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11-20-2017         Thanksgiving Without God?

It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank!  The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV)(1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so:  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV)(2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV)(3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#god, #pure-conscience, #thanksgiving

Hugh’s News & Views (Skipping Thanksgiving)

SKIPPING THANKSGIVING

Christmas decorations began to make their appearance in some large chain stores soon after Labor Day, and in some places sooner. Halloween decorations and “Trick or Treat” candy likewise made an early appearance. But what has become of Thanksgiving? Continue reading

#gratitude, #hughfulford, #thanksgiving

Thank God!

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted” Romans 6:17.

“Thank, God!” we exclaim when even trivial things go our way, but few think about how we are acknowledging God’s intimate attention to the details of our lives and how we’re going to the Creator in prayer with thanksgiving.

Even atheists call the holiday we celebrate at this time of year by its name but don’t really think about to Whom we are giving thanks. Giving thanks has become so flippant that our eyes graze over the hundreds of times in Scripture God is thanked.

Like the nine lepers who did not return to give thanks, we are great at asking God to do stuff for us or give us stuff but don’t take the time to let thanksgiving be part of our prayers.

Do we have reason to thank Him? Over and over again. Just the verse above alone is reason to run back to Jesus, fall down before Him, and give Him thanks. We used to be slaves to sin, but He entrusted us with a form of teaching that we could wholeheartedly obey. We spiritual lepers, healed of our affliction, have a lot to be thankful to God for.

Do you truly give thanks to God?

Doug Kashorek

#dougkashorek #Thanksgiving #devotional

The one verse that shows the difference between the world’s and the Christian’s reason for thanksgiving

There may be a lot of people this coming Thanksgiving day who aren’t Christians that will be sitting down to a “bigger turkey” than what’s on any of our tables, but there are some blessings in life that only a Christian can be thankful for, and there’s one verse that proves it: Continue reading

#blessings, #in-christ, #thanksgiving

Beat the holiday rush with this list

Do yourself a favor and start getting ready today to beat the coming holiday rush with this list!

But slow down with the mad-dash for the pen and paper because I’m not talking about beating the rush for the holiday you may think I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the holiday that is supposed cause us to list the things that we are grateful for already having instead of the holiday that causes us to make a list of things that we or others want more than need. I’m talking about Thanksgiving.

Here’s a list of examples of some things that could help you beat this year’s rush by creating a grateful mindset today: Continue reading

#mindset, #thanksgiving

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

Random thoughts…otherwise known as corollaries to one guy I know

Here’s some random thoughts…or maybe corollaries. I don’t know – you decide.

A few days ago I decided to sit down with my four-year-old daughter and show her some Three Stooges videos. She’s a fan now. The first thing out of her mouth was, “Why isn’t there any color?” The last thing was, “I want to watch the 3 Stewards again.” I can think of a Bible lesson about 3 stewards where one acted like a stooge. Can you? Here’s a hint (Matthew 25:14-30).

Speaking of stooges, have you ever wondered what a real life “high place” would look like today? Read this and you’ll see.

Since “politics” is now on the table, I heard that the court-system has decided that North Carolina’s bathroom-bill is unlawful because it “violates” the civil-rights act. Talk about a civil-wrong! So members of the opposite sex now have a “civil-right” to use the bathroom of their choice? How can we boycott the courts along with Target? And don’t forget to pray.

Speaking of prayer, when’s the last time you thanked God for answering your prayers? If you pay attention to most prayers in the Bible you’ll see that thanksgiving was as much a part of the prayer as asking for reasons to give thanks. I know it’s not November, but thanksgiving is never a bad attitude to have.

Things that seem out of season aren’t always so bad. There are a lot more than 4 seasons out there! So enjoy the blessings of life in the middle of the burdens, and use the yoke of Jesus to carry the burdens in the middle of good times. Sow for a spiritual harvest and look for low hanging fruit at the same time.

Well, I don’t know if my list is technically a corollary line-up, but I don’t think they’re hardly as random as I sometimes think they are.

#corollaries, #morality, #random-thoughts, #thanksgiving

Influence of the world

A gospel preacher posted the following to a discussion group. We’ve left off names.

Each November, our congregation puts up a “thankful tree” on a wall. Over the course of several weeks members are invited to write on a paper leaf something or someone they are thankful for. They don’t have to sign their leaves.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we have a devotional rather than regularly scheduled Bible classes.

We sing various hymns and chorus of praise and thanksgiving. We pray. We have a congregational reading of Psalm 107 interspersed between the songs. And we have our elders read from the leaves at four different points in the devotional.

