God’s Mercies are New Every Day – Give Thanks…

Psalm 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.”

God’s Mercies are New Every Day – Give Thanks…..

Thanksgiving week is here and for the believer, this time of the year has special meaning. Our Lord said.

Psalm 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.”

This is one of the hallelujah Psalms that was a part of the Passover celebration. For Israel, this was thanksgiving for deliverance from Egypt and death at the first Passover. All believers are to be marked by a spirit of thankfulness, all the time, not just on Thanksgiving Day.

May I suggest that this Thanksgiving you ought to be thankful that we already have Thanksgiving!  Think of the difficulty we would most certainly face today in trying to start a day of national thanksgiving to God for His bountiful blessings like the Pilgrims did in 1621. It might be impossible! And surely would be a political war when you express Who you are giving thanks to.

The first thanksgiving feast was held in a public place and the A.C.L.U. and People for the American way, who consider themselves the self-proclaimed protectors from all things religious, would certainly object. The menu would even present greater conflicts, with so many turkeys, deer and other animals prepared for eating.

The original Thanksgiving holiday lasted three days. Given all these factors and most importantly given Who is our God and what He means to our lives, we ought to first be thankful for all the blessings from God and then be thankful that we have a day set aside in our nation for giving thanks. Based on current state of affairs if we tried to do it over again, we might not succeed.

I trust that your Thanksgiving Day will be a blessed time of reflecting again on the gracious goodness of God and for His mercies that are new every day.

Remember to stop before you dig into that meal and GIVE THANKS!!!!!

I Thes 5:16-18 “Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing, In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Give Thanks to God…Every Day…

Proverbs 3:21 “My son, let them not depart from your eyes- Keep sound wisdom and discretion.”

Give Thanks to God…Every Day…

“Shall I thank God at this Thanksgiving and all year long? Why was I born at this particular time in the history of the world? Why was I born in a spotless delivery room in an American hospital instead of a steaming shelter in the dank jungle of the Amazon or a mud hut in Africa? Why did

I have the privilege of going to school with capable instructors while millions around the world, without a school book, sit or squat on a dirt floor listening to a missionary?

“How does it happen that my children are tucked into warm beds at night with clean white sheets while millions of babies in the world will lie in cold rooms, many in their own filth and vomit? Why can I sit down to a warm meal whenever I want to and eat too much when millions will know all of their lives the gnawing pangs of hunger? Do I deserve to share in such wealth? Why me and not other millions?

Why was I born in a land I didn’t build, in a prosperity that I didn’t create and enjoy a freedom that I didn’t establish?

Why am I an American sitting comfortably in my own living room this Thanksgiving rather than an Indian squatting in the dark corner of some infested alley in Calcutta, shivering in the cold, or a Cambodian in the rubble of what used to be my home, or a terrified, running Nicaraguan in the jungle, or wondering if I will be alive for tomorrow in Afghanistan or Syria?

Do I deserve it? By what right do I have it?”

I Peter 2:3 “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

GIVE THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rev. 7:12 “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation…

I Thes 5:16-18 “Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing,
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation…

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation created a reference point for a country in the midst of civil war and urged citizens to pause and give thanks for its blessings. That proclamation continues to serve us well during times of uncertainty. It concludes like this:

“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of a Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascription’s justly due to Him for such singular deliverance’s and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony and tranquility and Union.”

Psalm 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good;
because His mercy endures forever.”

Who is the Author of the Bible…

Author of Scripture

Is the Gospel of John a book of John’s words and wisdom and is John the author? Is the book of Romans a book of Paul’s words and wisdom? The same question applies to the other books of scripture. The thoughts, words and wisdom in scripture are from whom is the question.

Are the scriptures actually the word, thoughts and philosophies of God and not the books of men? If they are the words of God and not men we then have the ONLY source of truth we will ever need to find truth!!  One of my bibles has the words that Jesus spoke outlined in red. There is a danger in thinking that only those words are God’s words. I remember a 6th grader saying to me during an AWANA night that those red letters means that God is speaking. God inspired and protects the words in black print also.

I don’t know about you but the scripture takes on a much more important place in my life when just Who is speaking to me is recognized as God!!!!!

II Tim 3:16,117 “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be made perfect
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

II Peter 3:18 “Knowing this first that no prophesy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophesy came not in old times by the will of men, but holy men of God spoke, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Isa 55:10,11 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth and make it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Who’s writings and counsel do you turn to?

Psalm 1:1-4 “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in the law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth it’s fruit in it’s season, and whatever he does shall prosper.”

While we are on the topic of scriptures Author and the importance it plays in our lives listen and heed the following.

Rev 22:18-20 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

What is your Focus in Life…

What is your Focus in Life!

So this morning you are focused on something for today and something for the future. What do you strive for? In the OT the following request by Solomon for how the future would play out pleased God. In the start of his life he had a focus that made eternal sense!!! Listen for what his desire was.

1 Kings 3:5-11 “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;”

The start was great but unfortunately Solomons’ focus changed as life progressed. He later in life began to strive for riches and allowed the temptations of the world to be his downfall. Sounds familiar does it not?  He left us with a valuable lesson to pay attention to. He had every spiritual and material blessing a believer would desire and need to be happy and content. He had everything the world could offer. More importantly he had God’s full support. His flesh gave into pride and the temptations of the world. Knowing that he had it all in the start and lost it we do well to listen to his last words of advise……………..so that we do not make the same sinful mistakes!

