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Give Thanks

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen

(from the Book of Common Prayer)

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Why Are We Here

Purpose

I sat in the Upper Room, hanging on to the end of my rope. Over a few short weeks, I’d lost my wife to cancer and my purpose in life. Although I was in ministry at a local church, had a master’s degree from a leading seminary, and was living the American Dream, my head and heart were a mess.

I no longer wanted to serve the church. In early morning convocation with God, I pleaded my case for either clear direction and purpose for my life or release from vocational ministry.

After stating my heartbreak, disappointment, and anger, I waited. As clear as the sunlight breaking on a cool morning, God spoke! “I love you, and you’re My son. I’ve been with you every step of your journey, and I’ll remain faithful forever. I created you to equip and encourage Christians on their journey toward Christlikeness.”

I thought: Did that really happen? Did God actually just tell me He loves me and He’s with me? Did He actually define my purpose in life? (more…)

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Jesus and Judas

Betrayed

Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said. “What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”—Matthew 27:3-4

His name is synonymous with disloyalty. During the American Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold began the war in the Continental Army, but later defected to the British Army.

While still a general on the American side, he became Commander of the West Point fort in New York and offered to surrender it to the British. Arnold’s plan unraveled when American forces captured British Major John André who was carrying papers revealing the proposed surrender and betrayal.

In September 1780, after the plot came to light, he fled to a British ship docked on the Hudson River, narrowly escaping the forces of George Washington. He joined the British Army as a brigadier general and received a sizable pension and £6,000 signing bonus.

Britain quickly secured Arnold’s services, and he led British raids in Virginia, New London, and Groton, Connecticut before the war ended with the American victory at Yorktown.

Many believe he betrayed American forces because he was frustrated at being passed over for promotion, sickened by others taking credit for his achievements, and tired of accusations that he exacted private property for the use of the army.

“Betrayal” is defined this way: to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty or to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling a trust. The thought of it quickly elevates our emotions—such as Benedict Arnold betraying his country. (more…)

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Remember Me

Key Verse

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
—1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (HCSB)

Remember Me

As we continue our devotional journey to know the personality and deeds of Jesus Christ we come to passages focusing on The Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the command of Christ and by His example as well. On the night before His death, Christ gathered with His disciples to eat the Passover meal (see Matt 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:17–20). (more…)

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Bridge

The Bridge Builder

THE BRIDGE BUILDER

By Will Allen Dromgoole

 

An old man, going a lone highway,

Came at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,

Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim-

That sullen stream had no fears for him;

But he turned, when he reached the other side,

And built a bridge to span the tide. (more…)