical times to the present, dogs have proven to be man’s best friend in numerous ways. They offer companionship to the lonely, provide eyes of the blind and ears for the deaf, herd sheep, sniff out game birds and go to war.

Giant Molossian dogs from which the mastiff would descend, and Talbots, forerunners of the bloodhound, were used by Atilla the Hun in his campaigns. Napoleon posted dogs at the gates of Alexandria in Egypt as sentries. The French Navy used attack dogs in the early part of the 14th century to guard naval docks. …


Though he did not set out to do so, William Penn successfully found a home for England’s Quakers. Originally established by George Fox in 1647, the Quaker religion responded to the need of people who were tired of the “showmanship” of traditional churches. Fox taught them Christ was to be experienced directly and not through a church ritual or minister. …


With the arrival of cell phones, telephone booths have, for the most part, gone the way of T-Rex and the carrier pigeon. In their day, however, they served a vital function.

During the 1930s, only a small percentage of homes were blessed with telephone service, and the majority of those who had phones were hooked up on party lines. This put someone needing to make a call in the hands of a chatty neighbor’s good graces, hopefully willing to pause an intense conversation so the needing individual could make a call. …


Located near the south end of Lake Champlain in upstate New York is Fort Ticonderoga. Built in 1755, this area was under the French flag with Michael Chartier de Lotbinere the Governer-General Vaudreuil. He sensed the need to build a fort in order to protect the surrounding waterways which were used by the French for their fur trade network. In time, this location would become an important advantage for colonial Americans during the Revolutionary War.

Originally named ‘Carillon’ by the French, the fort was designed in a star shape from logs stabilized with mud. Stone quarried from a valley nearby…

Karen Midkiff

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