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The Truth about Separation of Church and State

American History, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian History, December Articles

Since 1947, liberal judges have reinterpreted the historical context of the First Amendment that ensured that congress (or the federal government) would not establish a state church or elevate any single denomination over any of the other Christian denominations. America’s Founding Fathers regarded the First Amendment as a guarantee that the federal government would not attempt to make any one Christian denomination the dominant and preferred denomination of the nation. Since the late 1940s (and particularly the early-1960s), liberal judges have attempted to use the First Amendment as...Read more... Read more... -->

Watch-night Service: From Ale-house to Revolution

American History, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian History, Christian Living, December Articles

December 31, 1776 Historic watch-night service at Old St. George Church, Philadelphia For generations of Americans, the memory of candles flickering at the close of watch-night services—as one year waned and another began to wax—is one that evokes reverent appreciation for the spiritual fervor of by-gone days. Though the observance of the watch-night service began to wane at the end of the twentieth century, its origin in both the British Isles and America are significant chapters in the spiritual life of these nations. In America, few realize the place that one watch-night service had in...Read more... Read more... -->

Francis Lewis

American History, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian History, December Articles, Signers of Declaration of Independence

December 31, 1802 Francis Lewis, signer of the Declaration of Independence, passed away Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 31, 1802) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York.Read more... Read more... -->

The Prayer Meeting That Saved England

Christian Living, December Articles, Prayer

January 1, 1739 Prayer meeting saves England The rise or fall of nations has often depended upon fidelity to the one true God, and the act which most characterizes this faithfulness is the spirit of dependence exemplified by a habit of prayer.  When Israel turned from its sin and sought God in prayer, God heard and answered from heaven.  America now faces a moral and social darkness unknown since the end of the American Revolution when pastors and lay leaders had surrendered their lives for the birth of a new nation, resulting in a dark spiritual and moral vacuum for the fledgling...Read more... Read more... -->

Remembering the Life and Ministry of St. John

Apostles, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian Living, December Articles

December 27 St. John Remembered The life and ministry of the Apostle John, son of Zebedee, is observed annually on December 27 by Christians in the West. St. John was distinguished as a prophet, an apostle, and an evangelist. He is known as the beloved disciple or “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and was the younger brother of James the Great. The two brothers, and sons of Zebedee, were known as the “sons of thunder.” John was previously a disciple of John the Baptist, and after becoming a disciple of Jesus was not only one of the Twelve Apostles, but one of the three...Read more... Read more... -->

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"This Congress, therefore, considering the present critical, alarming and calamitous state of these colonies, do earnestly recommend that Thursday, the 20th day of July next, be observed, by the inhabitants of all the English colonies on this continent, as a day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 2:87-88.
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