Posted on November 27, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters

I trust you had a blessed Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Service with our addiction recovery residents from the Colony of Mercy and Barbara’s Place. The testimonies were so sweet and precious.

Earlier in November, I did a blog with a journaling challenge with verses on Thanksgiving and gratitude. What I learned is this: The phrase “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good” appears 44 times in the Bible. The topic of Thanksgiving is addressed 102 times in the Old Testament and 72 times in the New Testament. “Praise the Lord” – 250 times. These alone total over 468!!!

So many of you participated that I decided it might be fun to have you write out the verses of the Christmas story. So here are the verses. If you missed the Thanksgiving one – how about doing the Christmas verses?

Grab a journal or a notebook and write out the passage in your favorite translation. Then, write a sentence or two about the verses and what God will teach you.

I look forward to doing this with you. Some of you did the last one with a friend or even your small group.



Am I thankful for you? I sure am.

Anchored to the Rock,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick

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Written by Dr. Bill Welte: Bill has been the President & CEO of America’s Keswick for 26+ years, living and breathing Keswick’s message of Victory every day. He has an empowering gift with people leaving each one with an impressionable sense of God’s love, grace, and truth. He hosts & leads various Keswick events, as well as speaking at numerous churches in the tri-state area. He now lives off-campus with his childhood sweetheart of 40+ years, Jan. They have four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. In his personal time, he loves to read and weekly writes for Keswick’s Freedom Fighter blogs.

Think About This:  “God’s truth is [_] reality!” ― Leonie H. Mattison

The Daily Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2-3, Acts 18-19. You can download our 2023 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” Hebrews 13:12-13

Want to get away & have dedicated time to read & learn God’s Word?

Consider a retreat at America’s Keswick retreat center.


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