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White House: Young Are Flocking to Obamacare.

The White House insisted Monday that there had been a “surge” in young Obamacare enrollees, disputing doubts from a Democratic Virginia lawmaker that there wouldn’t be enough millennials signing up “to make this bill work,” reports said.

Retiring Rep. Jim Moran told radio station WAMU in an interview Friday that people under 35 “are less likely to sign up.”

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“I think they feel more independent,” he said. “I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations. But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially.”

“I just don’t know how we’re going to do it, frankly,” he added. “If we had a solution, I’d be telling the president right now.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney, though acknowledging Obamacare’s “shaky rollout,” brushed aside Moran’s concern, The Hill reported.

Carney asserted instead that there had been “a significant surge in the percentage of young Americans under 35 enrolling.”

“Those numbers are consistent with what we saw in Massachusetts,” Carney said.

“And if you ask the Republicans in Massachusetts who supported and, in one case signed, into law the health insurance reform, which is the closest thing to a model for the president’s Affordable Care Act, they would say that that worked and that there the percentage of young people who enrolled was adequate.”

Harvard economics professor David Cutler, one of the ACA’s architects, has warned that if too few young people are covered, Obamacare won’t be able to offset the costs of insuring older and sicker Americans, sending the new law into a “death spiral.”

The Hill reported that the Department of Health and Human Services said 30 percent of Obamacare enrollees were 34 and under, and announced last week that 3 million individuals had purchased coverage.

The administration originally estimated 7 million consumers would enroll, with 39 percent ages 18-34, The Hill reported.

In Virginia, WAMU reported, more than 40,000 Virginians signed up for Obamacare; only 27 percent of those were young adults.

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By Cathy Burke

Thanksgiving: Why I Am Thankful By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo.


For those in America and those who embrace its sensibilities, today is Thanksgiving.   I am thankful that the people’s servants are throwing away their umbrellas for the brooms. Let the rain fall on the kings and the queens, I guess. Now is the time to sweep, I suppose. Or are they just itching for somewhere to sit, cross their legs and pick their teeth?

I am thankful that I know why the fallen lizard nods its head.

I am thankful that the circle is almost complete. A president has gone to Mecca. A president has visited Jerusalem.  What’s left is a president that will visit Okija Shrine.

I am thankful that I don’t say “nothing spoil.” When something is spoiled, I say it is spoiled.

I am thankful that Nigeria’s economy is growing at over 6%. So are the strikes, the unemployment, the crime and the remuneration of political office holders.

I am thankful that I am a stakeholder. So is the beggar, the truck pusher and the market woman. We are all entitled to an equal part of the stake.

I am thankful that subjugated ghosts of our past are creeping out of the graveyard. They deserve salvation, too.

I am thankful that I know that if those with the knives all chop small small, nothing will be left for the children yet unborn to chop.

I am thankful that we know that power comes from the guts of those who want it so badly. It doesn’t drop like Manna from heaven.

I am thankful that I am true to myself. That is the ultimate commandment.

I am thankful that we know that we cannot move the nation forward without touching the so-called untouchables- the so-called anointed. They are the ones whose roots are holding the nation back.

I am thankful that I am relatively happy in spite of all the madness around me.

I am thankful that we dey – the same way God dey, Sun dey, moon dey. Each one must do its own thing to keep the circle of life going.

I am thankful that I express myself without the fear of being wrong, even when I am the only voice.

I am thankful that we work hard and still find the time to pause and laugh. Laughter rejuvenates the worn out muscles.

I am thankful that my friends still consider me their friend even when I do not keep in touch as I used to.

I am thankful that we have all agreed that we cannot worship people and still hold them accountable.

I am thankful that my flaws do not eat up my self-esteem. They should not eat up yours. Everyone counts, including you.

I am thankful that those who can bend their knees down enough allow the blanket of life to cover their whole body.

I am thankful that I know how much I need to know before I know how little I know.

I am thankful that the mountains and valleys of our lives are just flyovers and subways to the city in the sun.

