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  • Eugene Adkins 9:21 am on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863 

    We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

    We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us!” – Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1863

    To read more on this topic, especially in light of our current political situation, you can follow this link and this link to the official site.

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    • docmgphillips 10:48 pm on November 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      While I do not believe that God “causes” disasters to hit us, I am firmly convinced that He will allow disasters to occur that might not have occurred had we, as a nation, not turned our back on Him.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:03 am on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        One thing (or maybe two things) I keep in mind when it comes to any nation and how God deals with them is:

        Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing” (Isaiah 40:15)


        Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.” (Daniel 5:21).

        Not to mention the book of Jonah or the book of Nahum, or Daniel 5:25-26, or…I better go ahead and stop there :)

  • TFRStaff 8:18 am on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    1 COR. 14:26


    An E-Letter from Ted & Barbara Knight to our Romanian Family

    Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends,

    Today in America we are observing what our forefathers designated as a ‘Day of Thanksgiving.’ It is one of our favorite days of the year. School is dismissed, many people are not required to work, and families gather for a time of great food, fellowship, and pleasant memories. I am sorry that in the last few years more emphasis is placed upon shopping, which requires that all the stores are open, and other activities and it seems to me that the focus on ‘Thanksgiving’ is somewhat diminished. But, that is a choice that everyone makes for themselves.

    Very early this morning My Lady and I lay in our bed and we began counting our blessings. It seems that the list would be endless and it really is, when you began to put those blessings into words to yourself and someone else, it really makes them come alive. We want you to know something; “Very close to the top of those blessings that we thank God for is our family of Christians and friends in Romania.” In 2014 we will begin our 20th year of work and association with the people of Romania. You will never know what an impact you have made on our lives. There are some people who go into another country and they come home and forget who they met and some of what they did. That is not true of us. We remember the first baptism of Horia and the second one was Ramona Manescu, followed by many others. We remember bible studies and many of you translating for us, the bus rides between Pitesti and Craiova, and the wonderful times of fellowship when our work was done at days end. We could write many pages from the memories that we have of all of you and the love that we have for you. So, on this Day of Thankgiving, please be assured that you are a vital part of our prayer of thanks to God and we pray that many more years of memories will be made.

    We pray that God will bless you and keep you lovingly in His arms.

    With Much Love,

    Ted & Barbara

  • TFRStaff 5:22 am on November 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (I Am Thankful) 



    As we approach another season of thanksgiving (but as Christians, shouldn’t we be thankful to our Heavenly Father all year ’round?), I am immensely thankful for a vast number of things, not the least of which is the blessed assurance I have of everlasting life with my Lord in heaven. No explanation should be necessary as to why this is at the top of my list of things for which to be thankful. As one who has already entered the “red zone” of earthly life, I have been livingimperfectly though my efforts have beenfor heaven since my pre-teens. As I have advanced through the years, eternal life has become more precious to me, and I am deeply thankful for its glorious prospect.

    According to Christ, eternal life comes from knowing God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ (John 17:4). It is the gift of God (Romans 6:23). It is to be found only in Christ Jesus (John 14:6) where one becomes a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), is able to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4), is without condemnation (Romans 8:1), and has eternal life (1 John 5:11-12). Outside of Christ no one has any hope whatsoever of everlasting life in heaven. To that end, one needs to come to terms with what the Scriptures say with reference to how one enters Christ (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27) and remains in Christ (John 8:31-32; John 15:4-7; 1 John 1:5-9; 2 John 9). (One would be wise to look up, read, reflect on, and comply with these divinely inspired statements.)

    Heaven is a place Christ has gone to prepare for His faithful followers (John 14:1-3). Those who enter that place must make preparation to do so. No one coasts into heaven. As has been often stated, “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” One must do the will of the Father to enter His everlasting kingdom (Matthew 7:21). One must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Christ in all things (Matthew 16:24). Those who have the right to the tree of life and who are granted the privilege of entering in through the gates into the heavenly city are “those who do His (God’s) commandments” (Revelation 22:14).

