Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Great Men of the South 2-Pack Giveaway

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

 

Our newest giveaway features the new documentary 2-pack, Great Men of the South.  In celebration of Black History Month, we're giving away this pack which includes two documentaries from Franklin Springs Family Media: Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story and George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way. Entries for the Great Men of the South 2-Pack Giveaway will be accepted until midnight ET February 29th.

Stonewall Jackson - George Washington Carver

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Freedom Film Distributors celebrates its 2nd Birthday

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Freedom Film Distributors logo

Two years ago this week, Freedom Film Distributors officially launched our effort to bring independently produced films that promote the values of Faith, Family, and Freedom to communities across the nation and the world through grassroots promotion and distribution efforts. It has been a challenging journey thus far, but we are thankful for the opportunity that God has given us to help families across the country get involved in promoting great movies in their local area.

FFD families at Family Economics Conference

We have independent distributors across the country that are raising awareness about independently produced films through networking, attended local and regional events as exhibitors, and through hosting movie nights. Many of our distributor families have found great fulfillment in working together as a family in a simple and straightforward family business, one that even young children can participate in and develop important life and business skills such as planning, accounting, marketing, sales, and customer service. Most distributors have joined us because they love the films that we promote – many have had life-changing influence on them – and their passion for sharing the messages of the films motivates them in their local promotion and distribution efforts. If you love family films and want to promote them in the context of a family business, please consider joining us as a distributor.

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Our National Movie Night project started last fall by premiering several new films nationwide, including Agenda: Griding America Down, which won the $101,000 Best of Festival Grand Prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, and Divided, a controversial film that has had a huge impact on they way that Christians consider children and youth ministry. Since then, National Movie Night has held nationwide premieres of Resisting the Green Dragon, Jimmy Valiant: Scions of Danger, An Inconvenient Tax, Dale Evans: Beyond the Happy Trails, Gather the Family, Crying Wolf, and a special pre-release screening of Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans. There are several new films being released soon that we will be adding to the 2012 schedule, so if you'd like to host a movie night to expose friends, family, and neighbors to these great films, please Sign Up to Host a Movie Night today!

 

The Films

Here are some of the significant films that Freedom Film Distributors has worked to promote these past two years.

A More Perfect Union DVD

A More Perfect Union is the only feature-length film that portrays the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and is an important educational tool needed to provide the understanding needed to restore the American Republic.

 

AGENDA

AGENDA: Grinding America Down is a groundbreaking documentary about the Marxist agenda to systematically take control of the major institutions of American power.

 

DIVIDED

Divided has become a very controversial film that discusses the modern ministry model for children and youth ministry, how that model has failed, and what the Bible says about the issue.

 

Indoctrination movie

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America is a breakthrough documentary that reviews the history of government education in American – its founders and their worldview, the development of the public education institution, and the effects it has had on our culture and society.

 

Gather the Family is the first film that portrays families practicing Family Worship and provides an essential tool for fathers that want to lead their families spiritually.

 

The Homestead Blessings series is a one-of-a-kind collection of practical how-to videos on the lost arts of homemaking and homesteading.  From gardening, canning and cooking to candlemaking, sewing, and soapmaking, this series has something for every current or aspiring homemaker.

 

2nd Birthday Celebration Savings

You can get special savings on our entire catalog of products this week during our birthday celebration. Get 30% off your subtotal by using code 'FFDbirthday' at checkout. Don't forget to check out our unique product packs and gift certificates, which make great gifts for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Freedom Film Distributors gift certificate

 

Coming Soon…

Freedom Film Distributors has some great new initiatives coming to kick off our third year in operation. We will be launching a robust affiliate program that will provide the opportunity for anyone to promote our films online or locally, including special focused affiliate campaigns for select products. We will also be making a fundraising program available for people to use to raise funds for their groups or causes through sales of our films. If you are interested in these initiatives, please sign up on our email list and identify your interests so we know how to follow up with you.

It has been an honor and privelege to serve as a conduit for grassroots independent film promotion and we look forward to what the new year holds. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God bless you and yours in the year ahead.

