A Proclamation from George Washington in 1789 and Thanksgiving Words to Proclaim 2016


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This is a wonderous holiday.  It lacks the commercial spin of some of the other holidays.  It is a time for getting together with family and friends and remembering the One who made us; the One we are here to serve with thanksgiving in our hearts.  May we bless Him and be blessed in the process.
Here is how one of our founding fathers set apart the day in 1789:

THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
– A 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 signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

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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, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled 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 hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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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 shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, 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.
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Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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(signed) G. WASHINGTON.
More on George Washington available via The Papers of George Washington
Also published here via OK-SAFE

Email via Jim Hollingsworth (Idaho) Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

A copy of the original Centinel printing is also available.

Some interesting history concerning Thanksgiving.

PROCLAMATION
thanksgiving-proclamationThis year a general theme for me has been proclamation.  It is important what we think.  It is important what we say outloud.  It is important how we say it and when we say it and how often we say it.  If we are really serious about a matter, we repeat it.  If we are asking our children to do something, we repeat it until it happens.  If we want something from the king (or Congress), we keep bringing up the matter until it occurs.  Please consider reading some of these verses around your dinner table and proclaim His word to your family and friends!
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving for you to proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here:
Derek Prince’s book on Prayer and Proclamation
THANKSGIVING THROUGH THE YEARS:
 Thanksgiving Card version2 2015

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A Thanksgiving Prayer (2009) – My little ‘sermonette’  on the matter of the importance of the holiday.

And so once again I send blessings from my house to yours.

I thank God for your friendship and your labor

for Life and Liberty in our land.

 

Blessings,

Sandie

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Bible Stumbling Blocks by Jesse C. Jones — Chapter 8 is new — Find out if you are ‘Dead or Alive?’

1.Stumble-Cover-Final2Have you ever studied the bible and found things you just couldn’t reconcile with your mind and your Spirit?  I believe if we are honest, we all have.  My good friend and biblical mentor for many, many years — has put together a book for us to help us on some very complex concepts and perhaps take us all a little deeper in understanding too.  It is dense with scripture references if you are studying to teach others on topics this little book includes. Jesse C. Jones the author just added Chapter 8 and the entire book is available for free via Scribd.  You can read it there or download it and read it on your own computer or even print out whole chapters if you like.  We hope it will enrich your study of the bible and drive you to Him in prayer for understanding in your own spirit.  May you be richly blessed in your personal study and journey.  May you know Him and the fullness of His call and anointing  on your life.

The cover graphic was graciously provided by Rex Morache who was in California and now is in Texas.  You can see more of the wonderful work of Rex Morache on flicker here.

JCJ Books 2015Other Books Available by Jesse C. Jones

After the “Big Bang”

A Layman’s Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ

A Man of God

Dialogue With an Atheist

Has God Divorced America?

The Mystery of God

The Spiritual Life

Weighed in the Balances

Bible Stumbling Blocks

Note:  All of the above e-books are available online.  

They are free to download & share via SCrosnoe on Scribd

The Path to Holiness (paperback) available for purchase here

Additional related articles:

Publishing Books with Jesse C. Jones – The Path to Holiness

Recommending The Path to Holiness by Jesse C. Jones

A Man of God – A Tribute and a Testimony to Brother Frid

After the Big Bang – Free on Scribd Now!

A Layman’s Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ now available on Scribd

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His Breath is the Wind to my Sails

His breath is wind to my sails via Patty Finney Compton on fb

A friend of mine on facebook, Patti Finney Compton, shares the most glorious pictures there. She opens her heart and always has a word of encouragement for those who respond to her. This one caught my eye recently and I asked and received her permission to share.  Her pictures seem to penetrate the soul and lift the spirit.  I think that is because she prays over them and God leads her to them and guides her hand as she shares them!  Thank you Patti for being a faithful handmaiden!

Many years ago as I was agonizing about the call of the Lord upon my life, I heard very clearly the words, “I will be your rear guard.”  It brought immediate peace to the matter and has been an unfolding revelation to me as well as to those who walk with me.  When you hear something from the Lord like that you then begin to see it unfold in scripture and I learned that He is not only my rearguard, but He goes before me to prepare the way.

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.Isaiah 58:8

For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.  Isaiah 52:12

He is my all in all.  My rock, my sword, my shield.  My wheel in the middle of the wheel.

“He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield”  

Randy Travis Lyrics

He’s my rock, my sword, my shield
He’s my wheel in the middle of the field
He’s the lily of the valley
He’s the bright and morning star
Makes no difference what you say
I’m goin’ on my knees and pray
I’m gonna wait right here for Jesus
Till he comes.

The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.  Ezekiel 1:16

In Him we live and move and have our being.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Acts 17:28

He is the wind in my sails and I am bathed in the water of His word.  My boat goes where He leads as He fills my sails.

Many times as I pray over the city I live in, I actually physically blow my breath and release His Spirit out of my being.   When we engage in prayer actively with body, soul, and spirit — the mind does not always even know what it is about.  I am happy to be with Him in the process.  Sailing on the waters with His Spirit to fill my sails and guide my boat.  I trust Him and you can too!

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How Should Christians Feel About Same Sex Marriage?

Video raw link: https://vimeo.com/132444782

Rod MacIlvaine as part of ‘Ten Questions’ Series
Grace Community Church in Bartlesville Oklahoma

How Should Christians Feel About Same-Sex Marriage?
June 28, 2015

UPDATE: The Obama administration has set up rainbow-colored lights to illuminate the real-life White House. (Twitter @whitehouse)Whitehouse celebrates SCOTUS ruling

 

Franklin Graham’s response on white house rainbow colors

The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world. But one day God is going to judge sin—all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one. So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come. Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

He whom the son of Man sets free is free indeed.

