by Scott Williams
A few years back, as our family awaited the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on television, we heard a public official talk about how lucky we are to be from such a great nation. Part of his activities today, he said, including serving Thanksgiving dinner to those whom "God has dealt a bad hand."
What a far cry from the proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, recognizing God as the giver of all things. Lincoln's proclamation was the first in an unbroken string of presidential proclamations that lasts until today. His words bears repeating, and heeding.
Are you lucky or thankful?
Have a grateful Thanksgiving Day!
THANKSGIVING DAY 1863 by ABRAHAM LINCOLN
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
– A PROCLAMATION
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
New International Version (NIV)
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Someone made a remark that they did not put much faith in the Bible because "Dinosaurs" are not mentioned in the Bible.
This is very true Dinosaurs are not not found in the Bible, and this could be due to the fact that the word "Dinosaur" was first used in the year of 1841 only 172 years ago. Before the year of 1841 it was never used. It's a new "WORD" something like the "Cell-Phone's" today a "WORD" that was unheard of 20 years ago.
Now remember this also that people back in the biblical times did not speak English they spoke Hebrew. The Hebrew word tannlyn which was translated a few different ways in our English Bible is sometimes a "Sea Monster" and other times "Serpent" or a "Dragon".
There are many things in the Bible (God's true word) that point to what could very well have been a Dinosaur. The Behemoth is said to be the mightiest of all God's creatures, a GIANT whose tail is likened to a Cedar Tree. The Cedar tree's of Lebanon stand 130 feet tall, and are 8 feet in diameter.
Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar.
The "Behemoth" was HUGE as its discribed in the verses above which could have been a "Dinosaur" if that word was around in the bibilical times...but was not until 1841.
Behemoth's (Dinosaur's) were created along with other animals on day 6 of the creation week. Read all of Genesis 1:20-12, 31.
Isaiah 51:9 Tells us of a "Dragon". Read all of Job 40:15-24.
Beast, and Dragons are found in Isaiah 43:20
Dragons again found in Psalm 74:13.
An "Fiery flying Serpent" is found in Isaiah 30:6
As you read from God's word The Bible (I use the KJV) some of these creatures still live in the Sea today, and will be destroyed in the end time.
Many will say this or that is in the Bible, and this or that is not in the Bible but in truth they really don't know themselves because they never take the time from there busy life styles to dig into, and study the Bible, and God's true word . Most of these people (not all..most) don't even have a Bible in there homes, and if they do they can't find it.
2 Peter 3:3-5 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God
Paul D. Nauta
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