Giving of Thanks…Ephesians 5:4

Originally posted on Jlue's Weblog:

Perhaps Thanksgiving is the least controversial holiday we share in the USA. It is important to be thankful and to share with others. Almost everyone agrees.History.comtells us that:

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two

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centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War,that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

During one of the most troubled and painful periods of our nations history, we began to give thanks as a nation.

This year, we are once again very troubled. Giving of thanks and sharing seems to be one of the best ways to for us to forget our troubles and focus…

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How Nehemiah 9:6 confirms the identity of Christ Jesus, the LORD.

“You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

“You are the LORD, you alone.

  • “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Deuteronomy 6:4

You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them;

  • (Speaking of Jesus) 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16

and you preserve all of them;

  • 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

and the host of heaven worships you.

  • But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Hebrews 1:6
  • Ben Steed and Heartlight


Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2

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Above all names…

Philippians 2: And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Hillsdale College and The Barney Charter School Initiative offer educational opportunities to many.


Although, as a taxpayer, you are paying for your child’s ‘public’ education, how satisfied are you with the result and how much true choice do you have? A new program, sponsored by Hillsdale College has given many parents a choice and with the help of engaged parents, may be able to reach out to many more.

The program is called Barney Charter School Initiative.* This is one of the most encouraging initiatives I have found. On a large-scale this program, or programs like this one, will go a long way in providing an alternative to traditional public education.

The Barney Charter School Initiative is similar to other Charter school initiatives, but according to their charter, they are able to use their own curriculum (developed by the Barney Charter School Initiative), and many are allowed further flexibility for other aspects, such as teacher and principal hiring. As a rule, Charter schools are more flexible than regular public schools:

Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are:

  • Open to all children;
  • Do not charge tuition; and
  • Do not have special entrance requirements.

Charter schools were created to help improve our nation’s public school system and offer parents another public school option to better meet their child’s specific needs. The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be held accountable for student learning. In exchange for this accountability, school leaders should be given freedom to do whatever it takes to help students achieve and should share what works with the broader public school system so that all students benefit.


Even with state schools,  higher education comes with a tremendous price tag.

In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2013–2014 academic year averaged $22,826.

It is probably safe to say that few are satisfied with the results of the educational system in America today.

Unfortunately, solutions that are offered are usually presented by politicians who control the government which controls the facilities. Solutions seem to be less and less satisfactory. This has led institutions such as Hillsdale to think outside the box of government supported, ‘public’, schools.

For those who have not heard of Hillsdale College, this college is a beacon on a hill. Perhaps not literally, but certainly metaphorically. The Hillsdale’s model could very well be an example of how educational institutions should function and produce a system that not only educates, but empowers graduates. 

Hillsdale offers a model of freedom from government interference as do a few other schools that follow this model. Hillsdale does not take money from the Federal Government. This enables the college to teach without regulations or repercussions from the government. Schools that do not take federal dollars are able to set their own standards without federal regulatory agency demands.There are other schools that do not take federal dollars, but apparently not very many. Grove City College and  Patrick Henry were two I was able to identify. There are other good Conservative Colleges, but Hillsdale is the number one choice in the USA.

Under the teaching of men brought in by the President, Dr. Larry P. Arnn, there is hope that the true message of how our nation was founded and what it takes to keep a people free will not be lost in a rewriting of history by those who have agendas that may not include the best interest of this nation..

Larry P. Arnn Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. in 1974 from Arkansas State University, graduating with the highest distinction.

The quality of the courses are excellent and . Free courses are offered on-line.

*Liberal Arts – the academic course of instruction including fine arts, humanities, sociology, languages, and literature; 1745-55; translation of Latin artēs līberālēs works befitting a free man  

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My personal testimony…

What Christ has done for others, He will do for you. (Those who read this are invited to share their own testimony in the comment section.)


Here is what He did for me:

I grew up in a rural setting in north Alabama. We were not poor by the standards of our community, but probably were by world standards. My parents owned their home and a few acres of land. My dad worked at a blue-collar job and my mom worked in sales. I had only one sister, so we had everything we needed. We went to church on Sunday – a Methodist church. We stood each Sunday and repeated the Apostle’s Creed. I had a head knowledge that Jesus saves, yet I had no idea how. I believed, as much a I understood, which wasn’t very much. At age seven I joined the church and was confirmed as a church member and received baptism.  As far as the world knew, I was heaven bound.

When I reached my early teen years, I began to be convicted in my heart that I probably was not heaven bound and that something was missing in my life. I really wasn’t certain what, but I knew it had to do with my personal commitment. I kept this to myself. My theology pretty much consisted of the notion that my good deeds needed to outweigh my bad. One problem with this idea, I was never quite sure how I stood  at any given moment. For that matter, I wasn’t sure what deeds counted as ‘good’ and which were actually ‘bad’ in God’s eyes. At a young age, I realized that doing good deeds might not qualify unless the motivation of the heart was pure and up-right before a holy God.

