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'Abraham Lincoln's Daily Treasure'
Lincoln's Daily Treasure: Moments of Faith With America's Favorite
President." Edited by Thomas Freiling, Fleming H. Revell Publishing,
2002, 272 pages.
During a conversation with Gen. Daniel
Sickles, Abraham Lincoln remarked, "I talk to God because my mind is
relieved when I do."
In his new book "Abraham Lincoln's
Daily Treasure," editor Thomas Freiling writes, "I offer the reader
daily doses of Abraham Lincoln's spiritual and moral axioms equaling
a year's worth of godly advice from America's greatest president."
The collection is based on a 19th-century devotional book titled
"The Believer's Daily Treasure," which was used by Lincoln.
Freiling's work does not purport to
analyze the religious views of America's 16th president. Rather, the
editor examines the impact of the Bible's guidance and wisdom on a
man whose life was marked by poverty, lack of formal education,
business failures and loss of loved ones. It is from these difficult
circumstances that Lincoln was shaped in part by his devotion to the
word of God and its guiding influence on everyday affairs.
The following is a small sample of some
of Lincoln's favorite Scriptures as well as editor Freiling's
comments and interpretations:
Too Shall Pass Away"
"My times are in thy hand … Make thy
face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake." --
Although his friends considered
Lincoln's congressional defeat by Stephen A. Douglas a setback,
Lincoln himself remained upbeat and optimistic. He paraphrased
biblical scripture and counseled his friends to "persevere because
all bad things eventually pass."
"Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked." -- Ephesians 6:16
During Lincoln's service as a soldier
in the Black Hawk War, he saved the life of an Indian who had
entered camp with a paper of safe conduct. When the other soldiers
wanted to kill the Indian, Lincoln stood firm and kept the men from
murdering the visitor. This was an early example of Lincoln's
bravery and his belief in standing firm for one's convictions.
When You're Wrong"
"Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye
righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." --
Lincoln was known as "Honest Abe"
partly because he was never ashamed to admit when he was wrong. "If
I have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed
out to me, I will withdraw it cheerfully," he once remarked.
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"Let every one that nameth the name of
Christ depart from iniquity." -- 2 Timothy 2:19
Self-control and an even temperament
were two of Lincoln's most important characteristics during his
presidency. He believed that anyone who was quarrelsome and prone to
lose his temper was wasting his time and energy.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." -- Matthew 11:28
Lincoln believed that the cause of the
Union during the Civil War was just and righteous. It was this
belief that Lincoln would draw upon to encourage the soldiers and
citizens during the war's darkest hours. "Let none falter who thinks
he is right," he told the soldiers. "If God be for you, who can be
Unto Others, Even Adversaries"
"The righteous shall hold on his way,
and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." -- Job
In Lincoln's mind, forgiving both
friends and enemies meant the same thing. Freiling points out that
the issue to Lincoln was not "friend or enemy" but "about you and
how you would like to be treated." This attitude is considered by
many to be the cornerstone of what would have been Lincoln's
treatment of the defeated Confederacy after the Civil War.
Freiling's "Abraham Lincoln's Daily Treasure" offers an
extraordinary glimpse into the mind, beliefs and feelings of one of
America's greatest presidents. Freiling's insightful commentary adds
a fresh perspective to the essential components of Lincoln's
character. This book is recommended to everyone interested in the
life of Abraham Lincoln.
[Richard Sumrall, Lincoln
Public Library District]
Lincoln College presents 'Orpheus Descending'
Lincoln College Theatre
Department will present the drama "Orpheus Descending" Feb. 20-23 at
the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the college campus.
"Orpheus Descending," by master
playwright Tennessee Williams, is an adaptation of the Greek myth
Orpheus, set in the 20th century. It tells the story of a young man
who must rescue his love from the pits of modern urban violence and
gossip, as opposed to mythological Hades. The play can be described
as pleasant and philosophical.
Show time is at 8 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 20; Friday, Feb. 21; and Saturday, Feb. 22; with a matinee
performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and senior citizens. To
reserve tickets call (217) 732-3155, Ext. 280, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
[Lincoln College press
Concert will feature winners of concerto-aria contest
NORMAL -- Five Illinois
State University School of Music students won the school's
concerto-aria competition Jan. 22 and will be featured performers in
a March 5 concert at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Performing Arts
Jurors in the competition were Roger
Garrett and Linda Farquahson of Illinois Wesleyan University.
This year's winners are junior
trumpeter Ryan Elliot of Saginaw, Mich., representing the brass
area; master's degree student and pianist Kristof Kovacs of
Budapest, Hungary, representing the keyboard area; Ying Wang, a
master's degree student and cellist from Beijing, China,
representing the string area; senior baritone vocalist Kevin Prina
of Washington, representing the voice area; and piccolo player Megan
Lomonof, a senior from Oak Lawn, representing the woodwind area.
Earning honorable mentions in the
competition were violist Colleen Kuraszek, a freshman from Lake in
the Hills, and flutist Elizabet Varga, a master's degree student
The concert March 5 will spotlight the
five winners. They will perform individually with the Illinois State
University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Block, director of
orchestras. The orchestra also will play Bernstein's overture to "Candide."
LCT 2003 season
Lincoln Community Theatre is
pleased to announce three productions selected for the summer of
Kicking off the 32nd season of live
theater for the Lincoln community will be the hilarious musical "Nuncrackers."
This fun-filled show is a continuation of the antics of the
dauntless, darling nuns of Mount St. Helen's Convent who delighted
Lincoln audiences in the "Nunsense" series several summers ago.
Audience participation, one-liners, a rum-soaked fruitcake, dueling
sugar plum fairies and dear Sister Amnesia will definitely start the
summer theatrical season with humor and fun.
The July production, "Steel Magnolias,"
is one of our best ensemble productions. The familiar, bittersweet
story touches all the emotional peaks and valleys of life in a small
Southern community. From wise-cracking Truvy to unsure Annelle, the
characters in this poignant play promise to touch everyone with both
laughter and tears.
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Ending the season on a patriotic note,
LCT's final production of the summer will be "1776," a stirring, yet
humorous musical featuring a large cast representing our founding
fathers. Humor abounds with fast-paced dialogue involving Ben
Franklin, Henry Lee and other early congressional characters, along
with catchy, patriotic music.
To kick off
the holiday season, Lincoln Community Theatre is offering holiday
gift certificates for season memberships for the summer 2003 season.
Certificates can be mailed directly to the receiver or to the gift
giver. Certificates for adult memberships are $20 each, and those
for children through eighth grade are $12 each. Requests for gift
certificates may be sent to LCT, Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Further
information is available at (217) 732-7542 or by visiting the LCT
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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