This speech was delivered by General Washington to his troops just before the battle of Long Island on August 26, 1776.
“The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.
“The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of a brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer, or to die.”
Benjamin Franklin was eighty-one years old when he came to the Constitutional Convention.
At first, the delegates couldn’t agree on anything. Then, they adopted Franklin’s resolution to begin each session with prayer. With God’s help, they drafted the United States Constitution. They created a new form of government that had never existed before. A government whose power is derived from the consent of the governed. A government of the people, by the people and for the people.
This is a portion of Benjamin Franklin’s request for prayer:
“How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance.
I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; . . . “
Benjamin Franklin knew from his own experience that, if it hadn’t been for God, the United States of America would not exist. And the practice of beginning daily sessions of Congress with prayer continues to this day.
In Patrick Henry’s most famous speech, he implores his fellow citizens to take arms against the British. And they did. The rest is history.
What is it that makes this speech so powerful? It’s Patrick Henry’s passionate expression of his faith in God. He knew that God always helps his people. And that when we’re on God’s side, we will prevail, because God will defeat all of our enemies. Here are the last two paragraphs of Patrick Henry’s speech:
“Three millions of people, armed in the cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the streets of Boston. The war is inevitable–and let it come. I repeat it sir, let it come.
It is in vain, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace. peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the sound of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field.
Why stand we here idle? What is it that the gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God, I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
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My name is Larry Vaughn and I’m a Vietnam veteran. I thought I was one of the lucky ones who got away scot-free. But I was wrong. Even though I was blessed with a wonderful wife and three lovely daughters, I was in a bad mood most of the time. And I was always mad about something.
I eventually got to the point where I couldn’t control my emotions. And my doctors had to take me off work. They told me that I had Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. And I never went back to my job as a letter carrier. I was broke. I was too sick to work. And I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work again.
That was rock bottom for me. So I cried out to God in desperation and asked him to help me. And I started studying the Bible every day. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time but I was fellowshipping with God in his word. And while I was getting to know him, he was teaching me things that I needed to know. One of these things was how to cope with PTSD. Studying the Bible has helped me to live with it more than anything else.
So I’ve been mining the Bible for nuggets of wisdom and truth for years. I’m excited about the things that I’ve learned from the Bible. I want to share them with everyone. And that’s why I wrote A Crash Course in the Bible. A Crash Course in the Bible is a summary of the Bible’s most important teachings. And it contains Bible verses that everyone needs to know. If you study these Bible verses and take them to heart, they will comfort you and give you peace. They will help you get through difficult times. And they will change your life forever.
If you put A Crash Course in the Bible on your cell phone, then you can listen to the word of God anytime, anywhere. You can even listen to it when you’re going to sleep at night. And you’ll be like the man who’s described in Psalm One:
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:2-3)
My name is Larry Vaughn and I’m a Vietnam veteran. I thought I was one of the lucky ones who got away scot-free. But apparently, nobody who goes to war ever gets away scot-free. I didn’t know there was anything wrong with me. But the people around me did. I was irritable and short-tempered most of the time. And I was always mad about something. In 1998, I reached the point where I couldn’t control my emotions. My Doctors told me that I had PTSD. They took me off work and I never went back to my job as a Letter Carrier.
I applied for a medical retirement. But the Postal Service took over a year to process it. And during that year, my wife and I had no income. This was rock bottom for me. I was old and broke and too sick to work. And I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work again.
So I cried out to God in desperation and asked him to help me. And I started spending hours each day studying the Bible. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time. But I was fellowshipping with God in his word. And while I was getting to know him, he was teaching me things that I needed to know. One of these things was how to cope with PTSD.
I was mining the Bible for life-lessons from God. And when I saw a Bible verse that jumped out at me, I copied it down. I believe that the verses I’ve collected are the most interesting and informative verses in the Bible. I’m excited about the things that I’ve learned from them. I want to share them with you. And that’s why I wrote A Crash Course in the Bible.