Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 (Thanksgiving Eve)

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I, for one, plan on kick starting the festivities today!

Turkey Countdown: 1 DAYS

History of the Turkey (About):
Turkey was introduced to the early Pilgrim settlers by the Native American Wampanoag tribe after the Pilgrims arrived in 1620. The first year for the settlers was bleak, with many dying from the journey. The Indians assisted the settlers, introducing them to native foods such as corn and squash and showed them how to hunt and fish. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at the behest of Governor William Bradford, and the Native Americans were invited guests of honor. While the turkey may or may not have been at the first Thanksgiving feast, the plentiful New World fowl was readily available to the colonists.

By 1916, Thanksgiving was referred to in writings as Turkey Day due to the popularity of the bird at the traditional feast. The popularity of wild turkeys nearly wiped them out. The federal government stepped in with protection in 1991, and they are now found in 49 states. Turkey was most-associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas, making winter the prime season for turkey farmers.

The tryptophan in turkey is often blamed for post-feast drowsiness, however there is actually more tryptophan in cheese and chicken breast than in the Thanksgiving turkey! More than likely you are getting sleepy because you just ate too much.

Random Thanksgiving side-note: In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to move the official Thanksgiving date to earlier in November in order encourage a longer Christmas shopping season as a Depression recovery strategy. His idea was shut down by Congress, and the official date was declared permanently as the fourth Thursday in November via Public Law #379.


SONICFLOOd, the band that paved the way for the modern praise and worship movement and touted as “The Fathers of Modern Worship Music” just celebrated 10 years of ministry. One of their greatest honors was to perform the first Christian concert ever in a secular venue in modern Turkey’s history. This was nothing short of a miracle in a Country that is 99.9% Muslim. They have also had the privilege of performing at the President of Thailand’s birthday party. Their international ministry is extensive as they have performed on every continent except Antarctica.

They have earned a Grammy nomination, Dove Awards, ASCAP awards, as well as many other accolades. They have been featured on the 700 Club, TBN, INSP, God TV, and Harvest TV. They have sold over 2 million records - no small accomplishment in the post-Napter era! The band has had a rotating line-up over the years. Originally SONICFLOOd was fronted by Jeff Deyo. Now Rick Heil leads the epic worship band.

Latest Album: A Heart Like Yours


Scriptural Pursuit

Q: The king of what land repented after hearing the preaching of Jonah?

A: Nineveh (Jonah 3:6)

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