Archive for November, 2010

Thanksgiving Stepping Stones

November 24th, 2010 No comments

In 1647, William Bradford, the Puritan leader and devout Christian Governor of the Plymouth Colony wrote in his famous historical work, Of Plymouth Plantation:

“Last and not least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least making some ways toward it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in performance of so great a work.”

As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving holiday, may we be inspired by the faith and vision of those who gave birth to our great Nation and may we faithfully build upon the “good foundations” which have been established. Our strength as a nation rests upon our great Cornerstone, Jesus Christ and our faithfulness to His command to “advance the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world.”

Our forefathers built the foundation and laid the stepping stones for us to follow. On this Thanksgiving, may we re-commit our lives to loving Jesus with all our hearts and to sharing His greatness with our family, friends and with those who have neve heard the good news.

William Bradford left us with a solemn warning etched upon his gravestone. Inscribed in Latin are the words:

“What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish”

As we celebrate together in the greatest nation on the planet, let’s not forget the tremendous price that has been paid by those who have gone before us, and may we never shrink back from the duty we have to preserve these great liberties.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pilgrims & Providence

November 22nd, 2010 No comments

In 1620, after having lived as religious refugees in Holland for a dozen years, Governor William Bradford and 103 Pilgrims boarded a ship bound for America. While their intended destination was Virginia, the providential purpose of God had another plan. After encountering a terrible storm, they were blown off course and actually landed in what is now Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.

Why this unexpected course correction from the One who controls both the wind and the waves? (Psalm 107:25) Here we see superintending providence of God over both men and nations. Had the Pilgrims made their surprise arrival a few years earlier, they would have been greeted by the Patuxet Indians, one of the fiercest and most violent tribes on the American coast. The Pilgrim’s experiment with liberty would have been short-lived indeed. For some strange and unexplainable reason, this blood thirsty tribe was completely destroyed by a plague in 1617, just three years before the Pilgrims landed!

Upon arrival, Governor Bradford and those aboard the Mayflower knelt in prayer and dedicated themselves to the “glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
The amazing and unseen providence of God protected them on their journey and prepared for their safe landing. While they thanked the Lord for his mercies, they’ll have to wait until eternity before they fully understand God’s unseen goodness and providential care.

We’ll spend eternity doing the same! Thank you Lord for your goodness to us!

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Vital Perspective

November 20th, 2010 1 comment

How fitting that on the Sunday before Thanksgiving we’ll be focusing on what it means to live with a “Vital Perspective.” It has been said that “Perspective is everything.” That’s why one encounter with Jesus changes everything, including our perspective on life. In what ways how does Christ change our outlook?

Come join us this Sunday as we give thanks to our good and great Father for all the blessings He has so richly poured into our lives! And don’t forget, bring someone who needs a vital encounter with Jesus!

See you tomorrow! Come expecting!

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