From the Pages of History

Stories, Pictures, Quotes & Trivia (and more) that tell the story of the world.

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Soldiers and Flags


These photos I took at the 2017 Torrance Armed Forces Day parade.

I haven’t been to too many such parades so far, but there’s nothing so encouraging to the patriotic spirit (except maybe a fireworks show) as one of these!

The first few photos show a swearing-in of hundreds of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard cadets.

US Marines
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US Air Force
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IMG_1944IMG_1946IMG_1956IMG_1961IMG_1958IMG_1963IMG_1966These next few tanks and trucks are ones really used by the military today. The announcer mentioned, “If you’re in one of these, you WILL survive, no matter what’s going on around you!”
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With dress swords!

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IMG_2068IMG_2070There were even a few historical reenactors! Revolutionary War here.
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Some pieces were on display for a closer look!

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Looking up through a big gun from inside the truck!

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God bless our native land!
Firm may she ever stand,
Through storm and night;
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
By Thy great might.

For her our prayers shall rise
To God, above the skies;
On Him we wait;
Thou Who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry,
God save the State.

-“God Bless Our Native Land”

War is good for…


Soldier in war

Via Pixabay

I heard someone say the following the other day and wanted to do up a post in response to this common thought.

“War is good for absolutely nothing!”

[…minutes later…]

“Thank You, God, for the freedoms we have and the men and women in our military who protect them.”

…I guess war is good for something, then. Otherwise we’d all be Roman Catholic, saluting the swastika, worshipping the Emperor of the Rising Sun, or some such thing.

It was a Christian leader who said the above quote and it’s crazy because first of all he’s quoting an anti-Vietnam War song that goes hand-in-hand with draft dodging and secular hippies, and then going on to laud the work of American soldiers. It’s an irony that says a lot about the whole issue. You can’t sit in the USA, your freedoms protected by the sacrifices of countless soldiers fighting in wars, and justifiably argue against war. Seriously, you look like a jerk. If you yourself don’t want to fight, that’s understandable and perfectly fine, but don’t go off against war in general. It disrespects those who fought and achieved much good in the world. 

God understands we live in a fallen world full of fallen people because of the innate sinfulness of every human being. He is not against war, or even Christians participating in it. In Heaven everything WILL be perfect; on Earth it’s not. Strife and war have always been a part of our world since Cain killed Abel. While death was never God’s original plan, God gives His servants principles to live by and tells us what to do in the midst of the sin and war that surrounds us in our world.  Sometimes that includes going to war to prevent greater loss.

In the Old Testament, Israel lived in a hostile time and God guided them though many battles. They defended, retreated, attacked, defeated–all under His direction. Yahweh helped Israel win wars, carry out rescue missions, assassinate an overlord, crush hostile enemy nations, decimate heathen populations, and become a formidable force as they walked with Him. (When they didn’t, it was a different story.) Much good comes from war fought God’s way. 

In the New Testament, soldiers came to John the Baptist, who “prepared the way for the Lord (Jesus)” and preached repentance and baptism, asking what they should do. These were average working people asking what God wants, and Luke 3 shows God’s answer proclaimed through John: 

Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.””

If God was unhappy with these men being soldiers, He could certainly have said so. On the contrary, men are encouraged in the Bible to be the physical defenders and protectors of their land and families. Biblical principles are given for all workers to adhere to, whatever their profession. Micah 6:8 teaches, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Now certainly nations go war for wrong reasons, warring over religion, land, or expansion of control. But other times there are clear cut good and bad sides. And whenever an aggressor rises, a defender is needed–someone willing to do battle for the innocent, for freedom, for justice, for peace. War has accomplished much that’s good. 

  • Birthing new nations like America, and freeing many others from their oppressive rulers.
  • Stopping atrocities like the Holocaust perpetuated by evil minds who cannot be reasoned with.
  • Breaking holds of dictators or religious groups like the Holy Roman Empire so citizens have more freedom.

So to those who were or are in the military, thank you. Thank you for all you do to keep our country safe. You are in a profession that God is deeply concerned about. Go to Him for counsel and comfort. He’ll always be there for you, as you are for us.

The Blood before the Crown


Jesus' blood and crownIndian bracelets of scarlet and gold illustrate Jesus’ sacrifice of His life to pay for our sins, before He recovered the glory and honor of Heaven.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:2 ~

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

~ Philippians 2:8-11 ~

Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Vintage TV Shows


Barney Milton Fife? Singing Cartwrights? Lucy Ricardo beat President Eisenhower in what? Loved reading through these fun facts on vintage TV shows 🙂

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Surprising Facts From “The Andy Griffith Show”

Andy Griffith Show Via Wikipedia

  • Andy and Barney were first introduced as cousins, but that concept got scrapped by the end of Season 1.
  • Opie really didn’t throw that rock during the theme song; it was a crew member.
  • The well-loved whistled theme song is called “The Fishin’ Hole.”
  • Barney gave his middle name in some episodes as “Milton,” and on others as “Oliver.”
  • In addition to starring as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith won a Tony for his work on Broadway, and starred as the title character in the TV detective drama Matlock.
  • The police car on the show always looked new because the producers were given a new model whenever the nearby dealership got one.

Read more here!

Surprising Facts From “Bonanza”

Bonanza cast Via Wikipedia

  • The actors all sang on a album called Christmas at the Ponderosa.
  • Pernell Roberts, the actor who played Adam, actually…

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Interesting License Plates #24


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Christmas dinner, around the world


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While Americans enjoy turkey, ham, or a roast, dinners worldwide feature other interesting selections.

Canada: “Chicken Bone” candy

Italy: Feast of Seven Fishes

India: Spiced rice and chicken dish

France: Several kinds of seafood

South Africa: Grilled meats

Costa Rica: Pork tamales

Ethiopia: Fish stew and Flatbread in

Germany: Fruit-studded Stollen cake

Philippines: Whole suckling pigs

Portugal: Dried, salted cod

Japan: KFC chicken

Read more here!

Enjoy your time with family, friends, or quietly on your own–but most of all, have a very Merry Christmas!

Thanks


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From church this morning 🙂

Literary Picture Quotes #6: LOTR Heroes


It’s been a while since the last Literary Picture Quotes, so I’m posting several this time 😉 Made purely for inspiration and enjoyment 🙂
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Rio Recap


Just a few great moments from America’s stellar and record-breaking performances  at the 2016 Rio Olympics. All photos are from Getty Images.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.

Katie Ledecky is making a name for herself as a world record setter and breaker, and won more medals than any other woman at the Rio Games.

Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold in Olympic swimming, with a win in the 100 meter.

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kochian, and Gabby Douglas soared to worldwide attention and victory in women’s gymnastics.

The American men’s and women’s teams won both 4 x 400 meter track & field relays, with English Gardener and Tori Bowie starring.

Ashton Eaton became best all around athlete by winning the decathlon.

America ended up with the most medals, 121: 46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze.

The Last Bookstore


This charming little bookstore is my favorite type of place ❤

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A desk made of books!

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Second floor

There are lots of whimsical decorations!
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And lovely book art…IMG_8052IMG_8057IMG_8054IMG_8058IMG_8059A super cool book tunnel!
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Inside the book tunnel

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I love these book-birds!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
-Frederick Douglass

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