GIVING THANKS

Three days ago the nation paused to give thanks. This has been a national tradition since 1789 when then-President George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be held. Some of Washington’s remarks follow.

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection…also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually… and to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”

Though our nation has forsaken the Christian spirit exemplified in Washington’s sentiments, each of us, individually, should give thanks to God every day and live in such a way that we will continue to be blessed and eventually receive the greatest blessing of all: an eternal home with Him in heaven.

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 106:1

Post-Election Thoughts of Encouragement

Now that the election is over, we can predict and guarantee the following results:

God will still be on his throne.

Jesus will still be King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Bible will still have all the answers to every problem.

The tomb will still be empty.

Jesus will still be the only way to heaven.

Prayer will still work – it will still make a difference and God will still answer prayer.

The cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.

There will still be room at the cross.

Jesus will still save anyone who places their faith and trust in Him.

God will still be with us always – He will never leave us or forsake us.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF

Hurricane Sandy has devastated many of our fellow citizens in the states of New York and New Jersey. The death toll has exceeded 100. Some damage estimates reach $20 billion. These statistics illustrate the overall picture of the dire personal distress and suffering of so many individuals. We wish to help those in need.

The physical needs of these victims are enormous, but many may be in spiritual need as well. With that thought in mind, our financial aid will be handled and distributed by the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., located in Nashville, Tennessee.  Members of the Lord’s church manage and run this organization and do their work in the name of the church. Disaster Relief works only through the local churches of Christ in the communities where the hurricane hit. Supplies are distributed by these local congregations “in the name of the Lord” to those affected by the disaster. If you wish to contribute, please give gift to Phil Forrest.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16