Intro to IHOPKC

 

Dear Family and Friends,

We would love to share with you about our upcoming adventure. We are going to take a break from “business as usual” to pursue a season of immersing ourselves in an atmosphere of “prayer and worship”. Our family has been accepted to an internship at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri. This may not seem like the most sensible change at this point in time. However, in the midst of raising 3 young daughters, having a full-time job and maintaining our house and property, we have a yes in our hearts to take another step in this direction.

Intro to IHOPKC is the track we will be taking. This program focuses on the values we strive to have in our own lives and want to teach our kids. We are so blessed to have found something that accommodates all of us. The primary goals for interns is to have them grow in friendship with Jesus and to be equipped and empowered to strengthen corporate prayer wherever the Lord places them.

During our entire relationship we have carried hearts of worship and prayer, individually and corporately. We long to go deeper as a family and continue to grow in this area knowing how necessary it is as lovers of Jesus. We want to live to glorify Him and give Him our praise. He is worthy of it all.

“Worship and intercession are set forth as supremely important in God’s kingdom throughout all of history.” Mike Bickle

While we grow as a family we know that investing this time in an atmosphere that cultivates a greater Love for Jesus & His Word in the midst of corporate Prayer & Worship, will help us bear fruit that lasts in our lives. Our passion is to be a family modeling a lifestyle of prayer and worship in our community. Our hope is to be filled, encouraged, refreshed and sent back with a renewed vision for Tuolumne County. Our goal is to partner with the Body of Christ and help release these values that we will be growing in, to local families, homes and churches.

The dates of the program will be from September 22nd to December 18th and the classes will be held on the IHOP campus. An exciting bonus, Pat and TY (Pack’s Parents) will be housing with us as they participate in a follow-up track to their previous time in Kansas City. Click links to find out more about our schedule, IHOPKC and the Prayer Room.

AND if you want to partner with us in prayer, please let us know! We would love to have you join in with us on this journey.  There will be some costs for our family mission out in Kansas City. If you want to sow into our family financially we would be greatly blessed! Please contact us if you feel lead to do so, we need about $6,700 for internship, housing, traveling and food expenses. Our goal is to share updates here: http://historyishiring.com/category/family-updates/ .

We are excited to take this journey together, please stay connected with us and keep us in your prayers!   

Blessings –

THE ATKINS // Patrick, Aimee, Liberty, Adessa & Riah //

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Old Ben

Old Ben? I know what you are thinking…. (first 40 seconds)

No, No, this post has nothing to do with Obi-Wan Kenobi or Star Wars. I just felt like it was time to start sharing some more of my personal HISTORY with you guys – watch out! One of my earliest memories happens to be a very significant marker in my life.  I was probably between the age of 4 or 5 years old, close to the age that I asked Jesus to be my Savior (which I only remember because my mom reminded me of that night).  I remember this encounter as it was unique and a little out of the ordinary. I was with my mom in the local grocery store, Tuolumne Market, which hasn’t changed very much in the last 25 years! We were in the check out line and standing in front of us was an older man buying his groceries (I think someone was with him, helping). I still have a fuzzy image of that memory, partly because of the way this man was dressed.

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Before I share this gold of mine, I want to give a little background on this man who made a living from a mine of gold –

Benjamin Earl Fullingim, also known as ‘Old Ben’, was one of the last gold miners of his kind.  Ben was born in 1904 in Oklahoma, got married and took up farming like his dad. He found his way to Tuolumne after a bad divorce with his wife of 12 years. That’s when Ben said, ‘I started running and never stopped till I found this mountain.’ (source)

Obviously Ben was not an original ’49er, but he came to Tuolumne in 1953 and was the last ‘hard rock’ miner of a once popular yet not always successful occupation.  As a Gold Prospector he had 4 claims up on Mount Elizabeth, which is near the back side of Tuolumne City. When he wasn’t diggin’ for gold or sleeping in his small rustic shacks, he was traveling to California Fairs and teaching kids how to pan handle. Many Summerville Elementary School students of that time probably remember seeing Old Ben walk by the campus with his Mule in tow.

