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What Are You Thankful For?

What are you thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving? This is a day that we as a nation have set aside to express our thanks to God for our blessings. There are a lot of things that we can thank God for. I have prepared a list of 50 items that you might be able to find at least one, but probably several that you are grateful you have or have done. Let’s see how many you can select.

The list is alphabetical.

America

aunt

bank account

bible

bills paid

boss

boy friend

brother

car

children

church

clothes

congressman/woman

customers

deacon

doctor

education

employee(s)

eternal life

fall

father

flag

food

freedom

friends

girl friend

government

health

home

improving health

IRA

Jesus Christ

job

medicine

mother

pastor

pet

president

restaurant

retirement

salvation

savings

sister

spouse

spring

summer

teacher

uncle

winter

We will explore this topic more on the other side of the break.

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Now back to the article.

That was a list of 50, but I bet that as you scanned the list you thought of other things that you can be thankful for having, knowing, or doing. The truth is that if we try we can double or maybe triple that list.

We have a creator God who created all things for us. He created the world, the fish, the animals, the birds, and the trees. He created the hills, the plains, the mountains, and the valleys. Everything we see in the natural world was created by God and for mankind.

You might think that the Bible doesn’t say that, but it does. When Adam and Eve were being tested in the Garden God said, Every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat (Genesis 2:16) except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it (Genesis 2:17). There are several other verses in the Bible that talk about our Creator as well.

Our forefathers thought it important to thank God for bringing them through the Revolutionary War and founding the United States of America. Our country has experienced the hand of God in both blessing and correction, and He hasn’t stopped loving us.

Unfortunately, many have turned from God. But even they continue to receive blessings. God loves America! And one writer in the past commented that America is great because America is good. But that is coming into increasing criticism.

America has turned its back on God and His Word, the Bible. And as America has been turning away the people have grown up without thanksgiving, without a moral base, and without a compass. Our institutions such as the home, church, school, and, yes, our government have determined they have a better way. But they are wrong, and we may soon, or maybe already are, experience the hand of correction.

We need revival! You need it and I need it. We need to fall to our knees and plead for mercy. If you have gotten saved, then you need to confess your sins and turn from your wicked ways. Revival will only come if we are repentant and truly want it to come.

All Americans need to turn to Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him as your Savior, then you need to acknowledge you are a sinner, accept His death on the cross as payment for your sin, and ask Him into your heart. What a wonderful Savior we have!

If you are saved, then you still need to seek daily cleansing, to trust Him for all your needs. He loves you and wants to be number One in your life.

It is my prayer that everyone who reads this blog will stop for a moment and consider your life. And then thank Him for His love, mercy, protection, forgiveness of sin, and His abundant blessing upon our nation and our families.

One last comment: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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A Look Forward

The Riddle Report 12 26 2020

Christmas is past and New Year’s is right around the corner. Confusion reigns as the country wants to know who won the 2020 Election. Although the media says it was Biden and call him President-Elect the results have yet to be verified and acted upon. It looks like we might not know until January 6th or even later.

All of this makes it hard to predict the future course of our nation. We can make some general predictions. For example, if President Trump gets reelected we can expect a rebounding economy that will shock the experts. Why? Because he did it before when he took a stagnant economy (Biden’s pride and joy) and transformed it into a booming economy. We can also expect Trump’s international successes to continue, again because he already has done much internationally. That includes Mideast peace moves.

On the other hand, if Biden/Harris (I use this designation because we don’t know how long Biden will last) are elected we can also make some general predictions. Although our economy is struggling due to uncertainty about the election and Covid-19 it is growing faster than economists have predicted. But assuming Biden/Harris follow through on their campaign promises, then the undergirding of our economy will be ripped away. We can expect fracking to be stopped, thereby once again making us dependent on OPEC. As they enact their Green New Deal we will see businesses once again leaving and probably never again returning to America. We can also expect unemployment, which is currently coming down slowly, to start rising again.

And of course, there is Biden’s health. How long would he be able to act as President? When will Harris push him out? We simply don’t know.

But all of that is conjecture. One thing we can be certain of is that when Harris becomes President she will be an activist President and lead us to disaster!

The truth is the election results are unknown. While there is plenty of evidence of election fraud, it must be examined, and determinations must be made before true results finally are known. So, we wait.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting. This is particularly true when waiting on people. I try to be patient, but it doesn’t always work. Nor am I fond of waiting on God.

But while not fond of waiting on Him, I know He will act for my own good (Ro. 8:28). That makes waiting easier. So, in the case of the Steal, I am praying that He will act to prevent it and that we can have 4 more years of a government that at least honors His will.

But, folks, we have no guarantee of that. God sent the Israelites into judgment because they refused to worship and obey Him. This happened several times, and even now they are still under judgment. The day will come though when Israel will be back in His good graces.

America has slipped a lot since our founding fathers. Back then men and women worshipped, honored, and obeyed Him. He granted us victories we should not have won, protected General Washington more than once, and watched over our fledgling nation in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and many others. But like the Jews of the Bible we have turned from Him and may well be in the crosshairs of judgment.

So, what do we do?

Well, for me and my house (consisting of my wife and me), we will wait on the Lord. But not just for election results. We will pray, serve, and wait on Him.

We will Pray for:

  • Our own health
  • Others’ health
  • Our church
  • America

We will also continue to serve Him in:

  • Church
  • Business (writing & and helping others to write and be published)

In other words, while we have little control over the election, we still have control of how we live and serve God. While I believe a Biden/Harris Presidency will be bad for our country, I also believe that God is in charge. He may allow Biden/Harris to rule, but He always has the right and the power to overrule!

I recently heard a man preach that there will never be another worldwide revival of the Christian faith. He may be right, but the Bible tells us to pray for our nation, our rulers, missionaries, evangelists, and the furtherance of the Gospel. Our faith is proactive!

Pray for revival and then find out what God wants you to do.

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