Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Scientist Michael Faraday on the Word of God

The devout Christian's many inventions laid foundation for technological advances in motors and electricity

The Christian who is taught by God (by His Word and Holy Spirit) finds his guide in the Word of God, and commits the keeping of his soul in the hands of God. He looks ...

Before it was Princeton

Jonathan Edwards, president of the College of New Jersey, and the epitome of early American literature

The goings on of God were then seen in his sanctuary, God’s day was a delight and His tabernacles were amiable. Our public assemblies were then beautiful; the congregation was alive in God’s service, everyone ...

John Cotton explains his mission

A simpler expression of the Christian faith

To exhort all that are planted at home, or intend to plant abroad, to look well to your plantation, as you desire that the sons of wickedness may not afflict you at home, nor enemies ...

Inspired by the bombing of Fort McHenry

Our national anthem's origin story

Star Spangled Banner [first verse] O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, ...

The phrase that every piece of U.S. currency bears

The man behind the money

In God we trust.— Salmon Portland Chase Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873 was an American politician and sixth Chief Justice of the United States (1864-1873). Besides serving as 23rd governor of Ohio, Chase also served as ...

Prayer for the Constitutional Convention

As this is a period, O Lord! big, with events, impenetrable by any human scrutiny, we fervently recommend to thy fatherly notice, that august Body assembled in this city, who compose our Federal Convention; will ...

The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving

December 18 was original Thanksgiving Day

Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings ...

Declaration of prayer and fasting

The Congress…Desirous…to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely… on his aid and direction…do earnestly recommend Friday, the ...

First prayer in Congress

Be Though present O God of Wisdom and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundations; that the scene of blood may be speedily ...

Congress of Massachusetts

We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before God on account of their sins, for He hath been pleased in His righteous judgment to suffer a great calamity to befall us, ...

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