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Listen November 11, 1779 Thomas Jefferson calls Virginia to prayer and thanksgiving to God. Committee of Five On October 20, 1779, the Continental Congress asked the states to set “apart the second Thursday in December next, as a day of general thanksgiving.” This request issued by Congress to the thirteen American states was the eighth spiritual proclamation of sixteen calling the states to fast, pray and give thanks to God. Beginning in 1775, the Continental Congress issued nearly two spiritual proclamations a year until 1783—throughout the years of the American Revolution. In the...Read more... Read more... -->
ListenBecause nearly all American colonies under British control had established state churches, America's Founding Fathers were not willing to raise issues that would unnecessarily divide them in their efforts to establish a stable government. For this reason, a promise was made not to establish a federal or national church when writing the Constitution and amended Bill of Rights. However, as the following proclamation demonstrates, America's Founders were not ashamed of their Christian Faith. The history behind the proclamation and its observance by President Washington will deepen the...Read more... Read more... -->
Listen December 7, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor The reading of the Bible was abruptly interrupted over the NBC radio network in 1941 when world-changing events began to transpire. Seldom in the history of America was Scripture needed to comfort and bring hope as it was needed that day. Yet, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the significance of the beginning of National Bible Week is almost, for many Americans, a matter of historical amnesia. Like so many, many other moments in American history, Christians were presented with a reason to be proud of their heritage.National Bible...Read more... Read more... -->