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The Attitude Of Gratitude.


James Merritt
I Thessalonians 5:18

INTRODUCTION

1. Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet whose writings have blessed many of us, including a generation gone by. Rudyard Kipling was a very famous writer even before he died, and made a great deal of money at his trade.

2. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, “Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.” Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, “Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that.” The reporter cynically reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to Kipling and said, “Here’s a $100 bill Mr. Kipling. Now you give me one of your $100 words.”

3. Rudyard Kipling looked at that $100 bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks.”

4. Well the word “thanks” is certainly a $100 word. In fact, I would say it is more like a million dollar word. That is one word that is too seldom heard, too rarely spoken, and too often forgotten.

5. If any nation ought to be thankful to God and grateful for His goodness, it ought to be America. If any people in America ought to be thankful to God and grateful for His goodness, it ought to be Christians. If any group of Christians ought to be thankful to God and grateful for His goodness, it ought to be the Christians in this fellowship. We ought to have an attitude of gratitude.

6. In this wonderful profound verse of Scripture Paul gives us three principles concerning this attitude of gratitude that every child of God ought to have.

I. Gratitude Is Always To Be Expressed

1. We are commanded to “give thanks.” Now that is excellent advice because a grateful person will be a happier person; a grateful person will be a healthier person; a grateful person will be a holier person.

2. But this is more than just good advice. It is a command. Gratitude is not an option, it is an obligation. You are just as obligated to give God your thanks as you are to give God your tithe. It is a sin to be ungrateful. As a matter of fact, there may be no greater sin on the face of the earth than the sin of ingratitude.

3. Shakespeare described ingratitude as a “marble-hearted fiend.” That is, he said that an ingrate had the heart of solid marble.

4. Shakespeare went on to say, “I hate ingratitude more in man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice, whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.” Shakespeare said again, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.” I know of nothing that stings the heart of a parent as a child that is ungrateful for what the parent does for him.

5. The blind poet Milton said this: “He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him.” That is, he said every other fault in a man is a virtue compared to the vice of in …

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? By Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua.


By Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua

I often ponder and wonder why a friend should kill “a very close friend”; why a brother should kill a brother and why a sister should kill a sister. I have reflected on the gospels especially Matthew 10, 22 that a “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. I have loved literature from childhood and I have tried to see if I can find the answers there. All I have seem points to the human pride to subject others under his or her ego. William Shakespeare also battled with a similar problem of the ambitious nature of the human person in his drama of Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

Macbeth killed King Duncan to fulfil the prediction of the three witches that he would be king while the incumbent king was still on the throne.” Lady Macbeth who wanted to be a “First Lady” and Queen by all means persuaded her husband to commit the horrible crime thereby staining their hands with human blood.  Act 2, Scene 2, of William Shakespeare; Macbeth captured the repercussion of this evil in a moving dialogue:

MACBETH
I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth has murdered sleep”

LADY MACBETH
What do you mean?

MACBETH
Still it cried, “Sleep no more!” to the entire house. “Glamis has murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more.”

Lady Macbeth could not sustain her braveness and her whim to conceal the guilt in Act 5, Scene 1. She confronted her guilt in the depth of her being and was tormented in her conscience. In her mental agony, she cried in her sleep, “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand!”  The doctor who was attending to her said, “This disease is beyond my practice.”

On March 15 (the Ides of March), 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators. He was able to resist until when his best friend Brutus stabbed him. He resigned himself to his fate with the cry of anguish “Et tu, Brute?”  That is, “Even you, Brutus?”  In both dramas, Shakespeare has demonstrated the truth that love and friendship can be sacrificed by some people who have made power and position their idol.

In Genesis 1-11, the inspired author delved into this urge of the human person in a cultic/religious context. The first murder that portrays the emergence of evil became a gate way for the philosophical question about a good God permitting evil in his name. This question re-echoes throughout the bible.  The story of Cain and Abel is a symbolic explanation of the inclination of the human person to kill for a selfish reason and then impute the motive for killing on religion. I do not know the sense we can make of a situation where some one is killing another human being created by God either with physical weapons or psychological weapons and claims he or she is doing so in God’s name and at the same time chorusing “God is great”. You can imagine the energy some “power famished dictators” exert on ceasing power from a legitimately elected person who is really called by God to serve the people and is doing his or her job well. Why are the righteous leaders who serve the good of all including the common people targets of some “malicious vultures”?

