John Hancock

This is part one of my Patriotic Posts Series (Currently writing on the signers of the Declaration of Independence)

John Hancock was the first of fifty- six men to sign the Declaration of Independence. His signature being first was at the top and it was also the biggest and boldest of them all.  He made quite the exclamation and after penning his now famous name, he said, “There, I guess King George will be able to read that.”


Signing and supporting this declaration was a monumental moment for the signers, the United States of America, and all future generations.  John Hancock and those that followed pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.

So what was really on the line when John Hancock dipped his quill pen into the jet-black ink well to sign over his LIFE, FORTUNE, and SACRED HONOR?

A year prior to signing he was honored by being elected president of the Continental Congress. Shortly after being elected he married the love of his life, Dorothy “Dolly” Quincy and they were expecting their first child (Lydia) in October of 1776. John had also inherited a staggering fortune after the passing of his uncle.

John Hancock was born January 23, 1737 in Braintree Massachusetts to his father, Reverend John Hancock, and his mother Mary.  John had deep roots in the Christian faith; both his father and grandfather were Congregationalist ministers and graduates of Harvard’s ministerial school.

John would have been a minister of the faith as well if his father had not passed away when he was 7 years old.  His life took a different course than expected but he never gave up his faith.  When John was 13 his childless aunt and uncle adopted him and raised him.  His uncle Thomas Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in New England.  He established and owned an importing and exporting business to Britain and acquired great wealth from it.

John had graduated from Harvard and had since worked for his uncle. When his uncle passed in 1764, John inherited the business becoming known as, “King Hancock”.  Since, he became heavily involved in politics rising up as one of the most well known patriots while fighting for America’s liberties during the Revolutionary War and beyond.  He passed in 1793 and was remember as a generous man willing to lay down all he had for the freedom of America.

John Adams later wrote of him to Jedidiah Morse, 1818.

Of Mr. Hancock’s life, character, generous nature, great and distinguished sacrifices and important services, if I had forces, I should be glad to write a volume. But this I hope will be done by some younger and abler hand.

Reverend Dr. Thatcher, John Hancock’s pastor at Brattle, giving his eulogy said,

“His reverence for religion was never lost. He was interested in every thing that related to the house of God. He exceeded his worthy ancestors in his liberality to this society and proved his real attachment to our peace and happiness. It might have been said of him as of the centurion by the Jews,’He loved our nation and hath built us a synagogue.'”

John Hancock was a great man and I want to continue to highlight his Christian faith.  Being a framer and founder of our constitution I think it is important to remember him for the man of God that he was.

The following is copied from HERE

John Hancock was a lifelong member of the Brattle Street Congregationalist Church. His name was inscribed on the cornerstone of the church for the 1,000 pounds he gave when the church was built. He also bought the church’s bell. He also gave a Bible to a church in Lunenberg and bought another bell for a church in Jamaica Plain.

He made frequent appeals to God in his role as President of the Continental Congress and Governor of Massachusetts. In these public positions, he made many statements of praise and thanks to God for His blessings in the fight for independence, made public requests for prayer and repentance and asserted that God was in control of America’s destiny. Hancock also advocated state support of religious institutions.

Some statements revealing his religious faith from some of his public statements and proclamations include:

  • In a letter to the Continental Army in March 1776, Hancock proclaimed that the same God who had foiled British efforts to conquer Massachusetts would defeat their “deep-laid scheme” against the other colonies as well.
  • In an appeal to all the colonies in September 1776, he stated that members of Congress relied “on Heaven for the justice of our cause.”
  • He also said, “I am persuaded under the gracious smiles of Providence, assisted by our own most strenuous endeavors, we shall finally succeed.”
  • From his inaugural address as governor in 1780, Hancock thanked God for “the peaceable and auspicious” adoption of the new state constitution.
  • In 1782 Hancock reassured members of the Massachusetts legislature that “the favor of heaven” would eventually establish America’s righteous claims.
  • Hancock’s Thanksgiving proclamation the following year encouraged citizens to express their gratitude for God’s numerous blessings and to recognize that their “entire Dependence” was on “His Goodness and Bounty.”

Here are some other well known quotes from him.

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” 
History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.

