Author Archives: Kenyn Cureton
On March 9, 1790, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote to Rev. Dr. Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University: “Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That He governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever Sect I meet with them. As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, is the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see; But I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his Divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive, that the Supreme takes [...]
On March 8, 1983, at the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan gave what many call his “Evil Empire” speech, so named because of the reference to the Soviet Union as the Evil Empire. However, what has been forgotten about President Reagan’s speech is what he had to say about the necessity of a vibrant faith to support our freedom in America. Reagan declared: “There’s a great spiritual awakening in America, a renewal of the traditional values that have been the bedrock of America’s goodness and greatness. “One recent survey by a Washington-based research council concluded that Americans were far more religious than the people of other nations; 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief in God and a huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives…. And this same study showed a deep reverence for the importance of family ties and religious belief. “I think the items that we’ve discussed here today must be a key part of the Nation’s political agenda… “There is sin and evil in the world, and we’re enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past… The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith… “I believe we [...]
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, the French naval officer who founded New Orleans, died on March 7, 1768. Born in Montreal, Canada, Le Moyne helped to colonize French Louisiana and served as its Colonial Governor various times during the period between 1701 and 1743. Le Moyne also helped establish a Charity Hospital and headed relief efforts when two hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast in the fall of 1740. In his Last Will and Testament, Le Moyne declared: “In the name of the Father, etc. “Persuaded, as I am, of the necessity of death, and the uncertainty of the hour, I wish, before it arrives, to put my affairs in order. First, I consign my soul to God. I wish to live and die in the bosom of the Church. I implore the mercy of God and of Jesus Christ, my Saviour…” Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, founder of New Orleans, professed his faith in Jesus Christ and that is a lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read Eph. 2:4-7 and reflect on the great mercy of our Lord in saving us and compare that with the Le Moyne’s Last Will and Testament. Prayer: Merciful Father, we praise you for your mercy toward us in Christ even though we deserve judgment. May we be merciful people in turn, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Grace King, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co. 1892), 325.
On Wednesday, March 6, 1799, President John Adams issued a Proclamation of a National a Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer: “As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the growing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments [Jer. 17:10] are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities… “I hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the twenty-fifth day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; That the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in private; That they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer [1 Tim. 2:5], for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions…;That He would make us deeply sensible that ‘righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people’ [Proverbs 14:34]; That He would turn us from our [...]
On March 5, 1774, Founding Father John Hancock delivered the annual oration on the Boston Massacre from the pulpit of Old South Church. His remarks, which were printed and widely circulated, concluded with phrases that many would consider sermon-like: “Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice, but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny… “I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America. And let us play the man for our GOD, and for the cities of our GOD [2 Sam. 10:12]; while we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great LORD of the universe, who loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity. [Psalm 45:7]. And having secured the approbation of our hearts, by a faithful and unwearied discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave her important concerns in the hands of HIM who raiseth up and putteth down empires and kingdoms of the world as HE pleases [Dan. 2:21]; and with cheerful submission to HIS sovereign will, devoutly say, “‘Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olives shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet we will [...]