Tennessee Bible College would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! Today we are sharing a special devotional article reflecting on the words of the apostle Paul about thanksgiving. Paul wrote to the Philippians in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Paul also wrote, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thess. 5:18).
In Jeremiah Chapter 6, verse 16, the great Prophet, Jeremiah, is inspired by God to pen these words, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” It is interesting that the prophets of old, who we look to for examples, often begin what they say with, “Thus saith the Lord.” This is important. Why is it important? It is important, because God’s Word is what saves.
I was looking at a display in a Civil War Museum when I noticed an old letter. A Confederate soldier wrote the letter to his wife in August 1864. He mentioned some interesting things about the war and the times, but what really impressed me was how he closed the letter. I expected to see “Affectionately yours” or “With love” just before his signature. These words are meaningful and they would certainly have been appropriate. But this soldier looked at his marriage in a way that is rare today. He closed the letter with these words: “Your husband until death.” These were not empty words.
If there is a picture in the Bible that captures the scene today, it is the image of a stormy sea. The winds of change are blowing in every direction. Governments are colliding like waves crashing against one another. The noise of unrest in our land is like the deafening roar of the ocean.
“Murder” is defined by Webster’s dictionary as ‘the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought.’ When the Law of Moses commanded, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13) this kind of murder (murder in the first degree) was under consideration.
We tend to have a very narrow view of the world. We focus on ourselves, our family, our area, our job, our acquaintances and our circumstances first. This is natural and even necessary. We have obligations that come first (I Tim. 5:8; Gal. 6:10). But we need to think of people and places outside our own situation. Most news, especially the mainstream media, is very shortsighted.
Interest in events that will occur at the end of time have always held the attention of religious people. This interest has spawned a variety of fanciful theories about what will happen at the end of time.
Abraham Lincoln told one of his generals that if you’ve got an elephant by the tail and he’s determined to run, it’s best to let him go. Losing is sometimes inevitable.
It has been said by many over the years “Parenting is on-the-job training.” I believe this is true to a great extent. I also believe it is a true observation related to marriage and the family in general.
In the formative years of our republic delegates debated the issue of qualifications of public officials. As this question was being discussed in one such meeting a wise man called attention to a passage in the Bible. His name was Benjamin Franklin, and the verse he cited was Exodus 18:21….
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