A friend of F.W. Boreham described the English writer as a man who always seemed to sport a "halo of wonder." Fittingly, a much - loved signature of this much-loved author was the fresh flower he wore in his buttonhole as he went about each day.
THE FAITH OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS On this, the 226th anniversary of our nation, it is appropriate to consider the forces that led to the cataclysmic break of the colonies from Britain. Our Founding Fathers were among the finest leaders on the continent. They were merchants, farmers, attorneys and ministers. They were men of great energy and passion seeking to develop a classic system for governing the colonies. But above all, they were dedicated to building the nation on a foundation of biblical faith with honesty and humility.
Consider Benjamin Franklin. An ardent advocate of public education for all, he urged that the schools teach "the necessity of a public religion . . . and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern." He was also one of the chief advocates for a paid, permanent chaplain of Congress, and when he helped found the college named for him, he insisted that it be built "on Christ, the Corner-Stone." For further evidence of Franklin's faith, see the quote below.
George Washington openly promoted and relied upon his Christian faith. He, too, affirmed the importance of children learning "above all.the religion of Jesus Christ." His reliance on prayer is well documented, as illustrated in the quote below. Consider also these words of his: "Almighty God: We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large."
Thomas Jefferson invoked the blessing of God and cited Scripture in many instances. Remember it was he who wrote the immortal words pledging to the citizens of the young nation that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." By acknowledging God as the Giver of Rights and the Author of Life, he expresses the reliance he and his compatriots had in God.
"RESISTANCE TO TYRANTS IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD" This revolutionary war battle flag dates from 1776 and succinctly sums up the sentiments of the colonists. The belief that King George III of England had become tyrannical in his rule over the colonies was widespread, and the words are attributed to patriot and President Thomas Jefferson. Because of their steadfast faith in God and willful obedience to the Scriptures it was vitally important that the signers of the Declaration believed that their cause was not only just, but, in John Adams words, that "It is the will of God that the two countries should be sundered (separated) forever."
PRAYER QUOTE FROM A FOUNDING FATHER "I therefore beg leave to move -- that henceforth prayers, imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business; and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service." --Benjamin Franklin
A DAILY PRAYER OF OUR FIRST PRESIDENT "Almighty God.I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me. Give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God and guide this day and for ever for His sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen." --From the Prayer Journal of George Washington
WORDS FROM AN AMERICAN PATRIOT The Fourth of July is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for the country in return. --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Former Supreme Court Justice May 30, 1884, at Keene, NH
A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says, "Take the Big pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the little pink pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, "My goodness, doc, exactly what's my problem?"