Celebrating Thanksgiving in Poetry

The past 3 or 4 years, I have written one or two Thanksgiving poems in November. This year, I thought I’d just post the whole collection together.

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Ah, Thanksgiving, How I Love You!

cover-photo-eating-edited-sharpened-w-textAh, Thanksgiving, how I love you!
Golden crowning jewel of Fall,
Beacon of warmth and camaraderie,
Sending glad invitation to all:

“Gather to worship; gather to visit;
Gather to focus on all that’s worthwhile;
Feast from tables resplendent with harvest;
Feast on the love in a touch and a smile.”

All the year’s labors weigh heavy upon us.
All the world’s problems seem bigger by far.
But out from that wearisome struggle you call us,
And laying it down, we run to where you are.

And whether in cottages, mansions, or churches,
Community buildings, or tables in parks,
We gather with gratitude full – overflowing;
To the Giver of blessings lift voices and hearts.

Then we return to life’s pattern awaiting.
Filled up with joy, we set off on our way,
Warmer and richer and kinder in spirit
For pausing to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

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 Healing Holiday

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner,
And I am set to have a lovely time.
First I’ll make a jaunt to church and, kneeling down,
I’ll thank the Lord for all His blessings kind.

And then I’ll journey farther to meet kith and kin.
We’ll hug and laugh and tell each other news.
Then next I’ll help dish up the yummy treats in store;
So many dishes, all from which to choose.

Then after eating more than I could ever need,
And going back again for one more pinch,
I’ll sit by fireplace warm and cuddle little ones,
And soon we’ll be asleep; it is a cinch.

Oh, my, how dear Thanksgiving is to all of us.
It gives us one whole day when we can part
From all that pulls and presses us and wounds us sore,
And give ourselves to healing, loving hearts.

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What’s For Dinner?

turkey-with-sign-save-turkeysI spot him there, behind the barn,
A full-plumed, regal bird.
He looks up, straight into my eyes.
I speak no single word.

It’s happened thus, in passing years —
At least for two or three:
Each mid-November I’ve set my mind;
He’s been there to greet me.

Now, lifting his head in challenge strong,
He gobbles loud and long.
I lower my gun and heave a sigh:
To kill him would be wrong!

So, wrestling with my double mind,
I trek home to my wife
To explain why, once again this year,
Ham will greet the carving knife.

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THANKSGIVING

Thursdays come and go; in every month there’s four or five.
Hardly anyone’s attention they demand.
Ahhh, but there’s one month when Thursday is a special day.
November’s got the situation well in hand.
Kinsmen, young and old, along with neighbors, best of friends,
Stop their normal labor briefly and, instead,
Gather close, declare a feast, and celebrate all day
In churches, homes, and civic halls – wherever led.
Voices glad and warm with love fill up the heart and soul,
Inviting those attending to lay burdens down.
Neath autumn’s healthy harvest, tables beckon us – so come;
Giving thanks to God, now let us gather ’round.

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A Lesson in Thanksgiving

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Edward Percy Moran

Pilgrims reached the blessed shore,
But bitter winters were in store.
Death and anguish played their part.
Still, ’twas with a thankful heart
That they gathered to expound
Upon the God whose gifts abound.

We, who in their footsteps trod,
Though they lay beneath the sod,
Now do take the lesson learned
From their lives, and, in our turn,
We prepare to thank and praise;
To that same God our anthems raise.

And just as they faced troubled days,
Through hardships grievous made their ways,
So, now, such grievous times we face,
That ne’er before have taken place.
Yet from their lesson we take heart
And lift our songs with grateful hearts.

We will not bow to troubled thoughts,
Nor in the throws of fear be caught,
We have too rich a heritage.
So with forefathers we engage
To praise and sing and laugh and play
And celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

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Destiny

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My destiny is to successfully complete everything I put my hand to.

My destiny is to get up every single time I fall, then continue moving forward.

My destiny is to fulfill the desires of my heart.

My destiny is to experience my dreams coming true.

My destiny is to be everything God wants me to be.

In fact, my destiny is to be exactly like Jesus Christ.

Because the Lord tells me in His Word, “… for whom He did foreknow, He also did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29)  And He also assures me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13.)

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Thank You, God!

