George Washington's "Devotionals"

George Washington spent an hour each morning and an hour each evening in "private devotions," as his daughter Nelly Parke Custis testified. These were not fluffy, syrupy, or escapist devotionals. George Washington was prayerfully discerning the blueprints for the creation of a new nation. His devotionals were not in a chapel, but in a library. 

Jared Sparks was President of Harvard University. He also assembled the definitive collection of George Washington's papers. In Volume XII of these writings, Sparks delved into the religious character of George Washington, and included numerous letters written by the friends, associates, and family of Washington which testified of his religious character. Nelly Custis' letter, which Sparks requested, gave these details:

It was his custom to retire to his library at nine or ten o'clock where he remained an hour before he went to his chamber. He always rose before the sun and remained in his library until called to breakfast.

George Washington's Diaries are available online at the Library of Congress. They are introduced with these words:

No theme appears more frequently in the writings of Washington than his love for his land. The diaries are a monument to that concern. In his letters he referred often, as an expression of this devotion and its resulting contentment, to an Old Testament passage. After the Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, he wrote the Marquis de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784: "At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree." This phrase occurs at least 11 times in Washington's letters. "And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree" (2 Kings 18:31).

It is also a phrase from the prophet Micah, the idea of everyone owning property and enjoying the fruits of their labor without fear of theft or political oppression, of sitting peacefully under your "Vine & Fig Tree."

The heart of the GeorgeWashingtonCoaching program is the daily reading of the five most important works in the history of Western Civilization, in a prayerful quest for the blueprints of a "Vine & Fig Tree" society.

  GeorgeWashingtonCoaching will help you become extraordinary by showing you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes George Washington -- joined by most of America's Founding Fathers -- made during his life.

First Mistake: He emphasized "rights" instead of duties.

Americans today think they have a right to a first-class education, a high-paying job, wonder-working healthcare, and just about everything they want -- all free, of course.

You must avoid this mistake because it prevents you from becoming a servant of others (Mark 10:42-45).

Second Mistake: He took up arms to abolish the government.

Abolishing tyranny is a good idea. But not with muskets and cannons. Killing a human being created in the Image of God just because that human being is an IRS agent and wants to take your money -- this is not a Christian thing to do.

Nothing could be clearer from the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles than that we must not take up arms to overthrow Caesar. Understanding these commandments will require you to make a complete turn-around in your thinking.

Third Mistake: He replaced the government he abolished with a new one.

George Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention. At first, Samuel Adams, like Patrick Henry ("Give me liberty or give me death!"), was an opponent of the Constitution of 1787. Eventually Adams agreed to support it. Patrick Henry never did.

Patrick Henry was right.

So was George Mason, the "Father of the Bill of Rights."

The Constitution, with its "separation of powers," "checks and balances," and theory of "enumerated powers," failed to prevent the rise of an atheistic tyranny.

Madison, Hamilton, and John Jay sold America on a Constitution which they claimed would prevent the rise of another tyranny.

They were wrong.

  As great as the Constitution was, it could not prevent a tyranny worse than the one America abolished in a war from 1775-1783.

Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution would take immediate steps to begin abolishing our present government if they were here in 2009.

And because America's Founding Fathers were excellent students of history, if they could see the history of the world from 1789 to 2009, they would become the most radical of libertarians.

They gave us what they called "an Experiment in Liberty," and America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history. Washington D.C. abandoned that experiment in the 20th century, embarking on an experiment in government central planning. Everywhere this experiment was tried -- German, Italy, the Soviet Union -- it left poverty and mass death.

Sam Adams would see that we need to abolish the current tyranny, and replace it with nothing but "the Invisible Hand" of 100% unregulated, Laissez-faire capitalism.

  You're thinking: "Those greedy capitalists will exploit the poor!"

As if greedy politicians don't.

But your moral concerns are valid.

That's why George Washington, Samuel Adams and nearly all of America's Founding Fathers believed America had to be a Christian Theocracy.

In his Farewell Address, Washington reminded the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion, and Morality are indispensable supports.—In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. —The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.—A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity.—Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.—Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure—reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.—

Religion is a public, not just a private matter. You can't be a good American citizen if you ignore Christianity. Atheism is contrary to reason.

 Sam Adams said,

[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.

His cousin, John Adams, said:

[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

Sam Adams wrote to his cousin John:

Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . . and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country. . . . In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.

