Philadelphia, PA–military occupation

October 17, 2016

In preparation for the upcoming elections, we are looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia.

The role of Philadelphia as the headquarters of the revolutionary government made it the objective of British General Howe’s campaign of 1777. After Howe defeated Washington’s forces south of the city, the congress fled, and Philadelphia was occupied by the British through the winter of 1777-78. The continental army camped outside the city at Valley Forge, and fighting occasionally flared up.
Howe’s occupation of Philadelphia proved meaningless. The new government simply moved to York, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1778, a change of generals and of war plans led the British army to evacuate the city and return to New York, opening the way for reconvening the congress in Philadelphia.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

Our Father in heaven,

You are the God of our salvation. Put aside Your anger against us once more. Our nation has sinned, and put our faith in human constructs and false gods. Will You be angry with us always? Will You prolong Your wrath to all generations?
Revive Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Show her Your unfailing love and grant her Your salvation. Surely Your salvation is near to those who fear You so that Your land in Philadelphia will be filled with Your glory.

Christians of Philadelphia, take the mind of Christ Jesus:

Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

May it be so in Philadelphia. “Glory!” We declare, “Glory over Philadelphia!” Amen.
Psalm 85:4-9, Philippians 2:6-11

References: History of the United States by Douglas Brinkley, Encyclopedia Britannica

Centenary of Planned Parenthood

October 16, 2016

From Breitbart: Planned Parenthood was founded 100 years ago today.

Matthew 25:40 (AMP)
The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’

O Father,
Tens of millions of lives destroyed. Tens of millions of lives created in Your image.
We are an iniquitous nation. Have mercy.

General Washington’s response to the Declaration of Independence

October 16, 2016

“The General hopes this important Event will serve as a fresh incentive to every officer, and soldier, to act with Fidelity and Courage, as knowing that now the peace and safety of his Country depends (under God) solely on the success of our arms: And that he is now in the service of a State, possessed of sufficient power to reward his merit, and advance him to the highest Honors of a free Country.”

— George Washington, General Orders, July 9, 1776

Psalm 22:28
For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.

1 Chronicles 29:12
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.

Acts 17:26
And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.

You are Sovereign, Lord God Almighty, over the United States of America. We thank You for the blessings that You have bestowed upon our nation. Our strength and success, even the very continuance of this nation, are in Your hand.
We bless the United States of America, and we bless the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where our independence was declared and decreed.
Amen and Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–Abraham Clark

October 15, 2016

In preparation for the national elections, we are looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.

Abraham Clark was an American politician and Revolutionary War figure. He was delegate for New Jersey to the Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence and later served in the United States House of Representatives in both the Second and Third United States Congress.

Nothing short of the Almighty Power of God can Save us-it is not in our Numbers, our Union, or our Valour that I dare trust.

2 Samuel 22:33 GNT
This God is my strong refuge; he makes my pathway safe.

Almighty God,
Nothing short of Your Power can save the United States of America at this juncture. We do not trust in our numbers, our union, or our valor. We place our trust in You. Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–George Read

October 14, 2016

In preparation for the national elections, we are examining our roots in Philadelphia, PA.

George Read was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congressman, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, a U.S. Senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of Delaware.
George Read and Richard Bassett of Delaware helped to draft the Delaware Constitution of 1776. It required the following oath for all government officers:

I, ________, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.

2 Timothy 3:16 Names of God Bible
Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval.

Almighty God,
You are indeed our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Your only Son. Jesus Christ learned obedience by the things which he suffered, and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
Almighty God, You are not the author of confusion, but of peace. We stand in agreement with all of the scripture that has been read out loud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through the ages and declare, “Peace!” to this city. Amen.

Hebrews 5:8-9, 1 Corinthians 14:33

Philadelphia, PA–Lyman Hall

October 14, 2016

Georgia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Lyman Hall’s epitaph reads as follows:

“Beneath this stone rest the remains of the Hon. Lyman Hall, Formerly Governor of this State, who departed this life the 19th of Oct., 1790, in the 67th year of his age.”
”In the cause of America he was uniformly a patriot. In the incumbent duties of a husband and a father he acquitted himself with affection and tenderness. But, reader, above all, know from this inscription that he left the probationary scene as a true Christian and an honest man.”

Proverbs 10:9 ESV
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Amen. We declare it so in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Proverbs 11:3 ESV
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Amen. We declare it so in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Amen. We declare it so in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, PA–Oliver Wolcott

October 13, 2016

In preparation for the election, we are examining our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.

Oliver Wolcott (1726 – 1797) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and also the Articles of Confederation as a representative of Connecticut.

Through various scenes of life, God has sustained me. May He ever be my unfailing friend; may His love cherish my soul; may my heart with gratitude acknowledge His goodness; and may my desires be to Him and to the remembrance of His name….May we then turn our eyes to the bright objects above, and may God give us strength to travel the upward road. May the Divine Redeemer conduct us to that seat of bliss which He himself has prepared for His friends; at the approach of which every sorrow shall vanish from the human heart and endless scenes of glory open upon the enraptured eye. There our love to God and each other will grow stronger, and our pleasures never be dampened by the fear of future separation. How indifferent will it then be to us whether we obtained felicity by travailing the thorny or the agreeable paths of life – whether we arrived at our rest by passing through the envied and unfragrant road of greatness or sustained hardship and unmerited reproach in our journey. God’s Providence and support through the perilous perplexing labyrinths of human life will then forever excite our astonishment and love. May a happiness be granted to those I most tenderly love, which shall continue and increase through an endless existence. Your cares and burdens must be many and great, but put your trust in that God Who has hitherto supported you and me; He will not fail to take care of those who put their trust in Him….It is most evident that this land is under the protection of the Almighty, and that we shall be saved not by our wisdom nor by our might, but by the Lord of Host Who is wonderful in counsel and Almighty in all His operations.

