Dad, should Christians celebrate Christmas?

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IMG_5001.PNGIt’s coming to that time of the year and Christmas is in the air as they say. From movies to merchandising ads every one seems to have the same Christmas thought. Or do they? Say, your little ankle biters walk over to you and this year tell you they are not going to celebrate Christmas. What will you tell them are your reasons for celebrating or not? Here is a good link with resourceful answers…

The debate [reports Got Questions] about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has been raging for centuries. There are equally sincere and committed Christians on both sides of the issue, each with multiple reasons why or why not Christmas should be celebrated in Christian homes. But what does the Bible say? Does the Bible give clear direction as to whether Christmas is a holiday to be celebrated by Christians?

First, let’s look at…

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Thanksgiving Lessons and Devotionals From SIH Ministries…

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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For other Bible Lessons on Thanksgiving please click on link:

A Christian’s Thanksgiving Day

Therefore, O God, We Thank Thee

Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So

The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving  *NEW FOR 2014*

For the 30 part series of Thanksgiving devotionals please click on link:

A Month of Thankfulness” 30 Part Devotional Series

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“The Three Great Benefits Of Thanksgiving”

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SIH STSTA ICON(Thanksgiving Devotional 2014)

This Psalm, which is attributed to King David is a Psalm that was written during times of great affliction (Vs 1-12).  In this Psalm, we find David explains his situation to God (Vs 13-21) and then, asks for His intervention in the situation (Vs 22-29).

Then, in an act of faith, he begins thanking the Lord for His future intervention in the situation (Vs 30-36).  What great faith… To honor and give thanks to the Lord before He worked!

This Psalm gives us a wonderful example to follow during times of heartache in our lives.

However, we will not be looking at this entire Psalm in detail for this lesson.  Instead, the intent of this lesson is to look more closely at David’s time of faith in and thanksgiving to the Lord and the benefits accrued from it.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psa 69:30-32 KJV

(30)  I will praise…

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A Divine Song in the Melody of Thanksgiving

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“God, my Maker, who giveth songs in the night.”-Job 35:10

Any man can sing in the day. When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it. When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest or sends home a loaded argosy. It is easy enough for an Aeolian harp to whisper music when the winds blow-the difficulty is for music to swell forth when no wind is stirring. It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skilful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by-who sings from his heart. No man can make a song in the night of himself; he may attempt it, but he will find that a song in the night must be divinely inspired. Let all things go well, I can weave songs…

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Prayer, Thanksgiving, Praise (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

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From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Prayer, Thanksgiving, Praise
March 30
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

No care but all prayer. No anxiety but much joyful communion with God. Carry your desires to the Lord of your life, the guardian of your soul. Go to Him with two portions of prayer and one of fragrant praise. Do not pray doubtfully but thankfully. Consider that you have your petitions, and therefore thank God for His grace. He is giving you grace; give Him thanks, Hide nothing. Allow no want to lie rankling in your bosom; “make known your requests.” Run not to man. Go only to your God, the Father of Jesus, who loves you in…

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Revelation 4:1-5 “The Throne Of God In Heaven”

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The Letter To Laodicea…

Revelation 4:1-5 KJV

(1)  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

(2)  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

(3)  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

(4)  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

(5)  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings…

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Charles Stanley – The Purpose of Conviction

Charles Stanley – The Purpose of Conviction

Originally posted on Daily Devotions, News and Information:

Charles Stanley

Hebrews 12:4-11

Have you ever seen a parent firmly grip a naughty child and lead him to where he ought to be? Sometimes our heavenly Father must employ a strong directing hand with us. Even as believers, we’re a wayward people who are prone to wander. But when we go too far, God helps us back to the path of righteousness.

The Father’s guiding hand is always on His children. And when believers fall into sin and rebellion, He holds tighter. We call that pressure on our hearts and minds conviction. By saying, “This action/attitude/thought is not in keeping with who you are in Christ,” the Holy Spirit works to make us aware of wrongdoing. Conviction has the purpose of awakening believers to where they are in their relationship with God. If you’ve gotten off course, don’t you want to know about it so you can get back in the…

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John MacArthur – Passing the Test

John MacArthur – Passing the Test

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“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your descendants shall be called.’ He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead” (Heb. 11:17-19).

A willingness to sacrifice something precious to you is proof of genuine faith.

John Bunyan had a little blind daughter, for whom he had a special love. When he was imprisoned for preaching the gospel, he was deeply concerned about his family, especially that little girl. He wrote, “I saw in this condition I was a man who was pulling down his house upon the head of his wife and children. Yet, thought I, I must do it; I must do it. The dearest idol I have known, what ere that idol be, help me to…

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Review: Should You Believe in God? (Christian Answers to Hard Questions) by K. Scott Oliphint

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Should You Believe in God

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This booklet is a part of the “Christian Answers to Hard Questions” series that is put out by P&R Publishing and written by the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary.  In this booklet Westminster Theological Seminary’s professor of apologetics K. Scott Oliphint tackles the question “Should you believe in God?’ and answers with the affirmative.  I was looking forward to the booklet because I wanted to see how would Oliphint summarize his answer to such an important question in a brief and hopefully profound way.  Often when Presuppositionalists talk about God’s existence it is no brief matter!  As I was reading this it reminded me of Cornelius Van Til’s famous booklet, Why I Believe in God, with its conversational tone, anticipating objections and also its content.  Like Van Til, Oliphint addressed the problem of neutrality and “conditioning” of beliefs from one’s upbringing and environment.  Unlike Van…

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It Pleases the Almighty Generally to Work through Prayer

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It pleases the Almighty generally to work through prayer, as it is prayer that gives God, who is jealous of his honour, all the glory. When blessings come in answer to prayer, the praise is more generally ascribed to him, to whom alone all praise belongs. The time is hastening on, when one vast song shall fill the earth “from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth;” when shall be heard, “as it were the voice of mighty thunderings, saving, Allelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth; let us be glad, and rejoice and give honour to him.” And, doubtless, when, through the prayers of many, this happy period arrives, the burden of the song will be, “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous works; and blessed be his glorious name for ever; and let the whole earth…

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I stand at the door, and knock”

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SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:20 KJV

(20)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

In the context of our verse for this morning, we see that the Lord is offering to individual saved members of the local assembly renewed intimate fellowship with Him.  This can be had if the member willingly accepts His warnings, repents of their sin, welcomes His renewed fellowship, and do what they can to correct the sinful situation in the assembly.

Folks our Lord desires a close relationship with His people.  Stop and think about it.  Gaining and retaining a close relationship with His people is why the Lord saves us, instructs us, warns us, and chastens us.  It is why He so graciously gave us guidelines for living our lives on…

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