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Is This What Church Is All About?

Too bad.  Too sad.  Too true. 

A tip of the hat to Lynn at World.

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When You Are Satisfied

PraiseOther than at a meal with family or friends, when was the last time you thanked God for His many blessings? When I first became a Christian, I remember having difficulty giving thanks even at family meals because I was self-conscious and afraid that I might say the wrong thing. Are you timid in expressing your thanks to other people when they bless you? Often, when we were children, we took the blessings and good things provided by our parents for granted. I know that I must have disappointed my parents often with an immature sense of entitlement. This, however, is not to be the pattern of our relationship with God.

Moses reminds us in Deuteronomy, “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God…Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied… your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God. . . .” (8:10-14) But what about when your life is not going so well? Suppose you lose everything, would that make a difference in your attitude of gratitude? Could you say with Job, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”? (1:21)

I think most of us can gives thanks to a giving God, but it is more difficult to give thanks when God takes away. Is God as good when He takes as when He gives? Suppose the only blessing God gives you is His grace and effectual calling into the kingdom of Christ; is this not enough cause to give Him thanks throughout eternity?

You should constantly be in thanks for your salvation. What greater blessing is there to receive? If you can think of something else, you have made a treasure of that which is no treasure and a god of that which is not God. Celebrate your calling and election knowing that you are not an accident but a chosen child of the living God.

A lack of thankfulness to God is a sure sign of rebellion in one’s heart. Let us remember to begin each day with the attitude of the psalmist who wrote, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (100:4-5)

 

 

 

Hate Crime Laws Result In The Oppression Of Christianity

persecutionWorldNetDaily reports in an article by Bob Unruh, that the Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry shut down that teaches the differences between Christianity and cults.  Canada’s version of a “hate crimes” law has closed the ministry after nearly 30 years.

MacGregor Ministries is suffering under Canada’s very strong hate crimes laws.  These are being used to prevent ministries from pointing out the differences between Christianity and various other religions.  Canada does not want individuals, ministries, or churches saying that one faith is better than another.  Canadians have, essentially, lost their freedom of religion and Christians in Canada may not try to persuade their “New Age” neighbors that Christ is the answer.

The ministry plans to relocate to the United States.  I pray that we will be vigilant in preventing the passage of “hate-crime” laws which are really “thought-crime” laws in our own country.

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