Howard's Restaurant and Bakery

Barack Obama – Relationship with his Father

“And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51 KJV

I looked around the room and saw all the historic pictures of this establishment over the years. I’m not sure which is harder: having someone close to you slip out of your life or having someone close to you slip out of your life, only to return and then slip out of your life again.

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Cow at the LBJ Ranch - Texas

Bill Clinton – Civil Right’s Song: Lift Every Voice and Sing

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” John 4:21 KJV

As I was heading down a country road this morning, I came across a farm. Everyone, loudly and proudly, without the words or sheet music, sang the first verse.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears….

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Newspaper Carrier statue at the Free-Lance Star Building - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Warren G Harding – Newspaper Publisher

“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalms 47:1 KJV

As the new entry into the world gets tossed from arm to arm, the eyes of those holding this gift are opened to the vast potential before them. Thank you for giving me great parents that encouraged me to learn, even when I fussed.

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Reagan-Gorbachev statue at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - California

Ronald Reagan – Nancy’s Cancer

“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matthew 8:10 KJV

Sometimes we feel life is all about control. They both had their pistols pointed at the other’s head. They were fully cocked and ready to fire off at a deadly force. The man, who with the push of a button or the stroke of a pen, could send a nuclear missile toward an enemy or just as easily could send that missile to the scrapyard, was helpless….

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St. Anthony Statue - San Antonio, Texas

Ronald Reagan – Iran-Contra

“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.” Psalm 142:7 KJV

Have you ever worked so hard on doing something right only to have really bad results come from it? It very well may be that it is the right direction, but the results don’t make us feel very good.

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Ship at Jamestown, Virginia

James Monroe – The Monroe Doctrine

“I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” Psalm 30:1 KJV

Have you ever had one of those cases where you work so hard on something, only to have someone else take credit for your work? The bells of America’s freedom rang loud and nation after nation heard the clang.

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Reagan and Ford – The Presidential Dream Team

“And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits”. Leviticus 26: 19-20 KJV

It was called the Dream Team. It is unbeatable.

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Pacific Ocean at Cabrillo National Park - California

James K Polk – Claiming California

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God….” Ephesians 2:19 KJV

It is an issue that plagues a nation. It is immigration. One of the biggest problems with a large immigrant population is that eventually they start thinking that this is their country, too.

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One of the Missions outside San Antonio - Texas

John F Kennedy – Being Catholic

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV

In these 45 words they cover so much, like our rights to religious freedom and speech. I have faith that my God is strong enough that if there is only one faithful person left He can still burn the altar.

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Chester Arthur – Continuing Garfield’s Legacy

“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?” Ecclesiastes 7:13 KJV

It’s not that I have anything personal about the color green, it just that this shade of green doesn’t look very appetizing to me. So you had the one wanting reform in civil service running with one who didn’t want that reform to happen.

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