Luke Chapter 11-20 Notes

Luke Chapters 11-20

Model Prayer;
Acknowledge who God is and address Him according to who He is
Pray according to God’s Will, not your own will
Ask for that day’s Word and direction
Forgive anyone who you have not forgiven, that you may be forgiven

Be persistant in asking for the Holy Spirit and to be filled with the Holy Spirit
Ask; and it will be given to you
Search; and you will find it
Knock; and the door will be opened
If your earthly father gives good gifts;
how much more will your Heavenly Father give

If you are not with Jesus; you are against Him
Anyone who does not gather; scatters

When you hear the Word of God, keep it, and you will be blessed

Your eye is the lamp of the body
Eye is good = whole body filled with light
Eye is bad = whole body filled with darkness
Do not let the light of your body be darkness

A person’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions
The amount of possessions which you have does nothing for your life
You cannot take any of your possessions with you when you pass from this life
Instead store up possessions for Heaven

Do not have your mind occuppied with thoughts of what you need;
but rather have your mind occuppied with thoughts of God’s Kingdom’
then God will provide all of your needs

Always be ready for serving the Lord;
You do not know at what time Jesus will return

If you know and do not do; Your punishment will be great
If you do not know and do not do; your punishment will be light
The amount required depends on the amount given
You are responsible for the amount of knowledge which have gained

There will be father against son;
Son against father;
Mother against daughter;
Daughter against mother;
Mother-in-law against daughter-in-all;
Daughter-in-all against mother-in-all

Repent or Perish

Jesus healed a person without them asking for healing

Good/Righteous works will not permit you to enter the Kingdom of God;
Belief in Jesus and doing the will of the Father in Heaven as He directs you
Do not do things on your own; wait on God’s direction

Choose the lowest positions/places;
Who humbles himself will be exalted
Who exalts himself will be humbled
The person in the lowest position/place can only be raised to a higher position/place
The person in the highest position/place can be lowered to the lowest position/place

When Inviting;
Do not invite those who are able to repay;
Invite the poor, maimed, lame, blind, and anyone who cannot repay
Rather than gaining your reward now, you will build up your reward to receive in Heaven

For those who are invited to the Kingdom of God;
If they refuse…
…God will invite others who will accept
Those who refused will not be permitted to enter

To be a disciple;
You must be able to leave your family and your own life
You must bear your own cross
You must be able to say good-bye to all of your possessions

There is rejoicing and joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents

What is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight

Woe to the one who offenses come through;
the one who causes one of Jesus’ believers to stumble

If a believer sins; rebuke him
If a believer repents; forgive him
Forgive the believer as many times as he repents

When you have done all you have been commanded; do not look for a reward or a celebration
You have only done your duty

Your faith heals you; have faith when requesting a healing

God is the God of the living not of the dead;
Because all who come to Him are living (Eternal Life)

Luke 1-10 Notes

Luke Chapters 1-10

Zechariah was a priest
Zechariah & Elizabeth were…righteous, old
Elizabeth was barren
An angel spoke to Zechariah with a name [John] for the son which Elizabeth would soon conceive
The name [John] was not a name from any of Zechariah’s relatives, it was the custom in those days to give a name from a relative [this went against tradition]
Zechariah was made silent, due to his unbelief in what the angel told him, until the birth of his son [John]
During the first 5 months of pregnancy Elizabeth remained secluded
During the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, John [within her womb] was filled by the Holy Spirit upon Mary’s visit to Elizabeth
Mary stayed with Elizabeth until her ninth month of pregnancy

Dedicate each first born male to the Lord

Produce fruit which aligns with your repentance of your sins
If good fruit is not produced, the result is being thrown into the fire

If you have two shirts, give one to someone who has none
If you have food, share some with someone who has none

Be satisfied with your wages

In all responses use scripture/God’s Word “It is written”

Not all widows were visited, due to unbelief
Not all skin diseases were healed, due to unbelief