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Thank You, God! Thank You, God! Thank You, God!  It’s about all I can say right now. I’ll have other things to say about yesterday’s election in my nation, but for right now, I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that we finally put a president and scores of congressmen into office who will work AGAINST murdering millions of innocent children every day that I am almost speechless. That stand for the unborn was THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE AT HAND, because nothing else will ever be right in our country until we stop deliberately murdering God’s children.  I can add one more thing: God has given us one more chance to turn things around and get back to being the nation that He originally intended us to be, and we’d better all buckle down and work hard at doing just that.

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‘Healing Is For You!’ On Sale Through November

healing-for-you-cover-from-amazon-edited-w-frameIn my country, November is the month of “Thanksgiving.” But since harvest season lasts in many countries from September through November, a lot of people around the world focus on expressing their gratitude for the blessings they have received throughout the year.

One of the things I’m most grateful for is excellent health. It’s probably the most important thing for me personally of all the blessings I enjoy. And the main reason I’m able to enjoy excellent health is because the Lord Jesus Christ has offered me His own health and well-being to take the place of sickness and infirmity in my body — just the way He offers me His own righteousness to take the place of my sinfulness.

I’ve studied God’s Word diligently throughout my lifetime, and I’ve particularly studied what He has to tell us about healing, because the Lord called me into a healing ministry many years ago. As a result of what I’ve learned from His Word — and from 40 years of ministering His healing power to people with all kinds of bodily and mental afflictions — I wrote the book Healing Is For You!  Although I originally wrote it almost 18 years ago, I have updated it three times in the past few years. The book is now in its third edition, and has been purchased and used by churches, Christian schools, and individuals to help stir and strengthen the faith of the sick and help them receive the healing they need from the merciful God who created their bodies and wants them well.

I’ve been blessed many times over by the testimonies of people who have read this book and received their faith so strengthened that they were able to reach out and receive from the Lord miraculous changes in their bodies and another chance at a life of health and wholeness. As a way of expressing my gratitude for my own health and for the health of the many who have received through the ministry of this book, I decided to offer it at a significant sale price throughout the month of November.

So from today, November 3, 2016, through November 30, 2016, Healing Is For You! will be on sale in its e-book format at the Amazon Kindle store for $1.99. That’s a savings of $2.00. You can follow the link to the Kindle store and learn more about the book. It answers a lot of the most common questions concerning healing and how to receive it from the Lord. And it includes many personal testimonies as well as a thorough study of God’s own Word on the subject.

If you do not own a Kindle, that is no problem, because right on the page where you purchase the book, Amazon offers the download of a free Kindle app for any device that you want to use.

If you’re facing illness in your own life, or you  have a loved one who is, think about getting a copy of Healing Is For You!  Because God’s healing really is for you, and He wants to help you receive it from Him today.


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The Real Hallowe’en Is A Holy Day

I originally posted this article two years ago today. But it’s certainly worth looking at again.

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October 31 is a holy day. It is not a day to celebrate witches, goblins, vampires, and satanic rituals. It is technically the eve of All Saints Day (November 1) — also known as “All Hallows” and “Hallowmas” — from the root word “hallowed” or “holy.” As the eve of “All Hallows,” October 31 came to be called “Hallowe’en, which is the abbreviation of “All Hallows Evening.” And just as the evening before Christmas Day is called “Christmas Eve” and is celebrated as part of Christmas, just so All Saints Day is celebrated beginning the evening before (October 31).  It is a day to celebrate the faithful believers who serve and have served the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Catholic Church, the celebration focuses mainly on those believers who have already gone into the presence of the Lord.  But in most protestant churches, it focuses on celebrating all true…

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‘Racing Toward The Light’- a supernatural novel

I’m super excited about my novel Racing Toward The Light going digital! The printed version came out about 5  years ago, but now that it is an e-book as well, a lot more people from around the world can download and read it without the added expense of exorbitant shipping costs.

As with all my inspirational novels, the theme of Racing Toward The Light is based in the Christian faith, and this particular book allows the reader to delve into the earthly lives of the characters of the story, but also into the spirit realm, where the forces of light and darkness dwell in all their fullness, and from which they influence and control earthly beings.

Since the e-book went on sale just this week at the Amazon Kindle Store — and since the Halloween season already has us focused on the “dark side” of the spirit realm — I thought this would be a great time to give you a peek at the official book trailer, in which I personally read an excerpt from the first few pages.

