Thanksgiving Proclamation President George Washington

As we pause and give thanks for our many blessings today, I thought it a good time to consider what one of our founders said those many years ago.

Thanksgiving Proclamation
President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789

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, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

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Will You Be Remembered?

It was a busy day in the square. He leaned against the wall where he could see the gateway, listening to his friends chat as he watched the crowds. Many people came to the temple, most dropped an offering into the containers by the door. A few large, some small, but most somewhere in between.

Then he saw something that arrested his attention. A woman, small, poorly dressed, walking up to the offering boxes by the doors. Actually, a lot of people noticed her, most with that special distain people reserve for homeless beggars. He watched silently as she dropped a couple of cents through the slot. Most never saw it having already dismissed her as nobody, and turned away. The few that did gazed at her with clear looks of condemnation for giving such a stingy offering, but not the teacher.

Rising up, he gestured for his companions attention. They stopped talking and gazed expectantly, waiting for him to reveal a fresh nugget of wisdom. He gestured to the woman, and said, “Did any of you see what she did?” One or two had, and having seen how small the offering was, braced themselves for a scathing condemnation of her miserly offering.” But instead the teacher said, “She gave more than all the others.” One rose up and said, “What do you mean? She only tossed in a few pennies, I saw her.”  The teacher replied, Yes, and most gave what was easy and comfortable, but not her. No my friends, she gave her all, every penny.” He continued, “She did this because she knows the Father, and knows she can trust Him to provide.”

The others all gave out of a sense of duty, obligation, or pride, not all bad reasons, but not what the Father is really wanting. But her gift, small though it may be, thrilled Father, because it came from a heart abounding in love. Her extravagant gift has touched the His Heart as none of the others because if came not from a place of obedience and duty, but from a place of intimacy, of overflowing love. She gave not because she had to, but because she wanted to. Her desire was for the Lover of Her Soul, and no other. Because of that she will be remembered and spoken of until the end of times.

Will you be remembered?

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Oct 3: Prophetic Word—Releasing God’s Lamplighters!

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Above: at the excavation of palace of Judah Macabee in Jerusalem’s Old City.

I don’t usually do this. In fact, I can absolutely attest to the fact that I have never done this.

It is 5:08 am in Jerusalem, and we just finished another unexpectedly historic call. The anointing and presence of Holy Spirit is still so strong I’m not even going to try to sleep. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Tonight I unexpectedly felt an unusual grace from The Lord to share on God’s Lamplighters, and prophesy from Zion the release of these spiritual revolutionaries in Israel, America and the nations. Until now I haven’t directly written much nor shared much on this subject. Jolene and I have never wanted to draw people to ourselves but to Christ. And even using the name “Lamplighters” to describe emerging forerunners seemed a little self-focused.

But I have to say that when God…

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Off The Map

Recently I have been involved in an on-line discussion about why we so often launch into new revelation only to fall back into the same old-same old. There are many reasons we discussed, fear, pride, comfort and habit to name just a few. As I was meditating on this yesterday, I suddenly heard, “Many hide from My grace.”

I wondered about that, and as I let my mind dwell on it, I realized that we all fall prey to this. I then began to wonder why? We are limited finite beings with limited finite minds confronted by the reality of a limitless, infinite God and His limitless, infinite love and grace. Faced with this we naturally try to place this incomprehensible God with His incomprehensible love into a box we can comprehend. Boxes like rites and ritual, hierarchy, theology, tradition, in a word, works. We can understand and comprehend works. If we are good enough, if we can do enough, if we do all the right things, then we will be rewarded. It may not be God’s way, but it is a way we can wrap our minds around.

So what does that have to do with slipping back to the same old-same old? Simply this, when we step out into new things we step “off the map.” There is no longer a marked path, no blazed trail to show us the way. As the pioneers of old, we are faced with unknown, unexplored and potentially dangerous territory. If we truly understood God’s grace, we would be secure in the knowledge that He is with us, He knows the way, and He will guide and protect us each step of our journey. But we do not, oh we may say we do, but if we are honest with ourselves, we don’t really, so instead we retreat back to where we feel safe, returning to what we do, works.


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Tiny Big Treasure

Merry Christmas to all. May you be blessed!

Tiny Big Treasure.

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Whats Next?

Unless your habitation is under a geologic formation, by now you are aware that President Obama was reelected. There has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth among conservatives and evangelical Christians, but the people have made their choice. Some are predicting gloom and doom, some talk about moving, but what should our response be?

