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ListenJune 28, 1787 Benjamin Franklin calls for the Constitutional Convention to begin its deliberations with prayer In the most important moments of American history, the Founding Fathers expressed their faith and reliance upon the providence of God in the affairs of the nation. But, tragically since the middle of the twentieth century, the true Christian origin of America has been denied and Her heroes and heroines have been vilified. The fact is, America’s Founding Fathers were not deists, atheists, nor agnostics. Overwhelmingly, they were men and women of deep Christian faith, and...Read more... Read more... -->
ListenOne of the most remarkable ministers in English history, and in all the history of the Christian Church, was an Anglican priest by the name of John William Fletcher (1729-1785), “First Theologian of Methodism.” Fletcher was a close companion with John and Charles Wesley, and had been hand picked by Wesley to succeed himself as leader of British Methodism, but Fletcher died before John Wesley.The following excerpt is taken from an unpublished work titled, “John William Fletcher, Vicar Of Madeley: A Pastoral Theology.” The priesthood of all believers encompasses...Read more... Read more... -->
ListenThis post is part 3 of the series:Our Projects $TBA Coming Soon... From the very beginning of America’s national life, the Christian Faith and Her ministers have been constituent elements—and what may be affirmed with regard to America’s national life may also be asserted concerning Her colonial life. The earliest charters granting English settlement in the New World advocated the Christian Faith, and the first constitutions of the thirteen colonies did the same. When America’s Founding Fathers convened the First Continental Congress in 1774, it was determined they...Read more... Read more... -->
Listen 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...Read more... Read more... -->
Listen 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...Read more... Read more... -->