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Lost Episode for October 2

On Sunday, October 2, 1785, George Washington entered in his diary at his home in Mount Vernon: “Went with Fanny Bassett, Burwell Bassett, Doctor Stuart, G.A. Washington, Mr. Shaw & Nelly Custis to the Pohick Church; to hear a Mr. Thompson preach, who returned home with us to dinner, where I found Reverend Mr. Jones [Rev. David Jones, Chester County, Pennsylvania], formerly a chaplain in one of the Pennsylvania Regiments. — After we were in Bed (about Eleven o’clock in the Evening) Mr Houdon, sent from Paris by Doct’r Franklin and Mr Jefferson to take My Bust, in behalf of the State of Virginia, with three young men assistants, introduced by a Mr Perin a French Gentleman of Alexandria arrived here by Water from the latter place. * The Father of our Country not only made a habit of participating in Sunday worship but was also a friend to ministers of the Gospel and entertained them at his Mount Vernon home. That is another lost episode in American history. Read and reflect: Read Psalm 122 and reflect on David’s desire to be in God’s house and compare that with the practice of Washington. Prayer: Father we thank you for this Founding Father who valued being in your house on your day. Give us leaders in this our day who seek guidance from your word and who seek your strength in worship, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds., The Diaries of George Washington, 6 vols., […]


Lost Episode for October 1

Born on October 1, 1746, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg became a pastor, soldier, and statesman. Son of the founder of the Lutheran church in America, Peter followed in his father’s footsteps after a rebellious youth. He became pastor of an English speaking Episcopal church and some small German speaking Lutheran churches in and around frontier town of Woodstock Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley during the 1770s. Muhlenberg was a friend of George Washington and Patrick Henry and became concerned about British tyranny. He was elected to serve as chair of the Committee for Correspondence of Dunsmore County, and was also elected as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, serving as the chair of the Committee of Safety. With the battles already being fought in Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill, and the threat of armed conflict breaking out against all the colonies, Pastor Muhlenberg returned to Woodstock to warn his churches in the Shenandoah Valley that war is coming. He mounted the pulpit in his black clerical robes on January 21, 1776, and read out of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to sow, and a time to reap; a time to kill, and a time to heal…” When Peter reached v 8, “A time of war, and a time of peace,” he concluded: “In the language of Holy Writ, there a time for all things, a time to preach […]


Lost Episode for September 30

On September 30, 1648, the second Synod of New England churches, led by Dorchester Pastor Richard Mather, completed its business in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having defined the nature of civil government, the function of elected officials, and the duties of Christian citizens as follows: “I. God, Supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, and for his own glory and the public good; and to this end hath armed them with the power of the sword for the defense and encouragement of them that do well, and for the punishment of evil-doers (Rom. 13:1-7). “II. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of magistrate when called thereunto. In the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of the Commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions…. (1 Tim. 2:2-4; Rom. 13:4). “III. They who upon pretence of Christian liberty shall oppose any lawful power or the lawful exercises of it resist the ordinances of God…they may be called to account and proceeded against by the censure of the church and by the power of the civil magistrate… (Rom. 13:2). “IV. It is the duty of the people to pray for magistrates, to honor their persons, to pay them tribute and other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority […]


Lost Episode for September 29

The first session of the Federal Congress under the new U.S. Constitution adjourned in Federal Hall in New York City on September 29, 1789. The Speaker of the House was Rev. Frederick Muhlenberg, a Lutheran pastor who had served in New York until the British occupation during the war. Rev. Muhlenberg and his family had returned to his native Pennsylvania, where he continued to pastor churches but later decided to run for elected office. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate was John Langdon, who was a founder and the first President of the New Hampshire Bible Society, whose goal was to place a Bible into every home in the state. As Governor of New Hampshire, Langdon made several Proclamations calling for days set aside for thanksgiving and for fasting and prayer to God. Under Speaker Muhlenberg and President Pro Tempore Langdon’s leadership, with the approval of President George Washington and Vice President John Adams, Congress passed several important measures that safeguard and promote our rich Judeo-Christian heritage. For example: 1. On April 25, the Senate: “proceeded to the appointment of a Chaplain, in the manner agreed upon the 15th of April; and the right reverend Samuel Provoost was elected.” 2. On April 27, the Senate: “Resolved, That, after the oath shall have been administered to the President, he, attended by the Vice President and the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, proceed to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service, to be performed by the Chaplain of […]


Lost Episode for September 28

Founding Father James Warren was born on September 28, 1726. A descendant from passengers on the Mayflower, Warren graduated from Harvard in 1745, became a member of the Sons of Liberty, and served as the President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren also served as a Major-General in the Provincial Militia and fought in the battle of Bunker Hill. He married Mercy Otis Warren, a remarkable author and playwright, who produced a three-volume work entitled: History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution in 1805. It was James and Mercy Warren collaborated with Samuel Adams to create the Committees of Correspondence. These committees became the colonial “social networking” hubs of that day, communicating England’s oppression and inspiring the spirit of unity in liberty, primarily among the New England colonies. Near the end of 1773, these committees began to function as a shadow government through which the patriots swapped ideas, synchronized plans, and set in motion their efforts to oppose British tyranny. One of the mottos of the Committees was reportedly “No King but King Jesus,”* inspired by a movement in Britain more than a century before the Revolution. Indeed, this sentiment is confirmed by a summary of a letter from a colonial (and Crown-appointed) governor that was read in Parliament on April 22, 1774 by Sir Richard Sutton, who stated: “If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any Governor but Jesus Christ.”* James and Mercy Warren, Samuel […]

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