I once went with friends to eat at the fanciest restaurant in Chapel Hill.* One friend was about halfway through his meal when he took a hard look at the potato, called the waitress over and said, "This potato is bad!" To our utter amazement, the waitress picked the potato up, smacked it, put it back on the plate, then told my friend, "If that potato causes any more trouble, just let me know." *Please see "comments" for additional pertinent & germane information.
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I heard my wife mention one morning while getting ready for Church, "I sure need some new stockings." When she went into the bakery on the way home that afternoon, I spied a clothing store next door. So, I thought I would surprise her and went in to buy her some new stockings. "Can I help you," the saleslady asked. "Yes," I replied. "I would like to get some stockings for my wife please." "Sheer?" she asked. His reply located in "comments".
One day a State Trooper was pulling off an expressway near UNC. When he turned onto the street at the end of the ramp, he noticed someone at a chicken place getting into his car. The driver placed the bucket of chicken on top of his car, got in and drove off with the bucket still on top of his car. So the trooper decides to pull him over and perform a community service by giving the driver his chicken. So he pulled him over, walked up to the car, pulled the bucket off the roof and offered it to the driver. The UNC driver looks at the trooper and says, "No thanks, I just bought some."
Evolution is the basis for the Religions of Humanism, Agnosticism & Atheism. Without that key doctrine they have no foundation - nothing! Creationism is the basis for True Christianity. Without that doctrine we have no foundation - nothing! See what all of the Controversy now is & why there's such a Battle in (Pseudo) Science, Education & Philosophy? It is truly a Great Spiritual Battle that will finally be won when the King of Kings who is also the Creator returns - which the Theory of Evolution totally denies (as well as any pitiful attempt by Christian "Scholars" to somehow combine the two impossibly polar opposite doctrines)!
Most of us have heard or read at least part of Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation at some point. But even those who have heard it many times can overlook two important aspects of this important document. Details In Comments Below!
In late 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower reached the New World to found what would become Plymouth Colony. Governed by the Mayflower Compact—the representative government established through it—they thanked God for their safe voyage and disembarked the vessel with a cold winter before them. The winter of 1620-1621 was a brutal one for the Pilgrims. Almost half of the Pilgrims died from disease so that by winter’s end, there were just over 50 left to keep the colony viable. When the “first Thanksgiving” was celebrated after harvest time in November of 1621, the survivors were grateful for life and limb, and for the bare necessities that God and provided to keep them from perishing. Plymouth was an experiment, inasmuch as it was communal in its social structure. Although the Mayflower Compact had put a representative government in place, that government had been fashioned so as to recognize that everyone held everything within the colony in common. Therefore, this communal experiment, which lasted from 1621 to 1623, represented difficult years for the colony because it sucked the creativity and desire to prosper out of both the most gifted and physically fit Pilgrims. William Bradford wrote: In this instance, community of property…was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort. For the young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men’s wives and children, without any recompense. So while both of the first Thanksgivings—1621 and 1622—were gatherings at which the Pilgrims were simply happy to be alive, a strange thing happened on the way to the Thanksgiving in 1623. Namely, Gov. William Bradford saw fit to move the colony from the communal system of ownership to a system of private enterprise. According to Bradford: The failure of this experiment of communal service, which tried for several years, and by good and honest men proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times—that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. After Plymouth was privatized, with men owning land and making profits for themselves, Bradford wrote that they went from a scarcity of food of growing more corn than they could eat. In other words, they went from minimal food supplies to an abundance of the same. And when they gathered for Thanksgiving in 1623, they did so with the knowledge that God had blessed them beyond measure. Thus days of fasting and prayer marked portions of the Thanksgiving celebration of 1623. And it continued in this way until growing broader with President George Washington’s proclamation in 1789 and finally President Abraham Lincoln’s recognition of it as an official holiday in 1863. Washington’s proclamation is timely for us still: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection. So as we approach Thanksgiving, we must remember that we do so as a nation rich with history surrounding this holiday. And when we sit round our tables full of plenty, especially in these trying economic times, we ought to bow our heads and hearts to God as did colonial Americans and American statesmen gone before us. Truly, we are fortunate to live here, and not in some communist regime where our land is not our own. And surely we are blessed to have our daily bread…and some Turkey and dressing, too. Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.
Now time for a tradition, an annual tradition, and that is The Real Story of Thanksgiving from my book that I wrote back in the early nineties. I wrote two of them, actually. In one of the books I wrote, The Real Story of Thanksgiving. And reading from it has become something we do every year on the program because it's still not taught. The myth of Thanksgiving is still what is taught, and that myth is basically that a bunch of thieves from Europe arrived quite by accident at Plymouth Rock, and if it weren't for the Indians showing them how to grow corn and slaughter turkeys and how to swallow and stuff, that they would have died of starvation and so forth. The Indians were great -- and then, in a total show of appreciation, we totally wiped out the Indians! (Continued In Comments Below!)
The first "official" Thanksgiving was celebrated 212 years ago. President George Washington's first presidential proclamation designated the 26th day of November to be set aside for giving thanks. "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor," he wrote. Washington did not ask the nation's citizens to demand more from God or to question why the Revolutionary War had lasted eight years, nor to reflect on the damage that occurred during the war. Instead, he asked the nation to be grateful and to ask for God's protection and favor.
Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving -- at least, we know the Pilgrim version. But how many of us know the Indian viewpoint? No, I'm not talking about some revisionist, politically correct version of history. I'm talking about the amazing story of the way God used an Indian named Squanto as a special instrument of His providence. Historical accounts of Squanto's life vary, but historians believe that around 1608 -- more than a decade before the Pilgrims arrived -- a group of English traders sailed to what is today Plymouth, Massachusetts. When the trusting Wampanoag Indians came out to trade, the traders took them prisoner, transported them to Spain, and sold them into slavery. It was an unimaginable horror. But God had an amazing plan for one of the captured Indians -- a boy named Squanto. Squanto was bought by a well-meaning Spanish monk, who treated him well and taught him the Christian faith. Squanto eventually made his way to England and worked in the stables of a man named John Slaney. Slaney sympathized with Squanto's desire to return home, and he promised to put the Indian on the first vessel bound for America.
It wasn't until 1618 -- ten years after Squanto was first kidnapped -- that a ship was found. Finally, after a decade of exile and heartbreak, Squanto was on his way home. (Continued In Comments Below!)
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The Roman emperor Diocletian, following an edict in 303 A.D.,
failed to stamp the Bible out. The French Revolution could not
crush it with secular philosophy (Rousseau, one of its heroes,
converted to Christianity). The Communists failed to stamp it
out with atheism and political ideology. One might well ask why
this book has been banned, burned, and bludgeoned with such
animosity and scorn. The great Reformation hero John Calvin
responds in this way: "Whenever people slander God's word.
they show they feel within its power, however unwillingly or
reluctantly." - Joe Boot
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You're not a kid anymore when ... * The only reason you're awake at 4 a.m. is indigestion. * You are proud of your lawnmower. * 8 a.m. is your idea of "sleeping in." * People call you at 8 p.m. and ask: "Did I wake you?" * Your high school diploma is the color of buttermilk. * Nobody ever tells you to slow down. * You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it. * You've seen Halley's Comet ... twice.