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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, November 22, 2010

**In This Issue**

  1. Our Thanksgiving Thought
  2. 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 and friends.

Our Thanksgiving Thought

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 our circumstances.

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 with them.

May God continue to bless you and your family this

Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.



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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  Of course, you may call me 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



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Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows of the Most High.

Psalm 50:14  KJV ER

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