FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, PART IV, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
JESUS CHRIST said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no
man cometh to the Father but by me." It excites me to think that
any person can come to the Father by any means. What is the way
to the Father? In considering this, let's use the admirable life
of one of our nation's greatest early leaders as an
With deep respect for the commendable work of Benjamin Franklin,
I have chosen him to serve as an illustration of one being near
or in the kingdom through the Son.
Benjamin Franklin lived from 1706 to 1970. He was the 15th of 17
children. At the age of 10, his dad withdrew him from school to
cut wicks and melt tallow in his soap and candle shop. His
formal education thus ended abruptly. He believed, "The doors of
wisdom are never shut." He studied incessantly. As a result, he
partially mastered French, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin.
Among his favorite reading was Pilgrim's Progress.
At the age of 12 he left his dad's shop and became a printer's
apprentice in a shop owned by one of his brothers. This was to
influence his entire life. At the age of 17 he ran away from
home. At the age of 24 he started the "Pennsylvania Gazette."
Each year between 1733 and 1758, he published a "Poor Richard's
Almanac." This served as a source for some of our all-time
quotes, such as "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man
healthy, wealthy and wise." "Little strokes fell great oaks."
"Hethat falls in love with himself will have no rivals."
He became America's first serious student of electricity. He
invented the most energy-effi ...
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