I am thankful that my marriage was not made in heaven but in the heart of a special woman, Edna, who I can reach with smiles, tears and fears.   I am thankful for the impression of me as an all-knowing, all-powerful, wealthy man that my kids, Ijeamaka and Ogonna, have.   I am thankful for my parents, J. C. and Madam J. C for teaching me how to think for myself.   I am thankful for my siblings who pick up the slack as I strive to pick up the flak.   I am thankful I am able to make sacrifices in spite of the embarrassing moral authority they try to confer on me.   I am thankful for my annoying habits. Otherwise, I would think I am perfect.   I am thankful for those who curse me out. They love me. Even though neither them nor I often believe it.   I am thankful I am good at something. I just have to find out what the hell that thing is.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Live Above Your Circumstances.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 100:4

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Daniel 6:10-11  ( )

Is your cup empty or full of gratitude today? Before you sit down and offer thanks around the dinner table, ask yourself: “Am I a complainer? Or a thanks giver?” It all comes down to perspective. Are you focusing on your blessings? Or on what you’ve lost in life?

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It’s easy to complain about circumstances — recessions, disease, hurt, and mounting difficulties.

But we should give thanks to our God who lives above the circumstances.

The Old Testament saint Daniel developed a discipline of gratitude in his life while living as a prisoner separated from family and friends.

Yet even through dreary days, disappointments, and disaster, Daniel was a perpetual praise giver.

If you’ve had a tough week, a tough month, or even a tough year, fill your cup full of gratitude for who God is.

Viewing the scope of your life from beginning to end, God has designed a purpose for you, and He wants you to trust Him.

Though your circumstances may have changed this Thanksgiving, the faithful, gracious, merciful God you serve has not.

Rise above your circumstances and give thanks!

Gratitude develops faith. The surest path out of a slump is marked by the road sign “thank you, God.”
Max Lucado

Philippians 1:1-2:30

By David Jeremiah.

The Thanksgiving Express: Gratitude All Year Long.

…and be thankful.

Colossians 3:15

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Not long before James A.

 Garfield was elected President of the United States, he received a letter from his wife.

She wanted to tell him how she had learned to be thankful for ordinary everyday tasks.

“It came to me this morning while making bread,” she said.

“Why not consider this a very pleasant occupation and make it so by making perfect bread?.

 After that the very sunshine seemed flowing down through my spirit into the loaves, and now my table has better bread than ever before.”1

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Everyday gratitude is the elixir of life.

 Instead of groaning and moaning, we can smile.

We can train ourselves to do it.

We can practice it until it becomes a habit.

Many nations set aside a Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude, but for the Christian there’s never a day after Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a daily holiday for the believer.

That’s because goodness and mercy follow us all our days and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Christian belief and a downcast countenance are not appropriate companions.
John Thomson Faris

1John Thomson Faris, The Book of Joy (NY: George H. Doran Co., 1917), 48, 14.

Thanksgiving Fun for Christian Families.

Add Some Thanksgiving Fun to Your Holiday This Year!

Enjoy some laughter, music, movies and other Thanksgiving fun activities with your family this holiday.

1. Fun Holiday Movies for Christians

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2. Top 10 Christian Thanksgiving Songs

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Christian Music Guide Kim Jones put together this list of top Thanksgiving songs. There’s simply no better way to give thanks than through music, and these are 10 of the best songs for reminding us of God‘s many blessings. With each tune you’ll find plenty of reasons to be thankful and praise our Savior.

3. Thanksgiving Fun Crafts and Activities‘s Guide to Family Crafts Sherri Osborn lends a helping hand with loads of free Thanksgiving craftsand activities for kids and families.

4. Active Family Thanksgiving Fun

Active FamilyPhoto: altrendo images / Getty Images’s Guide to Family Fitness Catherine Holecko helps keep the whole family in shape with these active games and outdoor activitiesdesigned to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories.

5. Better Homes and Gardens Family Thanksgiving Fun

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Here are several family Thanksgiving ideas from Better Homes and Gardens sure to add fun to your holiday celebration.

6. Best-Ever Thanksgiving Fun

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Find recipes, games, crafts, and loads of family Thanksgiving fun from Family Fun Magazine.

7. Thanksgiving Fun Family Weekend Getaways

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Teresa Plowright,’s Guide to Family Vacations, shares several fun family weekend getaways for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Ideas.

