Back to Reach • Devotion 3
on September 28th, 2022
Charles FinneyDr. Randy JohnsonCharles Finney (1792-1875) never was the president of the United States and never aspired any other political position. He was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. It was an amazing revival throughout the land. Finney said, “The church must take right ground in regard to politics. Politics are part of religi...  Read More
Back to Reach • Devotion 2
on September 27th, 2022
Thomas JeffersonDr. Randy JohnsonThomas Jefferson (1743-1826) served as the third president of the United States. He was also a lawyer, architect, philosopher, and had previously served as the second vice president of the United States.President Jefferson said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Jefferson’s faith has been chal...  Read More
Back to Reach • Devotion 1
on September 26th, 2022
Benjamin FranklinDr. Randy JohnsonBenjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is a well-known writer, philosopher, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, statesman, and diplomat. He never ran for president as he was already 83 when George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. He was clearly a founding father as he held many other positions in developing our country....  Read More
Grow • Devotion 6
on September 24th, 2022
John AdamsDr. Randy JohnsonEarlier I referred to John Quincy Adams (6th president). In this devotion, I want to refer to his father, John Adams ((1735-1826). John Adams has quite the resume. He was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain. He was an attorney and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was the first vice president and the second presid...  Read More
Grow • Devotion 5
on September 23rd, 2022
James MadisonDr. Randy JohnsonJames Madison (1751-1836) served as the fourth president of the United States. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He is clearly one of the founding fathers of the United States.President Madison said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon ...  Read More
Grow • Devotion 4
on September 22nd, 2022
Godly RulersDr. Randy JohnsonIn 1776, our nation declared its independence. It was a nation of the original 13 states. In 1796 (just 20 years later), our country was developing and growing. Independence Day was celebrated on July 4th for the first time. Tennessee was admitted as the 16th U.S. state. The U.S. State Department issued the first U.S. passport. President George Washington issued his Fa...  Read More
Grow • Devotion 3
on September 21st, 2022
Noah WebsterDr. Randy JohnsonWhen I think of Noah Webster (1758-1843), I immediately think of the dictionary. Today, it is entitled the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. He also wrote the Blue-backed Speller books that taught five generations of children how to spell and read. Webster has even been called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education.” He did many other things while still being a me...  Read More
Grow • Devotion 2
on September 20th, 2022
Religious EducationDr. Randy Johnson The Bible was important to our founding fathers. In a ten-year study undertaken at the University of Houston, researchers examined 15,000 documents from America’s founders and determined that:• 34% of their quotations came directly from the Bible.• 94% of their quotes were based on the Bible.• 60% used the Bible to arrive at their conclusion.This is how many of...  Read More
Grow • Devotion 1
on September 19th, 2022
Blasphemy is IllegalDr. Randy JohnsonThe ruling in People vs. Ruggles (1811) declared, “Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.” The founding fathers understood the importance of Christianity. The government was not to interfere with Christianity, but the government wanted Christianity’s presence. The government protected Christianity’s...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 6
on September 17th, 2022
RedeemerDr. Randy JohnsonI have been starting each of these devotions with a quote from one of our country’s founding fathers. In this devotion, I thought I would represent many of them by quoting the Supreme Court (1892). It said, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and to t...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 5
on September 16th, 2022
Christian PresidentsDr. Randy JohnsonAll too often we feel the phrase “Christian President” is an oxymoron. Is it possible for a Christian to be a politician? It is interesting to see how the founding fathers would answer this question.John Jay (1745-1829) was the second governor of New York, director of the United States policy, negotiator and signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, and the fir...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 4
on September 15th, 2022
ImpossibleDr. Randy JohnsonGeorge Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities, and people. Jesse Washington recorded for the Associated Press, “The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington.”George Washington (1732-1799) was an American military gen...  Read More