November 12, 2018

CHRIST OUR ANCHOR: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus…” (Heb 6:19-20). Stephen Hopkins is known as the U.S. colony of Rhode Island’s greatest statesman. A surveyor, politician, Chief Justice of the colony’s Supreme Court, Congressional Delegate to the Continental Congress, and Governor—in fact, he was the colony’s 28th, 30th, 32nd, and 34th Governor! Born in Providence Mar 7, 1707 to a prominent family, he is best known as a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. By this time, worn out through years of hard work, he was nearly 70 at the outbreak of the Revolution. When Hopkins signed the Declaration in the summer of 1776, his worsening palsy forced him to hold his right hand with his left to sign. “My hand trembles,” he quipped, “but my heart does not.” Tremble we may at times, but our souls are secured in Heaven!