Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving for Real

Thanksgiving is the greatest American holiday.  
If we lose freedom here, there's no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. Ronald Reagan
Our very favorite Thanksgiving picture book.
In the early 1600's, Bible-believing Christians just like some of us today were fed up with being told by their government what to believe and how to worship.  So, they prayed and sought to worship freely.  Exhausting their options in Europe, they agreed that the new world, America, was their only hope to worship God freely and Biblically as they wished.  How sad to see that our American government today is attempting to tell us how we must worship.  "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1) They tie the hands and feet of pastors with IRS threats.  Individual citizens are on pins and needles, awaiting the possible ratification of outrageous international laws that loom in our future and would limit our religious freedoms.  Many have turned their backs on God and pull out-of-thin-air ridiculous stories of "history" which aren't history at all.  Our culture is saturated with lies and the majority of us believe them...because our schools teach them to us as fact.  Don't be deceived!

When the Pilgrims finally made their way to America under much hardship, trickery, and delay, they suffered even more through their first winter with a few people dying daily.  Until one day, Tesquantum approached them and he was able to help them grow and get the food they needed to keep them alive.  Now, the story of Tesquantum (Squanto) is heart-breaking and redemptive in itself.  Please see my previous post and take some time to listen to Squanto's story.  Anyway, the end result, as we all well-know was a fantastic harvest and a great feast shared by the Pilgrims and Indians together.

I wanted to direct you toward some great resources my family has enjoyed.  Truly, the story of Thanksgiving is one of my very favorites.
The undeniable hand of God ,
perseverance of the brave,
the heroism of Squanto....
well, who doesn't love such a wonderful story?  Truly history is greater than any tale we can make up.  And don't let the History Channel deceive you into thinking the Pilgrims' and Indians' relationship was a myth.  The ancient writings of those present unquestionably counter the lies of this current God-denying culture and media.

Wallbuilders is an excellent source of history from actual historic writings.  Here is a beautiful article written by David Barton...yes, the same David Barton who appears regularly on the Glenn Beck program.

Here's a little teaser from Drive Thru History's Pilgrims episode.  This whole American history series is excellent.

"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620." Mayflower Compact
Another great audio drama we adore is "Stepping Stones" from Adventures In Odyssey's, The Truth Chronicles.  This is an hour-long dramatic presentation about the Pilgrims from their time under English religious persecution until the first Thanksgiving.  The boys ask for it over and over.  Besides history, these audio programs offer fantastic character lessons and show that we really don't have it so hard after all.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  
May you make the most of all that this beautiful holiday has to offer.

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