 

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Family Worship is on the Rise and Gather the Family will Help

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Generations Radio with Kevin Swanson

Family Worship is on the rise.  Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio discussed family worship and interviewed Donald Whitney, author of Family Worship in the Bible, in History, and in Your Home, along with the founder of Freedom Film Distributors, to discuss this trend and what is driving it.  Ultimately, God calls on His people to worship him in daily life, and the application of this in the home is what is referred to as Family Worship.

 Gather the Family screenshot - father leading family worship  Gather the Family screenshot - Family Worship

Don Whitney shared the biblical and historical basis of this practice, and the founder of Freedom Film Distributors shared about the just-released Family Worship video titled Gather the Family, produced by Ken Carpenter of Franklin Springs Family Media.  Kevin Swanson declared

"It is the best video on family worship, on fatherhood, on discipleship in the home… I think it's the top number one best produced video on these things."

Gather the Family Family Worship DVD

Don's book is one of many Family Worship Resources found along with Gather the Family on the new website www.familyworshipresources.com.

 Family Worship in the Bible, in History, and in your Home by Don Whitney

You can help encourage the practice of daily family worship by hosting a movie night for Gather the Family the weekend of October 14-16, and by purchasing one or more copies of the Gather the Family DVD to share with friends and family.  Also consider asking your church to host a screening of the film for the Gather the Family National Movie Night and to consider purchasing some Family Worship Resources.

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The Day of Independence

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Independence!

Independence Hall 1776
"Before God, I believe the hour has come. … All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence for ever!" 
John Adams, July 1, 1776

"Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Lee Resolution, presented by Richard Henry Lee of the Virginia 
Adopted by the Continental Congress, July 2nd, 1776

 

This act of the Congress legally separated the American Colonies from Great Britain, and thus formed the birth of the American nation as a collection of sovereign states, independent of a foreign power.

 

John Adams wrote his wife Abigail on July 3 about the resolution of independence:
 
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."
 

"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"
Leviticus 25:10

 

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Celebrate this Independence Day with the American History 6 Pack

Only $89, a 38% total savings!

Pack includes: 

 

 

A More Perfect Union
 The American Heritage Digital Library - 2 DVD set
 George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way
A More Perfect Union 
 
 American Heritage Digital Library
2 DVD set

 
George Washington Carver:
An Uncommon Way

 
 Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story
Agenda: Grinding America Down
 Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny
Still Standing:
The Stonewall Jackson Story
 
AGENDA:
Grinding America Down
Ronald Reagan: 
Rendezvous with Destiny


Learn the real history of America
Included in the American History 6 pack above


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An Inconvenient Tax

 
Albert Einstein once wrote, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." The product of 95 years' worth of additions, subtractions, deductions, and exclusions, it has become such a headache that many are calling for it to be drastically simplified or even removed all together. With a looming fiscal crisis on the horizon, April 15th seems more like a scene from a B-Horror horror movie than a day to contribute to the common good of the nation. Political favoritism, ineffective social programs, and economic manipulations all reveal the need for tax reform. But how can Americans decide the best way to change the income tax when few people even understand the code or the vast extent to which it truly affects the country?

"An Inconvenient Tax" explores the history of the income tax and brings to light the causes of its many complexities. The film follows the tax through wars, economic booms, and some of the most significant presidencies in U.S. history. To help crack the code, the film employs the country’s top economic experts, commentators, and political voices. Noam Chomsky, Steve Forbes, Joseph Thorndike, Mike Huckabee, Charles Rossotti, Dave M. Walker, Neal Boortz, Michael Graetz, Daniel Shaviro, Leonard Burman, Herman Cain and others discuss not only the problems America faces in the tax code, but also give valuable insights on how to move forward. Finally, the film gives a voice to the creators of several potential tax reform solutions who claim to have found a better way. In a time when many Americans are concerned about the future of the economy, rising deficits, and unfair tax treatment, "An Inconvenient Tax" provides a crucial, honest look at the income tax. For the first time ever, Americans can engage in the tax debate with confidence and perhaps discover a new way to tax.
 