Jesus taught in the synagogues on the Sabbath

Jesus rebuked the fever of Simon’s mother n’ law and it left her

Jesus prayed in deserted places away from the crowds

The poor are blessed
the hungry are blessed
those who weep are blessed
those who are hated, excluded, insulted, slandered because of Jesus are blessed
Woe to the self-satisfied

Love your enemies
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Pray for those who mistreat you
Give to anyone who asks
Do not ask for something which someone takes from you
Do for others as you would want them to do for you
Love your enemies
Do good
Lend, without expecting something in return
Be merciful

Do not judge
Do not condemn
What you give out will be given back to you…
…you give out judgment, you will be judged the same intensity if not more
…you give out condemnation, you will be condemned the same intensity if not more
…you give out forgiveness, you will be forgiven the same intensity if not more
…you give out an act of giving, you will be given in return the same intesity if not more

A good man produces good, from a good heart
An evil man produces evil, from an evil heart
A man’s mouth speaks from what comes out of his heart;
what is spoken will be good or evil depending on if the heart is good or evil

If you call Jesus Lord, do the things He says
From what you hear from Jesus, act upon what you hear
Do not only be hearers of the word, but be doers as well

My desire; to rest my head at the feet of Jesus
To wash Jesus’ feet with my tears
To dry them with my hair
To kiss them
To anoint them with fragrant oil

Seed = Word of God
Seed along the Path;
Heard-Word is taken from the heart by the devil to turn away from believing and being saved
Seed on the rock;
Hear-Joy-Believes for a while-departs in a time of testing
Seed among thorns;
Heard-Worries, Riches, Pleasures of Life overtake them-no mature fruit is produced
Seed in good ground;
Heard-Honest-Good heart-Holds onto the word-Endures-Bears fruit

Jesus gave disciples;
Power and authority over all demons
Power to heal diseases
Instrucitons to Proclaim the Kingdom of God (Good News)

To Go with Jesus you must;
Deny yourself
Take up your cross daily
Follow Jesus
Whoever is ashamed of Jesus and His words; Jesus will be ashamed of them also

Jesus knows the thoughts of men’s hearts

Whoever is not against you, is for you

Put Jesus and your service to Him above all people and circumstances
Jesus comes first

There are many who have not yet received the Good News and Salvation
There are few who have delivered the Good News
Pray for more people to go out into all of the world and deliver the Good News

Whoever listens to you, listens to Jesus
Whoever rejects you, rejects Jesus
Whoever rejects Jesus, rejects God

Jesus gave the disciples the authority to trample snakes & scorpions
gave authority over all the power of the enemy
Nothing will ever harm you
But do not rejoice in the spirits submitting to you and all that you have authority over; rejoice that your name is written in Heaven

A neighbor is one who shows mercy

Don’t be too busy about your tasks to consider what is most important, Jesus

Mark 11-16 Notes

Mark Chapters 11-16

All things which you ask for in prayer;
Believe that you have already received them
…and you will have them

When praying;
Forgive those which you have anything against, then your Father will forgive you
If you do not forgive those which you have anything against, your Father will not forgive you

God is the God of the living and not God of the dead;
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Jesus already knew who His betrayer would be

Jesus was in deep distress over what was ahead of Him; the cross-the flogging-all of man’s sin upon Him-separation from His Father in Heaven
He asked for what was ahead of Him to be taken away from Him; But at the same time He asked that the Father’s Will be done and not His own

Preach the gospel (Good News) to all of the world and all of creation
[Those who believe and are baptized will be saved; Those who do not believe will be condemned]

Signs accompanying believers;
Driving out demons in Jesus’ name
Speaking in new languages [speaking in tongues]
Picking up snakes
No deadly drink will harm them
Laying hands on the sick, the sick becoming well

Mark 1-10 Notes

Mark Chapters 1-10

Water baptism = baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins
Holy Spirit baptism = performed by Jesus

The people brought Jesus the sick and demon-possessed
Jesus would not let the demons speak, because they knew Him

Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners

Disciples did not fast while Jesus was with them

Jesus’ disciples picked heads of grain on the Sabbath
David and his men ate sacred bread
“The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath…”
Jesus healed on the Sabbath