Letter to John Adams, 1790, who wrote back: "You and I agree."
Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence Between Those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts. On the Important Subject of Government
(Boston: Adams and Rhoades, 1802) pp. 9-10

On the day after the Constitution went into effect in March of 1789, America and each one of the 13 united States was a Christian Theocracy.

You are going to join other extraordinary Americans in undertaking the task of abolishing the U.S. government and making America a Christian Theocracy again.

George Washington's Advice

On May 2, 1778, when the Continental Army had emerged from its infamous winter at Valley Forge, Commander-in-Chief George Washington issued the following:

The commander-in-chief directs that divine service be performed every Sunday at eleven o'clock in those brigades [in] which there are chaplains; those which have none [are] to attend the places of worship nearest to them. It is expected that officers of all ranks will by their attendance set an example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.—

The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol. XI:342-343, General Orders of 5/2/1778

On May 12, 1779, in a speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, Washington coached them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.

The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

What is a "personal coach?"

If you're an athlete and you want to win a race, you get yourself a coach. Your coach will encourage you, nag you, maybe yell at you, in order to drag out your maximum performance so you win the race.

George Washington said if you want to be a great human being, you need to be a great American and -- more important -- a great Christian. The Christian Scriptures teach that life is like a race that we need to train for, run hard, and win.

So if you want to follow George Washington's advice, you need a coach.

Wouldn't it be great to have George Washington as your coach! He coached the Continental Army to victory over the mighty British Empire. He coached the Constitutional Convention to agreement on a new Constitution. And after he served as America's first President, he became known as "the Father of his Country."

What would George Washington say about you if he were your personal coach?

If you're like me, he would say you're a lousy Christian and a stinking rotten American.


Why would he say that?

Because he led troops into battle to fight taxes like a three-pence per pound tax on tea, and you do nothing over tax on a gallon of gas that's TEN TIMES HIGHER. The total tax burden in the colonies was less than 2% of colonial income, but today's government takes over half of everything you earn. Like those who signed the Declaration of Independence, George Washington was among those who risked "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor," but today's government makes it illegal for teachers in public schools to teach students that the Declaration of Independence is really true. (Sure, they can teach that guys in powdered wigs used to believe it to be true, but teachers cannot teach that the Declaration of Independence really is objectively true, endorse the contents, or promote it.)


You are a victim of Educational Malpractice.

Compared to colonial Americans, you are an ignorant barbarian. Sure, you know how to use your Blackberry. But bring a 9-year-old into the 21st century from 1776, and the kid would be able to figure out how to use your computer and remote control as fast as you did. But Colonial Americans could read the Federalist Papers and debate the issues intelligently. You can't. They had the moral courage to fight against tyranny. You don't.

There were three things that America's Founding Fathers believed schools should teach, and you were deprived of all three -- by law. These three things are prescribed in America's "Organic Law," and even today can still be found in many state constitutions, but you probably don't even know what "organic law" means.

What were the three things that every school in America was supposed to teach?

What are the three things that made America the most prosperous and admired nation in history?

What are the three things that have been taken out of government-run schools in the 20th century, and as a result have crippled Americans like you and me, leaving America a bankrupt and despised nation?

  George Washington Coaching will tell you, and will transform you into
  •  an extraordinary American
  •  an extraordinary Christian
  •  an extraordinary Human Being
The human beings that settled the New World
were the same species of humans that remained in Europe.
But America became extraordinary,
while Europe stagnated under monarchy and socialism.
The difference was ideas.
Ideas have consequences.

These same ideas can have consequences in your life.

GeorgeWashingtonCoaching is a rigorous distance-learning program that helps you learn these ideas and develop the skills to put them into effect and promote them in our society. It is a year-long program equivalent to four university-level courses. The homework assignments are free. There is a fee for nagging. You'll need lots of nagging. Sign up for more information on how to get started:

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  1. Why is George Washington worth imitating or following?
  2. What would George Washington's advice to me be?
  3. What ideas are taught in this program?
  4. Can I be a good American without trying to be an extremist like George Washington?
  5. Can I be a good Christian if I'm not even a good American?
  6. Is this coaching program easy or hard?
  7. How will this program benefit me?
  8. Who is behind this program?
  9. Do I have to wear a powdered wig to participate?
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