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"Standing Firm - - Theodore Roosevelt & Alice" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I read an interesting biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Students of history know that he was the father of several children, including Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Alice often surprised the highly refined Washington society with her behavior.

One day a visitor protested Alice's wandering in and out of the president's office as the visitor discussed important national affairs with her father, President Roosevelt. The president answered, "I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both."

We do not know if he was teasing, but from everything that we know about him, President Roosevelt had little difficulty standing firm with anyone.

I believe that our generation is crying out for individuals who will stand firm; for parents, politicians, teachers, public servants, friends, and, yes, pastors, who will stand firm on things that really matter.

Consider this question: What is YOUR stance on issues of morality, of drug and alcohol abuse, of racism and hatred? How firm do we stand when it comes to kindness and understanding, forgiveness and character? Is your stand today firm, or is it shaky?

It is the faith of churches all across our community that Jesus Christ can give to each of us a solid ground on which to stand; that He can give us a sure-footing and help us to stand for something positive and meaningful in life.

There's an old saying: "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." What are you standing for today?

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