Send a Revival

What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? I Chronicles 17:21 The American Colonists were a diverse assortment of ethnic groups in a strange land. There was no central government. Unity was localized. A wild and adventurous spirit prevailed. Morals had declined and religious devotion had deteriorated. Drunkenness,…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 14

Gerald Ford With Nixon’s resignation, Ford was thrust into office. On the day prior to the formal resignation, Ford and his wife spent the day praying “for guidance and assurance for the responsibilities” that were being thrust on him.[1] When he took the oath of office, he confessed to the American people that he was…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 12

Harry Truman President Truman declared a Day of Prayer on Aug. 16, 1945: The warlords of Japan…have surrendered unconditionally…Our global victory… has come with the help of God…Let us…dedicate ourselves to follow in His ways. But the path to peace would be difficult. Roosevelt would die a month before victory in Europe. Four days after…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 11

Franklin D. Roosevelt In 1932, Roosevelt was elected in a landslide. On the eve of his inauguration, he gathered aides and instructed them to call designated cabinet members to join him and his family at St. John’s church for a private prayer service.[1] His braces and the additional attention his role as the President made…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 9

World War I Both Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft had advanced the idea of ‘muscular Christianity.’ Roosevelt would say ‘Jesus was a man’s man – strong, muscle-bound, and physical.’ The idea carried over into war recruitment. Men, strong men, vital men – could be men of prayer! The idea of war divided the nation. “We’ll…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 8

Chester Arthur President Chester Arthur was always dressed fashionably and gave the office a dignity it had lost under Johnson and Grant. He was an Episcopalian, but never one strong in faith. His prayer life deepened in his days in office. He had lost his wife the previous year. The weight of the office and…

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