Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Thanksgiving Service: 2003.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
“It is therefore recommended to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn Thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor” Samuel Adams, November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation).
1TH 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Columbus’ own name, Christopherns or Christopher –
topher = to carry, it means Christ-bearer.
PRO 8:27 When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
Jews in Spain became the target of programs and religious persecution.
Many were forced to renounce Judaism and embrace Catholicism under force.
They were known as conversos or converts.
Others, called muraros, faked conversion, practicing Catholicism outwardly, while remaining Jews inwardly.
Muraros – the damned and the swine.
The Spanish inquisition was when self-righteous legalistic religious people punished anyone who did not live up to their religious expectancies or their own doctrinal beliefs, which were doctrine of demons, 1TI 4:1.
PSA 76:10 For the wrath of man shall praise Thee;
GEN 50:20 “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
DEU 23:5 “Nevertheless, the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.”
PRO 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.
In less than 12 years, the Inquisition had condemned no less than 13,000 men and women who had continued to practice Judaism in secret.
They were tortured in La Casa Santa, the so-called Holy Houses, and burned alive at the stake, while their property was divided between the pope and the king.
The rest of them were expelled from Spain on March 31, 1492, when the Edict of Expulsion was signed.
On August 3, 1492, boarding their vessels before midnight, the deadline, and sailing a half an hour before sunrise, Columbus and his crew set out on his now famous voyage.
When Columbus finally sees the new land, he christens the first land that he touches as San Salvador – “the Holy Savior.”
Instead of referring to the destruction and fall of Jerusalem, he used the phrase – “the destruction of the second House” – the very Jewish phrase.
In this regard, Columbus wrote, “No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His service.”
Just as a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses, so Columbus’ greatness does not come from his discovery of America, but because of his relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
The area they were living in had always been the territory of the Pawtuxets, a large hostile tribe, that barbarously murdered every white man that every landed on their shores.
Providence is the divine outworking of all of the divine decrees, the object being the final manifestation of God’s glory.
The doctrine of providence expresses the fact that the world and our lives are not ruled by chance, fate, or luck, but by God.
Providence is extended to God’s forethought which is His omniscience and the functional care over all creatures both good and bad, but especially to those creatures who are yielded to the will of God.
One of the most overlooked ministries that He has is the ministry of restraining sin and evil in the world.
The providence of God protects the human race from self-destruction through divine judgment of individuals, groups, nations, and international organizations that are evil.