Benjamin Fullingim was known for being kind and hospitable.  I was told by an old friend of his (via email) that, ‘he had a wonderful sense of humor and was a good story teller.’  The Union Democrat did a short write up on him after his passing and said, ‘his cabin was a popular haunt for children and their parents, who accompanied Ben on hikes and gold-panning trips.’ (source)  He passed away at the good age of 99!

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So, back to the Tuolumne Market check out line.  Old Ben must have been 87 or 88 years old when I encountered him that day.  He turned around and looked at me and said, ‘You are going to be a mighty soldier in the Lord’s Army’.  I don’t recall the rest of the exchange, but that word stuck like a pick axe in the side of a hill!  I have carried that treasure with me for all these years and I am thankful that he took that moment in time to give that word to me.  In reality, what he said to me is worth more than a gold nugget, which he probably could have given to me instead!

It turns out Ben had a rich vein of christian heritage in his family.  His dad was a song leader in the church and both his grandfather and great grandfather were  influential pastors, ‘reverends’, in the Methodist Church.  I will always remember what Ben passed on to me and I am thankful that he wasn’t afraid to share what was passed on to him.

 

119876758_138379299538There is something powerful about the prophetic word of God.  It reminds us of His Word and let’s us know that He cares about us.  This word of encouragement and piece to my destiny has helped me in my walk with Christ.   I can take this and line it up with Scripture as I know that the Word of God says that He is the, ‘Lord of Hosts’ and Paul tells us to ‘put on the full armor of God’, just like a soldier would in the natural.  The second letter of Timothy reminds us that just as a soldier pleases his commanding officer that we too are to do the things that are pleasing to our Lord and be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoyed this piece from the particles of my past. Tune in next time to see what else I feel like sharing.

And since we are looking at treasures from time gone by, here’s an ‘oldie but a goodie’.

1 Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads again the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!

Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!

2 At the sign of triumph
Satan’s host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]

3 Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
one in charity. [Refrain]

4 Onward, then, ye people,
join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor,
unto Christ the King;
This thro’ countless ages
men and angels sing. [Refrain]

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Benjamin ‘Old Ben’ Fullingim with his donkey Nugget. – Onward Christian Soldier!
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TheCall-AzusaNow

 

I am so grateful that I was able to attend this last Solemn Assembly, Azusa Now, at the Memorial Coliseum with my entire family!  TheCall gatherings have personally impacted my heart during extremely significant stages of my life.  This gathering was another defining moment for me and my family as well as an  H I S T O R I C // GATHERING for the Body of Christ in America and the Nations. I have shared some of my past ‘Call encounters’ on this blog but I would like to share some of them again as well as what I walked away with from Azusa Now.

04.04.03 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA – 30,000

This Call was a part of the ‘Two Calls of California’ as the first Call done in California was held in Southern California on February 22, 2003 in the Rose Bowl. Then Lou Engle proclaimed a 40 day fast leading up to the second Call in San Francisco.  I believe I was brought to this gathering because of the prayer and fasting between these Calls.  I was not even walking with the Lord at this time of my life as I was entrenched in sin and rebellion. I was a 15-year-old sophomore and ironically it was the underground rap music coming out of the Bay Area at this time that had shaped my life doctrines of smoking weed, alcohol, and sex.

Somehow my parents brought me to this thing and I had no idea what to expect and didn’t have a clue who Lou Engle was.  In all honesty I did not pay much attention to what was happening on the stage while I was there and actually left the park at some point to explore the surrounding area.  However, I was prophesied over while walking up at the top of the bleachers and did get pulled into a prayer circle by my brother and his friend.  I did not see any immediate fruit after this and my rebellion and recklessness actually grew stronger from this point for another 3-year period. But, I know that I was there for a reason and that the Lord started directing my steps, even though it got darker before He burst into my life again!  And yes, my future bride, Aimee McGrady was there too!

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“Only a massive repentance and prayer assault on the Hollywood Frisco strongholds will prevail.” Lou Engle (Source: Elijah List 2003)

07.07.07 – TheCall Nashville, TN – 74,000+

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I was not at this event but my girlfriend, Aimee (Now my wonderful wife) attended this historic gathering which had over 74,000 people attending. She said it was one of the most powerful gatherings she had been to.  I am thankful that she attended this as I know it fueled her personal purity and her passion for Jesus.  I know for a fact that this gathering helped shape who she is today.

