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Happy Thanksgiving! - Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee. This Christian hymn was written by Augustus M. Toplady in 1763.  Toplady was traveling along a gorge (called Barrington Combe in Mendip Hills, England) when he was caught in a storm.  This incident led him to write this beautiful and majestic hymn.  Read the words, an…

Living For & Rejoicing In Christ ebook

"Living For & Rejoicing In Christ" is a study guide through Paul's letter to the Philippians.  You can purchase a copy or copies via Starr Publications and/or Local Church Bible Publishers.

I am also glad to announce that this book is now available for download or reading via e-book format at Vook and the iTunesStore. Hopefully in a couple of days the Kindle Edition will be available and about a week later the B&N Nook Book edition should follow.

Thank you to Jeffrey Yozwiak (production coordinator) and Natasha Boysaw of Vook, Inc. for helping me out with navigating through the e-book publishing conundrum. Without their help, this book would have remained in print format only.

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George Washington's Prayer for the Nation

"Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large.
And finally, that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics if the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."
(Written at Newburg, New York on June 8, 1783, and sent to the Governors of all the States)

Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to thank God for.

Nov. 2013 Newsletter

Joseph Bit Me!

A short family fun video to kick off your Thanksgiving season...we have so much to be thankful for!  Be well!

Prose - "Thanksgiving" by Pastor Terry L. Coomer

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise." 1 Chronicles 16:33-35
Thanksgiving, what a tremendous heritage given to us by our forefathers.  It is my favorite time of the year! The Pilgrims came to America, for religious freedom. They had left England and came to Holland for religious freedom, but found that they still were not going to be able to worship freely and they believed that the people of Holland defiled the Lord's day, Sunday, by seeking entertainment on Sunday rather than setting it aside as a day for worship, reflection, and thankfulness.
The trip to America was a harsh trip. The Atlantic crossing in the fall of 1620 had been an extremely difficul…