Just in case someone wants to use any article (or articles) on my Bible study blog relative to Thanksgiving and thankfulness, I’ve consolidated them here: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/11/23/everything-about-thanksgiving-and-thankfulness/
Just to let you know that my wife, Nancy, has been diagnosed with vascular dementia. This kind of dementia has no known cure and will get progressively worse. My son and I are presently taking care of her.
We solicit your prayers on her behalf.
Back in February 1996, over 550 employees were terminated from El Paso Natural Gas Co. I was working as an administrative assistant for the engineering department manager. He was a well-known womanizer. Flirted with just about every attractive woman in the building where we were located.
He knew of my faith in Christ and in the church of the New Testament. He also knew that I deplored what he was doing behind his wife’s back. So, when the came time for cutting employees, I was unfortunately one of them. Even though I told him I would gladly move to Houston, Texas where they were going to move their home offices – it didn’t make any difference to him at all. He wanted me out of his sight.
I firmly believe that he was persecuting me for standing up for what was right according to the Scriptures. I made him feel guilty, but not guilty enough to stop doing what he was doing.
What was even more amazing, was that he claimed to be religious – was a member of a well-known denomination – but obviously didn’t follow their doctrine regarding faithfulness to his wife.
He later was promoted from manager to a vice-president and retired a few years ago as such. Guess those flirting escapades paid off.
When I address God in prayer, I usually begin with “Heavenly Father” or “Dear Father in heaven” which denotes the fact that God dwells in the heavenly realm (Deuteronomy 4:39; Joshua 2:11; 1 Kings 8:27,30).
The Hare and the Tortoise is one of my favorite fables:
The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge anyone here to race with me.”
The tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”
“That is a good joke,” said the hare. “I could dance around you all the way.”
“Keep your boasting until you’ve beaten,” answered the tortoise. “Shall we race?”
So a course was fixed and a start was made. The hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the hare awoke from his nap, he saw the tortoise nearing the finish line, and he could not catch up in time to save the race.
The moral of the story: Victory does not always belong to the swiftest runner, but to the runner with the most stamina and self-control: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/01/07/running-the-race-of-life-every-day/
Solomon described outward beauty as being vain (Proverbs 31:30). The NIV translates the term vain as “fleeting.” Both charm and beauty are superficial and temporary. Real beauty originates from the heart (1 Peter 3:1-4) when a woman displays (1) reverence towards God (Proverbs 31:30), (2) a meek and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4), (3) being submissive toward her husband (1 Peter 3:5-6).
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.