1777 Thanksgiving Proclamation

The nation was still in her infancy, she had not forgotten where her strength, provision, and forgiveness came from. Long before Thanksgiving became a national holiday, it was the practice of congress to call on the people of the United States to reflect upon the blessings from God and thank Him for his providential hand in the life of the nation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1777
By the Continental Congress
The First National Thanksgiving Proclamation

“It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth Day of December next for the SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one time and with one voice, the good people may express grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor; and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please GOD through the merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; That it may please Him graciously to afford His blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole: To inspire our commanders, both by land and sea and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human blessings, independence and peace: That it may please Him, to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people, and the labor of the husbandmen, that our land may yield its increase: To take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under His nurturing hand; and to prosper the means of religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth “in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

And it is further recommended, that service labor, and such recreation, as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn and occasion.

Meet My Bible Chiropractor

Sword and Dagger

Sword and Dagger

Recently my church gave me a gift to get my bible rebound. I had researched this earlier in the year and had decided, due to expense, that I would likely just start looking for a new preaching bible. (I had already done the unthinkable and attempted to keep all the sections together with duct tape. Don’t do it. That solution worked for a few months but actually made things worse.)

After receiving that generous gift last week from Eastside Baptist Church, I did one more shot at researching to see if there was a local book binder. To my surprise, I found a story in the Times News of a book binder in Twin Falls.

I sent a text last night and he encouraged to bring my bible in today.

So, like loved ones getting ready to say good-bye for a few days, I said good-bye to my preaching bible. (I charged up my camera to be sure to take photos of our parting.) Not knowing how long it might be before we would see each other again, I removed all pieces of paper, notes, old bulletins, page markers, and everything personal. I also decided to take my travel bible that has seen better days to inquire of it being rebound.

Within a few moments of sitting in Darin Dodd’s living room, I was convinced that my sword and dagger were in good hands. Yes, right here in Twin Falls, Idaho, Renew Bookbinding is located in the basement of the Twin Falls Bible Missionary Church. And the pastor, Darin Dodd, is the master bookbinder who will be doing the work.

While there, pastor Darin Dodd took me to his office and rebinding shop. He is currently in the process of rebinding a first edition collection of sermons by Charles Wesley.


and he let me hold them. I could have stayed for hours (as if the two I had already spent wasn’t enough.)

Here’s the plan: I’ll be without my sword and dagger for a few weeks, but when Darin is finished I’ll have completely rebound bibles ready for heavy use again. After the work of binding is complete he will re-cover both in the finest leather; Nigerian Goat Skin. I asked Darin if I could come by from time to time to check in on my bibles and he said “of course”.

I’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, do you have a bible you’ve been wanting to get rebound? Contact my new friend Darin at Renew Bookbinding; 319-850-1421 or email him HERE. If you are from out of town (Twin Falls) and you want him to do some work for you, let me know and I’ll make arrangements for you. (I can even go visit your bible while he’s working on it.)

Public Schools are…

I’m enjoying the reading of J.C. Ryle’s book “Holiness”. WOW.

“Of all the foolish things that parents say about their children there is none worse than the common saying, 

‘My son has a good heart at the bottom. He is not what he ought to be; but he has fallen into bad hands. Public schools are bad places. The tutors neglect the boys. Yet he has a good heart at the bottom.’

The truth, unhappily, is diametrically the other way. The first cause of all sin lies in the natural corruption of the boy’s own heart, and not in the school.”

There’s a lot in this short excerpt. And Ryle has a lot more to say.

But get this…

  • parents say foolish things to defend their children
  • this was published in 1877
  • to say our children have ‘good hearts’ is to disagree with Scripture
  • public schools never have been designed to teach holiness
  • public schools were neglecting our boys long before today
  • by ignoring our own child’s spiritual condition is to put him and others at risk
    • he’s at risk if we don’t understand he has a spiritual bent to evil
    • others are at risk of being influenced by his evil heart
  • humanity has abilities to do grand and noble things in the arts, sciences, literature, medical, etc, but the fact still remains that in spiritual things he is utterly dead.

My opinion is better than your stupid opinion

Let’s agree: This is a matter of serious importance and it is a global debate that is in full swing. And it appears most of us don’t know how to fairly debate anything. It works like this…

“My opinion is better than your stupid opinion.” or “Let’s just agree to disagree.” I don’t like saying or hearing this kind of jargon in matters of serious discourse. True; there are sometimes stupid opinions and there are times when we agree to disagree. But neither of those conclusions work in this one.

