It's just kind of interesting to watch..it's very interesting to me how our western uber-commercialized culture has pretty much been hijacked now. Halloween and Christmas (top money makers) have now become so big and seemed to have shoved all the other holidays aside. Think about it, some of our less celebrated holidays really aren't bad.
What are the people of our culture starting to do ..with consumers in mind...more and more these days? They are starting to open up their stores really, Really REALY EARLY ..now on Thanksgiving Day. It's for us.
Christian, please don't lose sight of God during the holidays.. especially at Thanksgiving time. At this time when we are hearing Peace, Peace, when our economy is still in the trashcan, and when Israel (our closest Ally) stands to defend itself all alone...at this time when Iran, who doesn't even see them as even humans that need to live, keeps on building their nuclear weapons, let's still give thanks to a peace-loving God even ahead of giving thanks to all those other persons that really deserve to hear "thanks from you." He deserves it and your worship far more!
Hey, if you like your Salvation you can keep your Salvation. PERIOD. Sure you can! Wait Kurt, you're just talking cryptically and political now and that's not allowed! Not so much, I am for all no matter the label - listen to my heart. I'm talking about how easy it is for any of us to become gullible or disillusioned and then disappointed, or even lose hope. Don't lose or missplace your hope - real hope is to be had. We have a living Hope that we can be so thankful for! Families have so much stress now, some I know of have already opted out perminently. Don't do that. Have the right God and your eyes glued on Him. You know that both sides here (conservative Repubs or left leaning Dems - God loves and is for all people - He wants us to obey and be blessed) or any side in any nation politically and in other arenas can and already have repeatedly been let down hard, but we can give thanks during this season or in any season because our God never will. He will never ever lie to us even when people and leaders from different persuasions keep doing that. We've each got to place our full trust in the trustworthy One - in the Lord, and not in any flawed man. I thank you Lord for not deceiving us even one time, or leading us astray one time. Period. You are so faithful. Please touch and minister to the one reading this - please provide for them. Let them not be afraid or ashamed for You are so able and greater than all the rest. Help us each to learn from this situation we face and not be foolish, uninformed or gulible to the hurt of others! In Jesus' Name. Thanks. Amen.
And let me ask you this question? Would your close friends say that you look like you've missed a whole lot of meals or like you've been out shivering in the cold a long time? My point? Because of God's mercies we are not consumed. We all still have a lot to be thankful for no matter where we live. God is with us, He loves us, He hears our prayers, His timing is perfect, and He has a good plan for His kids ..regardless of what their leader's choices or circumstances have been.. in spite of what others have said or done.
Things can really get bad..even worse than they have been.. even in your nation (whichever one it is), but why should we forget the Lord who still blesses us and nations..daily? You know how easy it is for money-grubbing false teachers that want to say things to get you to better dig down deep to send them your love offerings. Help us be different, Lord! Make is so we never want to be like that, cuz only You know what's ahead for us. We know one thing for sure, Bible prophecy will be fulfilled ..as it has accurately been happening thus far. In fact, I think this is what we are seeing happen before our very eyes even lately. Are you ready for all that, or do you still need to get ready now? Please don't put it off.
Now, if the Lord ceases to be good ..anywhere.. then I suppose you can cease to give thanks. But since that will never happen, and since He has been good to you in the past, and since Scripture is commanding you and me to give thanks always.. let's not stop thanking, and praising, and all-out worshipping Him.