Presidential Thanksgiving proclamations and speeches have been popular throughout American history. Within the federal government, the tradition pre-dates the U.S. Constitution adopted in 1789, and was observed by the Continental Congress.
President George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation but that was not officially observed as a concurrent tradition by every president until Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on Thursday, November 26, 1863.
Before Lincoln, Thanksgiving was generally promoted in government at the state level. more >>
This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday. The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, "That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family."
Since Jakes' father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother's death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, "I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely." more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>
Members of a New York church were surprised to find a newborn baby placed in the congregation's nativity scene.
The baby was found in the manger scene display at the appropriately named Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens. A full-term newborn, according to the New York Daily News, was found with the umbilical cord still attached.
Over 40 percent of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members, new LifeWay Research shows.
In a survey released Monday that was sponsored by the pregnancy center support organization Care Net, researchers from the Christian research group LifeWay found that about 70 percent of women who had an abortion self-identified as Christians, while 43 percent say they attended a Christian church at least once per month or more at the time they aborted their child.
The survey, which interviewed 1,038 respondents who've all had abortions, found that 20 percent of the respondents attended church at least once a week at the time of their first pregnancy termination. Six percent said they attended church more than once per week, while about 54 percent said they rarely or never attended a church. more >>
Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Camp has made a name for himself in the Christian music scene with his infectious worship songs and contemporary anthems, but the 37-year-old might have to move over and make way for his young daughters who have now released their first single.
Camp recently received his 38th No. 1 radio single across all radio formats with "Same Power," but the father of 3 may have to hand over his musical crown because his daughters Bella (11) and Aerie (9) have released their debut single. The tune is a Christmas song named "Behold." It was penned by a then 10-year-old Bella.
In a very charming video posted on Vimeo, the audience is given an inside look into the recording of the song in which Camp and his entire family partake in. With Bella and Aerie singing lead, Camp and his wife, Adrienne, are heard and seen singing background vocals. Camp's youngest son Egan was not excluded in the family affair as he had the honor of ending the song by singing the chorus solo. more >>