Cain and Abel in Hebrew are Qayin (קין) and Hevel (הבל). They are referred to as the sons of Adam (ابني آدم), in the Qur’an. In the narrative of Genesis 4:1-16, Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the LORD. Abel also presented an offering of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord accepted the offering of Abel who was a cheerful giver and rejected that of Cain who offered the worst produce of his farm. Cain was furious, and he was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why are you downcast?  If you do right, won’t you be accepted?  Instead of Cain to take the advice from God by making a better offering, he tricked his brother, saying, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.  God reacted and asked Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain replied, “I do not know: Am I my brother’s keeper?” After this, God said to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you farm, the ground shall not yield good crops to you! You shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth!

If Cain desired to kill Abel for a cultic / religious reason, common sense would attain the fact that it would have been easier for Cain to look for another item or better alternative to sacrifice in order to win God’s favour than to kill his own brother. Perhaps the rotten yam offered by Cain represented his rotten mind and fatal envy.

In Cain, a curse is placed on whoever kills an innocent person for egoistic reasons. People with guilt do not find rest when they sleep and when they die. A warring community can not expect good development and progress for a sustainable length of time.

Today, we see so much rivalry (intra and inter) within many religious groups. The fight to become the head in a church and in a Mosque is no longer news. A Nun once recommended that to do a good job in inter-religious dialogue, the adherents of the various religions should first do a proper intra-religious dialogue so that they can live in peace and harmony within their religious community before inviting others to share in their intra community peace. You can only give what you have. You can not offer the peace that does not exist in your community to others. This is the central idea behind ecumenism.

This suggestion is relevant today more than ever before given that we now live in an era when “parasites of power” and “seekers for prestige positions” are making religion a serious object of ridicule.  The story of Cain and Abel is an analysis of what is happening in the world today. There is nothing wrong with religion; it is some people who claim to dwell in the cult of God and claim to understand the mind of God better than anyone else that needs transformation and a change of attitude. Can’t we really get along as brothers and sisters? Wherever brothers and sisters dwell in unity there is peace, love and joy. Then we can really understand that God is good and God is great!

Fr. Prof. Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua is the Director of Mission and Dialogue of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja and Consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims (C.R.R.M), Vatican City (comonokhua@hotmail.com).

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{ Day 157 }.


Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. —Song of Solomon 8:6

There is nothing more compelling or attractive than desire that goes above and beyond. Hollywood has made billions of dollars from the craving of the human heart to experience deep, abiding love. The love stories through the ages are very similar. They are the stories of the man who sells all to win the love of his lady. People flock to the theater to see the same story line over and over. Why? Because something in us longs for love that knows no boundaries, love that knows no sacrifice in pursuit of the one it loves. Shakespeare‘s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet touches the deep chord within. It cries out that life itself is only worthwhile if the heart burns with love. There is no sacrifice too great when the heart is set on fire.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

So much of the world is searching for love in all the wrong places, Father. Help me to reveal the love of Father God to others, so that sharing a revelation of Your love becomes my highest goal.

When you understand the revelation of the fire of
God, experiencing His burning desire for His Son
and for other human beings will radically
change your life.

By MIKE BICKLE.

{ Day 157 }.


Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. —Song of Solomon 8:6

There is nothing more compelling or attractive than desire that goes above and beyond. Hollywood has made billions of dollars from the craving of the human heart to experience deep, abiding love. The love stories through the ages are very similar. They are the stories of the man who sells all to win the love of his lady. People flock to the theater to see the same story line over and over. Why? Because something in us longs for love that knows no boundaries, love that knows no sacrifice in pursuit of the one it loves. Shakespeare‘s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet touches the deep chord within. It cries out that life itself is only worthwhile if the heart burns with love. There is no sacrifice too great when the heart is set on fire.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

So much of the world is searching for love in all the wrong places, Father.

Help me to reveal the love of Father God to others, so that sharing a revelation of Your love becomes my highest goal.

