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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 »

Easter: Authentic Life and Liberty

April 14th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech

Few Americans truly understand to what degree our way of life is being challenged. We are threatened by forces from without, but worse still by forces from within. Our greatest problems are intellectual and moral. Now more than ever we need to connect with those principles that made us who we are, and one of the most important is freedom.

Too often we have consciously and unconsciously misinterpreted freedom. We seemingly have come to believe it means we can do whatever we want, whenever we want, and wherever we want.  We have come to believe that it means no limitations on our thoughts, our words, our behavior, and that this lack of limitation is the essence of freedom.

Jesus spoke about freedom. The Scriptures say, Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32). Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Been Lost in the Repeal of HB 2, As I See It

March 31st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
March 31, 2017

Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the controversial HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Lawmakers had been under horrendous pressure from Left-leaning influences since its passage more than a year ago.

The repeal was not straight-up, however. It was touted as a compromise. And though some people on both sides of the issues represented in HB 2 may claim victory, compromises typically also represent partial defeats. This means, at least for the moment, supporters of HB 2 have suffered losses.

Here’s what’s been lost in the repeal of HB 2, as I see it. Read the rest of this entry »