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Lost Episode for October 28

On October 28, 1701, William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania colony, issued the Charter of Privileges, which states: “And Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship, who only doth enlighten the Minds, and persuade and convince the Understandings of People, I do hereby grant and declare: “That no Person or Persons, inhabiting in this province or Territories, who shall confess and acknowledge One Almighty God, the Creator, Upholder and Ruler of the World; and profess Him or themselves obliged to live quietly under the Civil Government, shall be in any Case molested or prejudiced… nor be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious Worship, Place or Ministry, contrary to his or their Mind, or to do or suffer any other Act or Thing, contrary to their religious Persuasion. “And that all persons who also profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, shall be capable (notwithstanding their other Persuasions and Practices in Point of Conscience and Religion) to serve this government in any capacity, both legislatively or executively, he or they solemnly promising, when lawfully required, allegiance to the King as Sovereign, and fidelity to the Proprietary and Governor, and taking the Attests as now established by the Law made at New Castle, in the Year One Thousand and Seven Hundred, entitled, An Act directing the Attests of several Officers and Ministers, as now amended and confirmed […]

 

Lost Episode for October 27

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 and became the 26th President of the United States (1901-09), the youngest man to hold the office at age 42. He assumed office after President William McKinley’s assassination. A native of New York and a graduate of Harvard, he was a pioneer conservationist and active member of the Dutch Reformed Church. He became famous as a Lieutenant Colonel in the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, known as the “Rough Riders,” becoming the hero of the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba on July 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt is the only person in history to receive both the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest honor for military valor, and the Nobel Peace Prize, the world’s foremost prize for peace. Given his public stature at the time, it is not surprising that his likeness was sculpted as a part of Mount Rushmore. On October 24, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt issued a Proclamation of a National Day of Praise and Thanksgiving: “The season is at hand when according to the custom of our people it falls upon the President to appoint a day of praise and thanksgiving to God. During the last year the Lord has dealt bountifully with us, giving us peace at home and abroad and the chance for our citizens to work for their welfare unhindered by war, famine or plague. It behooves us not only to rejoice greatly because of what has been given us, but […]

 

Lost Episode for October 26

On Friday, October 26, 1781, the Journal of the Continental Congress reports that a committee, consisting of “Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Varnum, Mr. Sherman,” was appointed to prepare a recommendation for setting apart a day of public thanksgiving and prayer in light of the momentous victory over the British at Yorktown, which was agreed to as follows: “Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, the supreme Disposer of all Events, father of mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty, against the long continued efforts of a powerful nation: it is the duty of all ranks to observe and thankfully acknowledge the interpositions of his Providence in their behalf. Through the whole of the contest, from its first rise to this time, the influence of divine Providence may be clearly perceived in many signal instances…and in which, after the success of our allies by sea, a General of the first Rank, with his whole army, has been captured by the allied forces under the direction of our illustrious Commander in Chief. “It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the 13th day of December next, to be religiously observed as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer; that all the people may assemble on that day, with grateful hearts, to celebrate the praises of our gracious Benefactor; to confess our manifold sins; to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace [1 Peter 5:10], that […]

 

Lost Episode for October 25

In his third annual address to Congress, President George Washington stated on Tuesday, October 25, 1791: “Numerous as are the Providential blessings which demand our grateful acknowledgements, the abundance with which another year has again rewarded the industry of the husbandman is too important to escape recollection…. “A System corrisponding with the mild principles of religion and philanthropy towards an unenlightened race of men, whose happiness materially depends on the conduct of the United States, would be as honorable to the national character as conformable to the dictates of sound policy… “[I]n reference to the national security… the establishment of competent Magazines & Arsenals, and the fortification of such places as are peculiarly important and vulnerable, naturally present themselves to consideration. The safety of the United States, under Divine protection, ought to rest on the basis of systematic and solid arrangements; exposed as little as possible to the hazards of fortuitous circumstances.”* President George Washington publicly recognized God’s blessings on our nation, advocated religious and benevolent outreach toward Indians, and argued that even though America is under “Divine protection” we should have a strong national defense. That is another lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read 2 Chronicles 26:1-15 and reflect on God’s blessing on Uzziah’s reign and his military preparations and compare them with Washington’s proposal. Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wisdom of President Washington in acknowledging your blessing on our productivity, the need to promote religious principle and benevolence toward the needy, and […]

 

Lost Episode for October 24

A public servant and outspoken Christian, Elias Boudinot died on October 24, 1821. Boudinot became a Christian during the First Great Awakening and was baptized by the renowned Rev. Dr. George Whitefield. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, which was led by Patriot Pastor James Caldwell. Boudinot served as the President of the Second Continental Congress (1782-83) and became a U.S. Representative from New Jersey (1789-95) and helped frame the Bill of Rights. He also helped found and served as the first President of the American Bible Society (1816-21). On July 4, 1793, Elias Boudinot addressed the Society of the Cincinnati: “The history of the world, as well sacred as profane, bears witness to the use and importance of setting apart a day as a memorial of great events, whether of a religious or political nature. No sooner had the great Creator of the heavens and the earth finished his almighty work, and pronounced all very good, but He set apart (not an anniversary, or one day in a year, but) one day in seven, for the commemoration of his inimitable power in producing all things out of nothing [Gen. 1:31-2:3; Heb. 11:3]. “The deliverance of the children of Israel from a state of bondage to an unreasonable tyrant was perpetuated by the Paschal Lamb, and enjoining it on their posterity as an annual festival for ever, with a ‘remember this day, in which ye came out of Egypt, out of […]

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