10 Creative Ways to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Day:

Here are 10 simple yet creative Thanksgiving ideas to help you and your family express thanks to God on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Idea #1 – A Thanksgiving Story:

Set aside a few moments on Thanksgiving Day to sit down and read a Thanksgiving story. You can read it alone or together with your family.• Suggested Thanksgiving Books and Stories

Thanksgiving Idea #2 – A Thanksgiving Poem or Prayer:

Take on the family project of writing a Thanksgiving poem or prayer together.• Sample Thanksgiving Poems and Prayers

Thanksgiving Idea #3 – A Thanksgiving Bible Verse:

Ask each family member to read a favorite Bible versebefore the Thanksgiving meal.• Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Idea #4 – A Thanksgiving Memory:

During Thanksgiving dinner, ask each family member to share a favorite Thanksgiving memory.• Favorite Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving Idea #5 – Thanksgiving Communion:

Plan a time of family Communion on Thanksgiving to give thanks by remembering Christ’s life, death and resurrection.• What is Communion?

Thanksgiving Idea #6 – A Thanksgiving Blessing:

Invite a widow, single person or someone who is lonely to share in your family Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Idea #7 – A Thanksgiving Day Parade or Play:

Put on your own Thanksgiving Day parade or “pilgrim play” with family, friends and neighbors.

Thanksgiving Idea #8 – A Thanksgiving Offering:

Prepare a Thanksgiving offeringto give to a needy family or one of your favorite charities.• Top Christmas Charity Projects

Thanksgiving Idea #10 – A Thanksgiving Football Game:

Plan a neighborhood football game for Thanksgiving weekend.

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Thanksgiving Is Good For You!.

Psalms 118:1

The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, I hate to ruin your day,
but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other and so
call your sister in Chicago and tell her.

Frantic the son called his sister who exploded on the phone, like heck they’re getting divorced, she shouted, I’ll take care of this. She called Phoenix immediately and said to her father, You are

not getting a divorce. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, do you hear me. The man hung up his phone and turned to his wife, Okay honey, the kids are coming for Thanksgiving and paying for their flights

One of the joys of thanksgiving is celebrating God‘s goodness, thanking him for our families, and thanking him for his

But did you know thanksgiving can absolutely be good for you? Thanksgiving can be a transforming experience in our
lives. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to come up higher and God wants nothing more for us than to be a thankful people and express our gratitude to him

Thanksgiving separates the believer from the world. it makes us different. A thankful spirit distinguishes the believer from the unbeliever.

Did you hear about the frustrated atheist, who felt so thankful, but he had nobody to thank?

Paul thanked God even while he was in prison. From a deep, dark, dank dungeon Paul wrote to the Philippians, Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

A young woman wrote her mother from college: Dear mom, sorry I haven’t written sooner. My arm is broken and my left leg too. I broke them when I jumped from the second floor of my dormitory…when we had the fire.

We were lucky. A young service station attendant saw the blaze and called the fire department. They were there in minutes I was in the hospital for a few days.

Paul, the service station attendant came to see me every day. And because it was taking so long to get our dormitory liveable again, I moved in with him. He has been so nice.

I must admit that I am pregnant. Paul and I plan to get married just as soon as he can get a divorce.

I hope things are fine at home. I’m doing fine and will write more when I get the chance. Love, your daughter, Susie.

P.S. Mom, none of the above is true. But I did get a C in Sociology and flunked Chemistry. I just wanted you to receive this news in its proper perspective


1. Thanksgiving will increase your personal happiness.

Most of the time we wrongly believe that our happiness is
dependent on our circumstances.

By Dr Stan Coffey.

Thanksgiving Prayers and Verses.

Thanksgiving Day Prayers

This collection of Thanksgiving prayers is for giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day.

Traditional Christian Mealtime Blessings

These meal blessings are traditional Christian dinner prayers for saying grace and blessing the food at mealtimes. The prayers are short and simple, great for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any dinner gathering.

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Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Here are a few Bible verses to assist you in giving thanks and praise at Thanksgiving.