Eccles. 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.

Buying a Computer…..

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken
spirit drieth the bones.”

Hey Abbott!

Many or maybe even most of you are not old enough to have watched Bud Abbott’s and Lou Costello’s famous sketch, “Who’s on first” having to do with baseball? Even not having heard that comedy sequence you will enjoy the following. And if you enjoy it you will enjoy Bud and Lou’s even more if you get the opportunity to hear it. It is available on the Internet. It is good at times just to start the day with a good laugh………

COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

Phone Rings;
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking
about buying a computer.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business.
What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m
sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue “W.”
COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue “w” if you don’t start with some
straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?
ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of
your business. Just tell me what I need!
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it’s a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3 and 4.
Can I watch them?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I’m at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I
do?
ABBOTT: You click the blue “1.”
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue “1.”
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?
ABBOTT: The blue “1” is Real One and the blue “W” is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in “office for windows!”
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it’s the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?
ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren’t many other Words left. It
pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.
COSTELLO: And that word is real one?
ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn’t even part
of Office.
COSTELLO: STOP! Don’t start that again. What about financial
bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

[A few days later]

ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on “START.”

Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by
sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

We will all have a Resurrected Body reunited with our Souls…..

Resurrection Body to be Reunited with the Soul

When you die where does your body go and does it stay there for eternity? What a question and one that has many views but only one that counts. Some people believe that once you die physically your body is in the grave and that is all that there is. Fortunately that is not what God says and the God who created us is the only one who holds the truth for all questions like this one.

Did you know that your body will be resurrected and reunited with your soul according to the Bible? And yes that is regardless of whatever state your body is in at that time. The same God who formed you from the dust of the ground can place you back together to stand before Him on judgement day.

If you believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit then you also believe that God recorded all truth for us in the Bible and it does not change from generation to generation (Mal 3:6).

There are two groups of people when it comes to the resurrection of the body reuniting with the soul. The two groups are first those called ‘born again’ believers who have placed their faith in God and His Son Jesus sacrifice as their judgement for sins. Then there are those who are unbelievers who place their faith in their own personal merits, church affiliation, family heritage or anything other than or in addition to Jesus to determine their eternal destiny.

Do not be concerned about how can our decomposed or destroyed bodies be once again made whole and put back together with our souls. The God who created us is more than able to. The issue at hand is when you are resurrected for what purpose will it be and where will you spend eternity. The believer’s destiny is to spend eternity with God. The unbeliever’s purpose of resurrection is to stand at the Great White Throne Judgement and give account of what they were depending on to wash away their sins. They choose self, their church denomination, their good works or even Jesus plus works which in the Bible is called ‘Another Jesus’. (Revelation 20) as their eternal destiny.

In scripture which is the one source of truth that never changes (Mal 3:6), there are multiple resurrections noted for the believer but only one for the unbeliever. The question this morning to ask yourself is; ‘which one will I be at?’

The resurrections for the believer or ‘born again’ CHRISTians are;

  • Mat 27:51-53 Many OT believers or saints as the Bible calls them are raised to life when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The dead  come out of the tombs or graves after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city Jerusalem and appeared too many people. Note that in the Bible a saint is anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus as their Savior which is different than how our world would define a saint. The difference shows the enemy satan at work trying to change God’s truths. For never changing truths check out II Tim 3:16,17, II Peter 1:20,21 and Mat 5:18.
  • I Thes 4:16-18 Many believe this is a description of when Jesus raptures or takes His church out of this world just before the start of the 7 years of tribulation our world will go through. The Church of the Bible are the people and no one particular denomination. Scripture does not mention the name of any denomination that we have in our world today. The enemy at work once again trying to distort and change God’s truths.
    • The resurrection of the dead noted here are those ‘born again’ saints or believers who have trusted Christ down through the ages and have passed away. While their souls are in heaven their bodies await this reuniting with their bodies. The reuniting does not take place so they can stand at a judgement seat for their sins. Jesus did that and His blood washes our sins away (Acts 16:31, Rom 10:13, Titus 3:5, Rom 8:1). HALLELUJAH.
  • Revelation 20:4-6 There is a 7 year period of tribulation that is to come on our world giving mankind one last chance to trust in Jesus. During those years the judgement the world brings on itself by denying Jesus destroys most of our world as we know it and most of the people die during those years without trusting Jesus. Immediately following that period of 7 years is a 1000 year period of time where Jesus rules our world called the Millennium.
    • During the Millennium those ‘born again’ believers that were martyred during the Tribulation period will be resurrected to rule with Jesus for those 1000 years.

The Resurrection of all unbelievers who have passed away without having trusted in God will occur at;

    • Revelation 20:11-15 The body in whatever condition it is in will once again be made whole and reunited with the soul that has waited in Hades after their physical death for those not trusting in Christ and awaiting judgment for their sins. Unbelievers choose to base their salvation on something or someone other than Jesus and this is their chance to plead their case.
    • Sadly listen to an example of them pleading their case for eternal life with God and His response.

 

  •  Mat 7:20-23 “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
  • Rev 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

 

The big question for this morning is to what Resurrection will you be at? For more on that visit the Bible where God speaks directly to us if we desire to know what must be done to be saved from the Great White Throne Judgement.  (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8,9 and Romans 10:13)