    When the great apostle Paul recognized that the time of his departure (death) was at hand, he was comforted by the assurance that there was “laid up for [him] the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, [would] give to [him] in that Day; and not to [him] only, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for that same blessed assurance and earnest expectation of everlasting life in heaven.

    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

    O what a foretaste of glory divine!

    Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

    Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

    –Fanny J. Crosby

    Note: The above article appeared in the November 19 issue of the e-magazine Hope and Expectation at the request of its editors, Dale and Jeff Jenkins of The Jenkins Institute. The Jenkins institute is an on-line service designed to assist and encourage preachers of the gospel in their work. It is named in honor of Dale and Jeff’s father, the late Jerry Jenkins, who was a fellow student of mine at Freed-HardemanCollege back in the mid-1950s. Jerry was a most able and faithful preacher, and Dale and Jeff have followed successfully in his steps. I appreciate them giving me permission to use the article (with a few adaptations and additions) as my essay for this Thanksgiving week’s edition of “Hugh’s News & Views.” May all of my readers have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Hugh Fulford

    November 26, 2013

  • Eugene Adkins 6:06 am on November 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanksgiving and Family 

    Thanksgiving adds value to our family in several ways. Here are a few to think about:

    • It causes us to realize that there are things in life that we don’t control by encouraging us to look to the One who controls all things
    • It makes the little things of life such as the minutes and hours, and not just years, that we spend with each other large enough to be seen
    • It causes us to be grateful by saying those words that mean so much when they’re said with the heart – thank you
    • It makes us appreciate those in our life who have shared their love and most importantly, if it’s there, their example of a faithfulness to God that knows that life doesn’t always work out the way we think it should, but nevertheless we have a God in our life who has worked out what we need the most by his grace

    So many words are contained in the single word thanksgiving that I don’t know if they could all be counted, but that’s why it adds value to so many things including our family when we understand what it is.

    Remember, the Bible never uses the word thanksgiving in connection to a day that America celebrates, but it does use it in the same way that we can we celebrate this coming day in America – and that’s with an open heart.

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6)

  • TFRStaff 6:03 am on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Christian Worker on the subject of “Thanksgiving” 

    Here’s a link to a PDF of this month’s Christian Worker. This issue of the Christian Worker examines the topic of “Thanksgiving.” Please click on the link to open it, and read it with your Bible in hand.

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2013 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.


  • Eugene Adkins 6:38 am on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Around the corner or already here? 

    If you check out the calendar (America’s version) you’ll notice that Thanksgiving is already around the corner!

    But the question for us, as Christians (no matter what country we’re living in), asks, “Is thanksgiving already in our hearts?”

    Thanksgiving isn’t an attitude that just happens. It’s intentional. It goes beyond the physical to the spiritual. It remembers where our blessings come from and where they abide (Ephesians 1:3).

    We may face unpleasant situations across the spectrum, but as Christians we can hold on to the root (Romans 15:12) that leads to a thanksgiving that sprouts out and bears the fruit in our heart that can be seen and heard continually – Jesus!

    Therefore by [Jesus] let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    (#58) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:14-There Is NO Silent Satisfaction 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 12:14: “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.”

    Satisfaction with “good” cannot be hidden in the heart, but expressed in words, for which God will “recompense” (payback). Each one who expresses satisfaction with the good they have, will have good come back. Other proverbs which express this include: “A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” (Proverbs 13:2); “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, From the produce of his lips he shall be filled” (Proverbs 18:20); “Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking” (Proverbs 24:1-2). We say what we intend, and “the fruit of the mouth” that plans to do good, will provide, that is, follow through with action. Those who can only speak “violence” are telling everyone around them of their intentions. This is what gangsters, politicians, racists, demonstrators, and mass murderers do: they state what they intend, and then follow through with their acts of “violence.”

