Monday, November 22, 2010
**In This Issue**
What Does the Bible Say About...?
Welcome to the
Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory. RHG is a co-ministry
with Creation Science Ministries. Feel free to send this to your relatives
Christmas is rapidly approaching and retailers nationwide are
making every effort to entice receptive holiday shoppers with inviting displays
and clever sales gimmicks. Every year at this time our
mailbox is stuffed till overflowing with bulky catalogs and brightly colored
advertisements, not usually addressed to me personally.
Waiting in long lines and navigating through
congested herds of people has become a regular part of my life. If I did
not know better I might assume that
Thanksgiving was simply meant to mark the beginning of the holiday buying
season. Sometimes when I see the Christmas decorations
going up, I think that Thanksgiving is not far off.
Seriously, Thanksgiving is
traditionally a time spent gathered around the dinner table with family and
close friends. Although for those who come from
broken homes, who have lost loved ones, or who may be experiencing financial
hardships, it can be a very difficult time of year,
filled with loneliness, painful memories, and at times even hunger.
Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle
of the holiday season, it helps to be reminded of what divine intervention has
left behind. Thanksgiving Day was born out of
gratitude and praise. It was a day set apart to
acknowledge the many indications given to us by an
Almighty God from whom all our blessings flow. Thanksgiving
began as a holy day, and its origins are deeply rooted in faith.
Though some may try to deny, disparage, ignore, or erase it,
the religious and moral groundwork of our nation is both real and necessary.
For institutions of self-government to work,
there must be a moral foundation for integrity and for self-discipline.
Our founders understood this. John
Adams, the Second President of the United States, expressed this belief by
saying: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with
human passions unbridled by morality and religion...Our Constitution was made
only for a moral and religious people. It is
wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
It is a difficult thing to reflect
on the sacrifices and achievements of our nation's founders, of which we
are the benefactors. It is disturbing to
contrast their self-sacrifice and commitment with the self-interest and
preoccupations of our present day lifestyles.
We should all pause for a moment and reflect, lest we forget, that many men and women have
given their lives to create and preserve the republic that we so often take for
granted. The liberties we enjoy today are a
result of their sacrifice. Our rights, derived
from our Creator, are an expression of the care and
guardianship which God exercises over His children.
Indeed, we have much for which to
be thankful. God has blessed us with abundance
of every kind. Therefore it is important to
remember that to whom much is given, much will be required (Luke 12:48).
Even those among us who have very little have
more than most. The Apostle Paul once said,
"...I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content (Philippians
4:11)." In the same manner we are called to be thankful regardless of
This Thanksgiving take the time to acknowledge with gratitude
and praise the many favors that we
have received from Almighty God. Make
this week a time of reflection, repentance, and new beginnings.
Spend time in prayer and search out God's will
in the Scriptures. Encourage
one another. Share your blessings with those in
need. Reach out to those around you, at work, in church, and throughout your
neighborhood. Watch for those who may be lonely,
hurting, or searching for answers and take the opportunity to share God's love
May God continue to bless you and
your family this
Thanksgiving and throughout the
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having
printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to
send your question in an email to me at
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anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.
The question for this issue is,
This month I thought it would be good to see what the Bible, and
others, say about giving thanks.
"It is therefore recommended... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn Thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor..." - Samuel Adams, November 1, 1777
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me to walk upon my high places". - Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV ER
"The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free." Harry Moyle Tippett
"Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people. Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him, talk you of all His wondrous works. Glory you in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. Remember His marvelous works that He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth." 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 KJV ER
"Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves." Henry Ward Beecher
"It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High: To show forth Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2 KJV ER
"Measured by the standards of men of their time, [the Pilgrims] were the humble of the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came - rejected, despised - an insignificant band; in reality strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world was not worthy, destined to free mankind." Calvin Coolidge
"O praise the LORD, all you nations: praise Him, all you people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise you the LORD." Psalm 117 KJV ER
"The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart." Plutarch (Greek Historian)
"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know you that the LORD He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations." Psalm 100 KJV ER
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows of the Most High.
50:14 KJV ER
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