Our Father in heaven,
You are the Almighty. O Lord of hosts, You command the angel armies.
We acknowledge Your goodness to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through Your providence and support, what great things have been wrought! You will not fail to take care of those who put their trust in You.
Our nation is in a “perilous perplexing labyrinth of human life.” Have mercy. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. Turn the eyes of the Christians to You.
We loose the angels of guidance over Philadelphia! We loose the angels of wisdom and light! We loose the angels of life! Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–Charles Carroll

October 13, 2016

Leading up to the election, we are examining our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.

Charles Carroll was a leader of the American Revolution and the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He helped to draft the Maryland Constitution, was a member of the Committee of Correspondence, and eventually became a United States Senator, where he helped to establish the Bill of Rights.

He attended the Jesuits’ College at St. Omar, France, and then a seminary in Rheims. In a letter, Carroll wrote:

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

Romans 13:8-10 ESV
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

O Father,
We cry out for Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, to love one another, to love even the least of these–the unborn child. Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–Benjamin Rush

October 12, 2016

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” — Benjamin Rush, signatory to the Declaration of Independence, physician, writer, educator, and humanitarian

Our Father in heaven,
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. We proclaim Your mercy and righteousness over the educational institutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

Proverbs 10:11, Psalm 103:13-22 (KJV)

The Declaration of Independence

October 12, 2016

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed The Declaration of Independence.

Ephesians 3:8-10 (MSG)
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!

Our Father in heaven,
You made all peoples of the earth for Your glory, to serve You in freedom and peace. May Your extraordinary plans for the Body of Christ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continue to display His inexhaustible riches and generosity.
Deep calls to deep. We call forth living water, rising up out of the fountain of tender mercies; living sound, welling up in passion and praise; and living light, blazing forth from the Son of Man. We call forth courageous Christians in Philadelphia, filled with the Holy Spirit, and walking in the love of Jesus.
O manifold light blazing forth from the Son of God and Son of Man, reflecting manifold wisdom like the gems of Aaron’s “breastpiece of decision”–colors of light separated by ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper–shine in the hearts of the Christians in Philadelphia during this election season. Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 11, 2016

In preparation for our national elections, I am reviewing our history in Philadelphia, PA.

The British were defeated at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and General Howe had retreated from Boston. Almost a year following the Olive Branch Petition, the Continental Congress resolved that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent. They named a committee to draft it into a formal resolution: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.

John Adams:

AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for Your protection and blessing of the United States of America.

Benjamin Franklin:

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.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for governing in the affairs of the United States of America.

Thomas Jefferson:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gifts of life and freedom and happiness.

Roger Sherman:

Let us live no more to ourselves, but to Him who loved us, and gave Himself to die for us.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, and we plead His Blood over Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 10, 2016

Leading up to our national elections, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

Most of the delegates to the second Continental Congress still considered themselves loyal to the crown, if not to Parliament. They adopted the “Olive Branch Petition,” expressing hope that the colonies could end their differences with the mother country.

When the Israelites arrived in the land, they set up the ancient wilderness tent shrine (the Tent of Meeting) in Shiloh. The Tent of Meeting remained there 369 years.
Shiloh means place of rest. The word Shiloh is also generally understood as denoting the Messiah, “the peaceful one.” Today, the community Shiloh is surrounded by farms and vineyards.

Jesus, You are “the peaceful one.” You are our place of rest. In You, we live and move and have our being. May the fruit of Your presence be abundantly manifest in the lives of the Christians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Shalom over the Christians in this city, Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and in Philadelphia peace among those with whom He is pleased! Amen.

Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 10, 2016

In preparation for the national elections, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.–JW
The second continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, the same day Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga. Recognizing the need for cohesion, the congress named George Washington as general and commander in chief of the colonial army.

George Washington’s prayer for the nation

ALMIGHTY God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Aftermath to the First Continental Congress

October 9, 2016

The British commander in Boston, General Thomas Gage, received orders to strike a blow at the rebels. He sent troops to seize the rebels and destroy their supply facility at Concord. That night Paul Revere rode the twenty miles to Lexington to warn the radical leaders and everyone else along the way that the British were coming. The British troops did burn the few supplies the colonists had left, but paid a high price. Total casualties numbered 93 colonists and 273 British soldiers.
Confusion ensued. Massachusetts sent Connecticut officer Benedict Arnold to capture Fort Ticonderoga, and Vermont farmer Ethan Allen and the “Green Mountain Boys” joined him. Then Massachusetts dispatched delegates to the second Continental Congress, hoping to convince its fellow colonies to join the rebellion.

Matthew 16:3b (ESV)
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

O Father,
So much tumult in days gone by and so much tumult today! Are we heading toward another revolution?
Search our nation, O God, and know our hearts. Try us and know our thoughts. See us and know our wicked ways, and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
Psalm 139:23-24

Philadelphia, PA–First Continental Congress

October 9, 2016

In preparation of the upcoming election, I am looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

The British Parliament had passed a series of laws that the colonists dubbed “the Intolerable Acts.” In 1774, the Continental Congress declared the Intolerable Acts to be in violation of the colonists’ rights as Englishmen and urged the creation of a revolutionary colonial government. The delegates conceded British rule, but asserted the right to self-government on internal policies and taxation. They accepted royal veto power, but not Parliamentary control.
George III was infuriated at the whole business.

Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.

Dear Father,
There are yet many godly people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We bless their upright influence. May the godly inhabitants of Philadelphia exalt the city and make it prosper.
We invite Your favor, Your plans over Philadelphia to give it a future and a hope. Amen.
Proverbs 11:10-11

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