    If we appreciate the good God gives every one of us, we must not be silent with our thanksgiving to Him. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6); “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18); “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). God will admit no one “into His gates” who cannot give thanks for all He does. Jesus Christ cleansed 10 lepers, but only one returned “giving thanks” (Luke 17:12-19), and Jesus noticed by asking, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” God notices all who do not give Him thanks for all of our blessings. People are “without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21). But so, also, do the husbands, wives, children, relatives, preachers, brethren, partners, bosses, workers, waiters/waitresses, clerks, stockers, and everyone not now specified, deserve to expect to be “thanked” for the good they do for us. In “the last days” leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70, being “unthankful” is included in the list of sins committed, and “from such people turn away” is the warning (2 Timothy 3:1-5). If we are thankful, it may surprise us how often it will be returned!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

  • Ron Thomas 11:00 am on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    When one walks with the Lord he walks with something in his possession. Jesus said it was the cross, or should be (Mark 10:21). Taking up the cross of Jesus can be a burden for some, but only for those who have failed to understand the significance of what it means to take it up. (1) To take us the cross means that one starts his day thanking the Lord for the mercy shown to him for the new day. (2) Taking up the cross means that as the day begins there is much good that can be done and much glory to the Lord that can result from the good done. (3) Taking up the cross means that as the day reaches its midpoint reflection can be given on how the day has gone thus far, and what adjustment need to be made. (4) Taking up the cross means that as the day comes to a close, the one who took up the cross of Jesus can thank the Lord for the opportunity and burden-less day he lived.

    Taking up the cross is not a burden for one who understands its significance; it is only a burden to one who wants to carry around his own personal baggage alongside the cross of Jesus.

    This Thanksgiving weekend is a reminder to us all how fortunate we are to live in a country that allows us to be free, in serving the Lord who has made us free from the bondage and baggage of sin. Taking up the cross means that every day is a thanksgiving day. RT (Bulletin article for Highway Church of Christ; 11.25.2012)

  • Ed Boggess 8:16 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    VENTING: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” and for me (1 Thess 5:18). But frankly, I am struggling with it. As I think where our country is headed; no, not headed, arrived! We don’t need to pitch our tents toward Sodom, we woke up November 7th smack dab in the middle of Main Street, Sodom and Gomorrah! Four states voted affirming same-sex marriage. Two states voted for recreational marijuana. A president who publicly declared Sodomy to be considered marriage was reelected for four more years. The Bible was sacrificed for the billfold and principles for purse-strings. American voted Mammon over morality, finance over family and economics over excellence! Where are the poor and contrite of heart and those who tremble at His word? America is ripe for judgment! Even if Noah, Daniel and Job were to step up on behalf of our people, they would deliver none except themselves. Hear O earth and know O people, the Lord will not hold His wrath forever! In the last days perilous times will come and the last days have a last day!

  • TFRStaff 6:46 pm on November 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Invite 100 times 

    From our good brother David Kenney, in the email when he sent out the last Wadworth church bulletin, this good thought:

    It is our prayer that you make plans to express thanksgiving on Thursday and go assemble with the saints on the Lord’s Day to continue in thanksgiving and worship to Him! Try to bring someone to church who is not a member or unfamiliar with the gospel of Christ. Maybe you asked someone a 100 times… If Jesus said we have to forgive a brother 70 x 7, then we certainly can invite someone 100+ times.

  • TFRStaff 6:36 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    That dead body over which the vultures circle 

    From stumbling blocks to vultures, Luke 17 presents vigorous teaching by the Master. As today’s NT reading (jump here for the plan), it reminds us that the faith is not a happy-go-lucky lark, but a determined, focused, and deliberate path we follow, guided as we are by the truth of Christ.

    People in this world go along doing their own thing, but the shadow of judgment ever looms. Hence, our task of proclamation will include judgment, as we root out sin among ourselves, exercise our faith, do what is but our duty to do, and constantly turn back to the Lord to throw ourselves at his feet in praise and thanksgiving. Because we are not a part of that dead body over which the vultures circle.

  • Randal 5:39 pm on November 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Saving or spending 

    Was Black Friday about saving money or spending it? Is it a coincidence that a day dedicated to buying stuff follows on the heels of a day for giving thanks? Or does the Evil One seek to erase whatever sense of gratitude to God might have been cultivated on Thursday in the frenzy of a good deal on Friday? Is anybody talking about Thanksgiving this week?

    • Eugene Adkins 8:01 pm on November 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the dichotomy you brought out with the spending vs. saving. Never have thought about it like that even though it’s been right in front of my face.