Maybe I can whet your appetite enough that  you’ll hop over to Amazon and purchase a copy.  And even if you don’t, it’s fun to share this much of it with you. And I can promise you that once you read it, you’ll never look at Halloween the same again.

So — if you’re ready for a fresh, enlightening Halloween experience, come walk through this journey with Sheriff Noah Bennett, the man God has chosen to lead believers in the spiritual battle against the deadly forces of witchcraft which have invaded the small coastal town of Hamsted on the northeast coast of the United States.

Experience his personal struggle to overcome his own fear and weakness in order to commit himself to being used by the Lord Jesus to bring victory to His people. Experience the power of God as angels and demons engage on the spiritual plane while believers discover the truth about their position of authority and their victory in the name of Jesus Christ and His blood.

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Learning Made Easy

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The whole book of Colossians is focused on the revelation that Jesus Christ Himself lives inside of us. In fact, if we could summarize the truths of the entire collection of all the epistles together and distill them into one overriding truth, it would be that Jesus Christ, Lord of the universe, NOW LIVES IN EACH ONE OF US who believes.

Colossians 1:26-27 tells us this fact clearly: “Even the mystery which hath been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” And Colossians 2:2-3 adds, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Do you realize that there is nothing you cannot learn? I don’t care how old you are — how long you’ve been out of school — how low your IQ is — once Jesus Christ comes in — assuming God’s Word is true, and it is — you have within you all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Couple that truth with 1 Corinthians 2:16, which assures us that once we are born again, we have the mind of Christ, and we are ready to learn anything we need — or desire — to learn.

So what is it you’ve been called to do? What is it that your heart longs to accomplish? Is there something you must learn before you can do it? Then roll up your sleeves and get started. Expect to learn it completely. Don’t hold back, and don’t let the volume of the material involved overwhelm you. It is no match for the mind of Christ.

The human mind is a truly powerful and amazing instrument. All the scientists and doctors who have studied it in depth are constantly amazed at its capacity and its abilities. But no matter how well-developed a human mind becomes, it is still finite. It has limits to what it can accomplish. But, dear one, the mind of Jesus Christ — never ages, never gets tired, never gets stressed, never gets overworked. He is simply fullness of life in all of its forms. And His wisdom and knowledge are available to us without reservation and without charge.

Now, the fact that we have His wisdom and knowledge inside of us does not mean that we do not have to put forth the effort to assimilate it, process it, and put it into operation. We do have a part to play in bringing these gifts (which reside in our spirits) into the natural realm, where they manifest in our physical bodies and minds. We must apply ourselves to the Word of God, first of all. We do that through studying His Word and spending much time with Him in prayer. Then taking hold of the promise that we have the wisdom and knowledge working inside of us, we begin to tackle the physical aspects of the material we need to absorb, or the equipment/machinery/systems that we need to master. We have the responsibility to study, to practice, to work. But the ability to absorb and understand and apply the knowledge comes from Him.

Do you need to understand computers better? Do you realize that absolutely everything that goes on inside a computer — and in the minds of the people who created computers and computer software — was first in the mind of God? Hey, if that’s true, then you have living inside of you the One who passed on that knowledge to these inventors and technicians in the first place. So start drawing on that Original Source of knowledge and glean what you need.

Maybe your need for knowledge and wisdom has nothing to do with technology. Maybe you need to understand children much better so that you can be a better parent or a better teacher. Maybe you need to comprehend the world of economics in order to fulfill your life’s dream. The laws of mathematics didn’t just pop into existence one day centuries ago. They are the result of — part and parcel of — this orderly universe that was created and put into operation — and is kept in operation — by the same One who created our bodies and minds. The same is true concerning the laws of physics and all other sciences. He has within Him all you need to be able to comprehend the laws of mathematics or physics and use them successfully.

It doesn’t matter what you need to learn or understand. The Lord gave Daniel and his three best friends so much knowledge, wisdom, and skill in learning when they were in slavery in Babylon that they out-performed and out-classed all the other men in the nation. (Daniel, chapter 1). He’s still the same God. He’s still ready to pass on skill in learning. Maybe you never did well in school before now. But now you have inside you the One who actually gives you the skill — the ability — to learn better than ever before.

