Thanksgiving may be the only holiday we have that possesses less and less
appeal. Ironically, with the exception of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving
is the most peculiarly American holiday that we recognize. The celebration
of it fits perfectly into the story of American history. To be thankful to
God for the abundance of this great land was a natural duty for our
forefathers. The ensuing institutionalization of it made perfect sense. We
briefly consider some of the background and speeches that have surrounded
this most appropriate holiday. And let us give thanks to a gracious
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George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
This historic proclamation was issued by George Washington during his
first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day
of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer."
Original Thanksgiving Proclamation
An actual copy of The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
containing the proclamation issued by George Washington setting aside Thursday,
November 26 as "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer."
One Nation Under God
The Continental Congress of the original 13 colonies of what would become
the United States of America was established to resist the unfair tax practices
and tyrannical laws and policies imposed on the colonies by Great Britain.
"One Nation Under God" contains powerful and compelling statements by America's
Founding Fathers, American Presidents, great American statesmen, in addition
to Supreme Court rulings and proclamationsincluding one for Thanksgiving
observanceby Congress on the allimportant role of the Christian
faith in building the United States of America.
A Theology of the Grace of God
John H. StollIn order for us to properly develop according to God's word, we must begin
with the "bottom line" of, who God is and His relationship with us. Therefore, a
need to understand a theology of God's grace.
As is true with many terms used among Christians, the word "worship" can become
a cliché devoid of significant content if we don't stop to consider
Praise: Releasing Faith
Oliver W. Price, Bible Prayer Fellowship
From the Bible study, Praying with Christ Obviously Present and Actively in
Charge, Leaders Guide, Session 11 "Praise: Releasing Faith." Includes the
Three Basic Elements of "Thankful Praise" and helpful discussion
points. Linked to the full study, both leader's guide and student portions.
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