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Monday Memo - November 25

            Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back  

"Chain Reaction: Love Par Excellence"    Philippians 1:9-11

“I pray that your love may abound still more and more.” Try harder, show more love, knock yourself out, get down on yourself. Not at all. Note the word “abound.” Also “knowledge and discernment.” And this a prayer! The depth of the inspired Scripture is profound. It is not a rule book. It is the story of God’s love for us, and how He can love others through us. Par excellence.


It seems to me that a brief but true definition of virtue is this. It is a ‘well-ordered’ love.


Where there is no extravagance, there is no love.

          ~Oscar Wilde

No man or woman knows what perfect love is until they have been married for a quarter of a century.

          ~Mark Twain

Real love lasts forever, and, in certain cases, this can be very inconvenient.

          ~Ashley Brilliant


1. Remembering what this section is - a prayer, where is a good place to start in terms of application? Well…  

2. What might knowledge and discernment reveal about where you are in your “love?”

3. How would the personal knowledge that God loves and accepts you just as you are without you having to earn or deserve it, affect the way you inwardly relate to others? 

Looking Ahead

"Chain Reaction: The Main Thing"    Philippians 1:12-18a

Merriam-Webster defines “single-minded” as “having only one purpose, goal, or interest; focused on one thing.” What a great description of the apostle Paul! His purpose in life was crystal clear. This is nowhere more evident than in his letter to the Philippians. This short epistle has so much to teach us about what really matters.


·         Read Philippians 1:12-18a

·         What “circumstances” is Paul referring to in vs. 12? (How do you know?)

·         What two positive outcomes of Paul’s imprisonment are mentioned in verses 13-14? 

·         What do these outcomes have in common? 

·         According to Paul, what are two possible motivations for preaching about Christ? 

·         If you were in Paul’s circumstances, what things might be most important to you? 

·         What is the source of Paul’s joy in vs. 18? Why do you think it created such joy in him?


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