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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Weekly Stories

Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos

Nine-banded Armadillo.jpgToday I see so many brothers and sisters in Christ that are what I call "middle of the road" Christians - they are willing to take the way of the world with no thought of what God wants from them.

"Why Did He Sign So Big?"

john_hancock     There is one patriot we all know by his name, but do we really know him? 

Uncle Sam - A Real Person

uncle_samBy Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions     We've all seen the pictures and cartoons of Uncle Sam.  But did you know that the idea of Uncle Sam actually came from a real person?  

“Our Almost National Bird”

baldeagle_02turkeyBy Jerry Stewart -  Our national bird, the bald eagle, is a grand and powerful symbol of our America. But did you know that the bald eagle was almost not our national bird? 

"An Unlikely Participant"

peter_muhlenberg_400By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions     Throughout our war history, there have been many unlikely participants.  One of these was minister, Peter Muhlenberg. Consider this fact.           

"The Other Rider"

300pxludington_statue_800By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions       We all know the name Paul Revere. He made that famous midnight ride warning the colonists that the British were coming.  But there was someone else riding that night. 

"Why Did He Write It?"

godblesamericaOn May 11, 1888 a son was born to a poor Jewish family living in Russia; they named him Israel Isidore Baline. His mother and father had heard about this wonderful nation, America, and when Isidore was five years old they immigrated to America to find their own American dream.

"The Soldiers Code"

 dwight_eisenhower   It was 1955 when President Dwight Eisenhower commissioned a military panel to draft a code of conduct which would govern members of our United States Armed Forces. This code of conduct became official on August 17, 1955 and it is known today as the Soldier’s Code. Read what a part of it says.

"The Pursuit of Happiness"

By Jerry Stewart  - Vision Productions      declarationofindependence_400_04When our founding fathers ratified our Declaration of Independence, they claimed that all mankind had certain rights.  One of these had something to do with happiness. What did they mean by that?

"Unconstitutional!"

Income_tax : Tax cut and cutting taxes represented by metal scissors slashing the word taxes to show the concept of government political policy and campaign promisis to reduce the tax rate for the wealthy and the middle class tax payers. Stock Photo

When our founding fathers developed the rules and laws to run our government, they wrote certain “dos and don’ts” into our U.S. Constitution, and some things were strictly not allowed. But even with their very specific “do’s and don’ts” list, one that they considered to be very unconstitutional still made it through.

What was it? Income Tax.

That's right, except for a very short period after the Civil War, prior to 1913, taxes on a person's income were deemed illegal. Why? Article 1, Section 8, clause 1 of our U.S. Constitution says that Congress has the power to impose taxes on, “duties, imports and excises" but only if these taxes are “uniform throughout the United States". In simple words, you must tax all citizens evenly - which income tax does not do. 

Now, if our founding fathers in all their wisdom were so opposed to this idea of taxing income, just how did it become law anyway? Well, in 1911, a Professor Edwin Seligman wrote a book entitled "The Income Tax". In his book, Professor Seligman promoted the idea of an income tax, and his view was that this tax on income was quite compatible with a free society if two things were kept in check. 
* First, that a runaway tax rate could not be allowed. Seligman believed that any income tax exceeding 5% was a runaway rate. 
* And, second, that if our government ever became so powerful that it controlled the citizens, the people would stand against it.
   
 So what happened? With the backing of the Professor’s book, in 1913 our U.S. Congress passed an amendment to our Constitution, the 16th amendment that said simply this – 

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