Yesterday marked the 159th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)—the first major engagement of the American Civil War. For the soldiers and civilians who fought or witnessed the battle, it was the moment everything changed.Continue reading
Washington, March 31, 1863.
Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant
Commanding Department of the Tennessee, near Vicksburg:
GENERAL: It is the policy of the Government to withdraw from the enemy as much productive labor as possible. So long as the rebels retain and employ their slaves in producing grains, &c., they can employ all the whites in the field… Continue reading
There are turning points in history. In world history a turning point might be the French Revolution/Napoleonic Era. In American history: the Civil War. Through the centuries there have been defining events; events that have changed the political, social, economic, and ideology realms.
But there is one single event that forever changed the course of history.
It didn’t happen on a battlefield, in a legislative hall, or even in a church.
It happened over 2,000 years ago in a lowly, dirty stable in the crowded town of Bethlehem. A baby was born; the baby was the Savior, Redeemer, Messiah. History changed. God had come to earth.
“…’and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’ ” Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonder, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
I hope as you celebrate Christmas you’ll reflect on Christ’s coming and see it as the defining turning point in history. The years of waiting were over; God walked on earth with man and He had come to prepare the way of salvation for all who believe with faith.