Whereas the “dog days of summer” in the Northern Hemisphere begin in early July, they conclude prior to the end of the second week of August. Fishermen generally regard these days as useless for their sport, and by the early part of August, teachers and pupils once again inhabit most school classrooms. With the beginning of school, summer quickly grinds to a halt.As is true with every season of the year, much encouragement may be received from a knowledge of the lives of Christians who have advanced the cause of Christ in previous generations. For believers ardently seeking to translate the Christian faith into the contemporary environment, much may be learned from extended personal study of some of the lives that are presented below only in cameo form. God intends that the “dog days” of summer for individual believers, families, and churches should not be lived in doldrums, but in vibrancy and vitality. May the Lord give us hearts, homes, and sanctuaries where His presence is regularly sought and enjoyed.
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Observance: AugustAs the summer draws to a close and students prepare to return to the classroom, a special activity may be planned to observe the end of the summer. Games, food, fellowship, and a devotional tell students that you notice this important event in their lives. A corn roast is always a big hit at this time of year. Activities that include the entire family allow children and youth to develop an understanding of appropriate Christian relationships. For this reason, as many activities as possible should include the entire family. Click to read more about the corn roast.
Observance: August through early OctoberDuring election cycles Christians should become actively involved in the political process. Unbelievers decide many elections simply because Christians refuse to be troubled by the simple process that is required to become politically active. Some of these same individuals contend that there should be a separation of the Church from political interests. But in siding with the liberal cause, they deny Jesus Christ his rightful rule over the world. As the Apostle Paul began to close his letter to the Christians in the city of Rome, he penned the following benediction, expressing his political teaching:
Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept in silence through times eternal, but now is manifested, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, is made known unto all the nations so they might believe and obey Himллto the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)As the Apostle Paul indicated, God intends that all people and that all “nations should believe and obey Him.” No one can seriously regard the teaching of the Bible who denies that God has the right to rule every sphere of His creation. Pastors should encourage their congregations to actively engage in a voter registration program. For years, liberal churches have endeavored to elect politicians of similar social views. Conservative Christians have been far too slow to engage in this effort. One of the best sources for such endeavors is the conservative political organization known as “Champion the Vote.” Pastors and church leaders will be guided through the establishment of a voter registration campaign! Take a look at their resources today! Click to navigate to “Champion the Vote”. See a thumbnail sketch of the life of Bishop Francis Asbury
August 1, 1801: Jonathan Edwards (May 26, 1745 – August 1, 1801) was an early American pastor, theologian, and president of Princeton College. He is widely remembered as the Father of the First Great Awakening in America.
August 3, 2008: Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008) was an eminent Russian novelist, historian, and tireless critic of Soviet secular totalitarianism.
August 5, 1620: On August 5, 1620, a portion of the Pilgrim Fathers departed from Southampton, England for the New World, but the smaller of the two boats in which they were traveling began to take on water. It was decided to return to England, where they put into harbor at Plymouth. After deciding to sail with only one vessel, some of the passengers were forced to remain behind to await future passage or other alternatives.
August 10, 70: On August 10, 70 A.D. (the 9th of the Jewish month of Av), according to Jewish chronology, the very day when the King of Babylon burned Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the newly renovated Temple of Herod was burned by the Roman general, Titus, following a Jewish revolt that began a few years earlier, in 66. After months of siege about the city, Titus took the city on this date and put it to the torch, burning the Temple, leaving not one stone upon another. Thus, Jerusalem was totally destroyed and as Jesus had predicted, not one stone was left upon another. When the Temple was set on fire the Roman soldiers tore apart the stone to get the melted gold. The Menorah and vessels were carried to Rome and the treasury was robbed. But perhaps the most astonishing prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome is that it happened just as Daniel had predicted, in that the Temple was destroyed only after the Messiah had come, and not before he had presented himself to Israel! (Daniel 9:26; Luke 19:41-45)
August 13, 1910: Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modernnursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
August 15, 1096: The First Christian Crusade began on August 15, 1096. After more than 450 years of watching their lands taken and their families destroyed, Christians decided to defend themselves against the Muslim Crusades against Christians that began under Muhammad. See our articles: The Truth About the Crusades and Muslims Destroy Christian Capitol.
August 24, 1814: The Burning of Washington in 1814 was an incident during the War of 1812 between the forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and those of the United States of America. On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force led by Major General Robert Ross occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House and U.S. Capitol, were largely destroyed. The British commander’s orders to burn only public buildings and strict discipline among the British troops are credited with preserving the city’s private buildings.
August 24, 1913: Edward McKendree Bounds (August 15, 1835 – August 24, 1913) was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and author of eleven books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer.
August 23, 1928: Russell Kelso Carter was born November 18, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was brought up in a strong Christian environment. He struggled with a personal decision for Christ until he was fifteen. At that time he attended a prayer meeting at his military academy and committed his life to God and the Presbyterian Church, which his parents attended. He died on August 23, 1928.
August 1806: The Haystack Prayer Meeting, held in Williamstown,Massachusetts, in August 1806, is viewed by many scholars as the seminal event for the development of Protestant missions in the subsequent decades and for the nineteenth century. Missions are still supported today by American churches.
Seasonal emphasis (1824): The American Sunday School Union was the combined efforts of various denominations to evangelize America through Christian education. Largely three groupsллthe Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyteriansллunited their efforts in communities to promote the well-being of America by advancing a Christian morality. Many prominent Americans were board members of the Union, including Bishop William White (Philadelphia Christ Church), Francis Scott Key (author of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner), D. L. Moody (noted evangelist), Laura Ingalls Wilder (author), John Pollock (governor of Pennsylvania and first to inscribe currency with “In God We Trust”), Bushrod Washington (nephew of George Washington and Supreme Court justice), John Marshall (one of the greatest chief justices of the Supreme Court), and John Adams (“the educator” and relative of the two presidents bearing this name).Please click to see additional events for August . . .
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 The expression “Dog Days of summer” refers to the most sultry period of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, this period extends from about July 3 to August 11. Named initially by residents of countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period beginning 20 days prior to and 20 days after the time of year when Sirius (the dog star) rose just before or at the same time as the sun (heliacal rising, in Conjunction (astronomy) with), which is no longer true due to the precession of the equinoxes.
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