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Friday, November 5, 2010

John Langdon

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A member of the Continental Congress, he led military expeditions during the Revolutionary War, paying for them at his own expense.

He built ships to raid the British, signed the Constitution and was the first President pro tem of the Senate.

His name was John Langdon, and he died SEPTEMBER 18, 1819.

As Governor of New Hampshire, John Langdon was visited by President James Monroe in 1817, as the newspaper reported:

"While at Portsmouth, the President spent that part of the Sabbath which was not devoted to public divine service, with that eminent patriot and Christian, John Langdon.

His tarry...was probably longer than the time devoted to any individual in New England."

A founder and first President of the New Hampshire Bible Society, whose goal was to put a Bible in every New Hampshire home, Governor John Langdon wrote in a Proclamation, October 21, 1785:

"It therefore becomes our indispensable Duty, not only to acknowledge, in general with the rest of Mankind, our dependence on the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, but as a People peculiarly favoured, to testify our Gratitude to the Author of all our Mercies, in the most solemn and public manner."

I wish I could do a study on the correlation between recognizing our dependence on God and how that influences the productive life.  It seems to me that people are more dedicated to helping mankind, more knowledable about the "real" needs of the people, more committed to doing good and more productive with the things they choose to do - when they have a relationship with God and a knowledge of him as the ruler of the Universe. 

God loves you,


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