Faith of Our Fathers: Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Devotional

Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, quoted Matthew 7:1-3, a scripture which has become inextricably linked to the papacy of Pope Francis: "Let us judge not, that we be not judged." Lincoln sought to move this nation forward with as little hate as possible; and so he repeated that "judge not" line when Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts called for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, to be hanged.In 1858, speaking in Springfield, he delivered what has b … [Read more...]

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“Grow a Beard, Mr. Lincoln, for Your Face Is So Thin”

“All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President”.One hundred fifty-three years ago, on October 15, 1860, an eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.  It was only a few weeks before the presidential election, and young Grace Bedell hoped that Lincoln would win.  She worried, though, that he was too thin, and that his gaunt appearance would cost him votes.  “I have … [Read more...]

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