Thursday Quote Day: Billy Graham

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” feature a quote from evangelist and preacher Billy Graham:

“Even when life may be difficult, we should thank God for all He does for us which we do not deserve.” (Billy Graham)

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Thursday Quote Day: Charles Spurgeon

For Thanksgiving and this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here is another quote from pastor Charles Spurgeon:

“I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.”
(Charles Spurgeon)

Sunday Devotional: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

At the end of his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul shared some simple encouragements to them.  Some of them are the words that are in these verses.  They are pretty simple yet greatly profound.

As believers, we are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  We’re to do those things always, without ceasing and in all circumstances.  We’re able do these because of Jesus.  He’s the one that gives us reasons to rejoice always.  He’s the one who gives us access to the Father to pray without ceasing.  He’s the one who blesses us so much that makes us so thankful through all circumstances.

This week, let us rejoice, let us pray and let us give thanks.  We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to rejoice and we get to share that with our Heavenly Father.

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 54

“O God, save me by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen against me;
    ruthless men seek my life;
    they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
    in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.”  (Psalm 54)

The Psalms are a great avenue to explore as far as taking in all the different ways we can see and worship God.  In this one, David writes about how God is a deliverer, He’s a helper, an “upholder of my life”, He is one to give thanks to and He’s a savior.  We need to be reminded of this regularly and the Psalms are great at doing just that.  So this week, remember who God is and what all he has done.  It will be an encouragement to persevere through those tough times.

Sunday Devotional: James 1

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

Coming off of Thanksgiving and remembering all the blessings we have received, it’s good to be reminded of that.  It’s also good to be reminded of all the things we have been given.  The gifts given to us is not just our needs (food, shelter, clothing) but also the beauty of creation, gift of friendships and relationships, and other fun things (like sports, hobbies, etc.)  There are a lot of good things out there that we have been given.

However, it is important to remember that the gift is not the end all but the giver of the gift.  Creation and all that is involved is good but the Creator is so much better.  It is important to not let those gifts that we have been given by God take the place of God.  He doesn’t change, He is always there to rely on and He is loving and cares about me and you.

So as we shift from Thanksgiving season into the Christmas season, may we continue to give thanks for what has been given to us and to celebrate the One who blesses us with good gifts and not worship the gifts but the Giver.

Thursday Quote Day: C.S. Lewis

For Thanksgiving (and to remember the life of C.S. Lewis who passed away 50 years ago last week) here’s a quote in honor of the day:

“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is “good,” because is it good, if “bad” because it works in us patience, humility, and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” (C.S. Lewis)