From Wallbuilders.com – This week we celebrate a uniquely American holiday – Thanksgiving.
While thanksgiving celebrations occurred in North America as early as 1541, our current celebration is generally modeled after the one at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The Pilgrims, having survived their first winter (during which about half of them died), invited their local Indian friends to join with them in several days of religious activities, feasting, and athletic competition.
Thanksgiving became a festival celebrated annually across New England but did not spread to all the colonies until the American Revolution, when the Continental Congress called for official days of thanksgiving and prayer. Continue Reading
“My friend, I don’t know what you’re going through, but look to see if God is trying to direct you, inspect you, correct you, protect you, or perfect you.” ~Anonymous
Acknowledge the wonderful resources you have in the Lord and then bear down physically and mentally like a soldier, and calmly and determinedly, endure life’s challenges as they roll in and out. Your attitude in prayer should not be to “give in”, “give up” or “quit”, but of forgiveness, endurance, hopefulness. Be a woman of strength.
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Who wants to read a story filled with betrayal, deception, jealousy, polygamy and extortion? These look like characteristics that would come from a soap opera or a harlequin novel. But no, this comes from the Bible. The focus of this story will be about Leah in Genesis 29.
Leah was the first wife of Jacob. She was also the oldest daughter of Laban (Jacob’s uncle) and the older sister to Rachel, Jacob’s second wife. The name Leah means “wild cow” or “gazelle” in Hebrew. The only physical characteristic we were given of her is she was tender eyed.
In an act of deception, Leah was given to Jacob by her father, Laban, rather than Rachel – who Jacob was promised to marry. Did Leah have any choice in the matter? Perhaps Leah was being obedient to her father or maybe she also loved Jacob. In verse 26, Laban defended his deception because of the local custom: It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born. This was not something Jacob was informed of in advance. Especially after living there for seven years, Jacob would have been familiar with this custom, if there really was such; thus it may have been just a lie on Laban’s part. Nevertheless, for Jacob it was irony, since the issue of the firstborn and birthright now entered in as it did with him and Esau.
“ God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us — Selah. 2 That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.” Psalm 67
Thanksgiving is a time to truly praise the Lord for his blessings. It is a time to strengthen relationships we share and to reach out to others. God’s blessings to us is not only for our own benefit, but He wants us to share and pass along the good gifts He brings our way. Continue Reading
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d share some thoughts regarding the Puritans.
When you hear the word, “Puritan”, what comes to mind? Is it an image of self-righteous, obnoxious, narrow-minded, humorless, witch-hunting, killjoy kind of person? I used to think that way, until I became a believer!
In sixteenth-century England, the Puritans were concerned about bringing Christian values to bear an increasingly secular nation. The Christians today have the same problem. What was the Puritan’s solution back then? Go to America and create a purely Christian society for the world to see and follow. Continue Reading