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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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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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – Special Thanksgiving to the Father

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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – Special Thanksgiving to the Father

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Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the “Prince of Preachers.” In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. In 1857, he…

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Charles Spurgeon Devotional Faith’s Checkbook – Prayer, Thanksgiving, Praise

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Charles Spurgeon Devotional Faith’s Checkbook – Prayer, Thanksgiving, Praise

Charles Spurgeon Devotional: Faith’s Checkbook Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2A5DC93549644D84

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

A PROMISE from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably, and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promise as a reality, as a man treats a check.

He is to take the promise, and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true. He is by faith to accept it as his own. He sets to his seal that God is true, and true as to this particular word of promise. He goes further…

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Alistair Begg – The Importance of Thanksgiving

Originally posted on Daily Devotions, News and Information:

Alistair Begg

I will give thanks to the Lord.

Psalms 9:1

Thanksgiving should always follow answered prayer, just as the mist of earth’s gratitude rises when the sun of heaven’s love warms the ground.

Has the Lord been gracious to you and inclined His ear to the voice of your prayer? Then thank Him as long as you live. Let the ripe fruit fall upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Do not fail to sing in praise of Him who has answered your prayer and has given you the desire of your heart. To be silent about God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as poorly as the nine lepers who after they had been cured of their leprosy did not return to give thanks to the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise…

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”

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(5)  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Here, in John’s vision, we see the Holy Spirit described as “seven lamps burning before the throne.”  Another way to describe this is the seven lamps were lighting the way that led to the throne of God.

This gives us a glorious picture of the work of the Holy Spirit in revealing God to man.  Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we are given an understanding of the Lord and the way that leads us to the Lord.   As sinners, due to our sinful condition as members of fallen mankind, we are blinded to the truths of God.   It is only through the intervention of the Spirit in our lives that we are given the…

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Happy Thanksgiving (2014)!

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

We are thankful to God for our family, friends and church.

We are thankful to God for all the readers of this blog.

Here are some blog links on Thanksgiving from some of our blogging friends:

The First Thanksgiving: The Back Story

My Thanksgiving !!!!!!

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

Share with us, what are some things that you are thankful to God for?

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GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

Originally posted on Samuel at Gilgal:

       Thanksgiving
 
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
                Serve the LORD with gladness!
                Come into his presence with singing!
        Know that the LORD, he is God!
                It is he who made us, and we are his;
                we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
        Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
                and his courts with praise!
                Give thanks to him; bless his name!
        For the LORD is good;
                his steadfast love endures forever,
                and his faithfulness to all generations.

(Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)

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Pardon and Forgiveness (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

Originally posted on forhisgloryandpraise:

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Pardon and Forgiveness
November 24
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. (Psalm 103:9)

He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.
But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves…

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For Thanksgiving Day

Originally posted on Reiterations:

So wide and constant is our Lord’s bounty which He showers on us, and so mighty, admirable, and infinite are His miraculous works, whichever way we look, that we never lack motive and opportunity to praise, glorify, and extol Him, and to give thanks always and everywhere.John Calvin (1509-1564)

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Charles Stanley – Clothed With Power

Charles Stanley – Clothed With Power

Originally posted on Daily Devotions, News and Information:

Charles Stanley

Luke 24:44-49

The power of the Holy Spirit is the dynamic, supernatural control and authority of almighty God. It is the strength by which we are enabled to serve. Tragically, too many of God’s people attempt to carry out supernatural work in their own human strength.

The Spirit of God indwells all believers. But there is a considerable distinction between having the Holy Spirit within us and the Holy Spirit releasing His power in our life. Consider the difference between a sedan and a race car. Both vehicles run, but what is under the hood of the race car makes it far more powerful than the sedan. When God’s Spirit enables you, your performance will be like that of a race car.

We often think that the power of the Holy Spirit is available only to pastors and missionaries. However, the truth is that this power is offered to every…

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