And in his Boston Massacre oration he stated,

I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America. And let us play the man for our God, and for the cities of our God; while we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe, who loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity. And having secured the approbation of our hearts, by a faithful and unwearied discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of him who raiseth up and pulleth down the empires and kingdoms of the world as he pleases; and with cheerful submission to his sovereign will, devoutly say: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the field shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet we will rejoice in the Lord, we will joy in the God of our salvation.”

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Let us not forget the great faith and sacrifice of our founding fathers.  I believe that the LORD is still looking for those with great faith to lay down their lives, fortunes, and honor not just for the freedoms of this nation but most of all for His Kingdom.

NEXT POST: Samuel Adams

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I just want to give a quick thank you and God Bless to our Congressman, Jeff Denham!  I was recently encouraged by David Bereit, 40 Days for Life Director, to send an email, “to your Member of Congress RIGHT NOW and tell them how you feel about removing ALL taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers!” So, I did, letting him know how I felt and why I believe funding needs to be pulled from Planned Parenthood.  Here was his response to my email.

Dear Patrick,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the sanctity of life. This is an issue of utmost concern to me, and I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. I believe that life begins with conception, and that abortion is the immoral termination of an innocent human life. I feel we must emphasize the value of human life, and restore rights to unborn children.

Since 1976, Congress has included the Hyde Amendment in appropriations legislation to prohibit the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through programs like Medicaid. The amendment does not prohibit State funded or privately funded abortions; it only prohibits federal agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services from using federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.

I am committed to banning the use of federal funds to pay for the performance of abortions. For that reason, I support H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on January 20, 2011. According to the Guttmacher Institute, about 25% of Medicaid-eligible women who would otherwise choose abortion choose life when public funds are not available. With 1 in 10 American women covered by Medicaid, the implications of this funding ban are significant.

On February 19th, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund federal departments and agencies through the rest of FY2011. This bill restored long standing prohibitions against the use of federal and local funds for abortion and needle exchange programs. I voted in support of Amendment 11 to the CR which prohibits the use of any federal funds from being used by Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliates. Amendment 11, introduced by. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was included in the CR that passed the House. Currently, the CR is pending in the Senate.

In Congress, I will be an advocate for the rights of the unborn. I will support bills that are life-affirming, increase parental rights, provide necessary barriers to make it more difficult to get an abortion, and deny federal funding to groups and practices that provide abortive procedures of any kind. I care deeply about the dignity and sanctity of unborn human life. Rest assured, I will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn.

Finally, I encourage you to visit my website at www.denham.house.gov to get the most current information on my work in Congress. Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

JEFF DENHAM
United States Representative

Thank you Congressman, Jeff Denham, for being an advocate for life, a voice for the unborn!  I pray that God will continue to use you in this position to bring justice and to influence others in your sphere about the importance of life.  Also a BIG thanks to the rest of our Congressmen who voted yes on the Pence amendment…find out who voted what, HERE.

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Have you caught wind of the latest HISTORIC VOTE to defund Planned Parenthood by stripping them of their taxpayer funding?

What is Planned Parenthood might be your first question…It is an organization that, “is many things to many people, to me, it is the LARGEST abortion chain in America! They do about *320,000 abortions a year!

If that’s not enough they have recently been exposed on undercover cameras for,

“Willing to aid and abet the trafficking of underage “sex workers” by offering advice to an undercover investigator posing as a “pimp” on how to obtain secret abortions, contraception, and STD tests.” Lifesitenews.com

You can find that video coverage right HERE

And you can find other videos of PP and their abuses HERE

How much funding do they actually get a year from taxpayer funding…Around *$350,000,000!!!

What was the vote in the House of Representatives…It was an overpowering majority vote of 240 to 185! A huge victory for pro lifers!

And just so you are aware, the voting of this amendment is not removing all money that the government offers to health care providers…NO, it is just removing the funds from the health care providers that provide the killing of innocent babies with the money that is offered to them.

I believe Lila Rose response to this momentous news says it best.