 

 

12.31.07 – TheCall Kansas City, MO – 20,000

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At the end of the year we were able to go to our first Onething Conference from December 28-31 in Kansas City.  I was really excited to see Mike Bickle speak and Misty Edwards (pre-dreads) sing for the first time in person. TheCall partnered with IHOPKC on the 31st to bring in the New Year.  By this time, I was more conscious of Lou ‘The Rocker’ Engle as I heard him speak at a Jesus Culture Conference earlier in the year.  His passion and zeal for prayer and fasting really stirred me up.  I believe the biggest take away from this time in Kansas City was gaining an ever growing heart for prayer and worship.

 

08.16.08 – TheCall Washington D.C – 70,000

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Okay, we did not make it TheCall in D.C, but I GOT THE GIRL, as that was the day we got married!  As thousands dedicated and rededicated themselves to the Nazarite Vow – Aimee and I gave our marriage vows.  I think it is cool that our wedding day lined up with TheCall event.  We even had Ryan and Nina Landis sing a song over us that they wrote specifically for us – who knew they would be closing out TheCall Azusa Now!

 

11.02.08 – TheCall San Diego, CA – 35,000

Regarding moral issues, Lou Engle says Christians in America—particularly right now in California—”stand on a battlefield more significant than Iraq.”

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After getting married 3 months prior we were excited to drive down with a group of people to contend for the sanctity of marriage as the issue of Prop 8 was being decided in CA.  This was a very rich time in the Lord for us as we had helped start a young adult worship movement that started growing in 2007 and there was a grace for pursuing Jesus as the Holy Spirit was stirring our small mountain community.  I would say this was the first time where I was actually going to TheCall filled up and really pressing in with a heart and vision for what the Lord was doing.  I must say this song below was one of the highlights for me (still gives me chills) :

 

09.04.10 – TheCall Sacramento, CA – 18,000

 

This was as the 10 year anniversary of TheCall and a significant point in our lives too, as Aimee was 8 months pregnant with our firstborn, Liberty Reign Atkins.  The fun fact about this is connected to Lou Engle as well, so I will briefly share.  We went out to our 2nd Onething Conference together at the end of 2009. I believe around this point in life we had thought about having kids and then backed out as we were still very young and thought we were not ready as we had only been married for a little over a year!   We ended up staying a few days after the conference for a Leadership Summit (Jan 2010).  Lou starts rocking – I mean talking – and he is sharing about the Contending House of Prayer and how the muslim community is rapidly growing while many Christians have been stuck in the ‘American Dream’ and are no longer ‘bearing fruit and multiplying’ – anyways we decided to go against the spirit of this age and found out we were pregnant in February 2010.

Here were the 4 points that we were contending for in Sacramento:

1. “We are going to pray for our government.” (Psalms 2)

2. “We are going to call on God for a great river of the blood of Christ out of the Cross in Sacramento and Jesus to give us another Jesus Movement.”

3. “We are going to pray that a massive house of prayer movement will arise in every place calling on God for the harvest and loosing a generation into the missions movement.”

4. “And we’re going to believe that God is going to shape the elections.”

“God is the God that answers prayer!” – Lou Engle

 

 

02.03.2016 AzusaNow Pre-Call Rally – Revive Warehouse – Tuolumne City, CA

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It was an honor to be able to host one of the Pre-Call Rallies in my home town with Ryan and Nina Landis leading us in worship.  Aimee and I were given the opportunity to host some of the SAFA (Spiritual Air Force Academy) students for the night and it truly was a blessing.  It was so good to be able to partner in this way – even though our town is small and unknown it was awesome that we could rally together in this way.  The SAFA team was so kind and friendly and many of them blessed us by praying over us and giving words of encouragement to us.  It was amazing to see some of the young Native American’s that stayed with us up on the stage during a segment of TheCall AzusaNow crying out for an AWAKENING and releasing healing over our Nation.  It was powerful to have the First Nations People leading in dance and worship – such a blessing!

