Thanksgiving Banquet 2018

According to historians the first celebration of Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 by the Plymouth settlers in Massachusetts as a harvest feast thanking God for His care and provision. Shared with their Indian neighbors, the first feast, consisting of venison, waterfowl and a stew made of beans and squash, hardly resembled the turkey and dressing meal of today. It wasn’t until 1789 that President George Washington issued the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation as a day for giving thanks to the “great and glorious being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or tha...
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4 More Things That Happen at Salvation

I can still remember the day I was saved.  It happened on a Sunday morning.  The preacher preached a gospel message and called for a response. I went to the front of the church and told him I wanted to become a Christian.  I distinctly remember change.  I recall telling a family member that I felt like a brand new person.  Since that time, I have often remarked on how I didn’t fully understand what happened at the time of my salvation.  I knew I was different, but I didn’t comprehend much Bible doctrine.  Since my conversion, I’ve learned more about what the Bible teaches.  On the day I was sa...
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Lottie Moon Offering

Ten year- old Lottie Moon sat on the back step of her family’s large Virginia estate with her cousin Sarah.  Sarah and her family were about to give up plantation life and move to Jerusalem for mission work.  Lottie was disappointed in her uncle for taking the family away.  Lottie said “It’s a long way to go from Virginia to Jerusalem just to waste your time telling people fairy stories.  All Christians do is argue and the Bible is just a story book.” After a few years in boarding school, which was designed to groom young women to become Southern belles, Lottie enrolled in college.  On her 18...
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3 Ways God Delivers from Sin

When Jesus came to earth, He announced the purpose of His ministry, saying, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  The word “lost” is a good description for those who don’t know Christ.  It depicts a spiritually estranged status.  Though each was made for a forever relationship with God, sin has separated us from Him.  Because He is holy, He will not be near to unholy people.  Scripture is accurate when it describes the human condition by saying, “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way” (Isaiah 53:6).  By virtue of our ancestry from ...
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Operation Christmas Child

An amazing statistic - every 24 hours more than 30,000 children hear the Gospel at Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach events.  Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a global charity that distributes small gifts in shoeboxes to children around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. However, it’s the message of the Gospel that is more valuable than the contents of the shoebox. OCC is administered by Samaritan’s Purse - a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural...
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4 Results Of Prayerlessness

I don’t know about you, but I often need motivation.  I need encouragement to pursue the priorities which matter most.  I especially need such help in regard to prayer.  I’ve discovered that I have a tendency towards prayerlessness, so I have to regularly remind myself of the harm which will come if I fail to pray.  Jesus was burdened that His disciples should “pray always and not give up” (Luke 18:1).  Consider four results of prayerlessness which can motivate us to regularly talk to God. Godlessness I once read a book by Jerry Bridges entitled “Respectable Sins.”  In it, the author discus...
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