I can hardly believe that November is here and Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. It's easy to be thankful on that day, but I would like to issue you a challenge...the 30 Days of Thanks. Each day in November, you are challenged to be thankful for something in your life. If you think about it, we are so blessed in this country, even in these hard times, that we shouldn't have a problem coming up something for each day. It doesn't have to be something extravagant or even something that may not seem relevant to others. God has richly blessed us all in many different ways. You can post your thankfulness here as a comment, on your Facebook page or even on the Hoschton COGOP Facebook page. Take time to be thankful and you may even bless others along this 30 Days of Thanks.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are seeking Full-Time Christians to work for Christ. We have all the part-timers we'd ever need, but it's becoming increasingly hard to fill full-time positions. The devil works full-time, including holidays.
Job Requirements: You must be a blood bought, Bible believing, worshiper of the One True God. We welcome all new full-timers, no experience necessary. Your past will not have any bearing on your qualification.
Salary: Immediate benefits including peace, love, joy, blessings and eternal life
Positions need to be filled ASAP
References: John 3:16
Here's some encouragement for whatever you may be facing today, this week or this month. You might be down for a moment, feeling like it's hopeless, but that's when He reminds you...You're An Overcomer!
Although the video is funny, it's very sad at the same time because it has a lot of truth in it. In this day and age, we want things fast, convenient and comfortable. We're always looking for that perfect church with the 10 minute praise service (blue book or contemporary depending on your preference) and the 30 minute or less sermon that shouldn't be too preachy and have just the right amount of jokes. There should be no "stepping on toes", no discussion on sin or the punishment of Hell. We only want to hear love and prosperity --- "What can God do for me today?"
Instead, we should be asking ourselves "What does God require of me?" or "What do I need to do in order to be Holy?"
"For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." I Thessalonians 4:7-8
God gave us a full set of instructions to live by so we should just stop trying to create our own and live by His. The reward is definitely worth it.
Did you know that today is National Family Day? It's a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free. Hopefully, most of us don't wait around till this one day a year to spend time with our children, but it is a nice thought that this is being encouraged. However, this shouldn't be just about keeping them drug free. Engaging in your child's life is important on many levels...socially, mentally and spiritually. One of the easiest ways to do this is by having regular family meals together. Plan a meal, let the children help prepare it and then spend some good quality time talking, laughing and just enjoying your time together while eating. It doesn't matter what you're eating or even where you're eating, as long as you're together as a family. The Bible refers to this very thing.
"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." Proverbs 15:17
In our hectic world, it would do us all some good to stop, take a breath and spend some quality time with our families, even if you have to set aside just one day or one meal to do so!
For some ideas to get the ball rolling on planning your family time, click here and start planning your family day, meal, etc.
Matthew 5:17-48 - Comparing and Contrasting the Old and New Testament versions of the commandments/statues outlined below
Verses 17 through 20 defends His premise
The law condemns the final act, but Jesus condemns the actions of the heart that lead up to the final act. Jesus says it's a heart thing.
If you're accused of being radical because you're a Christian, that's fine. According to what Jesus says here in Matthew 5, that's exactly what it takes...being radical.
There are a lot of moments in your life that you don't remember, but I can say with assurance, most of us know exactly where we were and what we were doing on that September morning 12 years ago. Our country mourned together as one that day, and for the first time in a while, we had an urgent need for God and family. Today, a lot of us don't have that urgency, but today we need God more than ever.
Francis Chan gives a great illustration of the timeline of our existence. What are we doing with our short time here on this earth?
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