“We applaud those in Congress who championed the safety of women, young girls and children today, and refused to funnel hundreds of millions of tax dollars into an organization that furthers the trafficking of minors and enables sexual abusers. We now turn our attention to the Senate. Now they must examine the facts and move to pull the plug on subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s exploitation of the most vulnerable among us. The case to cease funding is crystal clear. But for any Senator who remains unsure, imagine explaining to your constituents that you voted to keep sending $350 million of their tax dollars to a ‘non-profit’ that puts young girls in harm’s way and made $63 million in profits by aborting 300,000 unborn children last year. It’s time once and for all to stop financing these activities.” – Lila Rose, President of Live Action

Sadly, in a new video, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards condemns House passage on February 18 of an amendment that would defund PP by saying ,

“It’s funding that saves lives, and they killed it”…

The abortion of 320,000 murdered baby’s is not saving lives, it is in fact the killing of lives!

This is far from over, as now the amendment must be passed by the Senate.  The opposition is heated and the line has been drawn very clear.  LIFE or DEATH?  I pray that you join in this HISTORIC CAUSE by spreading the word and taking a stand for LIFE.  The passing of this amendment will be a day to remember.

*PP annual report source

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I am thrilled to say that me, my wife, and 3-month-old girl, Liberty, joined in with an estimated 50,000 PRO-LIFERS in the Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, January 22nd.  It was a perfect day in the bay as we walked from Justin Herman Plaza to the Marina Greens.  It was only a 2.5-mile walk but with so many peaceful pedestrians the pace was protracted while the pulse from the peoples was lively in the proclaiming of how precious LIFE is!

The mile long flow of joyous people streamed through the city with radiant sunshine beating down while a very small, vulgar, and dark cloud of opposition was left standing on the sidelines to watch all 50,000 plus PRO- LIFERS walk by.  What a statement we made!  Regardless of how the “big” press covered it, the PRO-LIFE people were seen and heard and could not be ignored.  It was great to see so much diversity in race, religion, and age to come into UNITY with something that we all hold dear, LIFE.

Check out this video footage from one of the speakers at the walk, Abby Johnson:

She just came out with a new book called, UNPLANNED, get your hands on a copy to find out the truth and how important this issue of LIFE really is.  Here is a link to check out the first chapter of her book, Unplanned, http://40daysforlife.s3.amazonaws.com/chapter1.pdf

Here are some photos from the walk:

Aimee and Liberty…and my Dad 🙂

Kurt and Anna Hall

Tuolumne Bound4Life Chapter

You can’t go wrong when you are surrounded in a sea full of people that value and cherish LIFE. Thank you to all that helped put this on and to those that showed up so that others could see that the tides are changing and a GIGANTIC wave of PRO-LIFERS are crashing on the scene with Light and LIFE to reveal the Truth; breaking through the deception of pro-choice, planned parenthood, and abortion!

Thanks for reading, hope to see you all there next year! And remember, “Without LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not possible.”

Blessings,

Patrick Judah

p.s. check out my article from last year http://historyishiring.com/caught-red-handed/

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I saw this song on Youtube and had to share it with you all. I am a huge Misty Edwards fan and I love creative poetry that gives honor to the Creator. Check out this song that is inspired by Misty Edwards and also uses Misty’s chorus from, Soul Cry, off of her Fling Wide album.  So here it is by: Lady Eagle 8 Ft. Shekina G- Soul Cry

Hope you enjoyed it and share it with your friends!

-Patrick Judah

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Bound4LIFE! Have you heard of it?  Have you seen the people with the “red life tape” on their mouths (pictured above)?  Well I hope you have and if you have not then check out their website: Bound4LIFE.com.  If you have a heart for life and would like to see the ending of abortion then I would encourage you to find out more about this movement and how you can join.

For the local readers of my hometown, Tuolumne, California, I would like to invite you to the SILENT SEIGE we will be having this Tuesday, November 23rd!  It will be in front of the Sonora Courthouse from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Our stand is not a protest, but a silent prayer meeting.”

Let us come together and be a voice for the unborn as we pray for the ending of abortion! BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

See you there,

Patrick Judah

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Liberty Reign

The long awaited DAY OF DELIVERY (October 26, 2010).  I can now officially say that I am a Father, a Dad, Poppa…Daddy! I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and I can say the same for my wife.  This pregnancy has been a wonderful experience and saying the typical, “it’s life changing”, does not get close to describing the monumental moment.  The months leading up to this have been fun, challenging, exciting, and sobering. I would relate these last 9 months of pregnancy to the coming of the Kingdom, “the now but not yet.” Liberty was in our presence the whole time and yet we knew that it was not the “full” experience that we were promised.  We watched her kick and move all around and yet we still could not fully see her and hold her.  God has promised us the Kingdom in the now and many times we can see it moving and kicking, but we also know that it is not yet fully manifested.  I cannot wait until the fullness of His kingdom is ushered from heaven to earth, what a glorious day!