  • Randal 9:56 am on November 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Black Friday so called 

    Black Friday is so called because of its funereal nature, as we mourn the early death of thanksgiving.

  • Randal 9:54 am on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A new Thanksgiving Day poem 

    Here’s my contribution to the sentiments of gratitude, written today and posted on the Christian Poets website. http://2.ly/p9eb

  • Larry Miles 7:33 am on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Below is a link to an  article written by a  friend of mine. Paul Merideth is the preacher for the Watterson Trail Church of Christ in Jeffersontown, KY – This  appeared in their  bulletin last Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011)

    Thanksgiving Every Day!

  • Randal 3:58 am on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Giving thanks a heavenly action 

    So says today’s Quick Bible Truths. So we’re in good company when we give thanks to God. Let me register my thanks to all of you and for all of you. I’m blessed by your friendship and by the fellowship we share in Christ.

    Thanksgiving leads to praise, and so, whenever the four heavenly creatures who gave thanks and glory and honor to the One who occupied the throne, the 24 elders prostrated themselves and praised the Lord:

    “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
    for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”
    Rev 4.11

    We join them in that praise.

  • Mike Riley 10:45 am on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Consolidation of Bible Study Blog Posts Relative To Thanksgiving and Thankfulness 

    Just in case someone wants to use any article (or articles) on my Bible study blog relative to Thanksgiving and thankfulness, I’ve consolidated them here: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/11/23/everything-about-thanksgiving-and-thankfulness/

  • Richard Mansel 9:46 am on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Thankful Thursdays! 

    I am trying to start Thankful Thursdays among my friends. How you can help:

    • On Facebook, post about Thankful Thursday and share the ways that God has blessed you.
    • On Twitter, use the hashtag: #thankfulthursday and share it with your followers.
    • Thank the Lord today for all that He has done for you.
    • Share your blessings here in the comments section about what God is doing in your life.
    • Pray that this will encourage the Saints and reach the lost!

    The Lord is worthy of all our praise and more.

    “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:1-3).

    • Don Ruhl 4:09 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What a fabulous idea! We tend to complain about everything although we have everything!

  • Randal 5:17 am on March 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Weekend Nudge: Remembering to give thanks 

    Jesus told the story of the Samaritan leper who returned to give thanks, in Luke 17, our reading for yesterday. So that inspires our Weekend Nudge: Recall a moment when either you remembered to thank someone or show appreciation to someone for their kindness to you, or when someone else remembered to tell you thanks or show their appreciation to you for a kindness you rendered.

    By his response to the former leper, our Lord was obviously pleased that he had returned to give thanks. Certainly, without exalting ourselves, we may find satisfaction when we ourselves remember to do it or when we see it done by others.

  • Randal 5:05 am on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    On Thanksgiving, we were in Campo Grande where I was teaching and the day was like any other. We did get an email from The Maiden, who had things nailed down at home, wishing us a happy turkey day and saying she missed us. I’m sure we told the Lord thanks for something, but in the blur of the week, it was a normal day, so I can’t say I actually remember the moment. The Central church there meets on Thursday nights, so we enjoyed being with God’s family that evening.

  • Randal 7:33 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Who reads editorials? 

    I hope you’ll read this one, since TFR is part of the Forthright/BNc group. In this editorial on the BNc site, I express my thanks, take a bit of overview of 2009 and think of the new year.

    Personally, in some ways, the past year was a bit of a roller coaster. So many good things happened, but some challenges arose in our personal ministry as well. To be expected, though at times the dips are accentuated.

    But the main note is thanksgiving and expectation of good things to come. TFR is already helping that to come true.

  • Daniel Haynes 12:02 am on January 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Give Thanks in All Circumstances 

    “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

    Half way through our Christmas vacation to Texas, I said to Jackie, “I’m ready to go home.” Following my statement, both Taylor and Kendall became sick. They remained sick for the rest of our vacation. (Read More)

  • Richard Mansel 12:32 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Meditations on Thanksgiving 

    As Thanksgiving begins to fade away like the dwindling leftovers, here is a fresh, piping hot dish from Mike Brooks to chew on. Enjoy.

