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  • Eugene Adkins 7:04 am on 2016-08-16 Permalink | Reply
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    I thank God every day for… 

    We may have said it our self, or we have heard it used by others after escaping a harrowing event or because someone or something else was delivered from harm when expectations should have said otherwise. What is it? It’s the phrase, “I thank God every day for ….”

    But honestly, is there anything that we give thanks to God for every day?

    I’m not saying that there isn’t anything that we should give thanks for every day. I’m asking if we do as we should be doing.

    When his disciples asked for a lesson on prayer, an expression of need and thanks toward an eternal God for daily provisions was a highlight in Jesus’ lesson (Luke 11:1-3). Likewise, I believe, as I’m sure most the readers here believe, that there are strong elements of daily thanksgiving that are found the Psalms, as well as other places in the Old and New Testament, that place an emphasis on a continually thankful heart that should be repeated in our daily lives (Psalm 107:1). So I don’t believe a lack of daily thanksgiving on our part is due to God not expressing a desire to receive it on his part.

    At the end of the day, or the beginning, when it comes to thanksgiving, it’s not about whether we or someone else talks about thanking God every day for someone or something. It’s about whether or not God actually hears our thanksgiving for that person or thing as often as we say he does.

    How about it? What should we, if we’re not already, start giving thanks to God for every day?

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 6:16-18)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 3:54 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Question for self-reflection 

    Based on the following verse, what you would say you have learned from God that you didn’t know before you met Him?

    And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

    You can share your thoughts or keep them to yourself; either way I hope the question spurs some sort of personal reflection.

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 4:11 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot remember a time when I was not taught the truth about God. From childhood I heard the Word and prayed to the only living and true God. (This I consider an unmixed blessing.) So I cannot answer your question in the way it was framed.

      Permit me to frame it this way: What have I learned from God in that time?

      To put it briefly, that God is good, and all he does is good, Psa 119.68; that the Lord is patient, but his patience has limits, 2 Pet 3.9; that God is just and justifier of the faithful, Rm 3.26; that God gives his fullness, in Christ, to all who seek him, Eph 3.19; that God loves and empowers and dwells with those who love him, Jn 14.23.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:20 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply

        Fair enough, but I think you’re answering the question in the sense that I was looking for.

        For instance, were it not for your knowledge of God you would not know the true essence/reality of love (1 John 4:8).

        When it comes to the question, it matters not when you came to know him (although I completely understand what you’re saying), but rather what you know because you know God, and what would be missing were it not for that knowledge.

        Thanks for sharing those verses.

        Have a blessed night.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:16 am on 2016-03-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick Bible Reflection 

    For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)

    As Christians, are we busy saying “woe is me” or are we busy saying “whoa is me” when it comes to serving God, his son, his gospel and his church?

     
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