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Monday, November 24, 2014

Heights fallen from II

Posted by Gary on November 17, 2012

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…”

Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

In 2009 I wrote comparing President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from that year with President Lincoln’s from 1863. Then and now, God’s people can only lament the heights we have fallen from as a nation in terms of our national reverence for God and it seems in 2012, that we have chosen only more Godlessness in our political leaders.

Today at our church Thanksgiving dinner we read President Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789. It struck me as you will read in a moment, that President Washington reveals that both Houses of Congress requested him to recommend to the people of America a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed to, “Almighty God”.

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Love Lincoln?

Posted by Gary on December 10, 2011

“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…

…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. (Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation 1863)

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As we celebrated Thanksgiving recently, I found myself thinking about President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. This led me to ponder Lincoln in a broader sense and led to asking myself if we would like to have Lincoln as our President today.

“Are you kidding?” I can hear the gasps. “Would we like to have Lincoln as our President? He was one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had!” Yes, I know our estimation of Lincoln is quite high. We call him one of the greatest probably second only to George Washington.

Sentimentally we look back and would quickly say that we would love to have Lincoln as our President today. I doubt it. Would the America of today be glad for a President who spoke of God as often and pointedly as Lincoln did? We flipped out over George W. Bush! Bush? Lincoln was Bush times ten, Bush on steroids as it came to God.

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Just so you know

Posted by Gary on November 23, 2010

imageThanksgiving is almost upon us and I wonder how many of us know about the pilgrims who came to the new world and eventually celebrated the first Thanksgiving?

In particular, how many know of the faith and Godliness of the pilgrims and what brought them here?

When we speak of our country’s origins we seem determined to go back to 1776 and no further but this is a tragic mistake. Then there are history’s revisionists would have us believe that the freedom of religion that the pilgrims sought in the new world was the freedom for people to worship whatever god or gods their hearts and minds might imagine. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Will we let the pilgrims speak for themselves? They will tell us why they came in the Compact they drafted upon their arrival:

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Thanking whom?

Posted by Gary on November 19, 2010

James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and many families and loved ones will gather by the kindness of God. It seems that more and more each year I hear calls for us to “be thankful” or to “be grateful for our blessings” and yet these admonitions to be grateful increasingly do not include God as the recipient of our thanks.

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Heights fallen from

Posted by Gary on November 26, 2009

Visiting BaylyBlog today I read a comparison between President Obama’s 2009 Thanksgiving proclamation and President Bush’s 2008 proclamation. Bush’s mentions God often in ways of reverence and humility. Obama, while giving God His mention ultimately dwells upon us.

This led me to the website that lists all the proclamations from past presidents and I came across Abraham Lincoln’s from 1863. It includes statements that boggle the mind in light of today’s false claim by America to believe in and revere God. Note words and concepts that he uses that a president today would never use nor would be tolerated by Americans who in the main do not believe in the God of the Bible but only give the words of lips which will never pass the bar of judgment for real faith:

“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, tranquility, 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.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN”

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