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)

#giving-thanks, #prayer, #quick-bible-reflection, #sayings, #thanksgiving

Grandmotherly saying: The True Royalty

In a world that seems to be bombarded with decadence and
degradation of values, I am reminded of the saying that my
grandmother used. I finally was able to trace it to another
grandmother:

There is nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.

… Alice Cary

(Prov 23:23) Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and
instruction and understanding.

If you want to start a restoration, seek truth above all else…

"Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day" by Glenn Hitchcock

#kindness, #quotes, #sayings, #truth

Three sayings of the condemned

I. In this life: “I don’t think,” or “I don’t believe.”

II. In the judgment: “I didn’t think.”

III. In eternal punishment: “I never thought.”

#condemned, #sayings, #sermon

Biblical, Not Biblical

Let us have some fun and list some wise sayings that people think are in the Bible, when they are not.

1. Cleanliness is next to godliness

2. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

3. God helps those who help themselves.

What can you add?

#proverbs, #sayings

Hard sayings

This “Nudge” has been the subject of several books. There are at least seven books available from an Internet bookseller that covers this topic. So, this is a good “Nudge,” and will produce a number of responses. (This was probably premeditated by the “Nudger.” However, we the “Nudged” will attempt to be moved.)

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus said three times in John 6:35, 48 and 51. That this was a hard saying is documented by the Master’s own disciples in John 6:60 and is one of the reasons why the Jews wanted to kill him.

Just behold the numbers who do not believe the saying this very day. The Muslims do not. Those who call themselves Jews do not. Atheists do not.

And when we talk about obeying Jesus’ commands, there are legions who think they are religious, but do not believe and obey. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” (Mark 16:16). If one does not obey Jesus’ commands, then one does not love Jesus, neither does one understand that he is the bread that came down from heaven (John 14:15; John 15:14).

If a person does not obey Christ, then they are members of the same crowd that walked away from Jesus on that day in John 6. They are not members of Christ.

#jesus-christ, #sayings