Jesus changed the names of Simon [Peter] and James & John [Boanerges = Sons of Thunder]
Peter, James, and John also accompanied Jesus many places where the rest of the disciples did not

If you say someone has an unclean spirit or you speak against their spirit, when they have the Holy Spirit, you blaspheme the Holy Spirit
blasphemy of the Holy Spirit = Unforgivable Sin

“Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured and added to you.”
If you use and act upon what you hear, you will hear more
If you do not use or act upon what you have heard, even what you heard will be forgotten

The meaning of parables was made known to Jesus’ disciples, but everyone else it was left as parables without the meaning given

Demons desire a place to rest
When being cast out demons desire to inhabit a body for rest
If not, they wander around without being able to rest (in places without water)

Unbelievers, doubters, and mockers were put out of the room in some cases – raising of the dead

preached repentance
drove out demons
anointed the sick with olive oil and healed them
traveled to a remote place, to rest, after doing their work

Enforced traditions of the Elders;
washing hands before eating
washing cups
washing jugs
washing copper utensils
washing dining couches
Pharisees kept man-made traditions and performed them over validating and keeping the commands of God

Jesus made all foods clean
Nothing defiled a man by going into a man from his mouth through his stomach
Man was defiled by what came out of his heart and through his mouth;
Evil thoughts
Sexual immoralities
Evil actions

Some unclean spirits come out only by prayer and fasting

Don’t stop those who drive out demons in the name of Jesus; even if they do not follow in the same group as you
Do not cause the downfall of a believer in Jesus
Have salt among you and be at peace with each other

Man must not separate a man and woman who are married [joined together as one person]
Do not divorce; even though it may be permitted under some circumstances [sexual immorality…an unbeliever leaving a believer of their own will and choice]

Do not dominate over one another;
To be great; be another’s servant
To be first; be another’s slave

Matthew 21-28 Notes

Matthew Chapters 21-28

Jesus’ disruption of the money changer’s practices within the temple…”My house will be called a house of prayer”…But you are making it a den of thieves

Have faith and do not doubt
Believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer

Parable of the Two Sons;
One says no; but then does what was asked of him
The other says yes; but never does what was asked of him
The one who did what was asked of him, even when he first reacted with disobedience, has done the father’s will

The Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit

For many are invited, but few are chosen

Give back to Caeser the things that are Caeser’s
Give back to God the things that are God’s

In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given marriage, but are like angels in heaven

Greatest command in the Law:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind
Second greatest command in the Law:
Love your neighbor as yourself
The Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands

Do not be called Rabbi
Do not call anyone on earth your father
Do not be called masters
The greatest among you will be your servant
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled
whoever humbles himself will be exalted

Important matters of the Law; Justice – Mercy – Faith

First clean yourselves from the inside, before cleaning the outside
Do not appear righteous on the outside…
…while inside there is hypocrisy and lawlessness

Beginning of Birth Pains:
Watch out that no deceives you [claiming to be the Messiah]
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars
Nation will rise up against nation
Kingdom will rise up against kingdom
Famines and earthquakes in various places

You will be handed over for persecution and killed
You will be hated by all nations because of Jesus’ name
Many will be offended-betray each other-hate each other
Many deceiving false prophets will rise up
Lawlessness will multiply, love of many will grow cold
Whoever endures to the end will be delivered
The Good News of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world
Then the end will come

When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing in the holy place;
those in Judea must flee to the mountains
False prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray

Immediately after the tribulation of those days;
The sun will be darkened
The moon will not shed its light
The stars will fall from the sky
The celestial powers will be shaken
The sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky
The Son of Man will be coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory
The Son of Man will send out His angels with a loud trumpet
His angels will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other
[elect could be believers in Jesus]
When you see all these things, recognize that Jesus is near; at the door
No one knows the day or the hour; neither the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, Except the Father only

One will be taken, one will be left
Be alert!
Be ready!
The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect

