By-the-Way, Give Thanks

Psalm 136:1

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

I'm afraid Christians oftentimes are forgetful to give thanks to God for all that He has done. God's goodness and mercy is exhibited to us in so many ways that we frequently forget to thank Him. Most of the time, our thankfulness to God is a "by-the-way" moment. Instead of immediately showing our gratitude to God, after basking in the moment of His goodness and mercy we remember to thank Him when thankfulness should have been our first reaction. We have to be careful that we don't become so accustomed to God's goodness and mercy that thankfulness is only a "by-the-way" moment.

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Keeping a Passionate Prayer Life

Hebrews 10:19

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,"

Staying passionate about something that you can do everyday or some place you regularly visit is no easy task. I was preaching in the Washington, D.C. area and the pastor asked me and another preacher if we wanted to go and see some of the sights of the city. I rarely do this, but I wanted to this time because of the meaning of many of those sights. As this pastor drove us around, we were discussing the meaning of each sight he was taking us to when he said that it is difficult to keep the passion about them because he grew up around the city. This is certainly no indictment of the pastor, but it is the reality of human patterns.

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He is a Qualified Technician

Hebrews 2:18

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."

When you need someone to work on something that is broken, you want a qualified technician who knows what they are doing. When I go to get my car worked on, I look for the badge on the mechanic's uniform that shows they are a qualified technician. Why do we look for someone who is a qualified technician? Because we want someone who has been trained to deal with our problems because they will know best how to fix and repair what is wrong.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 12/7/14  Matt 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. The two commandments, love God and love your neighbor, are the essence of all the “rules and standards” that you complain and balk about. Maybe it’s not a “rules thing” that’s your problem, but a “love thing.”           Ps 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous1To fully see and appreciate the light, we must be in darkness.  2Jesus, the Bible, and believers are lights of the world...look to them and for them in your darkness.  3Be upright in dark and scary times...and,  4if there is no force trying to push you over, is there any merit to being UP-RIGHT?

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The Value of Work

2 Thessalonians 3:10

"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."

One of the things that contributes to the destruction of a society is when people loathe work. One of the first things God commanded Adam to do in the Garden of Eden was to work. When you study the Scriptures, you will find that the first thing we see God doing is working. When a society or a person avoids work, then they are avoiding one of the first principles that God set up.

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Developing a Likeminded Team

Philippians 2:20-21

"For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's."

Superstars don't win championships, but teams do. Developing a team mentality is important to any organization being successful. With a likeminded team, you will find division and an unhealthy competition between team members will be absent. It is vitally important to develop a likeminded team if you are going to be successful in whatever you do.

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You are Destined

Ephesians 1:5

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"

Predestination often scares many people, but when you look at what it is, there is nothing to avoid. When God talks about us be "predestinated," He is talking about a plan that He has for everyone who would ever be created. In reality, you could say that everyone was chosen, because God had a plan before they were ever born. Before there was a world, God planned three things for every person. It is their choice whether or not to accept their destiny, but if they accept it they will find a great result. Let me show you the three areas where God has a plan for everyone.

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Running with the Crowd

Galatians 2:12

"For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision."

Being accepted by the crowd is a desire from childhood. Clothing and hair styles become popular because people have a desire to be accepted by the popular crowd. It doesn't matter the age of an individual because people from all ages will oftentimes do whatever it takes to be accepted by the crowd.

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