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...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

There are many wonderful things to think about, what are you spending your time thinking about?

...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We must decide where to place our efforts, our thoughts and desires. Consider carefully, every day, what your mind dwells on and your heart desires. And if need be, change it to something better.

Self Control

If you don’t have self control, who is controlling you?

Repentance

If you do not have anything to repent of, your expectations of your self are too low.

Cure Depression

Care about other people’s problems more than your own, and don’t stop until you feel better.

Thanksgiving Myths

The commonly accepted history of Thanksgiving is based almost entirely on myths. And this is the easiest place to start researching the history of Thanksgiving. 
 

The reason that we have so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It doesn't originate in any one event. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas like commemorating the pilgrims.
James W. Baker, Senior Historian at Plimoth Plantation

Have you asked "is Thanksgiving a pagan holiday?"

Go to google.com, or bing.com and type in "is thanksgiving" and notice what pops up in the search suggestions. Why is this question so popular? What have you proved about Thanksgiving Day? The congregations of God obey the command to observe weekly and annual sabbaths. We are willing to lose our jobs, cause difficulty in our relationships and suffer ridicule in society for this. Are you this convicted about observing Thanksgiving?

What do you really know about Thanksgiving Day?

The congregations of God have always observed the American holiday Thanksgiving. At this point there are no official doctrinal instructions on observing Thanksgiving in any of the current organizations. But there are many published writings, sermons and video productions that have consistently offered tacit approval over the years.

But Thanksgiving is not found in the Bible, and is therefore a man-made holiday. Christmas, Easter and Halloween all have obvious pagan histories, but what about Thanksgiving's origins? The history of Thanksgiving is incredibly misrepresented in modern references and popular culture and this makes it difficult to discern the truth.

Gelatin, are you sure it's clean?

Food grade gelatin is primarily made from the collagen of animal skin, and pig skin is the most common source. We have erroneously been lead to believe that food marked as kosher would not contain pork products. But this is not the case with gelatin, in fact some modern kosher rules allow any animal source to be used for gelatin.