About that time, I read the book, Gone With the Wind. I had received a Bible that my mom gave me as a gift and I remember worrying that should I die, God might take offense at the notion that I had taken time to read a lengthy book like Gone With the Wind and not read the Bible, so I decided to read the Bible from Genesis through Revelation.

One Saturday morning, I was home alone and I was reading the book of John in Chapter three. On this particular day, I had the same experience that WF White (see below) had with the words jumping off the page at me. When I read John 3:3 “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”, I knew that this wasn’t optional and that good deeds, bad deeds had nothing to do with what the Lord was telling me. I also knew that I had not been born again. I spoke to the Lord and my prayer was very simple. I really don’t remember much about it other than I did express that I did not understand, yet I believed. I made a decision that morning to place my trust in the Lord and to believe the Bible and the words of Jesus Christ. I did nothing, other than place my trust in Christ, but He did so much! My life was transformed! I was later required to go down and express my new faith publicly and I also received believer’s baptism. I know that the Lord saved me   that Saturday morning and I know that I have been born again and sealed by His Holy Spirit. This was the beginning of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

As I have grown older, I have never ceased to be awed by God’s amazing grace and how He reaches down and picks up lost sinners.  Millions of others have been saved by grace as well.

The things we all have in common are:

1. All have been filled and sealed by God’s Holy Spirit.

2. All know the Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We recognize His voice and follow Him.

3. All have a personal testimony.

Here is where the personal testimony of WF White can be found. Seeing this testimony reminded me that the most powerful witness for Christ is our own testimony. Jesus said to His disciples:

“It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8

Those with Jesus that day didn’t physically go to the ends of the earth, but their words have taken the message and they reach out through others. We who receive the Holy Spirit today must continue to witness.

 I find personal testimonies very encouraging. Here are a few that have lived out their testimony:

Dwight Moody -

Charles Spurgeon -

Chuck Colson -

Franklin Graham on You-tube.

Perhaps you would like to share  your testimony in the comment section.

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Under the New Covenant, Sin Debts Are Paid in Full!

We are debt free, because we have a “covenant keeping” God.

Deuteronomy 7: Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations…

Solomon, the king to whom Yahweh, the Great I AM, imparted wisdom recognized that our God is a God who “keeps covenant” with mankind.

When God began to establish a relationship with men,  right away He established a covenant. The first covenant was with Noah.

Genesis 6:18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.

Noah and his family were safe because of this covenant that God established. This was followed by a covenant with all mankind. This covenant has a sign for us to see and remember. We have nothing to do with it. God established it and He  keeps it.

Afterward came God’s covenant with Abraham and the descendants of Abraham, a covenant that was conditional.  Mankind had to meet God’s conditions for this covenant to be effective. The condition was that men were to obey God and keep His commandments.

We all know how this turned out.  Not so good. The Bible says:

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20

Yet, God, in His infinite love, mercy and grace did not allow punishment to be the end of His relationship with mankind. He had a better plan for us all along.

For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all. Romans 11:32 

Galatians 3:22 teaches:

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

This is the NEW covenant!

There are two places in the Bible where the NEW covenant is taught very clearly! Don’t miss this.

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

and Hebrews 8:6-13

But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For He finds fault with them when He says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” 13 In speaking of a new covenant, He makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

The first or old covenant involved the keeping of the Mosaic Law. The second or new covenant did not. This covenant involved the shedding of blood for remission of sin by the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Luke 22:1When the hour had come, He (Jesus) sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

so that

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12

The NEW covenant, written in blood is dependent upon God. He took responsibility for providing forgiveness. The only part mankind has in this New covenant is to accept the sacrifice, the blood sacrifice, made by the Son of God on Calvary. When we do this, we are accepted by Christ, sealed by the Spirit of God and are placed “in Christ.”


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ALMA captures close-up picture of God’s handiwork…

Scientists and Media are bragging about something spectacular, but it isn’t God’s magnificent handiwork.  It is a telescope, ALMA, used to take a picture of a star forming in outer space. Planets are already orbiting the star.

The important part of the story, shown in the video and quote below, is mentioned almost as an afterthought. If you watch the video to completion and listen carefully, you will hear the moderator say concerning the formation of planets, “This process may happen much faster than previously thought possible.” This new finding shows theories that have been taught as factual to be in error, but no mention was made of this.  Instead you hear:

One of the most powerful telescopes in the world is showing off. Scientists at the ALMA telescope in Chile released a new image that has astronomers raving.

What you’re looking at isn’t an artist’s impression, it’s an actual image taken of what appears to be planets forming in the disk around a baby star.

Who should receive glory, the camera that takes a picture of a magnificent star or the One who creates the star?

Psalm 97:6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.

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