It was on this day in 1814 that a young American lawyer and poet named Francis Scott Key wrote what was to become his most famous poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry,” while on board a British Navy ship in Chesapeake Bay. Key had been negotiating with the British for the release of a prisoner they had taken in their raid on Washington, but because he had heard about the Navy’s plans for attacking Baltimore, he was not released until after the battle. That was how he came to witness the bombardment of Fort McHenry from the deck of H.M.S. Tonnant on the night of September 13. When the sun rose the following morning, and Key saw the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort McHenry, the sight inspired him to write a poem. Soon afterward, Key’s words were set to the melody of a popular song by English composer John Stafford Smith, and it quickly became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States on March 3, 1931. Often criticized for being difficult to sing and/or for glorifying warfare, it remains stubbornly popular with the American people; and two centuries years after its composition, its ability to send a shiver up the patriotic spine and bring a tear to the patriotic eye remain intact.
This is a MUST SEE video. (Get some tissues.)
BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience [11:56]
Obamacrat leader Nancy Pelosi says that “civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the GOP wins the Senate,” but her man in the White House is quite sure that Muslim extremists pose no existential threat to the United States of America.
In Ventura County, California, a local Chick-Fil-A offered to donate 200 meals to the football booster club. The owner of Chick-Fil-A holds to a belief in traditional marriage that is millennia old, which makes his sandwiches obvious purveyors of intolerance, so the high school’s principal said there would be no stinkin’ homophobe sandwiches sold at his school.
I got the following in my Christian Movie Newsletter today:
This week, I was asked to share my bravest moment with a group of ladies. I chose the day that my heart raced with fear and my stomach turned with the prospect of what lay ahead. At the top of beautiful mountain in Alaska, my sister and I learned that the only path to the bottom was down a huge (I mean huge!) gravel mountainside. How do you hike down that? Well…you don’t. You run. My experienced friend told us, “It’s the only way to keep from falling.”
Sometimes with God, we have to run when we only ever wanted to walk. He calls us to things that are too big for us to handle on our own. It’s part of the privilege of living life WITH him and not FOR him. Kind of like prayer. If God knows our need and can answer with a thought alone, why pray? Is it that he can’t do it without us? Or is prayer the way He chooses to live WITH us, instead of FOR us? We are on a journey with a father that would rather know his children than write a check to solve their problems. So next time something seems too big, be brave and run down that gravel mountainside with Him. He will keep your foot from falling.
From the screening room,
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2014 – From sports legends, to coaches, to entire sports teams excitement and praise continue to roll in for WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL in theaters nationwide now.
Across the country as football season gets into full swing, jersey-clad teammates are seeing WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL together. The film features Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Person of Interest) as Coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his De La Salle High School Spartans to the nation’s longest win streak with a focus on commitment, character and giving a “perfect effort.”
“Coach Lad’s” teams posted a 151-game win streak that shattered all previous national records. Yet their toughest challenge was overcoming loss and tragedy to “stand tall.” Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL is a film about brotherly commitment besting adversity that inspires audiences of all ages.