Days to Remember: The Pilgrims

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“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Pet. 1:1).

These “strangers” to whom Peter wrote his two epistles were actually “pilgrims.” He used the same Greek word (parepidemos) in 1 Peter 2:11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts.” The word means a resident foreigner, and its only other New Testament usage is in Hebrews 11:13, speaking of the ancient patriarchs, who “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

DTR_Pilgrims3We give honor on Thanksgiving Day to the American “pilgrims,” as they called themselves (thinking of these very verses), who left their homelands in order better to serve God in a foreign land. The “pilgrims” to whom Peter was writing likewise had been “scattered abroad” for their faith (note Acts 8:4).

For that matter, every born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is really just a pilgrim here on earth, ambassadors for Christ in a foreign land. “For our conversation is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). That is, we are citizens of heaven (the Greek word translated “conversation” in this verse is politeuma, meaning “a community” or “citizenship”), and are here only for a time to serve our Lord until He calls us home.

While we are here, we may endure many trials and sorrows, just as did those Massachusetts pilgrims, but He nevertheless supplies our needs — just as He did for them — and we ought to abound in thanksgiving, as they did. Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks…

“We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost.” – Russian proverb

thanks_CraigWell, it’s the month of Thanksgiving here in America… a time to reflect on the gifts God has given to us this year. There is a new trend on social media where people post something they are grateful for each day and it’s awesome. But it’s had me thinking lately about some of those things I never give thanks for…
Things I just take for granted.

That list includes things like air or waterthough they’re never on my wish list, they are great to have each day! Oh and what about a bed to sleep on? A car to get to work in? And a job… yes… a job I actually like! My “unthank” list could go on and on and on… Continue Reading →

Happy Labor Day from The Press!

labor_dayToday the United States will celebrate our 132nd Labor Day holiday.  On behalf of myself and the entire staff at The Press, I want to say Happy Labor Day to all of you who have been loyal supporters over the years.  On this day, when we celebrate the hard work and contributions of American workers, lets take a moment to look back and reflect on the holiday and what it really means to us today.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Dept of Labor

Labor Day has historically been a day of relaxation.  A time when families can come together, enjoy one another’s company and take a break from the usual work atmosphere.   It is a recognition at the national level of the hard work and dedication put in on a day-to-day basis by the American people who make this nation great.

But it isn’t just about parades and BBQs… While many institutions close their doors altogether on this Holiday, others remain open to bring uninterrupted services to our busy nation. Does this mean those employees have less value or are somehow not appreciated for what they do? Of course not.   No matter how you and your family are spending this labor day, it is your day and know that your efforts and time are valued. It may not always feel this way when we focus on earthly things but never forget the teaching of Matthew:

Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV) “29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

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