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)

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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

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

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