Table of Contents- Nov/Dec 2017

1 . In the Beginning

This issue was inspired by the hymn, Count Your Blessings, written by Johnson Oatman. It encourages us, amidst the trials of our lives, to bring our troubles to the Lord in prayer, and to remember that God is over all. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NASB).read more…

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2.  Thanksgiving – Gratitude

“Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones” (Psalms 149:1. All scriptures from NASB).read more…

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3  Giving Thanks or Murmuring?

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18. All scriptures from NASB unless noted otherwise). read more…

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4. Rejoicing with Unbearable Sorrow

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 NASB). read more…

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5.  News and Views

The US State Department has released its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2016. The annual report provides a detailed and factual overview of the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories. read more…

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6.  Today in Prophecy

The Threat of Nuclear War

“The day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works … burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). read more…

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7. My Grace is Sufficient For Thee

“So tremendous, however, were the revelations that God gave me that, in order to prevent my becoming absurdly conceited, I was given a physical handicap — one of Satan’s angels — to harass me and effectually stop any conceit. Three times I begged the Lord for it to leave me, but his reply has been,”My grace is enough for you: for where there is a weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” Therefore I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. I can even enjoy weaknesses, suffering, privations, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For my very weakness makes me strong in Him” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9, Phillips). read more.

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8.  Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

“And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again” (Acts 20:37,38 NASB. read more…

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9.  Count Your Blessings

“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done … If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count” (Psalms 40:5 NASB). read more…
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10. A Psalm For Thanksgiving

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. … Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalms 23:1-6, all texts from NASB).” read more…
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