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A Very Private Moment: Has it happened to you?

June 24th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

I’ve been reading the book of Genesis lately and the story of Joseph is a fascinating one.

Unjustly despised by his brothers and secretly sold to a band of merchantmen, Joseph was taken into Egypt and made a slave. Later he would be wrongly accused by his master’s wife of sexual assault, and though he was innocent imprisoned. Eventually, he was vindicated and released and in the providence of God raised to the position of vice-regent in Egypt.

When a famine swept the land, his treacherous brothers were forced to go into Egypt to buy food and were confronted unawares by Joseph. They had not seen him for several years and didn’t recognize him. Moreover, Joseph purposely hid his identity from them until he would choose the right time to reveal himself. Read the rest of this entry »

Unconsciously Shaping Your Child’s Destiny

June 16th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

There is a great story that I heard many years ago which I believe speaks quite profoundly to parents.

Brooks Adams from his earliest days as a child kept a diary.  On one very special day while still the tender age of eight, Adams recorded in his journal, “Went fishing with my father; the most glorious day of my life.” Adams never forgot that day. He referenced it repeatedly in his writings for the next forty years. He said it had a powerful influence on his entire life.

Interestingly, Brooks’ father was a very important man; Charles Francis Adams, United States Ambassador to Great Britain during the Lincoln administration. He too made reference to the fishing trip in his own diary. It reads, “Went fishing with my son; a day wasted.” Read the rest of this entry »

Something You Cannot Escape

June 9th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

American conservative radio commentator, someone that ABC News once said was “the most listened-to newsman in the world,” Paul Harvey, told a remarkable story about a woman trying to escape the ravages of a hurricane.

Harvey said after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, Patricia Christy was waiting in line for food. She vowed to herself that she was going to get out of that state. She was leaving on the first plane out and was determined to get as far away from the horror of hurricane damage as possible – then have a restful vacation.

In his newscast, Harvey reported he had just heard from Patricia Christy. She was standing in line for fresh water on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, having just gone through Hurricane Iniki. Read the rest of this entry »

What Can Transcend Our National Conflicts?

June 2nd, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

A.L. Long’s Memoirs of Robert E. Lee contains an incredible story concerning the last day of battle at Gettysburg. It’s the account of a Union Army veteran on that fateful day.

“I was at the battle of Gettysburg myself….I had been a most bitter anti-South man and fought and cursed the Confederates desperately. I could see nothing good in any of them. The last day of the fight I was badly wounded. A ball shattered my left leg. I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery Ridge, and as General Lee ordered his retreat he and his officers rode near me.

“As they came along I recognized him, and, though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised up my hands, looked Lee in the face, and shouted as loud as I could, “Hurrah for the Union!” Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day: What We Really Need to Remember

May 25th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

War is a terrible thing. It’s the feast of death.

Many years ago, the Duke of Wellington said, “Take my word for it, if you had seen but one day of war, you would pray to Almighty God that you might never see such a thing again.”

War is horrific, yet sometimes necessary to defend something more precious than life itself.

Each Memorial Day we endeavor to remember that the great heritage of our nation has a price far greater than most can conceive. Since World War I, this day in the month of May calls upon us to honor our heroes – to laud the fallen dead of our wars. Read the rest of this entry »

Silent Preachers Deny Christ

May 19th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Last Sunday, I listened intently as my Sunday School teacher taught from St. John chapter 18 about Peter’s denial of our Lord. Peter never meant to do it. He was just swept up in a moment of weakness.

It is St. Luke, however, who tells us of that moment of reckoning when Christ looked directly at Peter in grave disappointment after his third denial. Suddenly, as our Lord had predicted, the cock crowed. Consequently, Peter wept bitterly in remorse for his cowardice.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” Indeed it does, and no one appreciates a coward. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Franklin, Liberty, and the Fifth Commandment

May 12th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech   

His mother was born in 1667, and his maternal grandfather was one of the first settlers of New England. His father owned a small business making candles and soaps. His family life was quite simple with an income just enough to support thirteen children.

This American statesman, printer, and inventor helped to draft the U.S. Constitution and signed the Declaration of Independence. In his Memoir, he doesn’t say much about his beloved mother, but it’s quite clear he deeply loved and respected her. Perhaps the most important thing he ever said about his mother was in the epitaph he wrote for the headstone of both his parents. Read the rest of this entry »

Elon University Medical Marijuana Poll Not to Be Taken Seriously

May 5th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Cameron Diaz, a former model, is one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. The critically acclaimed performer once said something very astute about polls.

“I’m very happy with the way I look,” said Diaz, “I wake up some morning, catch myself in the bathroom mirror, and go, ‘hey girl, you’re alright’. But on the other hand, I find the website stuff, and the polls, something completely removed from my own personal life. You can’t take anything like that too seriously; otherwise, you’d end up in the loony bin.”

Polls, polls, polls, we see the latest about seemingly everything, but the results of polls can be highly suspect. If we take them too seriously, we might end up in the loony bin. Read the rest of this entry »

Equal Rights for LGBTQ

April 28th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Not long ago I read these remarkable words from authors George Grant and Mark Horne, in their book, “Unnatural Affections:”

“The Gospel’s message of the sinfulness of homosexuality has been reviled by some as an awful bigotry. It has been equated with the evils of racism – which are categorically condemned in Scripture. But the reality is that treating homosexuality as a sin is the opposite of bigotry. For instead of simply stereotyping homosexuals as predetermined products of either their biology or environment, the Gospel treats them the same as every other sinner who needs to repent and believe.”
The authors then go on to quote author David Chilton, who wrote:

“Calling homosexuality a sin will seem to be a cruel, insensitive attitude, a ‘homophobic response’ of condemnation rather than concern. But the truth is that it is the beginning of true freedom and joy for the homosexual. For if homosexuality were either an inescapable human condition (like height and skin color) or an incurable disease, there would be no hope. The homosexual would be locked in his lusts forever, with no possibility of escape. Once we see clearly that homosexuality is a sin, we can also see the way of deliverance.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Handwriting on the Wall: Will You Believe It?

April 21st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

The deterioration of national moral character means inevitable tragedy.

That was the message to Belshazzar, the Babylonian King, who was celebrating in revelry, extravagance and luxurious passion when he made a momentous and daring decision.

In Daniel chapter 5 of the Bible, it is recorded that at the height of a tremendous festival he ordered the vessels of gold and silver that were taken from the Temple in Jerusalem to be brought. Belshazzar would use them as wine goblets, while in his orgy he praised his own gods. It was an open defiance of the living God of Israel whose moral requirements were known throughout the world. Read the rest of this entry »