  • Randal 6:20 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    I’m thankful for … 

    Carl Hanson reminds teens to be thankful, and I’m grateful I “overheard” him say his piece.

    Last night in our study we read Colossians 3:15-17, with the threefold mention of gratitude. (Three mentions in the same paragraph is sermonic!)

    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)

    I mentioned three things I was grateful for, that came immediately to mind:

    1. The time I had with family in the U.S. while there recently;

    2. I’ll tell you this one on Saturday, a Very Important Date for our family;

    3. The successful launch of FR, thanks to so many of you.

    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Laura 6:16 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Philippians 1:3-5.”I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now”

  • Mike Riley 5:16 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, – a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

    George Herbert
  • Daniel Haynes 5:08 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    4 Keys to Unlocking True Thanksgiving 

    The Christian life is one that should live in thanks giving. Here are four keys from Psalm 100 that unlock true thanksgiving.

    1. Delight (v. 1).

    2. Service (v. 2).

    3. Dependence (v. 3).

    4. Gratitude (v. 4).

    The psalmist concludes his song with a meditation that should rule our hearts constantly: “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation,” (v. 5).

    Adapted from Power Point Sermons, http://www.powerpointsermons.com

  • Richard Mansel 4:31 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Family, food and fellowship are what comes to mind when we consider Thanksgiving. It is a hallowed day.

    God understands feasts, since He instituted a host of them in the Old Testament. He loves us and wants us to enjoy ourselves and the blessings He has given us.

    However, we must resist the danger of creating an atmosphere of high stress, short-tempers and well-established complaints. Peace should reign. There is nothing we can complain or fight about that that is more important than our relationships.

    Let’s all remember the bigger picture of what we have been given and that we are always His children. Restrain your fleshly weaknesses and allow joy and love to fill your heart.

    Thanksgiving is not about our perfection or preeminence. It is about God and the fruits He has given us, including those of the.Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us never lose our focus on what is truly important and it isn’t us!

  • Richard Hill 2:58 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Farmers are thanking God for the blessings of working the land, abundant crops and the fact that most harvests have been far drier than this one. The unusually difficult situations give us a much greater appreciation for the usual and the normal.

    Many folks consider farmers little more than rednecks with tractors. Perhaps the thought has a grain of truth to it. Farming naturally has earthy qualities that rub off on it’s participants. Farming is challenging, dirty, unpredictable, physical, mental, bloody, and stinky. . .and I like it. Tilling, planting, and harvesting, watching the sun and moon come up and go down, seeing all the stars from the tractor seat as you slowly bounce across a field, watching the weather systems move through, knowing it’s going to rain by the way it feels or even by the way it smells, digging up seeds to see how they’re germinating, scouring the fields to see if we can “row” the first plants coming through. . .all these things and so many more connect farmers to the earth and it’s Creator like no other occupation. To even call it an occupation seems so secular. It is a way of life.

    May this holiday season find you overflowing with gratitude to our great God and all that He has done for us!

