Worship: Thanksgiving History / Wellness: Thanksgiving Health Tips

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Questions have been circulating around reasons to and reasons not to celebrate Thanksgiving. Statements opposing the celebration of Thanksgiving contend that current thoughts on celebrating it have been based on fiction. Pastor Flemons, therefore, consulted reliable inspirational sources for answers: the Bible and Ellen G. White. He shared his findings that also included historical data that has been commonly agreed as unquestionable.

He showed how the Bible predicts the role of the United States in providing a place to escape from the religious tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church from AD 538 to 1798. The United States was the wilderness to which God’s church escaped for shelter from religious oppression. Both the land and the timing of the arrival of pilgrims in America were fulfilled as predicted. The United States is embodied in the symbol of a two-horned lamblike “beast coming up out of the earth,” as described in Revelation 13:11. It would speak as a dragon, having great power and influence. The two horns indicate the two principles upon which the United States was founded: Protestantism and Republicanism.

Unquestionably, the first Thanksgiving was peacefully observed October 1621, when the pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. The feast lasted three days, according to Edward Winslow, a documented traveler on the Mayflower in 1620. According to him, ninety Native Americans and fifty-three Colonists attended the feast. The pilgrims had been accustomed to special days of prayer, giving thanks to God, even before their arrival in America. God indeed set up America to receive His people. Sadly, they, like everyone else, made grave mistakes in the process.

Ellen White states this about Thanksgiving: “Our Thanksgivings may be made seasons of great profit to our own souls as well as to others if we improve this opportunity to remember the poor among us…. {AH 474.2}

“There are a hundred ways that can be devised to help the poor in so delicate a manner as to make them feel that they are doing us a favor by receiving our gifts and sympathy. We are to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The attentions of our brethren are most liberal to those whom they wish to honor, and whose respect they desire, but who do not need their help at all. Custom and fashion say, Give to those who will give to you; but this is not the Bible rule of giving. The word of God declares against this way of gratifying self in thus bestowing our gifts, and says, ‘He that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.’ {AH 474.3}

“. . . Let us begin to think what we can do for God’s needy ones. We can make them through ourselves the recipients of God’s blessings. Think what widow, what orphan, what poor family you can relieve, not in a way to make a great parade about the matter, but be as a channel through which the Lord’s substance shall flow as a blessing to His poor…. “{AH 474.4}

[For additional details, please read Jeremiah 6:22 Corinthians 11:2, 3; Revelation 12:6, 14-17; 13:1-11; and Ellen G. White’s Adventist HomeAH 474: “How Shall We Observe Thanksgiving?” Also, listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons and hear him sing Hymn 557, “Come, Ye Thankful People.”]

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, offered tips for staying healthy through Thanksgiving celebrations.

  1. 1. Do not stuff down your meal. Take time to completely chew until your food is liquified before swallowing.
  2. 2. Do not eat too many varieties. Stick with three or four selections.
  3. 3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. 4. Do not drink during mealtime. Drink sufficiently between meals, and you will not be thirsty during meals.
  5. 5. Avoid all alcoholic beverages.
  6. 6. Avoid an excess of sugary foods.
  7. 7. Do not eat too late. Allow five hours between your final meal and bedtime, which ideally should be 9:30 p.m.
  8. 8. Take a litte stroll after a meal.
  9. 9. Do something good for others.
  10. 10. Take time to thank GOD.

(For more details, please listen to the recording.)

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Sharing Time  One listener testified about her preThanksgiving celebration and the blessings of health through what she has learned and received as a result of TORWM. Sis. Chester testified and then asked about a book and newsletter she just received, which introduced Apocalypse Ministries’ School of the Loud Cry.

Thanksgiving Day will be a day of testimonies. Please prepare yours!

Special Prayer  Please include in your prayers call-in listener 6349, who wants God to be magnified in her life and in all of our lives and that she will always be willing to of all that GOD asks. She wants us to pray for TOR, that all of its needs be met. Sis. Chester asked that we pray for her, that she will be fully commit to Jesus Christ. Also pray for Sis. Mercy and all those challenged by the fires throughout California.

Pray also for those undergoing surgery today. Pray for all grieving families (especially widows and widowers). Pray for those fighting for their lives and those fighting depression and other mental conditions. Also pray for people living in areas at risk of being destroyed by hurricanes and tornadoes and other natural disasters, like earthquakes, sinkholes, floods, ice storms, and wildfires.

Remember to continue praying for the entire TOR broadcast family, that GOD will be free to bless us in the way that HE really wants to in 2018. Thank you!

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“I want to give God thanks . . . . We are experiencing great love and miracles. . . . Thank God for His people who make life easier! . . . I thank God for you all . . . as I learn how to live a pure life of natural remedies. I love you.” (0053)


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TOPICS THIS WEEK – November 18 – 24

Worship  Sunday – Christians, Colorful Cosmetics, Jewelry, and Flashy Clothes #6; Monday – Christians, Colorful Cosmetics, Jewelry, and Flashy Clothes #7; Tuesday – Christians, Colorful Cosmetics, Jewelry, and Flashy Clothes #8; Wednesday – Thanksgiving History

Wellness  Sunday – Fresh Air Best Practices; Monday – Rest, Best Practices; Tuesday – Exercise, Best Practices; Wednesday – Thanksgiving Health Tips

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Words of Encouragement

Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Also read Ye Shall Receive Power, YRP 334.)

Ecclesiastes 10:17  Blessed art thou, O land, when … thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!  (Also read My Life Today, ML 82.)