04.09.2016 – TheCall Azusa Now – Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

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To be at this Solemn Assembly was such a blessing.  It was on our radar for over a year and I knew this was something that our whole family had to be a part of. Getting there was something we really had to fight for – but we have been feeling the pull on our hearts to do life and ministry in the midst of family.  Now we have 3 girls – Liberty Reign (5), Adessa Promise (3) & Riah Joy (11 mo) and we felt that the biggest thing we would get out of this was doing it as a family and believing that this would shape our girls’ future in Christ. It was WAY more of a challenge to have them there and stay engaged as much as we would have liked to, but it was totally worth it all!    

After the 6 hour drive down the night before and the early morning wake up to get parking, take the metro and wait in line; it already seemed like a long day!  We found ourselves inside the grand coliseum around 8 and set up camp. To make it even more of a challenge my wife had a wedding in Santa Barbara (2hrs away) on the same day!  This was something that she could not say no to, so she left at 12:30pm to the wedding with her mom and our youngest. Shout out to my parents and Aimee’s mom for helping us and for being godly examples to our girls!

As the clouds covered us and the rain came and went in gentle waves – everyone pressed through. To be a part of a Joel 2 gathering, while the nations are raging according to the Psalm 2 prophecy, it was powerful to see His people crying out for an Acts 2 outpouring .  On the stage and all around there was repentance, reconciliation and relationship as real men and women sought the heart and will of God together.  There was not one negative thing said against the Church from the stage and I believe there was a real spirit of unity displayed that day.

 

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Jesus was glorified as different parts of the Body of Christ came together to lift up His name in praise.

(Eddie James and Worship Team)

The Gospel was preached, Salvation taken hold of, healings broke out, words of knowledge were released and prophecy was spoken.

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(Evangelist Todd White and Lindy Conant w/ Circuit Riders Worship Team)

Let this be the new normal Christian life, because NOW IS THE TIME and He is the One True Living God.  I am walking away with a greater Love for Christ and His Body.  I have a renewed mind and spirit to see the things of God take place in my life.  I am answering THE CALL and extending the tent pegs by doing my part of HIS STORY.  I am raising my family up to live and believe in the fullness of Jesus Christ unto His glorious return. #HistoryisHiring

Jesus, I pray that ‘Stadium Christianity’ would continue as Your people humble themselves and seek Your face. This truly is just the beginning and I am hungry and expectant to see more of the Presence and Power of the Lord manifested by His Spirit, through His sons and daughters.  May all who were a part of this historic day GO FORTH in V I C T O R Y by the       B  L  O  O  D   of the   L  A  M  B!

And to end the night my beautiful wife and youngest daughter made it back just in time to see our best friends close out TheCall! God brings LIBERTY to the captives, He remembers His every PROMISE and He releases His rivers of JOY

 

 

Thank you Lou Engle and TheCall Team!

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Pray and Wait – Azusa Street

 

“My dear brother in the faith: Many thanks for your kind letter.  I am impressed of your sincerity and honesty of purpose.  Congregate the people together who are willing to make a total surrender.  Pray and wait.  Believe God’s promises.  Hold daily meetings.  May God bless you, is my earnest prayer.  Yours in Christ, Evan Roberts.”   Azusa Street – Frank Bartleman

This was a corresponding letter from Evan Roberts, of the Welsh Revival, replying to Frank Bartleman, before the Azusa Street Revival broke out.  I am going to briefly touch on these 5 points given from Evan Roberts, but I also want to recommend reading this book below.  It is a powerful testimony of Frank Bartleman’s life and gives great insight to how Holy Spirit was moving during this mighty outpouring.

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I know that there is not a a specific formula to revival, however, I think as humans we tend to complicate things!  I have heard it said that prayer precedes outpouring and I have found that to be true time and time again after reading several accounts of historic revivals.  Evan Roberts was used mightily in the Welsh Revival and I believe these simple points shared with Frank Bartleman helped spark the Azusa Street Revival.  I know William Seymour played a HUGE role, but it was the small beginnings of prayer that lead to this massive breakthrough. Even today, prayer is being restored in the church and many are gathering and seeking the Lord for another great outpouring of His Spirit.

 

  • Congregate The People Together: We find this simple truth in passages like 2 Chronicles 7:14, Joel 2:16, Matthew 18:20, and the Epistles to the Churches. Obviously the coming together of God’s people is nothing new and we see it being established in Church History.  Most believers do this once or twice a week and that is great start!  We expect to give 2 hours on Sunday and possibly 2 hours on Wednesday night.  Is that our all though?  Do we expect the miraculous?  Do we feel united in our own congregations while contending together for breakthrough?  Small and large gatherings are very important as Jesus reminds us that ‘where two or more are gathered, He is in our midst.’  But are we willing to be stretched past the normal Christian gathering?

