Grandma said, Give Thanks!

These thoughts are fresh since we just celebrated our 2016 Thanksgiving.

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Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving which for me, is the most treasured family memory I can recall as a child. Not Christmas, not my birthday, not summer vacation, but Thanksgiving! Growing up, when Thanksgiving came around my mom always made sure we got to Grandma’s house! Have you noticed in the media when they report on all the people travelling home for the holiday they always refer to the destination as “getting to Grandma’s house”? That’s pretty interesting!

I’m told by my Uncle Snack that they didn’t always have Thanksgiving because they just couldn’t afford it. But Grandma wasn’t happy about that and so she did odd jobs in the neighborhood, mostly cleaning for others or helping a neighboring farmer butcher, and she saved her nickels and dimes and dollars and one year proudly announced, “We’re having Thanksgiving and I’m buying a turkey!” And so the tradition began. All of…

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How Could It Be?

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How could it be that a person could look around the beautiful universe at this time of year and say, “There is no God!”? Can they really believe that the painted mountains, the miracle of snowflakes (of which they say no two are alike), the timely migration of geese and other birds and many many more incredible sights are just an accident? We who do believe in a Majestic and All Powerful Creator and Mighty Savior embrace it fully, and we know from studying our Bibles that there are reasons that unbelief exists.

The Bible says that we all have blinded eyes and are sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God and that our mortal enemies are, The World, The Flesh (or old nature) and the Devil. These enemies of men’s souls will go to no end to prevent a person from putting their faith in Jesus their Creator. The World will flash it’s endless trappings of things and power and fame and riches which insulate and prevent the lost person from seeing their Savior. Just like the man Jesus talked about who looked around at his property, his riches, and his barns full of grain and felt mighty proud of himself, but God called him a fool and said that very night his soul would be lost.

The Devil and his host of demons are the ememies of God and of mankind. They will do everything in their power to keep a person from glorifying God by keeping them from putting their faith in Christ. They will tempt, they will undermine, they will blind and pull the lost person into the most horrifying sins to make them believe that God will never ever forgive and accept them. But it’s all a lie!

Probably the most sly and powerful force is our own Flesh within us, many times called our Old Nature or Old Man. This person is with us every waking moment and it hates God! It cannot be reformed, no matter how many new pages are begun or new “leafs” are turned over, our Flesh will always pull us away from God! It loves sin! It loves to hate, it loves bitterness, it loves unforgiveness! It has such a huge ego and the thinnest of skin there is no way to deal with it but to put it to death. Sound radical? It is, but the fact is, the only way to deal with it is to by faith, on a daily basis, put it on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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So what is the answer to the unbeliever who has been blinded by these great foes? Is there any hope? Is there a way to freedom? Yes! Yes! The unbeliever must turn to God and away from their sin (Acts 3:19). This is huge and not done lightly. They must admit they have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). They must believe that Jesus died on the Cross for their sins and was raised from the grave and lives today (Romans 5:8). Then they must put their faith in Jesus alone for their salvation turning away from trusting in their good works or riches (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Jesus put it in a nutshell: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

A simple sincere prayer of faith like this will usher you into God’s family and make you His child. “Lord Jesus, I need You. I believe you died on the Cross for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn now from my sins and accept you as my personal Savior. I place my faith in You. Come into my life and make me Your child and help me live my new life for You. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Want to enjoy God’s creation in a brand new way? Then put your faith in the Creator Jesus and your senses will be infused with a breath of refreshing Spiritual air that will cause you to proclaim, “Glory to God”!

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Election Day!

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This is my brother Larry’s Daily Truck Driver email for Election Day. Greater is He!

God is able with just one Man to get the victory! That’s right, you and God make a majority. When the battle looks stiff against you, when the dark clouds rise over your soul, simply look up, look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith! When the Israelites appeared to be on the verge of defeat, time and again God won the battle with a few. Today, trust not in man, but vote, knowing that Greater is He that is in you, so, let Him guide you trusting His Voice!

When Gideon put out his fleece to see if God was in his venture, He gave him a clear answer in time of uncertainty! God whittled down Gideon’s thousands and brought about the victory with a meager three hundred men giving God the maximum glory, supplying encouragement for numerous centuries of Believers when it looked like there was no hope!
–The children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country. I Kings 20:27

–Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys,
therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day. I Kings 20:28, 29

—Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the
world. I John 4:4

–Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with The Right Hand of My Righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

–They shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver
thee. Jeremiah 1:19

–Because he has set his love upon Me; therefore will I deliver him, I will set him on High because he has known My Name.. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My Salvation/Deliverance/Blessed Hope. Psalm 91:14-16

Greater is He Who dwells within us, Brethren. And, we will receive the blessings listed above if we simply set our love upon Him. Fulfilling the first and greatest Commandment brings about maximum blessing to the Believer. When we call He will answer. When in trouble, and trouble is coming for those of us who believe and stand upon the Truth, He promises that He will be with us, that is, if we keep on loving God through it all, leaning on Jesus, letting Him rule our life. Regardless of who is President, pray for them for God sets up and brings down leaders as He wills. He delivers!

Yes, He will deliver us for He has promised. He will honor us for He has promised. He will give us long life for He has promised. He will show us complete salvation/deliverance from the wiles of the devil and the wicked plan of the Antichrist in that day! We have a great and glorious Savior! Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! So, let us rejoice, regardless and expect Him to do exactly what He said He would!!

Chaplain Larry ‘The Wolfman’ Wolfe http://www.btmi.org I-85 Exit 35 SC ‘McPilot’ Stop in, and please pray for revival!

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All My Springs Are in You!

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Isn’t water wonderful? It starts as a trickle bubbling up from the ground out of deep rivers in the belly of the earth seeking freedom and the light of day and then abracadabra! It appears! Have you heard the gentle laughter of water cascading over pebbles and rocks as if it were proclaiming, “Come drink!” Yes, I’ve rested by many a stream and have been swept in my mind to another time of pioneers in virgin forests. I’ve knelt in the soft earth and sucked in the clear fresh and almost sweet tasting water. As well I should, since water is the wellspring of life!

There is another water of which the Psalmist knew. He wrote of it in Psalm 87 where he referred to worshipping the Lord and said, “Both the singers and the players on instruments say,“All my springs are in you.” (Psalm 87:7) Yes, the true Living and inspiring Water is what they sought for and we should as well!

The earth, neither men who trod upon its soil, can offer this water. King David said, O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) You will not find this Water in your accomplishments, your wealth, your trinkets or any other earthly thing. Yet you know your soul longs for it!

Jesus spoke of this Water when he met a woman at a well. He asked her for a drink and used the opportunity to offer her the Living Water only he could provide.Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

Have you tasted of this Living Water? If not, it is only a prayer of faith away! Turn from the dry and thirsty land of this world and seek the Living Water by faith today! Jesus said, He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) Kneel by the eternal spring and call on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus the only true Savior who can cleanse you with His Water and grant unto you eternal life.

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