An Inconvenient Tax trailer
 
 
 
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Why We Fight – Memorial Day Special

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

Freedom Film Distributors is excited to announce a new product fitting for this Memorial Day weekend: Frank Capra's masterpiece series on World War II called Why We Fight.

Why We Fight

Why We Fight is an incredible overview of the events leading up to America's involvement in World War II. Master filmmaker, Frank Capra, was commissioned by the US Army to produce this documentary series to show the soldiers what they were fighting for – and what evils they were fighting against. With nearly seven hours of actual footage from WWII, Why We Fight adds a new dimension to the study of history – a dimension that books and photos cannot match.
 
Allied leaders
 
Capra gives viewers a greater understanding of the issues, battles, heroes, and villains of WWII as told from America's perspective. The films in this series are as compelling as any war movie, but the battle-weary soldiers and civilians are not actors. The explosions and ensuing destruction are not the product of Hollywood special effects – they're real.
 
Far from perfect, Why We Fight stumbles over ideas like religious pluralism and FDR's New Deal. It's proof that history is not neutral – the bias of the teacher (in this case, Capra) shows through. As such, viewers will have their worldviews sharpened if they keep their minds engaged. Our hope with this series is that viewers will learn from the past so they can emulate the triumphs of past generations and avoid their mistakes.
 

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WARNING! This film contains brief images of the brutalities of war and is not intended for young children. Parental discretion is encouraged.
 

Providence in our Foremost Founding Father George Washington

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

 

George Washington addresses the Constitutional Convention

 

George Washington, Father of his Country, is 279 years old today!

In celebration of the birthday of the Father of our Country, Freedom Film Distributors is offering A More Perfect Union for a special price 2 for $22 (a savings of 42%), but only until midnight ET February 23rd.  Get one for yourself and give one to a friend! See the bottom of this blog post for more info on how to get this special offer.

George Washington was raised a Christian gentleman, primarily by his older brother Lawrence and his mother, his father having died when he was young. He memorized the Rules of Civility and the 110 Rules for Young Gentlemen by heart, and practiced them all of his life.  The first of the 110 Rules for Young Gentlemen describe Washington's lifelong deportment well: "Let all actions performed in public show some sign of respectful sentiment to the entire company."  His virtuous conduct and example would provided a much needed standard for the new nation in many ways.

George Washington 1772 Virginia militia uniform

His brother's death in 1752 led to his promotion to Major in the Virginia militia and assumption of command (from his brother) of parts of western Virginia. He put his skills as a surveyor to good use, surveying most of the western part of Virginia and what is today West Virginia. His heroism in battle on the frontier, especially at the Battle of Fort Du Quesne, where he providentially cheated death numerous times and organized the successful retreat of the British force after General Braddock was mortally wounded, led to his promotion to Commander in Chief of the Virginia Military Forces in 1755 at the age of 23. After serving three years in that post, he served until 1775 in the Virginia House of Burgesses, when he was unanimously chosen to serve as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.

General George Washington 1777

When the Declaration of Independence was read to his men on July 9, 1776, he ordered chaplains placed in each regiment and proclaimed "The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country." The hardships due to inadequate supplies and funding, and repeated defeats against the largest expeditionary force fielded in the 18th Century were demoralizing, but Washington's character and sacrifice kept the Army together.  God's Providence in the retreat from Long Island and in countless other instances, led Washington to observe after the war that "The man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested on our behalf."  This not only included protection from destruction during defeat in battle and surviving the brutal winter at Valley Forge, but unexpected victory in battles such as the Battle of Trenton and Battle of Princeton, which turned the tide of the war, at least in terms of the spirit of the colonists.

Washington crosses the Delaware

After the war, he lead quietly as the unanimously elected President of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, seldom speaking, but always a strong presence that helped to resolve key issues in the formation of the federal republic.

 Washington presides over signing of Constitution

As the first and only unanimously elected President of the United States, he established key precedents for the role and scope of presidential action, including the precedent of only serving 2 terms.  At his inaugural address, April 30, 1789, he established the tradition of taking the oath of office with a hand on the Bible.  It was there that Washington proclaimed:

"It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of Providential agency."

