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Nov 19, 2018

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year. Do I enjoy all the good food, especially the desserts? Yes, I really do! I would also like to think I am blessed by focusing on the goodness of God.

In past years, when my mother and dad came to visit for Thanksgiving, I always asked Dad to share thoughts about the Lord. He loved to read from Psalm 100:4-5, "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."

What is thanksgiving to God? It is gratitude - a grateful language to God. It is an act of worship. Strong's concordance states that thanksgiving can be an extension of the hand in adoration. It can also be a choir of worshippers, a sacrifice of praise, or an offering. Join me as we give thanks. 

Nov 12, 2018

Our thoughts turn more to the word "thanksgiving" as we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving. Hopefully, we as Christians will see this day not just as a calendar event, but as another opportunity to saturate ourselves with praise and thanksgiving. As we habit ourselves in thanksgiving and prayer, we tend to become people who worship God from within.

RESULTS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING:

1.  Praise Opens the DOOR to Effective Prayer which Results in Deliverance. "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me" (Psalm 50:14,15).


2.  Blessing, Praising and Seeking the Lord Brings an End to Lack. "I will bless the Lord at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:  the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing" (Psalm 34:1-3,10).


3.  Praise to God Brings Increase - "Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him" (Psalm 67:5-7).


4.  Praise with a Pure Heart Brings God's Salvation - "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." In the Hebrew translation, the word "salvation" means:  liberty, deliverance, prosperity, safety (to be safe), to preserve, to get victory.

How can we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live a life of thanksgiving which causes us to flow in praise and thankfulness? In the Old Testament verses, the Hebrew translation for praise and thanksgiving is the same. The real meaning given by the Holy Spirit warms our hearts as we are given insight into the thoughts of God.

PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING MEANS TO:

**Declare openly-confess freely 

**An extension of the hand - to revere or worship with extended hands 

**An adoration (a choir of worshippers) 

**Make a confession 

**Give an offering

In the new Testament, Philippians 4:6 states we are to present our requests (prayers and supplications) to God with thanksgiving, then an amazing thing happens - the power of a thankful heart brings peace and guards our hearts and minds. 

I am reminded of my dad Rev. J.T. Campbell who pastored in many churches for over fifty years. When he and my mother came to our home for Thanksgiving dinner, he would always ask one of of the grandchildren to read Psalm 100 just before we enjoyed our meal.

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness:  come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God:  it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

Let me encourage you to be a humble person and to daily express your gratitude to the Lord for his faithfulness. May He bless you!
Nov 4, 2018

 ...I am the Lord who heals you. Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)

Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Psalm 103:3-4 (NKJV)

That your way may be known on earth, your saving health among all nations. Psalm 67:2 (AKJV)

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