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Give Thanks

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Sadly, in this day that we live in, very few people are thankful for anything which has, unfortunately, has crept into our churches and in the hearts and lives of those who claim to be saved by the grace of God! However, a careful study of the Word of God will show the honest believer that we’re to live a life of thankfulness.  In fact, we’re commanded to be thankful.  It also should be noted that nowhere in the Bible are we to wait until conditions are ideal before we’re to give thanks. Proof of this is found in 1 Thess. 5:18. Consider three things that Paul mentions in this verse:

1) The conditions to give thanks: “In everything” Notice he didn’t say “for everything” but “In everything”. All of us have suffered have suffered tragedy and/or personal loss and it has brought sorrow and heartbreak but we shouldn’t let that dictate whether or not to give thanks to our God.  There are going to come times in our lives where we’re not going to want to give thanks to God, and yet those times may be when we need to give Him thanks the most.

2) The command to give thanks: “give thanks” is not an option to the child of God. It is also not a suggestion or good advice. It is a command of God. Yes, our hearts may be heavy, but consider how God has been so good to us. Sometimes God allows us to go through things just to show how powerful and glorious He is. Paul had that experience in 2 Cor. 12:7-9 when he had a “thorn in the flesh”. He learned that when he was at his weakest, God’s power and strength was the more evident.

3) The compliance in giving thanks: “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” We all have heard how we need to find out the “will of God” for our lives. Well, there are some things that we don’t need to pray about as far as God’s will and this is one of them.  In fact, I’m of the persuasion that if we’re not willing to follow what God has already shown us, then there is no use in expecting God to reveal any more to us.  When we walk in disobedience to Him, then God cuts off communication with us until we repent and get right with Him.

In saying all this, I know that this is easier said than done, but there are some things that can be helpful in giving thanks.  One thing to help us to be thankful is to always keep in mind who God is. Consider Psalm 100 (I won’t write the verses here, I’ll let you look it up yourself).

In verse 3 we see the realization that we’re to have. He’s God, our Creator, our Lord, our King, and everything else that is too numerous to mentioned. In verse 4 we see the reverence we’re to give him. I find it amazing that very few people are willing to give God the glory, the adoration, and the praise that He so rightly deserves, and yet those people are usually the ones who are the biggest complainers! In verse 5 we see the revelation of His character. We see that He is good. It should be noted that His goodness is not based on our circumstances, but on His very nature. He is good and, therefore, He can do nothing bad. We also see His mercy.

Someone defined God’s mercy as God not giving us what we deserved. How many people can relate to this blessed truth that, had God given us what we should have got, we would be in Hell right now or, at the very least, have a ship wrecked life! We also see His truth. His truth will endure even with the passing of time and even if the forces of evil try to fight against it.

These alone are sufficient grounds to give God thanks but take into consideration what He has done in our lives. Consider the people that are in your life, both family and friends. Also consider the provisions that He gives, including the biggest provision of them all and that is salvation in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only that, but the food and the clothing that He’s provided, the roof that we have over our heads, and having a place to sleep.

These are just a very few things to give God thanks for. I’m sure that if you thought long and hard enough, you’d come up with even more things. Yes, things will come up that are less than pleasant but if we will keep in mind the promises that He’s made to us, and trust Him, we can have a spirit of thankfulness which will sustain us through our difficulties. So GIVE THANKS!



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Line In The Sand

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Jesus said in John 3:14, And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." Our Lord was pointing back to Numbers chapter 21 where Moses made serpent of brass and put it on a pole. The reason being, in verses 5-7, the children of Israel was complaining against God and Moses and, as a result, God sent "fiery" serpents and they started biting the people.

As a result, the people started dying so they cried to Moses, and acknowledged that they had sinned against the Lord, and they asked Moses to pray unto God to take away the serpents from them. However, God did not take away the serpents. Instead He instructed Moses to make a serpent and to set it on a pole. He then gave this promise that if a person had been bitten by a serpent, when he looked upon the serpent, he would live.

The brazen serpent thus became an instrument of healing but it also became a "line in the sand" in a matter of speaking. When a person was bitten, all they had to do was exercise faith in what God said and look upon the serpent on the pole and, as a result, he lived. It also served as a method to try those who refused to look. Those that were bitten, if they refused to look upon the serpent, they condemned themselves to a certain death.

The same holds true in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was no accident when the Lord Jesus used the illustration of Moses lifting up the serpent to show the seriousness of believing on Him. Jesus said after His statement about Moses in verse 15, "That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Jesus became the "line in the sand" to this sin cursed world.

Mankind has been "bitten" by sin and is dying and doomed to eternal death in Hell! However, just as God provided a way for the children of Israel to be cured of the serpent's venom and live, so God provided the way for all of mankind to be "cured" of sin's penalty and that is in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus didn't hang on a pole, but on a cross, and shed His blood and died as payment for our sins!

However, He didn't stay dead for, three days later, He arose from the grave victorious over death, Hell, and the grave! As a result, those who look to Him and receive Him as their personal Savior, they are delivered from eternal death and given eternal life! However, just as those who refused to look upon the serpent met a certain death, so those who refuse to look to the Lord Jesus and receive Him as their Savior, will meet a certain eternal death!

Jesus Christ is now the "line in the sand! Jesus Himself stated, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter affirmed this in Acts 4:12, "Neither is salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

So my friend, the line has been drawn and you now have a choice to make: Will you look to the Lord Jesus Christ and receive Him as your personal Savior and have eternal life, or will you refuse to believe on Him and reject Him and, as a result, suffer eternal death in a place called Hell? The line has been drawn, where will you stand?






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Springing Forward

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For the record, I don't like the constant switching from "Daylight Savings" time and back again. Call me grumpy but I wish that they would leave the time alone! 

I never could understand the rationale behind going to daylights savings time. It reminds me of a story that I heard of an Indian trying to understand it as well, making the observation that daylight savings time is like taking a blanket, cutting off the bottom part and sewing it to the top, and then stating that you've made the blanket longer! Yeah, I don't get the "logic" either.

However, there is one thing that I do like about "springing forward". The Apostle Paul writes in Phil. 3:13, "Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND AND REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE (emphasis mine)". 

Paul did not allow things in the past to hinder him but he reached "forth unto those things which are before". In other words, he "sprung forward". I don't think that it's a coincidence that, as far as resetting the clock, that we "spring forward" in the spring. Spring speaks of new beginnings, of newness, or fresh starts. "Fall Back" in resetting the clocks, happens near the winter time.

In winter, almost everything takes on the appearance of death. To "fall back" in the Christian life, is to dwell on past mistakes, past failures, and past sins. It could even speak of dwelling on past successes because, if we're not careful, past victories could cause us to become complacent. 

God recorded the past for us to learn from it (see 1 Cor. 10:6,11) but I don't find anywhere in scripture where God wants us to live in the past. However, sad as it might be, far too many people has let the past define them and, as a result, live in defeat!

I believe that some things that we've done in the past, we may have to bear the consequences of those things, but it doesn't have to define and hinder us. We have a God that can take any life and turn it into a beautiful song!

So, if you've confessed your sins to God, and repented of them, then put them behind you and don't "fall back"! Instead "spring forward" to the path of a new beginning with God, and walk the path that He has for you.

I probably never will like "springing forward" in relation to changing the clock. However, I love "springing forward" to new beginnings, and a fresh start with the Lord Jesus Christ! That "springing forward" I will always welcome!

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Hello everyone. My name is Charles Frank and every so often I will share some things that I feel would be beneficial. Those things include, but not limited to, the following:

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