George Washington Taking Oath of Office as President

George Washington's greatness of exemplified in his lifelong exercise and demonstration of timeless virtues.  Contemporary biographer David Ramsay wrote:

"There are few men of any kind, and still fewer the world calls great, who have not some of their virtues eclipsed by corresponding vices. But this was not the case of Gen. Washington. He had religion without austerity, dignity without pride, modesty without diffidence, courage without rashness, politeness without affectation, affability without familiarity. His private character, as well as his public one, will bear the strictest scrutiny. He was punctual in all his engagements; upright and honest in his dealings; temperate in his enjoyments; liberal and hospitable to an eminent degree; a lover of order; systematical and methodical in all his arrangements. He was the friend of morality and religion; steadily attended on public worship; encouraged and strengthened the hands of the clergy. In all his public acts, he made the most respectful mention of Providence; and, in a word, carried the spirit of piety with him both in his private life and public administration."  David Ramsay, Life of George Washington, 1807

Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee (father of General Robert E. Lee) was chosen to give the eulogy for George Washington in 1799, where he uttered his famous words:

"First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere—uniform, dignified and commanding—his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. . . . Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues." 

Indeed, leader around the world heralded Washington as a man for the ages, a singularly conspicuous example of virtue to be emulated throughout the ages, which is why it is such an honor to be an American and to have a Founding Father such as he.  The Duke of Wellington succintly described the greatness of George Washington:

"The purest and noblest character of modern time – possibly of all time."

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

 

To celebrate Washington's birthday and provide you an opportunity to see the role he played in the formation of our federal republican government, we are offering a special "2 for $22" offer on the feature film "A More Perfect Union" that portrays the events of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Click on the DVD cover below and enter the coupon code "mpu2for22" at checkout to receive this special discount offer.  Select quantity of 2 when adding the DVD to your cart, then add the coupon codeLimit 2 offer redemptions, 4 DVDs total.  This offer is for a limited time only, valid through midnight ET February 23rd, 2011.

A More Perfect Union DVD

Ronald Reagan at 100

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny

This Sunday, February 6th, marks the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States. Just two weeks ago, on January 20th, marked the 30th anniversary of the inaguration of President Reagan in 1980.  Freedom Film Distributors is celebrating these occasions with a National Movie Night screening of Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, February 18-21.  Sign up as a movie night host today!

With multiple anniversary dates converging within a month, we'd like to take some time to review the life of this man who was one of the most beloved leaders in modern American history.  Here are some snapshots from his life:

  • Ronald Reagan born in  Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911
  • Graduated from Eureka College with BA degree in economics and sociology
  • Worked as radio broadcaster in Iowa, then moved to Hollywood, California
  • Career as an actor, first in films and later television; best known for roles in Knute Rockne, All American, and Kings Row
  • Served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and later as spokesman for General Electric (GE), where he got his start in politics
  • Switched from Democratic party to Republican party in 1964; ran and won race for California governor in 1966 and 1970
  • Ran for Republican nomination for President in 1968 and 1976 without success, but won nomination and was elected President in 1980

Ronald Reagan 40th President

  • Inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States on January 20th, 1981
  • Major domestic themes and policies of his administration included broad efforts to reduce taxes and size of government spending
  • Foreign policy actions included the invasion of Grenada to protect US citizens, the bombing of Libya after a terrorist airliner attack, and the arms buildup to challenge the Soviet Union in the Cold War. His foreign policy is credited with hastening the demise of the USSR.
  • After leaving office in 1989, Reagan was diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease and died in 2004 at the age of 93.

The documentary film Ronald Reagan: Renzdezvous with Destiny is a wonderful telling of Reagan's amazing journey from the heartland of America to become one of the most influential and popular world leaders in modern history.  Join us in sharing this story by becoming a Movie Night Host for the upcoming National Movie Night screening of Rendezvous with Destiny during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend.