I learned some things during the labor part of the pregnancy.  Matthew 24:13 says, “The one who endures to the end, will be saved.” This is such good news! When the birthing pangs came at times I felt like it was impossible, like they would never stop! Also, it is not easy to watch someone that you love go through suffering.  Now I can say I have a very small glimpse (like really small) of what the Father felt when His Son was crucified, or even when I am faced with trials or troubles.  But during the labor and contractions I was reminded of the Misty Edwards song that refers to Matthew 24:13, “If you don’t quit, you win”, “It’s going to get better, it’s going to be worth it!” Then I saw and felt the pattern of resting and “fighting” during the whole labor.  These small pockets of rest were very important for my wife and I found that it was even more important for me to pray and fight on her behalf while she was resting.  I heard the Lord say that it is important to allow Him to fight for us when He has called us into His rest.  There will be times when it feels like we are fighting and He does not seem to be present even though He is there.  Those are the times when our faith is being tested by trials and tribulations.  But it is important to perceive when He has called us into “rest”, so that we can allow Him to do the fighting for us and not take things on our own.  I hope that makes sense, just know that He is our rest and our strength.

You can read about it and talk about it, but there is nothing like encountering it for yourself! I thank God for His supernatural presence through the whole process.  Now that Liberty is here, I know no other way of living…IT IS THE SAME WITH MY SAVIOR IN MY LIFE!

Yours Truly,

One Proud Dad

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The Manhattan Declaration is the unifying of ALL Christian believers to make a stand for LIFE, MARRIAGE, and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.  I hope the Preamble below will remind you of our Christian heritage and why it is so important that we continue to stand for these moral issues not just by the signing and sharing of this document but by the walking out of what God has called us to as Christians.

PREAMBLE
Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God’s word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering.

While fully acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings of Christian institutions and communities in all ages, we claim the heritage of those Christians who defended innocent life by rescuing discarded babies from trash heaps in Roman cities and publicly denouncing the Empire’s sanctioning of infanticide. We remember with reverence those believers who sacrificed their lives by remaining in Roman cities to tend the sick and dying during the plagues, and who died bravely in the coliseums rather than deny their Lord.

After the barbarian tribes overran Europe, Christian monasteries preserved not only the Bible but also the literature and art of Western culture. It was Christians who combated the evil of slavery: Papal edicts in the 16th and 17th centuries decried the practice of slavery and first excommunicated anyone involved in the slave trade; evangelical Christians in England, led by John Wesley and William Wilberforce, put an end to the slave trade in that country. Christians under Wilberforce’s leadership also formed hundreds of societies for helping the poor, the imprisoned, and child laborers chained to machines.

In Europe, Christians challenged the divine claims of kings and successfully fought to establish the rule of law and balance of governmental powers, which made modern democracy possible. And in America, Christian women stood at the vanguard of the suffrage movement. The great civil rights crusades of the 1950s and 60s were led by Christians claiming the Scriptures and asserting the glory of the image of God in every human being regardless of race, religion, age or class.

This same devotion to human dignity has led Christians in the last decade to work to end the dehumanizing scourge of human trafficking and sexual slavery, bring compassionate care to AIDS sufferers in Africa, and assist in a myriad of other human rights causes – from providing clean water in developing nations to providing homes for tens of thousands of children orphaned by war, disease and gender discrimination.

Like those who have gone before us in the faith, Christians today are called to proclaim the Gospel of costly grace, to protect the intrinsic dignity of the human person and to stand for the common good. In being true to its own calling, the call to discipleship, the church through service to others can make a profound contribution to the public good.

I have posted the Preamble on my site in hopes that you will go over to the Manhattan Declaration website yourself.  You will be able to read the rest of the declaration in full, as well as SIGN THE DOCUMENT AND SHARE WITH OTHERS! I find this to be very important for our age in HISTORY.

Thanks for participating,

Patrick Judah

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