How did the Scripture reform nations in the past? The quest to uncover these answers leads us to the underdog heroes who have transformed nations from the bottom up, facing massive obstacles along the way. Click Here to read more....
By the early 16th century thousands of Bibles were being printed on the new Gutenberg-style printing presses. Scholars at Cambridge University in England were spiritually and intellectually awakened as they read many of the newly discovered ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament brought to England by Erasmus from Holland. They would gather at the White Horse Tavern in Cambridge as they came to understand the profound differences between the Word of God and the corrupted traditions and doctrines of the Roman Church. These men included Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer and a brilliant young scholar, William Tyndale.
Tyrants have crushed the lives and liberties of people throughout recorded history. But there is one powerful, peaceful weapon that has defeated tyranny over the centuries. Deployed by the people of England on June 15, 1215, it turned the tide toward liberty. That day one of Europe’s worst tyrants surrendered to the people without a fight. The principles of this document “have proved the most powerful obstacle to tyranny the world has ever seen.”1 This event was a turning point for freedom in the world.
“…He was a fierce warrior, a devout Christian ever thirsting for wisdom, deeply committed to justice, a lover of mercy, and a king who gave himself for his people. He was practically a myth and a much needed reality. He was the king of the Whitehorse—Alfred the Great.”14
In the 9th century, Alfred the Great, following an ancient strategy, saved his civilization against all odds. He battled terrorism, pervasive illiteracy, the decline of faith and morality and the disregard for the rule of law — crises we are facing again in our time.
Patrick traveled Ireland for thirty years along primitive horse trails, aware that he might be killed at any time. He writes, “Daily, I expect murder, fraud or captivity, or whatever it may be; but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God almighty who rules everywhere.”
Patrick of Ireland. Every year on March 17th we celebrate his life. Countless sons have been named after him. Innumerable churches bear his name as well. Parades in his honor march through the streets of great cities. But do we really know him? The truth is, very few people do. So, whether you do or not, permit me to tell his remarkable story...the greatest example in history of a man who won a nation without force of arms and transformed a society from chaos to peace....click here to read more
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