The Daily Scroll – Thanksgiving Day is Ours

Thanksgiving Day is Ours 

By 

Gene Markland

There is a friendly debate among historians as to when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in America. Some say it was in Virginia in 1610, and others hold fast to our traditional first Thanksgiving celebrated in Plymouth Plantation, Massachusetts, in 1621.

Whichever side of the debate one chooses to embrace, the fact remains that Thanksgiving Day is ours.

Before America existed as a nation, the hardy souls who persevered to found this great country made the effort to thank God Almighty for His provision and grace.

Giving thanks in Virginia, Massachusetts, and many other settlements across the new world was a spontaneous act by grateful people. They experienced a life so rugged, that without the providence of God they would have surely not survived. They were grateful for God’s favor and blessing.

Our first President, George Washington, a man acclaimed to be the Father of our Country, acknowledged God as the source of our Nation’s strength and very existence. He felt so strongly about this that he made a proclamation for a national day of thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, 1789.

President Abraham Lincoln made it an official national holiday on Thursday, November 26th, 1863. He believed in the importance of setting aside a day to honor God and give thanks individually and corporately as a people.

Thanksgiving day has become a tradition, which like other traditions, has developed, grown, and transitioned from being a simple spiritual act of acknowledging God’s blessings, to a national event of unbridled proportions.

Ball games, shopping, days off from work, and travel are just a few of the Thanksgiving activities that can encumber us and help us to forget the true meaning of the holiday.

This day is meant to be a time to stop, take notice of our blessings, and acknowledge God with a grateful heart. Lest we forget, there have been Thanksgivings in the past that were very trying and somber, days of prayer and fasting.

Today, one could say that we are too busy enjoying our blessings to pause and be thankful. We all share in the responsibility for the national event that Thanksgiving Day has become because it is our day.

I am so thankful to God that He has given us the freedom to worship Him with our thanks. And the blessings that we enjoy over this holiday are truly from Him.

I believe He continues to bless us in part because we do take a day, our day, each year, and as a people tell the whole world that we thank Almighty God for His provident grace.

The Bible says: “Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” (1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT)

This Thanksgiving as we share our feast with our loved ones, plan our shopping for Friday, and our Christmas decorating for Saturday, give a nod to our forbearers whose grateful hearts made this all possible.

Enjoy taking part in a celebration uniquely our own, individually and corporately. Pass on to the next generation the knowledge of how blessed we are as individuals, families, and as a people.

Speak of the mighty and wondrous things that the Lord has done, and share our thankful hearts one with another.

“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.” (Psalm 145:4 NLT)

The famous author O. Henry wrote, “There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Daily Scroll – He Holds My Hand

 He holds my hand, I know he’s there

We go together everywhere. 

I’m never lonely, for I know

On my path, he’ll always go

He holds my hand to keep me safe

He leads me, guides me, everyplace.

With him I know I’ll never fall

He’s my eternal, all in all.

He holds my hand and steadies me

He keeps me calm as can be.

And when my time on earth is o’re

He’ll hold my hand forever more

The Daily Scroll – Harvest!

The following post is from 1440.com:

World Population Milestone
Earth’s population will reach 8 billion people today, according to projections from the United Nations. The number is three times the population in 1950 and eight times that of the early 1800s.  The 200 years since the Industrial Revolution began (watch overview) have seen a massive population explosion due to a reduction in child mortality and an increase in life expectancy. Improvements in food production, sanitation, and medicine—as well as widespread access to household items like refrigerators and ammonia—have drastically reduced hunger and disease globally. Annual population growth peaked at just over 2% in the early 1960s and has since declined to under 1% amid a decrease in fertility rates. By the end of this century, total annual deaths are expected to surpass births, likely resulting in a decline in population (learn why). Overall, demographers estimate almost 120 billion people have lived on Earth. 

So friends, as the Bible says, “The harvest is great but the workers are few. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send more workers.” Let’s raise our hands and pray, “Here I am Lord…send me! – Gene 




The Daily Scroll – The Gentleman

There was a man in the Bible named Stephen. He wasn’t one of the famous disciples, nor was he an Apostle, yet he personified everything that Lord Jesus taught, lived, and passed on to us. A regular guy, an obedient servant ministering in the name of Jesus. Undeniably under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.” 

Although when the religious leaders who did not have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, saw the evidence in his life, their jealousy and religious superiority took hold of them to denounce him. However the Word says, “None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.”

Stephen was frustrated with them and declared, “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!”

