December 31st 1776 – General Washington

Just one week after his Christmas victory General Washington’s men were ready to leave him and our fledgling country. On December 31st, Washington assembled his men in formation beside the Delaware River.

From atop his horse, Washington told his veteran troops he would give them a $10 bonus if they stay on and fight—a sizable sum given that their typical pay was $6 a month.

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The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

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December 23, 1776

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 their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

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There are too many ineffective churches

The bad side of being “one”.
In my previous article I wrote about being one, one voice, one who stands up. You can read it here – http://www.the22man.com/2016/09/you-might-be-only-one-but-you-do-make-a-difference/

Now “one” can be bad too. Over the course of human history many “ones” that brought in disciples and caused much harm. You should know about those “ones”, Adolf Hitler (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler), Benito Mussolini (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini) and Pol Pot (http://www.mtvu.com/shows/a-chilling-look-at-cambodias-infamous-killing-fields/) just to name a few. Continue reading There are too many ineffective churches