Freedom

Inspiring story of our national anthem

by Marty Crossland on June 14, 2011

David Barton does a stirring narration of the the events that led to Francis Scott Key’s penning of The Star Spangled Banner, and the following national sentiment and proclamations whereby it eventually became the national anthem of the United States of America.

Please join me in saluting and/or honoring  the Stars and Stripes on this Flag Day.

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Glenn Beck’s New Online Program and Network

by Marty Crossland on June 11, 2011

I was at least somewhat saddened when I heard that Glenn Beck is ending the spectacular run of his program on Fox News Channel. It is one of the few regularly scheduled programs that I record with my DVR and watch every episode.

Mr. Beck is launching a new program on September 12 in a whole new format, on the Internet. My kind of stuff!

He and his team have produced a stage-setting initial program that I found fascinating. I am excited to see how they will perform thorough research, produce it with integrity and excellence, and deliver it with absolute cutting-edge distribution technologies. It will be great to watch, and even more important, to participate in. That’s because the focus is going to be helping us understand what we can DO to reclaim America’s exceptionalism and become forces for good within our culture, rather than being just entertained or merely inspired.

I invite you to join me. Here is the initial episode:

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David Barton interview about America’s godly heritage

by Marty Crossland on June 8, 2011

I am a major fan of David Barton. His research into the Christian historical roots of America is amazing in its documented thoroughness and inspiring in the historical truths it has revealed. Here is a recent live interview he gave to Joni Lamb on the Celebration program (on the Daystar satellite network). He talks at some length about the truth about America’s Christian heritage, and how modern revisionist historians have omitted or misrepresented it in many history books written in the past 70 years or so.

I first discovered David Barton’s materials when Ronald Reagan was still president, and I have followed his continuing research and writings, and speaking engagements ever since. I invite you to go through the wealth of materials on the Wallbuilders website, as well as his daily podcast with Rick Green on Wallbuilders Live.

Please play close attention to David!

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Freedom Isn’t Free

by Marty Crossland on May 31, 2010

Freedom isn’t free. But I fear that an increasing number of citizens of our nation are losing the essence of this truism. Today, Memorial Day, has caused me to reflect on this. As I am writing this I am watching a rebroadcast of HBO’s “Band of Brothers” docu-drama about servicemen in World War II.

My own father served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In the past several months I have been taking every opportunity I can find to personally express my gratitude and appreciation to veterans and to soldiers currently in service to our nation. Here are some examples. A few days ago I had breakfast with a friend in Tulsa, and there was a Vietnam veteran having breakfast alone (I could tell by the cap he was wearing). As I departed the restaurant,  I went by his table, offered him a handshake and thanked him for his service. He seemed surprised, but he obviously thought well of it. As I was passing through a major airport a few weeks ago, several uniformed soldiers were hanging around waiting for their flight, and I passed among them shaking hands and expressing my appreciation to each one. They didn’t seem to mind at all. One said, “No problem.” Another said, “It’s an honor to serve, sir.” I also take advantage of similar opportunities to say thanks to law enforcement officers and firefighters, whenever I can do so without interfering with their duties. I don’t make a big deal out of it. I simply look them in the eyes and offer a short, sincere “thank you” for what they do. To date, not a single one has seemed bothered by this — on the contrary, all have received the sentiments well, albeit with some showing apparent surprise.

I invite everyone who reads this to join me in these personal expressions of thanks and appreciation. It will help both you and the recipient of your gratitude to have a better day.

This video is a good reminder of the sacrifices we are thanking them for.

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