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Thanksgiving

Today is not Thanksgiving Day but today should be a day of thanksgiving. What do I mean by this? In the fiftieth psalm, the writer explains that God does "not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens" (Psalm 50:9).  He owns the animals of the forest, the cattle on a thousand hills, the world and everything in it. The psalmists objective is to identify the greatest sacrifice we can give to God, and that is thankfulness. He directs us to "make thankfulness your sacrifice to God" (50:14). And further states that "giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me" (50:23). God seeks worshipers and one way we worship is to be thankful. Ungratefulness reveals darkness in the heart. It expresses a selfishness that keeps from recognizing anything good outside of yourself. And, withholding your thankfulness does not honor God. It deprives Him of being first in your life, in fact He made that the first of the Ten Commandments when He said, "You…

Godly Cause

Have you ever heard that it can be a righteous cause for a nation to go to war against an enemy? Through the twentieth century this reason was given as America went to war against other nations and entities. Germany was seeking world domination, communism sought to enslave nations against their will and radical ideology sought to conquer peoples. So America gathered its forces to battle these rogue nations and false ideologies. But how can it be a godly cause? Let's reflect on the time of the three kings of united Israel: Saul, David and Solomon. A psalmist speaks about war and its godly cause. What prompted the writing of Psalm 45 may be a mystery to us today but obviously the writer was stirred to patriotism. He wrote, "Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king…" (Psalm 45:1) He went on to say, "In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!" (45:4) Here is t…