Freedom from sin and death — that is real Liberty.

Sandra Crosnoe said: “The state cannot make something right or wrong — that is a function of the Creator. The state can however make your life miserable for not doing what it wants you to do in certain blocks of time. That is the function of power. How long does the state’s power last? Well now we are back to the Creator’s determination. When He says ‘game over’ that will be the end of that. Who is really in control? That would be the Creator. Seek Him while you may…”

 

Snowing Seriously

I thank Susan White for singing this song for me through the years.

As I was watching the snowflakes fall recently, I heard her singing it in my spirit.  I always tear up when I hear this song or even just think about it.  I take that as a good thing, a soft spirit turned toward the Lord in the moment.  I share it with you in the hopes that it ministers to you as well!  Turn your eyes to Him and watch the snowflakes fall in your heart~

 

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I once read in a poem, when snow covers the earth

That it hides the world’s scars and gives nature new birth

And they say when a man turns from sin to the Lord,

That forgiveness like snow covers him evermore.

 

CHORUS

And somewhere it’s snowing, see the soft drifting downsnowflake1

As the snowflakes surrender to the hardening ground.

Like the good grace of Jesus that now covers our sins.

In the kingdom of heaven, it’s snowing again.

 

smowflake2And it’s told that the angels lift their hearts and rejoice

When one traveler turns homeward from his way to the Lord’s.

If somewhere someone’s turning, he’s given his all

Then God’s grace, like snow, is beginning to fall.

 

CHORUS   And somewhere it’s snowing, see the soft drifting downsnowflake3

As the snowflakes surrender to the hardening ground.

Like the good grace of Jesus that now covers our sins.

In the kingdom of heaven, it’s snowing again.

 

Author: Katrina Rae via The Lyric Archive

http://www.thelyricarchive.com/song/3172586-507541/Somewhere-It’s-Snowing#

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A Man of God — A Tribute and a Testimony to Brother Frid

 

This book is very personal to me and my family.  My folks met the Lord with Jesse and a few other people many years ago in the 1960’s.  Our families visited together through the years and they taught us about their encounter with Jesus, their study of the bible and encouraged us to seek Him too.  I remember bible studies in various homes specifically for the children.  Many of the children met Jesus along the way and were baptized in the Holy Spirit as well.  They now have their own stories to tell and most their own families.  Special thanks to Jesse and my parents for pointing the Way and for bible teachers like Brother Frid, and Pastor Hong Sit and Derek Prince who gave us a firm foundation for life’s ups and downs.  A few years down the road, my dad became a bible teacher and I have a few of his studies on tape.  Jesse, retired now, has been writing and I am glad for the opportunity to share some of his work.  I pray it will be a blessing to many and that we will leave a clear path for those that follow us.

Thanks Jesse for putting this part of the story in print!

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The Preface to A Man of God by Jesse C. Jones

This is a story about a man, a place, and a time when the lives of many people were touched by a power they did not know existed, nor did they know that this power was available to them.  The man that God used to demonstrate this power was unassuming and  totally devoid of the pride of life that plagues most men, and has led an untold number into exaggerated self-esteem and conceit.  He appeared in this appointed place without fanfare, and he came into our lives as a result of an event that he had no part in, and, as far as I know was not even aware of.  That he had been prepared for this place and time seems to be without question, for things happened rapidly after he began to be used by God in the ministry to which he had been called.

Looking back on this time, some fifty years ago, makes me think about how a large storm moves through a place and changes everything, and then is gone.  Like many of the changes brought about by the storm, the changes wrought in the lives touched by God through this man have not gone away, for they were changes to men’s hearts, and all the issues of life come from the heart (Pr. 4:23).  I know first-hand about the changes in the lives of my family: this is something we will consider later in the book.  But to tell this story in any meaningful way I need to describe the effect of this man’s ministry on other’s lives.  There were many people touched by this outpouring of God’s grace and I am personally acquainted with only a few: many have gone on to their eternal reward.  I wish I had more detail on the life of the principal character, but he and his wife have long since departed, and after fifty years there are relatively few knowledgeable sources still around.  Nevertheless, I have used the contacts I could identify.  I pray that readers will be touched by this story as I have been through the power of God manifested in this man’s life.

Jesse C. Jones

Chapters in this book:

The Preparation

The Man of God Appears

The Scattering

The Aftermath

The Witnesses

 

Other Books Available by Jesse C. Jones

After the “Big Bang”

A Layman’s Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ

A Man of God

Dialogue With an Atheist

Has God Divorced America?

The Mystery of God

The Spiritual Life

Note:  All of the above e-books are available online.  

They are free to download & share via SCrosnoe on Scribd

The Path to Holiness  – (paperback) available for purchase here

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Wise Men still Seek Him & Give Gifts

While pondering the practice of gift giving, I realized that the story of the Wise Men and the ‘Gift of the Magi’ is a profound expression of seeking Him earnestly and giving Him your most precious gifts.  I realized that not only do Wise Men Seek Him while He may yet be found, but Wise Men offer Him their lives as well as their earthly treasure. The result is unspeakable, unexplainable, profound and mind bending — life changing.  I highly recommend that you enjoy the search and the gift.

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You thought you were giving up something?

Look again at what He gave you.  We have eternity to enjoy unraveling the mystery and the awe of it all!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year~

[originally posted in 2010 here]

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