 

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all. (source)

 

  • Make Total Surrender:  The second point that Evan Roberts makes in relationship to congregating the people, is finding those that are willing to make a total surrender.  I realize this does not sound fun. Sometimes I am barely able to give up 2 hours on a Sunday morning!  And it is the ‘getting together’ that is actually somewhat doable – but making a TOTAL SURRENDER HURTS!  Many ‘christian’ gatherings outside of Sunday Mornings are filled with shallow conversations, personal opinions with commentaries that have a lot of talk ‘about’ God.  But what does it look like to surrender our agenda’s and personal gain?  How do we go about making a total surrender to God? This is not an easy process and will not happen overnight but I believe the simplified answer to this is found in the next point.

 

  • Pray and Wait:  Can we give our words and time to Jesus?  This causes us to start giving our attention to Him! I think that this is a big piece of total surrender, maybe not all, but let’s start here.  As humans we are prone to rush to the bigger, better and more exciting things of the ministry!  However, it was Jesus that gave this direction to His disciples.  When the disciples asked about His return, His answer was, ‘watch and pray’.  In the garden, the night before His crucifixion, Jesus instructed them to ‘watch and pray’ so as to not enter into temptation but to be engaged with the spirit.  When Jesus instructed the disciples to ‘wait in Jerusalem before being endowed by power from on high’, they knew that they had to add the ingredient of prayer!  PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD can seem like the most difficult thing in the world, only because we are weak and fickle human beings.  Yet, history proves that the great men and women of faith that gave themselves to prayer and waiting on the Lord received the breakthrough.

 

  • Believe God’s Promises: In the midst of prayer and waiting we must hold on to the promises from God.  Abraham had to contend for this and even fell short in the WAITING, but we see that Abraham is called faithful as he witnessed part of God’s promise come to pass!  Believe God’s promises with other believers in the midst of praying and waiting.  There is power in agreement.  Contend for the fullness and confess your weakness and shortcomings when it comes to unbelief.  Ultimately He is faithful and we get to partner with Him!  This step helps us see the BIG PICTURE – no matter how we are feeling during a particular gathering, be reminded of His personal and corporate promises.

 

  • Hold Daily Meetings:  If we are faithful with the little – we will be given more.  With points 1-4 in place and a steadfast heart to run the race, we won’t have to force multiplication.  There is a supernatural trigger that gets set off when hungry people start pressing into Jesus – THEY WANT M O R E!  Once we taste and see, our spirits will long to ‘go on getting filled’.  He is our source and it will always start with Him and as He supplies the grace it will go on with Him.  Let’s start with one meeting a week outside of the typical Christian gathering and see what happens.
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1776 Christmas Eve

Let’s reflect back on the Christmas Eve of 1776 –

 

General George Washington’s troops were frigid, ragged, and huddled together; most likely reflecting on their peaceful Christmas mornings of the past with their families.  As they camped nearby the freezing Delaware River banks, exhausted and worn out, they could have never imagined what would unfold the next day.  I can picture George Washington in his tent that night mulling over his perilous circumstances.  Maybe he was praying to Jesus, his Savior, for a miracle!  It was a ‘now or never’ moment as he knew his men were getting weaker. Many had already died off to previous conflicts or deserted from fear and sickness.  He was due to lose more at the end of the year and it was already starting to look like a loss was coming for the underdogs.

Washington had roughly 2,400 men under his command and they followed his lead.  Thank God for George Washington and his willingness to lead in the midst of a dire situation! The Continental Army had everything against them – maybe Washington was crazy enough to believe that’s why his plan might actually work.  This truly is a David and Goliath tale.  The catchphrase for this secret mission was, ‘Victory or death’.  The British did not believe that this small ragtag army would march on Christmas day, let alone across a river in such cruel conditions!

