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Have you ever wondered who fired "the shot heard round the world" that fateful morning of April 19, 1775? Who were those brave men who stood against the best-trained army in the world? This book contains Jonas Clark's Sermon on the one-year anniversary and his eyewitness narrative of those events. None other but Jonas Clark could give such an accounting, for he was the pastor of those "embattled farmers" who stood their ground. Clark is herein giving an honest and accurate accounting of the Battle of Lexington. He is also giving testimony of the events of April 19 and answers the great question, "Who fired the first shot?"
There was no better-prepared place to inaugurate the first battle of the War for Independence than the little village of Lexington. For pastor Clark "discussed from the pulpit the great questions at issue, and that powerful voice thundered forth the principles of personal, civil, and religious liberty, and the right of resistance, in tones as earnest and effective as it had the doctrines of salvation by the cross." (J. T. Headley, Heroes of Liberty: Chaplains and Clergy of the American Revolution, 21.) "It was to the congregation, educated by such a man, that Providence allowed to be entrusted the momentous events of April 19, events which were to decide the fate of a continent—that of civil liberty the world over." (Headley, 23)
Today, the Battle of Lexington is little spoken of, for as a nation we have forgotten our history. We have neglected the heroes of our freedom and liberty. But there was a time when this day was remembered and odes were written to commemorate the occasion. Paul Revere's Ride and the Concord Hymn are two examples. (See Appendix, pages 75–88.) Our history books no longer tell the true story of Lexington, so we must.
America is perishing for the need of
preachers who apply God's holy Word to every area of life including personal,
civil, and religious liberty. The Church needs more pastors like Jonas Clark, a
preacher who taught the great doctrines of salvation in Christ alone and the
Biblical right to resistance, which gave his congregation courage to stand in
the face of great odds. The Battle of Lexington should inspire every man, in
all stations of life, to stand and make a difference.
—Rev. Christopher Hoops, Theology Editor for Nordskog Publishing
To hear more about the virtues of this Patriot Pastor, author of the Battle of Lexington book, please view this sermon by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, Pastor – Coral Ridge Ministries “Will the Church Forget?” (Jump to 5:00 for commentary on Jonas Clark)
"...I enjoyed reading this book and will be keeping it on the bookshelf for required reading when my children and I study the American Revolution in our home school."
— Sarah Bailey
It's American History Month, a great time to read recent books about the American Revolution!
"The Battle of Lexington : a sermon and eyewitness narrative" by Jonas Clark, pastor, Church of Lexington (Nordskog Publishing)
The original title of this book was "The Fate of Blood-thirsty Oppressors, and GOD's Tender Care of His Distressed People, 1776". The little book also contains four poems about the era : "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; "Lexington" by Oliver Wendell Holms; "Lexington" by John Greenleaf Whittier; and "Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This remarkable document is told by a pastor who found eight of his parishioners dead and many more wounded in the aftermath of the Battle of Lexington, where was fired "the shot heard 'round the world." Everything in the world changed on that day . Now we have an eyewitness to tell us about this earth-shattering event! Pastor Jonas Clark's witness reminds us that we must stand and make a difference for the Lord.
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The history minor in me loves period documents. This small book contains the sermon and eye-witness narrative of Pastor Jonas Clark, delivered on the one-year anniversary of the Battle of Lexington. For those who need a quick review: the Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first skirmishes between the British Red Coats and the Massachusetts militia because the British were out to take the store weapons of the militia.
The book opens with a short biography of Pastor Clark, an impressive man. Then the sermon follows. The language is true to the time, so not easy for young children to read. However, it will give a great flavor of the era to middle-school and high-school students.
The second half of the book contains Pastor Clark's eyewitness account of the battle. The slim volume ends with an appendix of four poems that memorialize the battle: Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lexington by Oliver Wendall Holmes, Lexington by John Greenleaf Whittier, and Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This book is a nice supplement for middle- or high-school students who are studying the American Revolution. The volume will add a nice first-person account of this pivotal battle that in many ways launched the war. Cara Putman
©2009 Home Life, Inc. Originally published in Practical Homeschooling magazine Nov/Dec 2009. Used by permission.
This sermon, although 232 years old, is very much needed for today as it describes how a people can become far from life in CHRIST and how they can be restored to THE FATHER'S will... it is about what we today call revival.
This sermon message describes the proper role of government in men's lives and what happens when government becomes tyrannical.
The Battle of Lexington is about the cause of mankind... freedom, liberty and reliance on THE GOD of THE BIBLE... even its colorful cover elicits an American response which touches posterity.
This book and the associated appendix is a must have. As a direct descendant myself of The Founding Fathers and having been born in Lexington, I am giving this book to every preacher, legislator and patriot that I can afford to.
As a companion to "Lexington", I also recommend "GOD'S Ten Commandments". One can not understand America's foundations with out the truth expressed in this little book with a very big message. Both books are economically priced and sized just right to be handed out for
No other king but KING JESUS!
Garrett Lear "The Patriot Pastor"
America is perishing for the need of preachers who apply Gods Holy Word to every area of life . The Church needs more pastors like Jonas Clark, a preacher who taught the great doctrines of salvation in Christ. We need pastors today that are not afraid of stepping on someones toes or offending a life style that is taught to be so bad in the Bible. It seems today that everything goes and there is no morals anymore, not even in our churches. Old Satan is just sitting back and laughing at all the people he is getting.
I found this to be extremely interesting. Forced to memorize battle dates, outcomes, and commanders in high school I often sank into the muck of memorization for the purpose of passing a test. History so often was just that - an impersonal memorization of dates. I have long been fascinated by the personal side of history - taking to heart God's command for Israel to pass down from generation to generation the works of the Lord (their history). I believe hidden behind the dates and outcomes lay important and overlooked details of God's provision and love - and lessons that must be taught and learned.
The Battle of Lexington would have meant more to me had I read this book as a high school student. I would have done more than memorize the date and outcome. Like the diary of Anne Frank is required reading when studying the horrors of the Holocaust and Hitler's frightening rise to communistic power - so should this book be required reading when studying the American History.
Within this sermon and the eyewitness account are hidden deep spiritual truths that are foundational to every person's life. A young reader is invited to experience firsthand the atrocities of war and the price of liberty. They are invited to see Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord is my banner) shine in battle as His provisional security and grace are accomplished in the midst of innocent bloodshed. One cannot but help feel a wave of patriotism well up inside as one reads this amazing sermon. It is as applicable today as it was in 1776 - Jonas Clark calls his people to repent and acknowledge God's sovereign reign, to accept the Lord's chastisement for wrongs, and to take hope in God's promise of deliverance in the midst of terrible times.
I will say that I recommend this highly for high school and maybe junior high. The language and content may be more difficult for a young elementary age student to fully take in and appreciate. I look forward to having my children memorize parts of this sermon and the included poems as part of their history.