This special Thanksgiving update replaces the regular end of week Legislative Update that would have been distributed on Friday, November 26, 2010
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1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100 -NKJV
REAL MEANING OF THANKSGIVING - The documents below clearly show the meaning of Thanksgiving as intended by the nation's Founders. Today in most public schools God is not mentioned, and Thanksgiving becomes an historical event rather than a Christian celebration of thanks to God. Please pass the document links on to others or print them out for distribution.
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here
Continental Congress 1777 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here
Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation - Read here
CURRENT PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION - in 2009 President Obama was broadly criticized for a very short Thanksgiving proclamation with no specific message of "thanks." This year the President's Thanksgiving proclamation first thanked, "Native Americans, whose skill in agriculture helped the early colonists survive, and whose rich culture continues to add to our Nation's heritage." Obama did get around to mentioning God in the third paragraph.
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IRAQI CHRISTIAN REFUGEES - As Christmas approaches please consider helping Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan and Syria. Visit the Religious Freedom Coalition's special Facebook.com site for more information!