There’s a popular argument I want to address in a future post on this matter that I’m hearing. “Jesus was a refugee”! I’ll hold my opinion close at hand right now on the right and wrong of that statement. (I fear it will get me off track of the starting place I have here.)

There are only a few places in written/spoken media that is not committed with both feet in one camp or another on the refugee issue.

We (Christians) are so quickly and easily divided at times.

There is no doubt the global scene is tragic at many levels and in all places around the world.

This kind of situation calls for us to be careful in what we do and how we say what we say.

And it shows me how little I understand some things at times. Here’s something that is causing me to process and meditate on.

JURISDICTION: This seems to be more a question of jurisdiction than compassion. The church should know her jurisdiction and give attention to all within her duty (even to the ends of the earth).

The church is not granted jurisdiction of public safety, it’s not the churches job or duty, that is given to the state (secular government) by God, who has the jurisdiction to give it to the state (secular government). The jurisdiction of the church is preaching the gospel, prayer and to give aid to widow/orphan/poor, those in great need. If the state brings them – the church cares for them.

Personally, I don’t want a state to bring non-vetted or under-vetted residents; but if the state were to be so foolish to do so then this church stands ready to help all residents the state recognizes.

This kind of day reminds me of how important it is that I understand God’s order and jurisdiction he gives for our benefit and we are in a better place to advance His gospel when we submit to His order.


To be clear, I do think that there are stupid opinions at times. And I agree that you are free to disagree with mine.

Caution Ahead (tBC014)

On today’s BridgeCast I brought up a poem by John Bunyan entitled “Caution to Stir Up to Watch Against Sin“. Here is the entire poem published at Chapel Library. Use it as discussion with your family, friends, co-workers, accountability partners, church family, anyone willing to engage in honest dialog about the dangers that are present all around us.

Word for the Day: Propitiation



Christian Men’s Breakfast

Join me on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00 am, at Lighthouse Church in Twin Falls

A Breakfast Conference just for Men!
A Call to Action!

7:30am Registration and check-in with coffee, juice and food!
Saturday November 14th from 8-11:30am.

Christian Men in the Magic Valley need to grow closer to God through prayer and fellowship in order to better lead our families and support their communities. This is an opportunity for Fathers, Sons, Grandfathers from our Magic Valley churches to check their ego at the door and be among men in Prayer, Praise and Worship!

Speakers will include:

  • Pastor Jason Houser, Seeds Family Ministry
  • Pastor Greg Fadness, Lighthouse Twin Falls
  • Pastor Jackie Roberts from Calvary Chapel Buhl
  • Pastor Paul Thompson from Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls
  • Pastor Mike Yost from Rupert’s The Springs Calvary Chapel
  • Pastor Jim Evans from Heritage Alliance Church in Twin Falls.

The cost is only a $5 donation, and the location is 960 Eastland Dr. in Twin Falls (Lighthouse).
For more info contact the Lighthouse church office @ 737-4667 or Mark @ 208-948-9956.

theBridgeCast (re-launched)


It’s been over one year since the last recording of a BridgeCast. I’ve been preparing and hoping to return to the recording… and here it is.

Psalm 78:1-8
My people, hear my instruction;
listen to what I say.
I will declare wise sayings;
I will speak mysteries from the past —
things we have heard and known
and that our fathers have passed down to us.
We must not hide them from their children,
but must tell a future generation
the praises of the LORD,
His might, and the wonderful works
He has performed.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and set up a law in Israel,
which He commanded our fathers
to teach to their children
so that a future generation—
children yet to be born—might know.
They were to rise and tell their children
so that they might put their confidence in God
and not forget God’s works,
but keep His commands.
Then they would not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not loyal
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past (1791)
Isaac Watts 

1 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

2 Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
soon bears us all away;
we fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home!

Logos Bible Software

2015 Pastors Conference Audio Messages

Sunday Morning to the congregation at Eastside Baptist Church:

What Does God Want?

Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference

Session 1: Sunday evening, October 18, 2015
What Does God Do When He Doesn’t Get What He Wants?

Session 2: Monday Morning, October 19, 2015
What Must We Do When God Doesn’t Get What He Wants?

Session 3: Monday Afternoon, October 19, 2015
What Does God Do When He Get What He Wants? (pt. 1)

Session 4: Monday Afternoon, October 19, 2015
What Does God Do When He Gets What He Wants? (pt. 2)

Session 5: Tuesday Morning, October 20, 2015
We Must Keep Our Eyes On Christ!

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