November–another great month to remember and acknowledge God for all that He is!
As the holiday fast approaches, now is an appropriate time to reflect on God, just as the pilgrims reflected on Him when they celebrated their first Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect time to be thankful for the promises God made to us, to be thankful for His protection, to be thankful for the gift of Jesus.
Let’s acknowledge we believe God is the good supplier of all our needs!
1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God isn’t big because He takes up more space than us. God is big because He is more than us. And when we read His word we become blessed with knowledge of His vastness. A vastness so deep and so wide, many writers of the Bible–including prophets, king David, and Moses–have written about God yet I believe they really can’t explain it to us in human terms.
God is so much more than can be explained or understood. Creation, humankind, sin, mercy, and grace are just a few of His immeasurable traits. God is involved in every aspect of life, even in the lives of those who chose not to believe–because God is life!
And not only does God create life, God holds all things together.
Hebrews 1:3a The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
The Bible is one book made from 66 smaller books. It is divided into two sections: the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament, originally written in Hebrew before Jesus was born, contains 39 books. The New Testament, written in Greek with some portions believed to have been in Aramaic, was written after Jesus’ death. Forty years passed between Jesus’ death and the first gospel writing. Twenty books are in the New testament.
The entire Bible is written by approximately forty different authors. These people include prophets, a scribe, a cupbearer, a shepherd, a tax collector, a physician, fishermen, farmers, priests, philosophers, and kings, just to name a few!
It’s amazing, as it always is with God, how He brought together and inspired a chosen few to write and share His history and, as Revelation reveals, what is to come!
One of Jesus’ closest apostles was John. He was the son of Zebedee and his brother, James, also a member of Jesus’ Twelve. And because John believed, having spent time with Jesus, witnessed His miracles, absorbed His teachings, broke bread with Him, and was filled with the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension, John was zealous to proclaim the truth. And what is the truth?
God came to us in the flesh through Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Like every beautiful flower, God created woman to be special. Formed with certain characteristics no man can possess, God gave women prominent roles in history to spread His kingdom on earth. Though all women are not wives, God created the first woman, Eve, to be a wife in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. And in Revelation, the last book of the Bible, God metaphorically applies “wife” to humanity as His way of describing our final, intimate union with His Son. God considers the role of woman as wife to be sacred.
Those inspirational roles (whether as wives or unmarried) that women play in the Bible should be accepted as truth–God does place women in positions to accomplish His will. He did not us create to stay back in the shadows.
God has a perfect plan for every woman—from Mary, who He selected as a young teen to birth our savior, to Sarah, a wife who God selected at age 90 to birth Isaac.
Women, if we accept God’s will—then expect to receive His blessings!
The surest way to turn a good day bad, for yourself and for others, is to spew negative words. In truth, if we often speak negativity, it turns into our norm. I know someone in particular whose conversation overflows with negativity. When I know I’ll be around that person, I approach the event mentally prepared.
Negative words and thoughts are not worthless, they do carry power. They trigger bleak emotion, aggressive action, cause pain, and forbid joy to evolve within you. Negativity does not nurture joy.
Matthew 15:10-11 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
How fantastic is this?
The event, started by Focus on the Family in 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015 and 356,000 in 2016. In 2017 almost 500,000 students participated and 2018 surpassed even that!
Bring Your Bible To School Day started as a response to America’s schools continuing efforts to forbid the meetings of Christian groups, reading Bibles, saying prayers, kneeling for God at football games, and even acknowledging Jesus in the classroom.
On October 3, Bring Your Bible To School Day is an event—a social activity—that all Christian students may openly partake in.
Society spends boundless time, energy, and money trying to find “the answer” to living the ever unattainable utopian lifestyle. Social Media, television, and those magazines at the grocery store check-out line all try to suggest what will make our lives complete. Their suggestions usually include:
- Eating healthy foods
- Organizational and time saving tips
- Books on mental health
- Balance family and work
- _________________ (You fill in the blank.)
In truth we need only turn to the One source who created us. Jesus—the source of all we need!
Folks, the time is here. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Don’t think courts have your back when it comes to protecting freedom to publicly pray. The state of Washington certainly is not protecting high school football coach Joe Kennedy for his action of prayer on the playing field. If anything, the system is all about stripping him of his freedom to pray,—and you may be next!
In a years long ordeal Coach Kennedy, a man with twenty years of military service to our country, has been fighting to preserve his first Amendment right to pray at work.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
It’s human nature, time and again, 24-7, mankind sins. We can’t help ourselves. We sin in thought, word and deed. Yes, there are millions and millions of folks who have pleasant thoughts, speak kindly to others, and always offer assistance above and beyond—but they are still sinners.
And since all sin and fall short of God’s glory, man needs a way to make ourselves right with God. We need atonement to free us from sin. And that atonement comes to us in the form of our savior, Jesus Christ!
Revelation 1:5 …and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
Praise God, our savior forgives sin!