Share Your Favorite Thanksgiving Verses

Naturally, one of the most common traditions on Thanksgiving Day is to give thanks and praise to God. The Scriptures are filled with passages expressing words of thankfulness to the Lord for his abundant goodness in our lives. To complement my collection of Thanksgiving Day Bible Verses, I’m asking you to share your favorite Thanksgiving verses.

Thanksgiving Poem – Pause and Give Thanks

“Pause and Give Thanks” is an original Thanksgiving poem submitted by an member. It is a reminder to stop and take a moment to give thanks for the gift of Christ at Christmas.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

“A Thanksgiving Prayer,” an original Christian prayer for sharing on Thanksgiving Day, was submitted by an member.

Thanksgiving Prayer – I Thank Thee

“I Thank Thee” is a beautiful Thanksgiving prayer. This Christian poem was written by Jane Crewdson (1860) as a prayer of thankfulness to God for…

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

“A Thanksgiving Prayer,” an original Christian Thanksgiving Day prayer, was submitted by an member.

Thanksgiving Prayer – We Give Thanks to You

“We Give Thanks to You,” an original Christian Thanksgiving Day prayer, was submitted by an member.
By Mary Fairchild.

Praying For A New Era Of Change Upon 9/11 Victims.

Doer Of Great Things, I join my brothers and sisters to thank You for all You have done for Americans fro this past ten years of 9/11, we pray that as Americans prepare to celebrate 9/11 ten years anniversary, it will be a thing of joy and thanksgiving and not of tears, fear and tribulations, it will be an era that every of the victims will be greatful to You and You alone.

Opener Of New Era, we pray that through this ten years process of healing, revival and transformation, Lord use this anniversary to open a new era of change, break-throughs, promotions, upliftment and favours for all the victims, we pray that through this celebration, You will change their names from victims to victors and may this celebration upon a new era of joy, happiness, gladness and pace upon their lives.

God Of The Americans, we pray that this celebration, will be a time, that America and every of it´s citizens will retrace their tracks,  recognize You more, more and more and make You the Strong pillar of their lives and their beloved nations and as they do so, Lord, help, save, deliver and vindicate them from their present crisis, open doors and windows of heavens, water their lands according to it`s season, bless every works of their hands, make them lenders unto many nations, set them above not beneath and set them on the part of greatness for ever, ever and ever more. Amen.

God’s Prosperity – Part IV.

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   “Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.” Psalm 97:11, NLT

Prosperity Principle #4: Appoint yourself president of your own “Why Not?” club.

Ed, a brilliant young lawyer, had recently moved to California.

He and his wife Pat had no relatives nearby, so, as Thanksgiving drew near, they realized they were going to be alone.

However, they also realized that hundreds of older people in the area felt forsaken and lonely.

So, they decided to be the founding members of a “Why Not?” club.

Ed was president and Pat was vice-president.

Their club’s first event would be a Thanksgiving dinner for people who felt lonely and forgotten.

Ed, thinking big, went to one of the local hotels and asked if there was a large, empty banquet hall available on Thanksgiving Day.

Though he explained his plan to the manager, he received a very curt “No.”

Undaunted, Ed asked, “Why not?”

The manager was taken back, thought for a moment, and then agreed, “All right!”

Then Ed went to some of the companies that did business with his law firm and asked them for donations toward the dinner expenses.

He knew they had donated money to charities in the past, but, nonetheless, once again received a, “No.”

They explained that they had a policy about how they handled donations, and his plan doesn’t meet their policy.

“Why not?” Ed asked. Again, with his persistence, he was successful and raised the necessary funds.

They made all the arrangements and then waited for Thanksgiving noon to arrive.

At 11:40 a.m., the first guest arrived – a little old lady.

By noon, over 300 people shared the spirit of Thanksgiving because Ed and Pat asked the question, “Why not?”

If someone else can succeed and prosper in spite of resistance on all sides, why not you?


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Dear Lord, I am ready for the success and prosperity You have for me! Inspire me with Your plans for my life.

Encourage me in the path that I should go.

Give me courage to persevere despite any negative responses to my ideas.

Help my positive responses to difficult situations be what convinces others to help me along the way. Amen.

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If you started a “Why Not?” club, what would be your first project?

Written by Robert H. Schuller.

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