Our country has observed Thanksgiving Day since the time of the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony in 1621, but President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first official national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, selecting Thursday, November 26 as the day, and every year since then, the United States has had a Thanksgiving Day. In every case, the proclaimed Day of Thanksgiving was intended to be a time of giving thanks to God for His goodness to our country and people.
If you have seen the movie “One Night With The King,” or if you have read the book of Esther in the Bible, then you should know the difficulty of getting an audience with a powerful king. When Esther appeared in the King’s court without an invitation, she literally placed her life in the hand of the king. If he extended his scepter to her, she would live, but if he ignored her, she would be executed. Esther lived, but my point is that only a few had access to this king.
The Lord Jesus is our High Priest. In the Old Testament the high priest was responsible for offering the sacrifices that were required to cover his own sins and the sins of the people. [Read more…]
After a hard, busy day it feels really good just to sit down and rest. Or, maybe you’ve just finished a difficult project, and now you get to rest, if only for a little while. There’s nothing quite like knowing that the work is done, and you are free to rest. I can already sense some of you snickering, “Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen!” Sometimes it seems like our bosses, families, and circumstances are in a conspiracy to keep us from being able to rest. One of the results of this is the abundance of stress-related medical problems in our society. Perhaps you are experiencing some of these problems.
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Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.
Jesus is talking to the people in or around Capernaum about Jesus being the Bread of Life (John 6:25).