Thanksgiving: Worship, Meditations, and historical background of the US holiday.

I don’t agree with Hillsong’s Charismatic and crazy practices; but I discovered this song today on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016; and it is beautiful to me and the lyrics are excellent and Biblical and I love the acoustic guitar skill.

Here are some good sermons and articles for deeper meditation and study and devotion at DesiringGod.com  on Thanksgiving and Gratefulness:

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/five-truths-about-thanksgiving

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/thanks-be-to-god-for-his-inexpressible-gift

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/bless-the-lord-o-my-soul

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/urgency-and-gratitude

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/guard-yourself-with-gratitude

Historical background of Thanksgiving Day Celebration, by David Barton ( I don’t agree with Glen Beck’s Mormonism and some other things, it goes without saying; but I do appreciate the Mormons general stand on moral and ethical issues for our society.) 

Note:  Gregg Fraser’s book is more accurate on the beliefs of America’s founding fathers, but Barton has good material, with some qualifications.

The Pilgrims thanked God primarily and also I am sure that they thanked the American Indians who helped them survive the harsh conditions.  The problem is modern revisionists in our public schools want to get rid of the Christian and religious motivations and emphases on all our traditions and holidays. It is imperative that we repeat the truth about the spirituality and religious motivations of our country, and the people and principles that shaped and formed our country.  As our country has drifted away from God and the Bible, and constantly grows more and more secular and ungodly; we must proclaim the Biblical truths above and the Biblical foundations of our history and culture and laws.

Gov. William Bradford’s
“Thanksgiving Proclamation” (1623)

To all ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 daytime, on Thursday, November 28th, on the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye almighty God for all His blessings. William Bradford, Ye Governor of Ye Colony. (Federer, America’s God and Country, 66-67)  see a full article here.

Later, based on the traditions from the Pilgrims and subsequent New England Puritans,

As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.[18]  (see wikipedia article)

Note Barton’s quoting of the federal proclamation made by Abraham Lincoln.

Linking to the various articles and songs, etc. does not necessarily mean I agree with other things or opinions, beliefs or practices of the authors.

Here is another excellent hymn of worship and praise, written by Charles Wesley.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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