A PILGRIM'S REFLECTION

One of the my most valued books is Of Plymouth Plantation. It is William Bradford’s record of the Pilgrim’s trip from England to set up a colony on our shores. He was the principle leader for over thirty years. He described their perilous voyage, trials upon landing, the first Thanksgiving, and the difficult years that followed. It is priceless history and is like reading the Bible since Bradford quoted Scripture often.

The actual book had 270 leaves. He even recorded his Hebrew language exercises in it. He studied Hebrew so he could read the Scripture in the original languages. “…I am refreshed to have seen some glimpse hereof, as Moses saw the land of Canaan afar off. My aim and desire is to see how the words and phrases lie in the holy text, and to discern some-what of the same, for my own content.” He loved God’s Word.

Front page of the Bradford journal.   -Widapedia

Front page of the Bradford journal.   -Widapedia

The book was passed down and eventually kept in the tower of the Old South Church and was likely lost as loot about 1776 to a British soldier and sold in London. It ended up in the Fulham Palace library where an English pastor found it and proposed it be returned to America. That took forty years of wrangling and red tape to accomplish.  Senator George Hoar of Massachusetts was successful in 1897. After reading the manuscript he said it was “the most precious on earth,” with the possible exception of the Gospels. Later he told Queen Victoria, there was nothing like the Bradford History “in human annals since the Story of Bethlehem.”  It was returned and today resides in Boston.

Reading the manuscript made me much more thankful for God’s unseen hand in the establishment of our country. Too often we know only the surface details of history. Let us give thanks, as the Scriptures exhort us, for all the blessings He has brought up this country and pray for it deeply as we celebrate.

Nancy and I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.  Psa. 9:1

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Saturday 9 to 11AM Nativity Setup - Clearing, setting up buildings etc. as we draw near.  Screw guns, bits, knives, rakes, shovels and muscles needed. 

Sunday Nov. 26 & Dec. 3 no Sunday School due to holiday events.

VETERAN'S DAY INSIGHTS

I awoke this morning thankful for God allowing me to be an American. Having served in the military and having also been to many places in the world makes me  realize the uniqueness of America and the blessing it is to live here.  

God chose a Roman soldier for Peter to introduce the Gospel to the  Gentiles to. Cornelius became a key figure in divine history. Act 10:22 says, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you."

The Apostle Peter went to him and both Cornelius and an entire group of friends and relatives were saved and thus the door was opened to take the Gospel to Gentiles.  Amazingly God still uses our military as a vehicle to get the Gospel to others in distant lands as we have seen through the De Roo Fund.

Sgt. De Roo with our US troops in front of one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.

Sgt. De Roo with our US troops in front of one of Saddam Hussein's palaces.

So Happy Veteran’s Day to you and thanks for your service.  If you were married at the time then Happy V Day to you too.  Spouses often endured much, long separations and unusual living conditions. Today Nancy will make SOS for lunch for us…our favorite way to remember. The family is also going to attend a V Day ceremony up the hill from our house at the Artondale Cemetery.  Hope you all have a blessed day as well and don’t forget to thank God for the freedoms we have.

Saturday  9 to 11AM Nativity Setup - Workers needed for clearing paths, setting up a cross, building the entrance booth, setting up path rails etc etc.  Screw guns, bits, knives, rakes, shovels and muscles needed.  Each Saturday until LN we'll be setting up. 

Our Nativity also needs a life sized infant doll in swaddling cloth.  #2 a  metal chiminea to use during the Event.   SaturdayS from 9-11 through Dec. 2 men are needed to help erect Nativity structures.  Thanks for helping. 

REFORMATION REVISITED

Tuesday 10/31 was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's historic nailing of his 95 theses to the church door in Germany. Since we visited there recently it has been on my mind much. The more I study the subject the more I realize how absolutely momentous that day was then and for today. It is said no other event in the last 2,000 years ranks higher except Christ's life. It essentially marked a time when the Bible was rediscovered, translated into the vernacular and mass reproduced with Guttenberg's newly invented printing press. God's divine timing was evident. The critical doctrines of salvation by faith alone in Christ, without works, were also recovered. It freed many from living in fear of judgment because people understood rightly again God's grace in Christ and justification by faith alone.  In other words the Gospel was recovered. 

It also elevated marriage and women. Monks and nuns like Luther and Katie Von Bora were married and had families. The Luthers had six children and adopted four more and became models of marriage. It was a turning point in history and is why we have many of the freedoms we now enjoy. See Dr. Albert Mohler's Briefing at http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/11/01/briefing-11-01-17/ .

We were blessed to visit Wittenberg, Germany and walk the streets to the ancient castle church Luther taught at, nailed his thesis on the door, and is now buried in.

We were blessed to visit Wittenberg, Germany and walk the streets to the ancient castle church Luther taught at, nailed his thesis on the door, and is now buried in.

Luther's castle church with the pulpit he preached from and his remains in the white stone box on the floor beneath. 

Luther's castle church with the pulpit he preached from and his remains in the white stone box on the floor beneath. 

Time Reminder that this is "Fall Back Sunday" -clocks go back one hour :)

Sunday 11/5 at 9:15 AM author and Reformation historian Doug Bond will be with us for a dramatic revisit of Martin Luther to conclude our Here I Stand theme. All classes age 6 and above will meet in the auditorium. Doug will also speak on Luther's favorite Psalm during the worship service.  You will see why the reformation is still going on today.

Saturdays starting 11/4 (9-11AM) to the end of Nov. we will need help to erect our Living Nativity sets. The event is Dec. 2 & 3 from 5-8 PM so grab some flyers in the foyer and spread the word. See our calendar for more events at DiscoveryBaptist.org. 

-Pastor Mark