Since they could not stop him or the Holy Spirit who dwelt within, they took and killed him. As he was dying the Bible says, “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Then he fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.” (Acts 7)

The Holy Spirit blessed this ordinary gentleman, filled this man with Himself, enabling him to do mighty works for God and the ordinary people in need, just like Jesus did. He was open to see spiritual visions as foretold in the Bible. The Holy Spirit did it for Stephen and He will do it for you. 

For the latest prophetic update, click on the link below.

http://reflectionsofaseer.blogspot.com/

Dear Readers,

As long as the name of God is a byword…Don’t rejoice.

As long as the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is unbelieved…Don’t rejoice.

As long as evil reins in a Christian Nation?…Don’t rejoice. 

As long as a child loses its precious life due to inconvenience…..Don’t rejoice.

As long as the whole truth is muted from the pulpit because of the fear of loss of funds…Don’t rejoice.

As long as one child goes hungry for any reason…Don’t rejoice

As long as violence sweeps our streets…Don’t rejoice.

As long as one soul hangs in the balance over a devils hell…Don’t rejoice.

As long as we believers do not take action or even pray…Don’t rejoice.

 Please review guest blogger Michael Plemmons reflections of a seer.

http://reflectionsofaseer.blogspot.com/

The Daily Scroll – Don’t Rejoice

Dear Readers,

As long as the name of God is a byword…Don’t rejoice.

As long as the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is unbelieved…Don’t rejoice.

As long as evil reins in a Christian Nation?…Don’t rejoice. 

As long as a child loses its precious life due to inconvenience…..Don’t rejoice.

As long as the whole truth is muted from the pulpit because of the fear of loss of funds…Don’t rejoice.

As long as one child goes hungry for any reason…Don’t rejoice

As long as violence sweeps our streets…Don’t rejoice.

As long as one soul hangs in the balance over a devils hell…Don’t rejoice.

As long as we believers do not take action or even pray…Don’t rejoice.

 Please review guest blogger Michael Plemmons reflections of a seer.

http://reflectionsofaseer.blogspot.com/

The Daily Scroll – Ever Yours

 When I think of you, oh God, creator of all, master of all, I am so amazed. I can barely comprehend you, your majesty, and your goodness. You were always with me. Even when I turned my back, your hand was on my shoulder. When I walk in righteousness my steps are ordered by you. When I walk in the shadow of doubt, your light illuminates my path. How could I even exist without you? You enable me to complete the tasks which you have given me. You never ask me to do anything which I cannot do. You’ve placed within me the miracle of love and obedience. Although it’s against my very nature, you operate through me when I submit to your will. Ever grateful. Ever loving. Ever yours.

The Daily Scroll – Help in Vain

Do you ever feel like the work you do is in vain? Maybe you work with children in church only to see them grow up to be wild teenagers getting in trouble. Maybe you have a child that you did your best to raise in the fear and admonition of the Lord, yet when they grew up they actually resented and  hated you. You know, we’re living in the last days, the days that the Bible said that these thing will happen. Don’t be discouraged. Like Moses, your intentions were good and your work is not in vain. Without your help, the child would never even have a chance. In time it’ll pay off. They’ll come back.

“One day when Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his relatives, the people of Israel. He saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. So Moses came to the man’s defense and avenged him, killing the Egyptian. Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn’t.“ (Acts 7:23-25)

The Daily Scroll – Shake This Place!

How many Christian conferences have we attended where when we leave, we are the same as when we arrived. How many nice camp meetings we attend are just…nice. We go back to normal life unchanged. Well friends,  we are now in a critical time that requires more than…just the same. We need, really need,  the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God to shake us. We need the Holy Spirit and fire to accomplish what Almighty God expects in these last days. 

When the early Christians were told by their religious leaders to cease and desist the preaching and power of and by the name of Jesus, they were faced with real life consequences if they disobeyed. They met together and this is what they prayed:

“Give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:29-31)

May we, the last Christians, go back and seek the boldness and power of the Holy Spirit that was granted the first Christians. – gene

The Daily Scroll – The Friendly Man

 Who is the most friendly man to ever walk the earth? You may be surprised to learn that it was, and is, Jesus. That’s right, the Lord Jesus. When you examine His life, as described in the Bible, this is the only conclusion at which to arrive. He left Heaven to come and find us. And to make us His friends. He lived with us, he suffered, cried, and grieved with us, and then…and then…died in our place. As it says in the Bible, no better friend than one who will give his life for his friend. 

Jesus was a friend to all. He was a friend to, and enjoyed children.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

He was a friend to the common man, even sinners. The Bible says, “And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.” (Mark 2:15)

Don’t be afraid to get to know this friendliest man who ever lived. He’s approachable, loving and kind.