Take Him at His Word then. What do you need to learn? What do you need to understand? What do you need to make wise decisions about? Spend hours in His Word and let it renew your mind. Pray and let His Spirit quicken your mental agility. Those of you who pray in tongues will find that you have an extra advantage as well. The Word tells us that praying in tongues allows us to speak mysteries with God, and that’s a wide open door to delving into the depths of what God knows.

But whether you pray in tongues or not, you can pray and speak the Word of God over your own body and mind. And you can download His wisdom and knowledge from your spirit, where Christ lives, into your physical body and mind where it will go to work bringing you into the realization of your goals and dreams.

 

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Daily Post Prompt: Test

upset-womanThere is a doctrine that flows through parts of the Body of Christ that says God sends or brings problems, trouble, and painful events into our lives to “test” us or to “try our faith.” Supposedly, those tests are made up of sickness, handicaps, financial problems, natural disasters, and any number of other destructive things. We have plenty of scripture to nullify that teaching, yet it persists throughout many groups of believers.

The truth is that God’s Word clearly says in Galatians 3:13-14 that all the things included in the curse of the broken law (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) have been laid on Jesus Christ in our stead, and that we have been redeemed from all of them. Now, to be sure, the enemy tries to lay them on us still yet, but when we know the Word and live our lives daily in faithfulness to it, we can throw off those attacks and walk free the way the Lord intends for us to do. Whatever the Lord already laid on Jesus, He is not bringing upon us now — nor is He giving the devil “permission” to bring those things on us. For God to deliberately cause or allow those things to be placed on us now would be a slap in the face of Jesus and a rebuttal of all that He suffered in our place.

We gave the devil permission to act on this planet when we chose to believe Him rather than God in the Garden of Eden, and he is free to act against us if we will let him get away with it. The Lord tells us repeatedly in His Word that we are the ones who open the door to the enemy or close the door to Him, and we can tie God’s own hands by not staying in obedience and faith. We can actually keep Him from being able to help us. Even Jesus could not do what He wanted to do in His own home town to deliver and heal people because the people were in rebellion and unbelief. (Matthew 13, Mark 6). So Christians need to stop blaming God for the evil things that come into their lives and stop copping out of their own responsibility to take a stand in faith against the attacks of the enemy.

A careful reading of God’s Word will show that the Lord used only two methods of “trying” or “proving” the faith of His people. He either offered them something of great value or power and waited on them to decide how they would respond to it (as He did with Solomon) or He calls  them to take a great step of faith and move onto another level spiritually (as He did when He “tested” His disciples by telling them to feed the 5,000 + people.) He never puts things that are from the curse of the law (sickness, plague, pestilence, defeat by enemies, natural disasters, etc) on us to test or try or prove our faith.

We have further evidence of that in Jesus’ own words to us in John 10:10. He tells us clearly that He is the Good Shepherd, who came in by the legal door (being born as a human being into the earth). He also identifies Satan as the thief who has come in illegally because he was not born into the human race. Then Jesus lays the facts on the table and states emphatically that it is the thief who “kills, steals, and destroys.”  But it is God who “gives life, and not just life — but abundant life.”

We get another confirmation of that fact in the epistle of James, chapter 1, verses 13-17. The Lord tells us here not to say when we are tempted (and that word is also translated tested — it’s exactly the same word.) that the temptation or the test is from God. This fact is true when we are talking about being tempted to sin, but it is just as true when we are talking about being in a battle with any kind of evil, hurtful thing, because that kind of battle is always a “temptation” to turn from God. None of those things comes from His hand. Jesus has already said so. If it kills something in your life, if it steals something from you, if it destroys something good in you or your life — brothers and sisters — it is NOT from God. We have His Word for it.

But there’s even more good news. Not only does God not send things our way that will tempt us to turn from Him or to be disobedient to His Word and His will. But even when the enemy brings those things against us, God will always provide a way for us to overcome them and escape them without being defeated by them. He will give us the victory every time, if we will follow His Word and His Spirit. (1 Corinthians 10:13).

So the next time you find yourself in the midst of a trial of your faith, dear one, grab hold of these promises and stand your ground until you have the victory. Let these words live big inside of you and renew y our mind with them. Remember: it’s the enemy who brings the tests. It is God who brings you the victory.


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