Be faithful and sensible
Give food at the proper time
Be found doing His work when Jesus comes
Do not be foolish
Do not be doing as the sinners do
Do not be found unprepared and not ready
Always be found doing the work Jesus called you to do as believers in Jesus;
You do not know when Jesus will arrive
Do not wait until the last moment; for it will be too late, the moment will have passed…as well as your opportunity

When the Son of Man comes with His angels;
Jesus will sit on His throne
All nations will be gathered before Jesus
Jesus will separate them one from another; righteous and unrighteous
Righteous on Right; Unrighteous on Left
On Right;
Are blessed by Jesus’ Father
Inherit the Kingdom
[They gave food to the hungry]
[They gave drink to the thirsty]
[They took in strangers]
[They clothed the naked]
[They took care of the sick]
[They visited prisoners]
[Do for your neighbor, you are doing for Jesus]
Placed into eternal life
On Left;
Told to depart
Are cursed
Placed into the eternal fire; Which was prepared for the devil and his angels
Placed into eternal punishment
[Did not give food to the hungry]
[Did not give drink to the thirsty]
[Did not take in strangers]
[Did not clothe the naked]
[Did not take care of the sick]
[Did not visit prisoners]
[Did not do for their neighbor, were not doing for Jesus]

Not as I will, but as You will
Your will be done

The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak
All who take up a sword, will persih by a sword
Jesus was silent, did not defend himself when accused or attacked

Soldiers were told to spread a lie that Jesus’ disciples came during the night and stole Jesus while they were sleeping
This story has been spread among Jewish people to this day

Holman Bible Publishers.(2011).HCSB large print compact reference bible.Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers

Matthew 11-20 Notes

Matthew Chapters 11-20

Heal the blind, the lame, skin diseases, and the deaf-Raise the dead-Tell the poor the Good News

If anyone is not offended because of Jesus he is blessed

Towns where miracles are performed and no repentance, denounce them

All who are weary and burdened; Jesus will give you rest-Take up Jesus’ yoke and learn from Him, you will find rest for yourselves-Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light (Jesus is gentle and humble in heart)

Jesus desires mercy and not sacrifice
It is permissable to labor in order to obtain food when you are hungry
It is permissable to eat food that is holy when you are hungry
The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
Do what is good on the Sabbath

Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and not city or house divided against itself will stand

Whoever speaks against (blasphemes) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven
Anyone who is not with Jesus is against Jesus
Anyone who does not gather with Jesus, scatters

The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart [what is in your heart, is what your mouth speaks]
On the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak [For by your words you will be aquitted, and by your words you will be condemned

When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry) places [looking for a place to rest]

For whoever does the will of Jesus’ Father in Heaven, that person is Jesus’ brouther and sister and mother

Whoever has, more will be given [having more than enough]
Whoever does not have, what he has will be taken away

Seed sown along the path;
When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart
Seed sown on rocky ground;
One who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy-Has no root-When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles
Seed sown among the thorns;
One who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth chokes the word, and it becomes unfruitful
Seed sown on the good ground;
One who hears and understands the word, does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times what was sown

Son of Man = sows the good seed
The field = the world and good seed; [sons of the Kingdom]
The weeds = sons of the evil one
The enemy = the devil who sowed the weeds
Harvest = End of the age
Harvesters = Angels
End of age; Son of Man sends out angels
Angels gather those who are guilty of sin and lawlessness
Angels throw gathered into blazing furnace [where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth]
Righteous will shine in their Father’s Kingdom
End of age angels will separate the evil people from the righteous and throw the evil ones into the furnace

A prophet is without honor in his hometown and in his household [Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief]

Jesus walked on water [before his death and resurrection]
Peter wanted to walk on water like Jesus, but fear and doubt came upon him

“Honor your father and your mother, and, the one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death” (a quote by God spoken by Jesus)

It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man
Whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated, but what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies [these are things which defile a man]

Matthew 15:24-48 [the woman and the bread crumbs] dogs = Gentiles, children = Jews

