“Father of the Constitution”
Helped frame the Bill of Rights
President Jefferson's Secretary
"What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men
were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government
would be necessary."
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed
the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor,
as he read
“For the LORD is our judge, [judicial]
the LORD is our lawgiver, [legislative]
the LORD is our king; [executive]
He will save us.”
Isaiah 33:22 as the source of division of power in government.
• In 1812, President Madison signed a federal bill which
economically aided the Bible Society of Philadelphia in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible.
Who did President Madison thank and trust during his
First Inaugural Address?
"...we have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates
the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound
to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future."
“We have staked
the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of
all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
[1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]
After the close
of his second term in 1817, Mr. Madison retired to his estate at Montpelier, where he spent nearly twenty happy years with books and friends. This sweet and tranquil old age he had well earned
by services to his fellow-creatures such as it is given to but few men to render. Among the founders of our nation, his place
is beside that of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Marshall; but his part was peculiar. He was preeminently the scholar,
the profound, constructive thinker, and his limitations were such as belong to that character. He was modest, quiet, and reserved
in manner, small in stature, neat and refined, courteous and amiable.
I hope you will
enjoy this paper. I hope you will be inspired by the life of one of our founding Fathers. We need examples of what a true
man lived like and what you can do if you live a life with a purpose and expectation of Gods judge and reward. I also hope
that the papers from our brother Knight Peter will also inspire you. I pray God’s blessing on you and yours.
I remain HIS servant
Terry Lee Edward
What is a Man?
A real man is one
who rejects Passivity, because we as men have to react to situations that affect our lives as well as our families’
lives. He accepts responsibly for his family, friends, self, and society because of the obligations that he has to meet in
order to function. How else can one live-up to the meaning of a man without taking and also teaching responsibility. The other
inclination is to lead courageously for a man is a good follower first, and then he becomes one who leads. Whenever he leads
he has to have authority or else they would run all over him. For this cause one must lead courageously. The last and most
important of them all is the one who expects the greater reward… God’s reward. The one who seeks the kingdom of God and his righteousness for all these things shall
be added unto you. A man knows we are nothing but dust but his soul lives forever and he expects to get rewarded from heaven
not on earth where it can deteriorate. This is the definition of man.
The Way of Life
as a Knight
Many people may
see Knights as fearless warriors who went out fighting for their Lords King. These Knights were courageous and brave in battle
in what ever their conquest was. They did it with pride. All these things are all true of what people today may see as a Knight.
As for me it is a struggle to be a Knight of Honor. The reason I say this is because it is a daily self sacrifice I must go
though in order to be the Knight I should be, to God, myself, my family, and to others. It’s never easy, but it’s
always worth it! One must humble oneself to become a Knight. Kind of what Jesus said, “We must deny ourselves and pick
our cross daily to follow him.” Becoming a Knight is no different. It is
a journey I had to go through with trails and tribulations to become a Knight. But at the end of my journey, I will see a
Knight, standing as one who loves one woman, who rejects passivity, seeking not my own reward, but God’s reward, one
who leads courageously and takes responsibility. There is much training to become a Knight, it has never been easy for me,
but I know the rewards will be great at the end.
The Way of Life
as a Knight
The life of a Knight
is one that is an honor but yet humbling. Full of meekness which is power under control, A Knights life is a life full of
dignity, respect, and honor, a protector of those who can not protect themselves. A Knight is started out at a young age being
taught the importance of having correct morals and values, respecting elders and those that are different. Many will recognize
this as being a Page that would be left with a Knight so he can learn to be a servant, but yet: a leader and protector of
the King and his kingdom. Not only are we Knights, we are servant of the King above all Kings (Jesus Christ), who has placed
us in a position to not only be protector of HIS kingdom (the Church), but also give direction to the weak in a spirit of
love and compassion. We are held to a higher accountability to God, our families and our country to be the examples of what
a modern day Knight ordained of God and led by his spirit is supposed to be. We lead courageously, accept responsibility,
reject passivity, and expect the greater reward: God’s reward. Durmont once said, “A Knight should be bold, fair,
courteous and well-mannered, generous and loyal, not foolish or rash, and should speak fairly without discourtesy. A knight
should be all this and also proud and fierce to his enemies, and kind to his friend.” A Knight is this and more, this
should be a position desired by all Godly men. One may not see a full fledge Knight is shinning armor, but in this world that
seems disrespectful and decaying, the code of chivalry remains and stands bold and powerful when it is used with honor and
humility by this modern day Knight.