Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Henry Constable to God the Father

Pioneer of the sonnet

Great God, within whose simple essence we Nothing but that which is thyself can find, When on thy self thou didst reflect thy mind, Thy thought was God which took the form of thee; And ...

Christ on my right, Christ on my left

Invocation of the Trinity

St. Patrick’s Breastplate (excerpt) I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation…. Christ with me, ...

Charles Grandison Finney sought to promote social reforms through his faith

Excerpt from Lecture XV of Revival Lectures

The Church must take right ground in regard to politics. Do not suppose that I am going to preach a political sermon, or that I wish to have you join in getting up a Christian ...

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 ...

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