Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Below is exert of the original Thanksgiving proclamation given by George Washington in New York on October 3, 1789.

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 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.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I enjoyed the ministry of the Holy Spirit through our friend and brother Steve Sampson last weekend in our services. I know many were touched by the Word of the Lord that came forth. All four services from last weekend are available in podcast form at

Steve’s timely message to our church was on the subject of the joy of the Lord. Here are some of my favorite scriptures on experiencing God’s joy for you to meditate on this week.

  • Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy... Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete... In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:22, 24, 33 (NIV)
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)
  • A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 (NLT)
  • Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)
  • ...but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
  • Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)
  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you... Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9 (NIV)

Saturday, November 07, 2009


Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master.

Romans 12:11 (MSG)

This past week Leslie and I were a part of a pastors’ retreat with Deer Ridge Ministries. Deer Ridge is one of the ministries we support monthly with our missions giving. There is no doubt that Deer Ridge is impacting hundreds of pastors and churches across the nation. You can find out more about Deer Ridge at

With all of the love from the church during Pastors Appreciation Month and then a week at Deer Ridge, Leslie and I feel blessed and refreshed! We are well rested and ready for what God has in store for us at Christian Life. Thank you!

Let me ask you, are refreshed and ready for the life God has called you to live for Him? Do you take a day of rest to connect with God? Did you realize that in the Ten Commandments God talks more about taking a day off than about lying, murder, or adultery?

God even took a day of rest on the seventh day of creation. Did He need it? No. God was modeling an important principle of life. Exodus 20:8-9 says, “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work.” (NLT) Psalm 127:2 says, “It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night... for God gives rest to his loved ones.” (NLT)

Make a commitment this week to rest. Don’t fight it like an immature child who doesn’t want to take his nap. Don’t say you don’t need it. You need it physically, mentally, and spiritually. You need it. Your family needs it. Just do it! Rest and get refreshed!