When you understand the revelation of the fire of God, experiencing His burning desire for His Son and for other human beings will radically change your life.

By MIKE BICKLE.

The English Language.


English: the language of King James, Shakespeare and Webster; the first language to declare, “All men are created equal;” the only language spoken on the moon. English: the most bazaar and confusing language in the world.

It’s a wonder anyone can understand it. For example:

• The plural of moose is moose while the plural of goose is geese. But the plural of mongoose is mongooses.

• Ewe and you are pronounced the same but share no common letters.

The longest word with non-duplicated letters is uncopyrightable.

• Dismayed, disrupt and inept are negative words that have no positive form.

• Are, came, gape, and lien are one syllable words. But add one letter each and they become three syllables: area, cameo, agape, and alien.

• Rugged is two syllables. But add a couple of letters—shrugged—and it becomes one syllable.

• At times redundancy is completely acceptable—Rio Grande River, and Sierra Mountains, among others.

• The most commonly written word is the, but the most often spoken word is “I.”

It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!

And if that’s not enough, certain wordsmiths play mindboggling games to confuse us even more—as with palindromes.

Palindromes are words that read the same forward and backwards, as in Bob, radar, kayak, and racecar. A palindrome can also be a sentence—spelled the same from either direction, as in: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama.

I keep wondering, “Who thinks up these dizzy verbal switchbacks? Who has that much time on their hands?” Here’s some of their handiwork:

– Yo, banana boy!

– Do geese see God?

Madam, I’m Adam.

– Desserts, I stressed.

– Ma is a nun, as I am.

– Was it a car or a cat I saw?

– Lived on decaf; faced no devil.

– Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog.

– A Toyota; race fast, safe car. A Toyota.

But modern-day scribes weren’t the first to write forward and backwards—palindromes date back 2,000 years. In fact, cryptic forms of palindromes were used by the early Church as coded messages during times of persecution. Whereas Nero hoped to silence Christians, the first century believers were determined to spread the word, teach the saints, and hold tightly to biblical doctrines even if done through puzzles.

We’ve come a long way during those two millennia. Today we have protected freedoms allowing us to gather for worship and to study God’s word. And pastors have the same freedom to teach. We do not hide our message or veil its truth.

Or do we?

In an effort to be relevant and unique, there’s a temptation to sacrifice content for creativity, the permanent for the immediate, doctrine for easy-listening. But nothing on God’s green earth could be more relevant than His God-breathed word. The further our teaching strays from scripture, the less its power, and the more veiled it becomes to those who are perishing.

That’s why our commission was made so simple. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” And, “speak the truth in love.”

Proclaiming God’s word is not rocket science, it’s even headier than that. After all, its affects are eternal. His word provides light in a darkened world. It defines life and death. It has no equal, no limitations, and no end. It’s absolute and matchless in content. It’s infinite in scope, complete in knowledge, and entirely dependable. And unlike any other, His word is alive and active.

The literal translation of Acts 20.27 says, “I did not keep back from declaring to you all the counsel of God.” Or, you could say, “A half truth is a whole lie.” Now that sounds more like English!

Ron Walters Senior Vice President Ministry Relations

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by Ron Walters by Ron Walters.

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{ Day 157 }.


Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. —Song of Solomon 8:6

There is nothing more compelling or attractive than desire that goes above and beyond.

Hollywood has made billions of dollars from the craving of the human heart to experience deep, abiding love.

The love stories through the ages are very similar.

They are the stories of the man who sells all to win the love of his lady.

People flock to the theater to see the same story line over and over.

Why? Because something in us longs for love that knows no boundaries, love that knows no sacrifice in pursuit of the one it loves.

Shakespeare‘s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet touches the deep chord within.

It cries out that life itself is only worthwhile if the heart burns with love.

There is no sacrifice too great when the heart is set on fire.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

So much of the world is searching for love in all the wrong places, Father.

Help me to reveal the love of Father God to others, so that sharing a revelation of Your love becomes my highest goal.

When you understand the revelation of the fire of
God, experiencing His burning desire for His Son
and for other human beings will radically
change your life.

By MIKE BICKLE.


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