The Trio Of Triumph
This week is the week we gather with our family and friends to give thanks to the Lord for His bountiful blessings. Thanksgiving is not about turkey, pilgrims, and pumpkin pie until we first realize that God is the One who is deserving of all thanks and praise.
Indeed, the whole purpose of the first Thanksgiving was to give thanks to God for a successful corn harvest. On a November day in 1621, Pilgrims from Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts invited the Wampanoag Indians to share a feast. That celebration, which became known as America's first Thanksgiving, was followed by a second celebration two years later to give thanks to God after the end of a long drought. Throughout the New England colonies from that time onward, days of thanksgiving and fasting to God were held annually or occasionally.
In 1789, President George Washington established the new nation's first Thanksgiving. Twenty-eight years later, New York was the first state to officially mark an annual Thanksgiving holiday. In 1863, during the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday the last Thursday in November.
That practice continued until 1939 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt switched Thanksgiving to a week earlier in an effort to jumpstart retail sales for the Christmas holidays during the Great Depression. However, backlash against the change had Roosevelt signing a bill in 1941 to move the holiday back to the fourth Thursday in November, where it resides to this day.
Last 2 weeks we talked about defeating the 4 main enemies of the Christian which are FEAR, DISCOURAGEMENT, PRIDE, and UNBELIEF. We found that God had promised us that He would defeat our enemies all around us, so what are we to do while He is fighting for us. What is our part in God's plan to defeat our enemies. Turn with me to
1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is ...
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