This year, one leaf I did not have read aloud made the following comment: Continue reading

#focusfschallenge, #influence, #thanksgiving, #world

Bootstraps don’t belong at the Thanksgiving table

We may have pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps in many ways in our life, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, not only do the boots have no place on the table, neither do the bootstraps!

Thanksgiving is about what God has given to us – not what we have earned our self. Else it would be Thanks-taking, and not Thanks-giving.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

#mindset, #thanksgiving, #thanksliving

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11-26-2015 Thanksgiving Is A Mouthful

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV). Surely we can see that filthy, smutty, dirty language that spews from a person’s heart cannot be canceled out by an hour or a day of “thanksgiving.” Jesus made this very clear when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). “Thanksgiving” should not be confined to a day, but to a way of life, and a change of heart. David said: “I will wash my hands in innocence…That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:6-7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#filthly-language, #heart, #thanksgiving, #way-of-life

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11-25-2015 Thanksgiving Without God?

It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank! The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV). (1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV). (2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV). (3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#god, #prayer, #pure-conscience, #thanksgiving

This one is for you

Please see on the GoSpeak site our holiday prayer for all our friends, fellow saints, and coworkers in this great effort.

We’re grateful to the TFR Fellows for their wonderful contributions to the knowledge of God.

GoSpeak is the ministry arm and bigger umbrella for all the Forthright efforts.

#holidays, #joy, #prayer, #thanksgiving

Keep it Going!

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” (Psalm 106:1). Thursday, perhaps all of last week, we were conscious of our blessings and expressed our thankfulness to God. We used our national day of “Thanksgiving” to remind ourselves of the fact that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). On “Turkey Day” most of us gathered with our family, ate a delicious meal, reminisced and, perhaps, watched a football game. Most importantly, we gave thanks to the Lord “for He is good.”

Keep it going! Keep your heart in tune to the manifold blessings of God! Express your thanksgiving! Live a life of thanksgiving! Every day is “Thanksgiving Day” for the Christian. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

We may struggle with the idea of giving thanks “in everything.” Sometimes our circumstances do not lend themselves to being thankful – there are dark clouds. I am reminded of the story of Matthew Henry, the respected Bible commentator. When robbed of his purse, Mr. Henry expressed thanksgiving! He wrote, “Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” Thanksgiving is always a matter of perspective. Even in the storms of life we can thank God for the cool breeze. We can always find something (many things) to be thankful for. Have a blessed day…and be thankful!

Dwight Fuqua – via Focus on Findlay (Findlay church of Christ – Sparta, TN)

#gratitude, #thanksgiving, #thanksliving

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us!” – Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1863

To read more on this topic, especially in light of our current political situation, you can follow this link and this link to the official site.

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#abraham-lincoln, #god, #politics, #thanksgiving

EDIFIER

THE EDIFIER

1 COR. 14:26

“LET ALL THINGS BE DONE UNTO EDIFYING”

An E-Letter from Ted & Barbara Knight to our Romanian Family

Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends,

Today in America we are observing what our forefathers designated as a ‘Day of Thanksgiving.’ It is one of our favorite days of the year. School is dismissed, many people are not required to work, and families gather for a time of great food, fellowship, and pleasant memories. I am sorry that in the last few years more emphasis is placed upon shopping, which requires that all the stores are open, and other activities and it seems to me that the focus on ‘Thanksgiving’ is somewhat diminished. But, that is a choice that everyone makes for themselves.

Very early this morning My Lady and I lay in our bed and we began counting our blessings. It seems that the list would be endless and it really is, when you began to put those blessings into words to yourself and someone else, it really makes them come alive. We want you to know something; “Very close to the top of those blessings that we thank God for is our family of Christians and friends in Romania.” In 2014 we will begin our 20th year of work and association with the people of Romania. You will never know what an impact you have made on our lives. There are some people who go into another country and they come home and forget who they met and some of what they did. That is not true of us. We remember the first baptism of Horia and the second one was Ramona Manescu, followed by many others. We remember bible studies and many of you translating for us, the bus rides between Pitesti and Craiova, and the wonderful times of fellowship when our work was done at days end. We could write many pages from the memories that we have of all of you and the love that we have for you. So, on this Day of Thankgiving, please be assured that you are a vital part of our prayer of thanks to God and we pray that many more years of memories will be made.

We pray that God will bless you and keep you lovingly in His arms.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

#fellowship, #missions, #thanksgiving