  • mtmcvb 12:40 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation 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; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
    • Royce Pendergrass 2:45 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Today basically ends the Thanksgiving holiday in this country. This is a unique American tradition and I had always considered it to be a New Plymouth Colony celebration but I am now learning the Jamestown Colony had a similar observance a year earlier. Then, this week, I learned it was a native American observance from long before the first European Colonies were established. This leads me to believe I was wrong in thinking that the pilgrims instituted this celebration, inviting the native Americans to join them. It seems is was the opposite. Regardless of its historic and secular origin, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and is certainly one which we need to consider the importance of and continue to enjoy keeping in a true thankful attitude each year.
      Thanksgiving must, however, be more than football, turkey and parades. It must be a time when a nation of citizens blessed beyond measure at least stops to express appreciation to God for all of His wonderful blessings. Oh, some folks in this great country do not believe in the Most Holy God and some maintain some warped view of Him and the role He plays in their lives. Consider this statement by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:20-21 “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
      So many in our society do not glorify God and maintain a faith in Him and are therefore unable to express thanksgiving to Him for all His wonderful and gracious blessings. Again, let’s look to the Apostle Paul for this truth: “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15).
      All of God’s creation should recognize God and honor Him for His grace that has been provided for us – grace that brings us all great and wonderful blessings. We often sing a song that says “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.” We may be unable to do anything else to worship and express our adoration of God but we can be thankful for the blessings He has provided.
      This week (or any week) should not be about holidays, great sales at the stores, parades and ball games. Every day should be about worshipping God as He would be worshipped and being thankful for His manifold blessings. For some time in our country, this past Friday has been referred to as “Black Friday.” Instead of remembering the holiday for such a time as this, let’s look back with thanksgiving to the “Black Friday” over 2,000 years ago when the Son of God died on a Roman cross. Let’s remember that “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3). His blood was shed for all mankind “for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). This great gift of His love provides us with the hope of living in an eternity with God, Jesus, the angels and the saints of all ages! How could anyone ever come up with an idea of something for which to be more thankful? It’s not possible. When we realize the importance of the sacrifice Jesus made, Thanksgiving won’t be just a wonderful holiday but every day. In Christ, Royce

  • Randal 12:36 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Whew! I’ve been running DW and DD around town this morning. They go after lunch to a women’s retreat, returning Saturday night, so I get left by my lonesome on Thanksgiving. But I’ll take them out for lunch before the drive off into the west. No cranberry sauce here today.

    A couple more Fellows are now set; we hope to see several more in the next day or so. Only the true believer-addicts are still connected to the Internet, the rest are out having fun with family and slaving in the kitchen. (One or two may have Internet hookup in the fridge or microwave.) A holiday may not be the best time to launch because of that, but it may also be the best time to launch since people are off work. Whatcha think?

    Anyway, I’ll be around the office this afternoon to watch the FR developments, since there’ll be only two dogs and miscellaneous fish at home. *sniff, sniff*

    The Daily Nudge, a plug or line the administrator sets that only the Fellows can see, says today, “Tell us what you’re thankful for.” Maybe our visitors and friends might like to chime in on that one in the comments.

  • Randal 10:04 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    We do have some ladies who have signed on, but perhaps they’re in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations.

    Tomorrow is also Thanksgiving Day in Brazil. Brazilian Ambassador Joaquim Nabuco, assigned to Washington in the early 20th century, was impressed with Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. Through his efforts, every Thursday of the fourth week of November was declared Dia de Ação de Graças in 1965 by the government. But very few people here know about it.

    Waiting on people to arrive for our home study tonight. A bad storm came through about 30-40 minutes ago, so that may keep some away …

  • Weylan Deaver 4:08 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    a couplet 

    Another year of blessings from the Lord to keep me living,
    There’s ample room for pumpkin pie, but more for thanksgiving.

    “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Col. 3:15, esv)

    • jajenkins5 4:30 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That is an outstanding thought,
      and those who do not heed it, will be at fault!

      • Randal Matheny 4:53 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I thank the Lord above for charming creatures,
        Like rousing, prickly poets and rhyming preachers.

    • Richard Mansel 5:15 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well done!

    • Weylan Deaver 5:29 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A word is a word, wherever it lays,
      But is easier heard in a well-turned phrase.

    • jajenkins5 7:41 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Each one of you is exactly right
      Alliteration & Poetry are the preacher’s plight.

  • philsanders 11:01 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunday, November 22, I called for America to think about the first Thanksgiving proclamation passed by Congress and signed by President Washington. It called for a day of thanksgiving and fasting on Dec. 18, 1777. It also called for a day of humiliation and repentance. Do we not have a need for repentance? Perhaps we should call for such today, knowing that the existence of our nation is dependent upon our relationship with the Lord (Jer. 18:7-10). They understood it. Our powers today do not. We must remind them.

    • Randal Matheny 11:05 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Phil, glad to see your comment and post. Hope you will contribute often. (Goes for Weylan and Mike and Richard and all the rest, too.) Absolutely, our deep, deep need is for repentance.

      BTW, on the tags, please separate the tags with commas. Will send you some guidelines on how best to use the FellowshipRoom. Thanks.

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