Giving the keys of Heaven:
Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven
Whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven

If anyone wants to come with Jesus;
He must deny himself
Take up his cross
Follow Jesus
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it
Whoever loses his life because of Jesus will find it

The Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father and then He will reward each according to what he has done

“…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed
you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’
Nothing will be impossible for you
[However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting] (regarding casting out a demon)

Unless you are converted and become like children
You will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven…
Whoever humbles himself like this child {be humble like a child}–
this one is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven…
Whoever welcomes one child like this in Jesus’ name welcomes Jesus
…whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Jesus–
it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea
…woe to that man by whom the offense comes
{Child/Children could pertain to an actual child or a believer in Jesus}

…don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you in heaven their angels continuelly view the face of Jesus’ Father in Heaven [For the Son of Man has come to save the lost]
The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him (the Lord), and rescues them
And about the angels He says:
He makes His angels winds,
and His servants a fiery flame,

It is not the will of the Father in Heaven that one of these little ones perish…
{God wishes for all to have eternal life-not eternal death/torment}

If your brother sins against you; rebuke him in private
If he won’t listen; take 1 or 2 more with you
If he pays no attention to them; tell the church
If he does not pay attention still; let him be as an unbeliever to you

If 2 agree about any matter that they pray for;
it will be done for them by Jesus’ Father in Heaven
For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in Jesus’ name;
Jesus is there among them

Forgive a person 70 times 7 times from your heart;
for each time he sins against you

In the beginning God made them male and female…
…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife;
and the two will become one flesh {one person}
…What God has joined together;
man must not separate {God joins a man and woman together in marriage, a man must not separate (divorce) them
Moses permitted divorce because the hardness of their hearts

The Kingdom of Heaven is made up of people who are like children

With God all things are possible

Everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields
because of Jesus’ name
will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life
Many who are first will be last, and the last first

Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant
Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave
The Son of Man did not come to be served;
but to serve, and to give His life–a ransom for many

Matthew 1-10 Notes

Matthew Chapters 1-10

Repentance of Sin-followed by water baptism
Receiving the Holy Spirit and the speaking in tongues-Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire through Jesus
Rebuking Satan/The Enemy:
“It is written”-Use scripture (God’s Word)
“Go Away”-Command Satan to leave
Be Alert! Even Satan knows God’s Word and uses it to his advantage.

Do not remain hidden from the world, rather allow your good works to be seen and allow the light within you to shine out to all.

Jesus did not destroy “The Law and Prophets”, rather he fulfilled them.

Do not murder-Do not be angry with anyone-Do not call people names (Fool-Moron)-Reconcile any differences before submitting an offering to the Lord

Do not commit adultery-Do not look at another person with lust in your eyes and heart

To divorce (with the exception of sexual immorality) is committing adultery-marrying a divorced person is committing adultery

You must not break any oaths, keep your oaths to the Lord-Do not take an oath at all, let your yes be yes and your no be no

Don’t resist any evildoer-Give more than what is asked of you (example: shirt asked for, give your shirt and your coat-asked to go 1 mile, go 2 miles)-Give to the one that asks you-Don’t turn away from the one that wants to borrow money

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect

Give to the poor secretly (do not tell anyone about your giving)

To Pray:
Go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret (only God and you know what you pray)-Don’t babble when praying, do not use many words

Forgive others or you will not be forgiven

Fasting (Put oil upon your head and wash your face/freshen up) Do not make it known to others that you are fasting

Do not collect treasures on Earth-Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

The eye is the lamp of the body (let light into it, keep darkness out)

You cannot serve two masters (you cannot serve God and money)

Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, all these things will be provided for you (Food, Drink, Clothing)

Do not worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself-Each day has enough trouble of its own

Do not judge

Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before swine (pigs)

Keep asking, and it will be given to you
Keep Searching, and you will find
Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you

Whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them

~This is the Law & Prophets

Enter through the narrow gate

Beware of false prophets (wolves in sheep’s clothing)

Entering Heaven; Only the one who does the will of the Father in Heaven

(Jesus Saying); Hear my words and act upon them

Entering a house/town; Announce the Kingdom of Heaven has come near

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons

Do these things without charging

Great a household when you enter it

If the house is worthy, let your peace be on it

If the house is unworthy, let your peace return to you

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house/town

Be shrewd as serpents, as harmless as doves

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light
What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops

You are worth more than many sparrows

Acknowledge Jesus before men

Please Pray For Israel

Please, I implore you, pray for Israel!

