The God of the Declaration

To whom were the writers of the Declaration referring when they wrote “Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions?” Was it a mystical God that no one could define?  Was it any god at all?  These are important questions in our day.  We are often told that those…

Preserving Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” said Jesus in his sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5:9.  Though peace had been ratified with the Pilgrims’ closest neighbors and their great king, Massasoit, due to past injuries by the English, and also due to the challenge of…

The Pilgrim Church Service

The Pilgrim or Separatist church began in the home but focused on the exaltation and presence of Christ.  The revival of “hearth and home” in England was nurtured by families who had access to own the Geneva translation of the Bible in their own tongue.  Fathers would read from the Scriptures in the morning and…

The British Surrender at Yorktown

The British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781 was a miracle of providential timing and intervention.  It involved at least four major ingredients that had to come together in the face of potential disaster.  The disasters included worthless paper money and the lack of an ability to support the troops.  In addition, troops outside…

The Grand Union Flag of 1776

On January 1, 1776, while the British laid siege to Boston, George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag on Prospect Hill near his headquarters in Cambridge. It was the first flag of the united colonies.  It was known as the Congress Colors, the First Navy Ensign and the Cambridge Flag and could be considered the…

First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

In history we find some of the best writings to be apologetics or in defense of rights.  In 1774 the Continental Congress published its Declaration and Resolves stating in part: “…By the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following rights… life, liberty and…

The Story of Hawaii; our 50th State

It may come as a surprise to learn that it was a prayer meeting in 1806 and the work of missionaries in 1820 followed by a major revival that began the process of bringing the Hawaiian Islands into the United States.  In 1959 Congress gave its approval, in June 93% of the people of Hawaii…

American Hero Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856 in southwest Virginia.  Initially, like most slaves, he was known by his nickname “Booker” with no middle or surname.  But what began as a tragic result of the sin of slavery that stained the Declaration’s promise of God-given liberty for all was overcome by…