Portland Public Schools

Public schools in Portland, Oregon are teaching children that Thanksgiving is about genocide and racism. Mary Grabar reports, “Pity the poor child in Portland, Oregon schools. While many still think of Thanksgiving as a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our multicultural heritage over a festive meal, eighth-graders in the Antifa epicenter have the notion drummed into them that Thanksgiving really is a celebration of the genocide of the Indians by greedy capitalist Europeans.”

We as Americans have a disheartening way of draining the meaning from holidays. Our culture has made Christmas and Easter totally secular.  July 4th is all about booze and loud noises, and we can no longer tell the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

For the offended ‘Woke’ folk to go after the few trace amounts of thankfulness left in the Thanksgiving holiday, is truly evil.

As Mary Grabar pointed out, what these children have had “drummed” into their heads is a lie. This is not enlightenment—it is darkness.  As Jesus warned us, “Beware that the light which is in you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:35)  This is especially egregious, because school is supposed to be about learning, not about lies. And teachers should care enough about children not to lie to them.

How and why should Christians defend Thanksgiving?  That we cannot immediately answer how and why, speaks to our present condition before God.  And, are we surprised that we can’t answer them?

The steady diet of ‘feel good’ sermons being preached in most churches, have not equipped us to push back against the tide of wickedness. We were caught flat-footed when marriage was destroyed and the death culture of abortion took the land.

The concept of Thanksgiving is very biblical: the word thanksgiving occurs 29 times in the Bible, and the concept of giving thanks is found in 93 additional verses.  Most of us know Psalm 100 by heart, especially verse 4: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name!” So, it is small wonder those who serve the powers of darkness and who have plans for evil, hate the spirit of gratitude behind Thanksgiving.

There are epic reasons to defend Thanksgiving: The oxygen of freedom is gratitude. Any day that forces us to stop, take a deep breath and thank God, adds to our national lifespan. What the Socialism- promoting teachers in Portland, Oregon are doing, is sowing seeds to bring about an early death for America.

If there are such things as ‘big fat lies,’ this one is morbidly obese.  In fact, the origin of Thanksgiving is, in itself, the very rebuke all those teachers in Portland need.  Far from genocide and greed, Thanksgiving came to us out of the purest motivation possible.

Cheryl Magness wrote, “Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the children’s song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has historically received much of the credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Pilgrim Hall, a museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving and passing down the history and stories of the Pilgrims, calls Hale the “godmother of Thanksgiving.”

Hale was an established poet and writer, when in 1837, she began writing a series of editorials advocating for a national Thanksgiving holiday. George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison had issued Thanksgiving proclamations in the early years of the nation, but after Madison’s 1799 proclamation, the practice had ceased.

As the Civil War approached and the nation became increasingly divided, Hale saw a national Thanksgiving observance as a means of bridging the divide. On September 28, 1863, just under three months after the Battle of Gettysburg, she wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln entreating him to call for a national celebration of Thanksgiving. On October 3rd of that year, he did so.

Thanksgiving Should Bridge Divides and Cultivate Unity

A review of Hale’s campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday is a good way to remember what Thanksgiving is about. In her writings, Hale emphasized our identity as Americans, our need for community, and our dependence on God — the very things we too often forget in our own observances.

In 1860, Hale wrote:

“Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel, from the icy North to the sunny South, that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished. We have sought to reawaken and increase this sympathy, believing that the fine filaments of the affections are stronger than laws to keep the Union of our States sacred in the hearts of our people… We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.”

To make something beautiful into something ugly, to exalt the vile above the sublime, seems to be the stock in trade of the modern Left, composed of American Communists bent on destroying this nation. They must not be allowed to get away with their lies…especially not their lies to children.

I say it as much with a fervent prayer as a greeting, HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

 

 

 

 

THIS WILL EXCITE GOD AND DRIVE THE ENEMY CRAZY

The times are dark, evil, angry, and dangerous.  And, these are the most terrible days of attack ever on marriage, families, churches, and society as a whole.

Giving thanks in this emotionally crushing time can seem deranged. We dare not ignore the fact that many of God’s children have endured trials that are unheard of from wild fires, sickness, persecution and the cares of life.

However, there is a way—even in these tribulations—to thank God that will excite Him and drive the enemy crazy.

It begins by taking those things that should discourage and even frighten us and force them to glorify God.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12: 8 “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Paul took his suffering and shaped it into a catalyst for strength and victory.  He is literally celebrating how his brutal attacks will be forced to do a great work in him, and miracle through him.  Here is your confession: this is going to make me strong. This is going to release the power of God. Devil, you will pay dearly for attacking me and my family.

Thank you, God! This was a cruel attack, but the outcome is unstoppable. I am grateful for the power of Christ that comes out of persecution and tribulation.

