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Thanksgiving, for the Christ-follower, is not an Option!

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Well, tomorrow is Turkey day, also known as Thanksgiving here in the States. Yesterday I wrote about something not to be thankful for.

Today, I thought I would keep the spirit of this season and look at the fact that as believers in Christ, we should be thankful and what effect our thanksgiving will have upon us and those around us. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, A Cautionary Tale on Wrong-headed Thanksgiving

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We all know (here in the States) this week is the week we celebrate Thanksgiving. On Thursday, only two days away now, people all over America will be sitting down to eat a feast of Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Some will think back to the first one, seeing Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting around a table together eating maze and enjoying a merry old time together. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Quotable Quotations: “You Made Us for Yourself . . .”

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Today, I wish to share an oft-quoted quotation from St. Augustine that needs quoting again.

“Can any praise be worthy of the Lord’s majesty? How magnificent his strength! How inscrutable his wisdom!” Man is one of your creatures, Lord, and his instinct is to praise you. He bears about him the mark of death, the sign of his own sin, to remind him that you “thwart the proud”. But still, since he is a part of your creation, he wishes to praise you. The thought of you stirs him so deeply that he cannot be content unless he praises you, because you made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you. (Augustine, Confessions, Bk. 1:1)

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Quotable Quotations

 

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Synonyms and the Language of God

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I’m sitting at my desk, putting some finishing touches on my Sunday school lesson for tomorrow. I am currently teaching a church history class on Sunday mornings during Sunday school. We will begin looking at St. Augustine tomorrow, which should be an interesting study!

(My desk is in the garage with a couple of bookshelves around me. I basically made a corner of the garage an office space.)

As I am finishing up some research and my PowerPoint slides, my two-year old came over to me. She wanted to sit in my lap and help me type, I have learned through trial and error this is not a good idea! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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“Hello, how are you?” “It depends, are you really asking?!”

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I just found out that today,among other things, is World Hello Day. I confess I had never heard of such a “holiday” before. Have you? In case you are as clueless as I was, let me help you out with some interesting tid-bits about World Hello Day.

This is the 42nd year of celebrating World Hello Day. It was started in 1973. It was started in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel. The whole point of World Hello Day is to foster peace and amicability between people all around the world. In order to participate in the observance of Hello day, you must greet ten people. I suppose it helps to greet them in a cordial way. A gruff, hum-bug greeting probably violates the spirit of the day! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Climbing to the Moon on a Rope of Sand!

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I recently ran across two quotations that spoke to me. Actually, one of them I had highlighted in a book back in seminary; so, it was not new to me, only forgotten for a few years. One was from George Whitefield and the other from John Wesley.

These two men were associates. They lived in the 18th century and were a part of the spiritual awakenings taking place during that century. Their relationship was an interesting one. It is not my intention here to delve into the details of it all, but I do think we could learn a good deal from these two godly men. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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It’s Cooooooold Out There!

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In one of my favorite movies (a movie my wife just does not understand the appeal), Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, the lead character, a weatherman named Phil Connors, lives the same day over and over and over.

He is on assignment in Punxsutawney, PA covering Groundhog Day. He, along with many others, are there to see if the star of the town, Punxsutawney Phil, will see his shadow or not. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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