Not surprisingly, the bible has some things to say about this:

“First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way. For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (AMP)

Yes, that’s right, Paul tells us to pray and intercede for “…all who are in positions of authority ….” I heard that comment, I didn’t say like him, no, you don’t need to agree with his policies, but you are commanded to pray for him. Oh one more thing, you are also commanded to love him. Hold on, hold on, don’t leave just yet, I do have a solid biblical basis for this:

“But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, to show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven….” Matthew 5:44-45a (AMP)

“But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.” Luke 6:35 (AMP)

You don’t have to like him, God never demanded that, but he does demand that we love others as He loves them.

So then how do we pray for our elected officials? Well we don’t pray our will, for example, “God make them see how foolish this policy is,” but we pray God’s will. We pray that He will grant them godly wisdom and understanding, pray that he will change and soften their hearts, pray for divine protection and that his will be done in their lives. Most of all, pray that those who do not know him as Lord and Savior, will, and that those who do will hunger for a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Lord. Also, ask Him to grant to them the strength and courage to make a stand for godly values in all we say and do.

Finally, pray for the nation. Ask for revival, ask for the Kingdom of God to manifest itself in this nation. Call for an awakening like we have seen in the past, one that will touch and change this nation. That is where our hope for the future lies, not in a party, not in a philosophy or any other invention of the mind of man. As good as they may be, they can not effect the fundamental, foundational changes we need. Only a sovereign move of God across this nation can accomplish that.

PS: I wrote the draft of this a couple of days ago. Since then the news breaking of General Petraeus’ infidelity has broken, serving to underscore the need to pray for our leaders. If a man with the strength and moral fiber of David Petraeus can fall in this way, how much more so those lacking such discipline. Yes, we are all tempted every day, but I believe that those who would serve in high office receive special attention from the enemy. When we fail to pray and stand in the gap for them, we leave them open and vulnerable to attack. I will say it again, pray, pray for all of our elected and appointed officials, pray for them whether you like them or not. Pray regardless of what you feel about their policies. Pray for them all, and pray for our country.

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Four More Years

Well Election Day 2012 has come and gone. This election cycle may go down as the most deeply divided we have seen. It will surely go down as the most expensive in history and by a large margin. Finally, after months and months of hype, prevarication, spin, surveys and pundits, votes have been cast and counted, and for the most part, winners decided.

Some will be happy with the results, some disappointed. Many failed to participate and thus gave up their right to be either. Already some prophets of gloom and doom have proclaimed God’s judgment upon this nation. That is their right, but I reject their proclamations.

As I look back at these first post election hours, I am both encouraged and concerned. Despite profound disagreements on major issues, the elections were accomplished peacefully. There continues to be concern over the issue of election fraud, and there is a need to address this in a way that is both fair and effective. (By the way, from the accounts I have seen, the UN observers were astonished that we would allow people to vote without verifying their ID.) There were also scattered reports of election law violations at polling places. These seem, for the most part, to be more cases of overzealousness rather than malicious intent, so let’s identify the problems, take corrective measures where needed, and move on.

For me, the greatest concern is the apparent lack of participation by the church. Early exit poll results seem to indicate that participation by those who self identify as Christians even lower in the past. Worse, many who did seem to have sacrificed Christian values on the altar of political correctness. Perhaps a part of this problem is that many pastors have avoided things political. This was not always so, certainly members of the “Black Robe Regiment,” members of the clergy so influential in the early days of this country would certainly disagree with such actions. (For more information on these ministers this is a good place to start: What is the Black Robe Regiment? ) I have already shared my views on this here, and here, so for now I will only state that it is not only our right, but our responsibility in a democratic republic form of government such as we have, to actively participate in that government. That means to express our opinions, vote, and if so inclined, run for office. When “we the people” fail to do this, we abdicate our rights to special interest groups or worse.

So now we go on. President Obama will continue to be president for four more years. Hopefully, he will provide better leadership reaching out to Republicans and working with their leadership in a spirit of unity and compromise to solve the many problems we face. Likewise, I pray we will see both chambers reaching across the aisle to tackle those issues so critical to this country.

One thing is clear; neither party has any kind of mandate. The race was hard fought over major issues and in the end, was very close with less than five percent of the popular vote separating the candidates. If any message is to be taken away, it is that support for current policies is underwhelming. The same old same old in Washington is not acceptable. Our legislators MUST work together, regardless of party, to deal with the very real issues we face. I pray that they will do so, and if they do not, that “we the people” will vote them out next time. Their job is to represent our interests. If they fail to do this, they are not doing their job, and we their employers owe it to ourselves to fire them and hire someone else.

Am I happy with the results? No, not really. Personally I would have liked to see many, even most of the incumbents fired. They have not been doing their job and this is not acceptable. (By the way, that includes all of our local congressional delegation.) Am I concerned? Not at all, God is still on the throne, and He is still in charge. I will look to Him, and I will continue to pray for protection and guidance for our elected officials, and yes, for them all to come to a saving knowledge and personal relationship with our Lord Jesus.

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