The next act of thankfulness has to do with being born in this time. So many young and old are saying what a terrible time to be alive. Is it a cruel joke for you to live in these times? Or is an honor?

I say it is an honor! These are times God will do special things, through special people.  He gives grace that is not available in “normal” times.  He grants extraordinary power, wisdom and courage.

A life of knowing God and doing amazing things is available to you that was not available in other times.  Daniel 11: 32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

It is in the darkest times that the greatest Glory rises.  Isaiah 60: 2 “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Then, there is the unspeakable honor of suffering shame for Christ.   Acts 5: 41 says, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Jesus said, in Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus will declare your heroism to the Father before the entire host of heaven.  For endless ages, you will be able to tell the story of how God’s grace held you through impossible circumstances.

You were born for this time.  It is not punishment, it is not an accident, it is an honor.  There is a design in the timing of your life.  We all yearn for the simpler times—but the rewards are greater—much greater, in our time.

All the Saints who have gone before us would give almost anything to be in our shoes.  Jesus said, “Luke 10: 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” – Luke 10: 24.

It excites God to see his child trusting Him. But it releases misery on the devil. He threw his worst and you and God is turning it into your best. Now Satan knows he can never stop you.

Bold and mighty Thanksgiving to you and yours from Mechelle and me.

THANK GOD FOR THE HONOR OF LIVING IN THESE TIMES

Today, millions of God’s children will gather around tables to give thanks for many things.  However, there is one thing we might never think to thank God for. When I tell you what it is, you may find it hard to believe you should be thankful.   Especially since the times are dark, evil, angry, and dangerous.  And, these are the most terrible days of attack ever on marriage, families, churches, and society as a whole.    Nevertheless…

Today, we should thank God for the honor of living in these times.

First, it is an honor because of what you will see God do.   These are times God will do special things, through special people.  He gives grace that is not available in “normal” times.  He grants extraordinary power, wisdom and courage.

A life of knowing God and serving God is available to you that was not available in other times.  Daniel 11: 32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

Next, it is in the darkest times that the greatest Glory rises.  Isaiah 60: “And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Then, there is the unspeakable honor of suffering shame for Christ.   Acts 5: 41 says, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Jesus said, in Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus will declare your heroism to the Father before the entire host of heaven.  For endless ages, you will be able to tell the story of how God’s grace held you through impossible circumstances.

You were born for this time.  It is not punishment, it is not an accident, it is an honor.  There is a design in the timing of your life.  We all yearn for the simpler times—but the rewards are greater—much greater, in our time.

All the Saints who have gone before us would give almost anything to be in our shoes.  Jesus said, “Luke 10: 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” – Luke 10: 24.  Today, thank God for the honor of living in these times.

God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving day.  

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving miracle

It is said that he loved America more than any man in history.  Life used that love against him by breaking his noble heart again and again.  No President has ever had his soul so tortured, as Lincoln did by the crashing waves of bad news he received from the great civil war.

 

But it was Gettysburg that inflicted the incurable wound in his soul.  During the first week of July of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous “Gettysburg Address.”

Historians with a secular agenda have tried to hide a miracle that happened to Lincoln.  They had a good reason!  His miracle strikes at the heart of God’s relationship to America.

It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend:

“When I left Springfield [to assume the Presidency], I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”

One of the immediate results of his conversion to Christ is the holiday you celebrate today.   You see, Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day for thirty years, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in the very month of his conversion, by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving.

In that same supernatural month, God gave him the one speech that he is most remembered for and is still considered the greatest speech in our history.  Take a moment and reread it in the form that most historians say is the true version:

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Now Mr. Lincoln wishes to make a few statements to you in this Thanksgiving to a deeply divided and vulnerable nation.

-When you sit down together remember I had in mind for this day.  To bow in humble gratitude to God for the miracle that is America.    Remember that because of God she is unique and exceptional in the entire world.

To thank the millions who fought and died to give you the freedom to have this meal today and every day.   Those who died have consecrated not only the hallowed ground of Gettysburg but of every square inch of what is America.  Even the ground that angry anarchists stand upon with freedom to curse this nation and burn our flag is hallowed by the blood of brave American soldiers.

Let their sacrifice renew our gratitude and deepen the value we place upon those ideals for which they died.

-Rededicate yourself.  God is not punishing you but He has honored you by letting you live in the time of His greatest works.   Let their sacrifice renew our gratitude and deepen the value we place upon those ideals for which they died.

Do not despair or look for escape.  You have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this.  Do not look at the impossibility of the task before you; “to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

-Believe that a miracle once begun cannot be stopped but can be renewed even in the darkest seasons of history.  America can come back. America can be resurrected from her anger, division and soul sickness.  Let your dinner be a time of rejection of fear and a reaffirmation of faith in the future, “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”