These words printed in a  December 19th pamphlet from Thomas Paine were read aloud to the weary men for encouragement:

 

These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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Back and forth across the treacherous ice blocked river – loading and unloading; men, horses and cannons.  The temperatures were dropping and they ended up falling 3 hours behind the game plan.  Mind you, two other teams (under different generals) were sent out to other crossing points, yet failed to accomplish their missions. The long march ahead was a battle of its own as the winter storm raged on.  I can picture the red snow-covered trail left behind from many of the soldiers bloody bare-feet as General Washington rode up and down encouraging his men on horseback.  The men braved on and attacked the Hessian armies stationed in Trenton with full force. These troops were surprised to see the Colonials attack at 8 in the morning, but they were sober and on guard (in contrast to popular beliefs that state the men were unaware and hung over).

 

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Washington and his men were able to cause the Hessian’s to retreat as some managed to flee while more than half were captured.  The battle lasted about an hour and it was a huge victory for the Colonials!  This was a bold move for the American cause and it helped shift the tide for the Continental Army.  George Washington was the man for the job, but it took the thousands of men that were willing to leave their mostly comfortable (probably not comfortable by todays standards) way of living to fight for something greater!  Winter was a challenge for the Pilgrims when they first came to America, but by the grace of God they survived.  This too was a critical winter that faced our forefathers, but I believe God intervened yet again.

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Right now the town I live in is getting its first Christmas Eve storm in a long time, meaning we will probably have a ‘White Christmas’.  I look forward to Christmas mornings and am thankful for all things Christmas; wrapped presents, hot chocolate, flashy coniferous trees, glorious snow…and then I read this story and it just blows my mind! Can you put yourselves in these soldier’s shoes (as noted earlier -most of the men did not have shoes!) that Christmas evening?  You wake up Christmas morning and get the orders from Washington.  The plan?  To cross the icy Delaware river in the middle of the dark night – and march 9 miles in a full-blown east coast sleet, snow and wind storm to strategically fight an army that is better equipped and trained for battle.  Sir, yes sir (YIKES!)!

Enjoy this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with friends and family and reflect on how blessed we are to be here living in the United States of America.  I am grateful for great men like George Washington and all those who have served this country wholeheartedly (and who are currently serving), even on days like Christmas.  Ultimately, I am thankful for Christ, coming as a babe, to bring freedom from sin to mankind through His birth, death resurrection and return.

 

Here is a great video on George Washington and the Battle at Trenton called – WINTER PATRIOTS. (Click to watch!)

 

 

 

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Pilgrims, Plymouth & Providence

 

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving.

Let us be reminded of our great American Christian Heritage this week.  In honor of the True Thanksgiving Story – I would like to share two articles that bring the ‘real meat to the table’ when it comes to ‘Turkey Day’.

This first article is from the Wall Street Journal, written by Eric Metaxas: The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth. (Link takes you to google search with article link at top – because you have to pay to go to direct article on WSJ site)

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Most of us have probably heard of Squanto and his effect on the Pilgrims; but the fullness of this story is a powerful testimony of God’s mighty Providence towards the Pilgrims and their early struggles on the Plymouth Plantation.

The second article from the Daily Signal, is a review on a new National Geographic movie called, Saints and Strangers: ‘Saints and Strangers’ Gives the Real Story Behind Thanksgiving

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This ‘meaty’ piece offers great insight to the movie (I hope to be able to watch soon) and talks about how this day of celebration has been twisted into tales of how treacherous these Pilgrims were, instead of the ‘whole breasted’ truth.

We must never forget our History and the One who provides for us. It is a tribute to His Faithfulness throughout the generations that we are still celebrating Thanksgiving almost 400 years later.

This verse below is a great reminder that we are all called to praise the Lord and offer Him thanksgiving – FOR HE IS GOOD.

All Men Exhorted to Praise God.

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His loving-kindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

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Gettysburg Address

152 Years ago today, Abraham Lincoln, delivered the Gettysburg Address.  I am going to share it here for you to read over and reflect on.  We live in a great nation and may we never forget that it has been built on the sacrifice of honorable men and women through out history.  With all of the turmoil and confusion going on currently may we pray for America to rise up in nobility to continue to advance the work at hand – “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln (November 19,1863)

Pray for our Nation and Pray for our leadership so that our generation and the generations to come can live under a new birth of freedom bestowed by our Almighty God.

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