Ronald Reagan Rendezvous with Destiny

Celebrate Stonewall Jackson’s birthday with a Movie Night

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

 

 Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story

This Friday, January 21st, is the birthday of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, born January 21, 1824, and we'd like to celebrate the life of a noble Christian gentleman and godly leader with a National Movie Night screening of Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story.  Our Stonewall Jackson National Movie Night is also meant to honor other American military leaders whose birthdays fall in January in what is often known as General's Month: James Longstreet (Jan. 8, 1821), Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19, 1807), and George Pickett (Jan. 28, 1825).  For a wonderful review of Lee and Jackson, please read Chuck Baldwin's article on the many and varied virtues of these men.

Our 2011 National Movie Night schedule will be coming together over the next few weeks, so please sign up to host a Movie Night for a film that you like or want to see so you can share it with those in your community.

Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story

National Movie Night premier of AGENDA:Grinding America Down is this weekend

Friday, December 10th, 2010

 

Agenda: Grinding America Down

Winner of the

2010 San Antonio Independent Film Festival

$101,000 Grand Prize Best of Festival award

 

Will Receive its

Nationwide Premier This Weekend

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AGENDA: Grinding America Down is a new documentary film that exposes the long-advancing agenda of socialism in America, begun by Karl Marx and other revolutionary agents in the past all the way up to the present day. It demonstrates that the drastic changes in American society have been by design, and have successfully assaulted the Christian heritage and foundations of the nation.

 Curtis Bowers SAICFF acceptance speech
Writer/Director/Producer Curtis Bowers, a former Idaho lawmaker and graduate of the Christian Filmmakers Academy at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, was inspired to produce Agenda after a “Letter to the Editor” he penned about the immense changes in America’s culture became the feature story on the evening news and prompted protests at the Idaho State Capitol.

Dr. Ted Baehr of MovieGuide.org proclaimed "AGENDA: Grinding America Down is the most powerful exposé of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far.  AGENDA is absolutely brilliant for its clarity and well-researched understanding of the issues. It is must viewing."
Speaking of his partnership with Freedom Film Distributors, Bowers said, "The National Movie Night Project is making it very simple for families all over America to accomplish the goal of educating those around them by using the powerful tool of visual media to communicate truth.   My hope and prayer is that thousands of families across America will get involved with this project, so it will have a huge impact in turning America's culture back."
Bowers family with SAICFF 101,000 check

 

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Thanksgiving for Faith, Family, and Freedom

Friday, November 26th, 2010

 

First Thanksgiving

We at Freedom Film Distributors are very thankful this year.  Thankful that we are nearing the completion of our first year in operation.  Thankful for our staff and families.  Thankful for our distributors and their families.  Thankful for our movie night hosts.  Thankful for the producers that have partnered with us to promote their films through our unique distribution model.  Thankful for you, our supporters and customers, who have helped us spread the message of grassroots film distribution.

As Americans, we must be thankful and remember the providences of God in the life of our nation – both today and in times past.  While people often remember what they are thankful for in the past year, few remember what to be thankful for from 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.  To help us remember, let's enlist the aid of some of our founding fathers to remind us of our blessed and godly heritage, that it might encourage us to be thankful and to work diligently to preserve and carry on the godly legacy of Faith, Family, and Freedom that we have been recipients of.

William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth colony, wrote of the Pilgrims' arrival in Cape Cod in 1621:  William Bradford statue

"Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. …

But here I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amazed at this poor people's present condition; and so I think will the reader, too, when he well considers the same. Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation (as may be remembered by that which went before), they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weatherbeaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succour. It is recorded in Scripture as a mercy to the Apostle and his shipwrecked company, that the barbarians showed them no small kindness in refreshing them, but these savage barbarians, when they met with them (as after will appear) were readier to fill their sides full of arrows than otherwise. And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject-to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, fall of wild beasts and wild men—and what multitudes there might be of them they knew not. … If they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed and was now as a main bar and gulf to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.

What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity," "Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and His mercies endure forever."

 

The Continental Congress declared a national day of Thanksgiving and prayer in 1777:  Second Continental Congress

 " Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th 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; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion."

 

President George Washington issued the first presidential proclamation of the United States in 1789:  George Washington

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 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 favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, 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 hath 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 unto us) and to bless them with good government, 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.

Geo: Washington

 

We have much to be thankful for.  Let us remember, be grateful, and tell the generations to come of God's faithfulness.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. — Psalm 78:2-4