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The Greatest Concern in the World – Roger Sherman

The Greatest Concern in the World – Roger Sherman.

Roger Sherman was the only man who signed all four of America’s founding documents - The Continental Association, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The United States Constitution. He was on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Roger Sherman was also responsible for the no tender but gold or silver coin clause in the United States Constitution, and wrote the pamphlet ‘A Caveat Against Injustice or, An Inquiry into the Evils of a Fluctuating Medium of Exchange.’

However, Roger Sherman’s greatest concern was not sound money.
Roger Sherman’s greatest concern in the world, the most important question, was - What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Acts 16:30). Roger Sherman found that answer to the Greatest Concern in the World (Acts 16:31). And like the gospel commanded, he wanted to help others find it (Mark 16:15).

Even if you are saved, this witnessing tract that Roger Sherman had printed is interesting to read. It is good thinking about. It is not widely available, – which is why I’m re-formatting it. The printer in small type is Benjamin Mecom, a relative of Benjamin Franklin. The attribution of author by some is Cotton Mather, although the pamphlet doesn’t list an author on the cover; and Simon Brown is listed as the writer of the hymn at the end – (who wrote very late in the career of Mather in England). The tract was probably a standard pamphlet of his congregation, although Roger Sherman also wrote a pamphlet on self-examination before the Lord ’s Supper, and helped write his church’s creed, where he was a deacon.

The Greatest Concern in the World. What must I do to be saved? Roger Sherman would not want to have the cares of this world, such as money, cause you to sleep. Roger Sherman would want you to find the answer, and wake up! Wake up and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! As Acts 16:31 says. Wake up! as the end of the pamphlet he distributed says:

Wake up my soul!
the awful day,
Is coming swiftly on,
When thou must leave this House of Clay,
And fly to Worlds unknown.
Oh! do not pass thy Life in Dreams,
To be surpriz'd by Death:
And drop unthinking down to Flames,
When I resign my Breath.
No: every day thy Course review,
Thy real State to learn:
And with an ardent Zeal pursue
Thy Great and Chief concern.
Rouze all the man: thy Work is great,
And all the man demands;

* I’m reformatting this pamphlet for easier reading. Also a scan, and a format that follow the original pamphlet is online.

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Dicover your world. Venture afar - Mark Twain c/o Halley's Comet


What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not see before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea -- an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before. To be the first -- that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else -- these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment.
- Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain


I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

" ~ fly to Worlds unknown",

as noted in the 5th line, a reminder to the soul, but Not unknown. The soul has to give accounts for intents, words & deeds. See in Matthew 12:36-37, = "36 So I tell you this, that for every unfounded word people utter they will answer on Judgement Day, 37 since it is by your words you will be justified, and by your words condemned."

He even emphasized = of all words the name-word is most important.

Therefore the greatest concern should be = to be & remain truthful, that is how one can save himself (soul), say only that which is true, authentic & verifiable, = this is necessary to be in Faith (= conscious awareness of truth) that gives con'Fidence.

I didn't post all the hymn

I didn't post all the hymn above - too long, so you'll have to read the whole tract yourselves, but here are some more lines from it:

Repent (my Soul) believe and Pray:
Bid every lust farewell.
To thy Redeemer haste away,
And scape from Death and Hell.
To whom dear Jesus, should I live
To whom but Thee alone.


JESUS my Saviour and my God,
My Life and sacrifice,
My Hopes deep founded in thy Blood,
Raise far above the skies.
Prepare me, Lord, for thy Right Hand,
Then come the joyful Day:
Come Death, and come Celestial band,
To bear my Soul away.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.