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Thanksgiving in America[ shoulders ]Thursday 24 November 03:28


America’s first national Thanksgiving occurred in 1789 with the commencement of the federal government. According to the Congressional Record for September 25 of that year, the first act after the Framers completed the framing of the Bill of Rights was that:

Mr. [Elias] Boudinot said he could not think of letting the session pass without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them. With this view, therefore, he would move the following resolution:

Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer. . . .

Mr. Roger Sherman justified the practice of thanksgiving on any single event not only as a laudable one in itself but also as warranted by a number of precedents in Holy Writ. . . . This example he thought worthy of a Christian imitation on the present occasion. 15

That congressional resolution was delivered to President George Washington, who heartily concurred with the request and issued the first federal Thanksgiving proclamation, declaring in part:

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection. 16

What Is Life?[ test ]Monday 15 February 12:29

Astrobiology Magazine has an article at titled "What Is Life? A New Theory"

The article starts out: 

Biology is often called the study of life, yet in the history of the field, experts have never agreed on just what, exactly, life is.

Sometimes the old news about life is adequate.  There's LIFE and then there's LIVING.

The first thing called "living" in the Bible, were the air and sea creatures God created on the 5th day, and on the land on the 6th day.  God had not called the plants living.

Genesis 1:20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day. 24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

In Genesis 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The creatures created prior to man, were not said to have received this treatment from God.  Why would they?  They were not what God had set his focus on when he determined "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

What did God breathe into us - just air?  James 4 says "God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us".

Then mankind is something very unique - a living creature carying the spirit God has placed in us.  And we know God doesn't die - He is eternal, and so is that spirit within us.  This is the eternal life Jesus Christ came to save - OUR eternal lives.

Jesus says “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Jesus is referring to something more than the life so many men and women put up with - the daily grind.  Several of the articles below describe the purposeful LIFE God has in mind for us, which sets the pattern for our eternity.

If you have not devoted your life to God, I urge you to do so.

Please read on...

Secularists deny Muslim women their right to an education[ brucep4muslims ]Saturday 09 February 04:49

Under a Scarf, a Turkish Lawyer Fighting to Wear It

FOR Fatma Benli, a Turkish lawyer and women’s rights advocate, the controversy over Islamic head scarves has the irritating sound of a broken record.

Ms. Benli, who is 34, wears one herself. (On Wednesday, it was light brown with a floral print, tucked into the neck of a white turtleneck.) But she would rather talk about other things.

“I could tell you about domestic violence, about honor killings, about the parts of the criminal code that discriminate against women,” she said, ticking off her areas of expertise in rapid-fire sentences. “But we can’t move on to those issues.


Thoughts for the Week[ mennoniteplain ]Sunday 11 September 01:05
Thoughts for the Week
September 5-11, 2005

(Acts 2:41-47; 9:6,36; 10:35; 16:4,5; 26:20)

Probing Your Own Heart

Where does Jesus fit into your life?

Does your life reveal faith in and surrender to Jesus?

Building on Some Foundational Concepts

The message of Jesus is to be received gladly.

We naturally receive good news with gladness. Why would we experience any glumness or reservation? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Good News! Why should we receive it other than gladly? We have discovered great treasure and will consider no price too high and no sacrifice too painful in order to possess it (Matthew 13:44).

Christian living requires steadfastness.

We must purposefully cleave to the Lord even though it requires much sacrifice and self-denial (Acts 11:23; 14:22). We have His assurance that if we continue in Him and His Word, He claims and accepts us as His bonafide disciples (John 8:31). He calls us to "continue in the faith grounded and settled" (Colossians 1:23). Having gladly accepted His salvation and Lordship, let's not turn back to selfish, fleshly living.

Christ accepts only certain people.

Christ calls everyone to repentance. But He accepts only those who fear Him and work righteousness (Acts 10:35). Only those who die to self can receive His eternal life (Luke 9:23; 14:26-33).

Certain works fit so well with repentance.

Repentance takes place within us, hidden from all but the eyes of God. But it springs forth into productive fruitfulness, resulting in living ("works") that is meet for ("worthy of and corresponding to") repentance (Luke 3:8; Acts 26:20).

Questions and Responses

Is it possible to have Jesus as Saviour but not as Lord?

Given the imperfections and limitations of both human teachers and human learners, this likely takes place many times. The teacher might leave out the reality that Jesus must also be Lord. The student may miss that concept even when the teacher includes it in his presentation. Despite these failings, Jesus does not turn away those who come to Him in genuine repentance.

Having acknowledged the above reality, we also must understand clearly that unless such a person grows into surrender to Jesus as Lord, his relationship with Jesus as Saviour will be imperiled.

"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am" (John 13:13).

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).

"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:38).

Does Jesus accept any level of disobedience or self-living?

First off, why should He? We have to admit that we don't know the answer to this question nor to the question to which the above question responds. We do know that He is the Master and Judge; therefore, what He determines is final. We also know that we are the disciples, which means our duty is to live within the framework shown by the four verses above.

Secondly, why do I ask? Sometimes we ask questions like the one in the heading because we hope for an answer that will give us room for some degree of disobedience or self-living. May the Lord deliver us from such a low level of love and commitment!

What relationship exists between fellowship and Lordship?

Unless Jesus is Lord of my life (walking in His light), I cannot have fellowship with Him or with His people. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

If we love Jesus (fellowship), we will keep His commandments (Lordship). "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

When we from the heart do His will (Lordship), He declares us His friends (fellowship). "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you" (John 15:14).

What is your relationship with Jesus? And how is that relationship?

by Mark Roth and Anabaptists
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5th of Ten Commandments: "Honor your father and your mother."[ ladies_fellowship ]Monday 04 October 12:42
Have you always honored your parent's in a way that's pleasing in the sight of God? Ask Him to remind you of the sins of your youth. You may have forgotten them, but God hasn't.
Jesus[ anzac ]Monday 11 August 15:43
Jesus is coming soon!!!
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