“I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt,…” (HCSB, Genesis 12:3)

“For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve you will perish; those nations will be annihilated.” (HCSB, Isaiah 60:12)

“On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover–from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coasts and islands of the west–the remnant of His people who survive. He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (HCSB, Isaiah 11:11-12)

“For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.” (HCSB, Ezekiel 36:24)

Will The Real Thanksgivng Please Stand Up…!

~To the contrary of what most Americans believe…Thanksgiving is not about getting as many family members together as possible and eating as much and as many different types of foods as you can until you bust (that in fact is more towards the lines of gluttony, eating past the limit that you would normally eat past).
Thanksgiving celebrations go back as far as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans when they would hold feasts to pay tribute to their pagan gods (idols).
There is also a Jewish festival which is similar to or resembles that of Thanksgiving, Sukkot.
Native Americans conducted feasts celebrating the fall harvest long before the Pilgrims made it to America.
Long before the journey to America, Separatists and Puritans (Europeans) were already conducting days of fasting during difficult times and feasting in times of plenty, to thank God.
In 1565 Pedro Menendez de Avile had a dinner with the Timucua tribe, to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival.
On December 04, 1619, 38 British settlers, upon reaching Berkeley Hundred, read a proclamation to have that date “a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God”.
The festival, which is looked upon as the first Thanksgiving festival, was in 1621 after the Pilgrim’s first successful corn harvest (the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn). This festival lasted for three days and consisted of fowl, Lobster, Seal, and Swans (in addition to the harvested corn). The Native Americans contributed deer meat to the festival feast. There were no desserts.
The next festival of Thanksgiving did not occur until 1623, when thanks was given for the end of the long drought. This Thanksgiving consisted of fasting.
After this, festivals of Thanksgiving were held once or many more times throughout a year to give thanks after a major event…drought, victory in war, harvests, safe voyages…
In 1789 George Washington issued the first proclamation of Thanksgiving for the people to offer thanks for the U.S. Constitution and the end of the independence war.
In 1817 New York adopted the festival of Thanksgiving, it was held on different days throughout the North. The South did not observe the festival of Thanksgiving.
In 1863 Abraham Lincoln instituted a proclamation for the festival of Thanksgiving…”Americans ask God to “Commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation”. It was held on the final Thursday of November.
In 1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the festival of Thanksgiving up a week from the final Thursday of November, and called it Franksgiving.
In 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill to make it the 4th Thursday in November, Americans were opposed to his previous move of the festival.
It appears as though Thanksgiving can be held at any time a person or group of people want to thank God for a blessing or overcoming a difficult time. The government of America has designated a specific day once a year for the event of holding a celebration to thank Almighty God for all that He has done. It is quite different from the image I received of it when I was young…I thought it was just a time to be thankful for what you had, eat as much or more than you could, display as many different foods as your budget would allow and have as many family members present as possible. The truth is quite different than the illusion.

Set Apart

My focus for today and future days is to…not be conformed to thinking in the way the world thinks and behaves, but to be transformed to the thinking and behavior which God’s Word shows us to model our lives after…In addition my goals are to be set apart in how I think, behave, react, attitude, emotions, presentation of myself from the ways of those who follow the world…and have these characteristics resemble those things to the model which Jesus Christ has presented in God’s word. If there is no difference within myself from those who do not follow, believe in, and have Faith in Jesus Christ…then there is something within myself and my life which needs to be addressed and changed.
A true follower of Jesus Christ would be known that they are a true believer/follower of Jesus without them ever saying that they are…it will show to all of those around them.