Happy Thanksgiving from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries! May God bless you and your family this holiday season!
The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of November 23-29, 2014, is 1 John 1:8-10. John, an apostle, writes to a group of believers Ephesus, a wealthy and pagan city. They are under attack from false teachers and John seeks to reassure them of the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts]. (1 John 1:8-10, AMP)
This week’s passage demands an honest and unbiased examination of our life. We have all sinned against the Lord. No one, save Jesus Christ, has walked this earth without sin. No one! Anyone who claims otherwise is a false teacher. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this weeks verse, examine your life and lay it before the Lord. Seek forgiveness from the Lord for your sins.
Daily Bible Reading for November 27, 2014, with Commentary: Ecclesiastes 11-12
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Context: Today, we finish our reading of Ecclesiastes. Solomon wrote this book as an exploration of the meaning of life. Chapter 11 examines the shortage of our time on this earth. We should not let life pass us by, waiting for a time that may never come. Although we should enjoy life, we should also remember that we have eternal life through Christ. Chapter 12 offers Solomon’s conclusions to his musings. There is no purpose and direction without the Lord. Although life may not always seem fair, we must remember that in the end, our actions are judged by the Lord.
Everyday, before she went to bed, Kara prayed to the Lord, but her prayer was not what you may expect. She did not ask for help for her problems or for alleviation from her suffering - she did that in her morning devotions. Instead Kara took this time to thank God and praise Him. She thanked for the blessings she had received that day, for the situations in which she had seen His hand working, for the amazing beauty of His work. Some days it was more difficult than others to find something for which to be thankful. On the days she really struggled, she began by thanking God for sending His Son to earth to die, so that she could be saved. And you know what? That usually led to something else for which to be thankful. For Kara, everyday was Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving - to give thanks, to gratefully acknowledge what has been given to you, especially by God.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7, ESV)
Kara understood that Thanksgiving should not be a single day a year, but a way of life! Thanksgiving did not begin with the pilgrims celebrating a successful harvest, but long before.
Long before the pilgrims celebrated their first thanksgiving, the Israelites had their own celebrations of thanksgiving. The Passover Feast was a celebration of thanks, thanks that they had been passed over by the angel of death and delivered from the land of Egypt (Leviticus 23:4-8). The Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks were celebrations of thanks for the harvest (Leviticus 23:9-22). When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10, NIV)
Long before the pilgrims celebrated their first thanksgiving, Jesus was giving thanks. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. (John 6:11, NIV) After taking the cup, [Jesus] gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.” (Luke 22:17, NIV) And [Jesus] took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19, NIV) Jesus, many times over, demonstrated by example, that we are to earnestly give thanks to God our Father before every meal.
Long before the pilgrims celebrated their first thanksgiving, the apostles were teaching thanksgiving as a way of life. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17, ESV) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, ESV) … do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6, ESV) Following the example of Christ, the apostles taught that for Christians, everyday was to be a day of thanksgiving.
How have you been blessed by the Lord this past year? For those who have received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, everyday should be a day of thanksgiving. You can, however, make the fourth Thursday of November a special day of Thanksgiving. It is a time in which your family can abound in thanksgiving together. So turn off the television! Ignore the lure of great bargains which will be there in the days that follow. Focus on your family. How have they been blessed by the Lord this past year? How have you been blessed by the Lord? Have you thanked the Lord?
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
The month of November, among other things, is Non-Profit Organization Appreciation Month. Non-Profit Organizations play a vital role in the daily lives and overall wellbeing of our nation and the world.
Although you may not realize it Non-Profit Organizations touch everyone's, including yours, life. Non-profits engage in innumerable activities. Non-Profit organizations feed, shelter and cloth those unable to provide for themselves: long and short term. Others provide medical care for those unable to afford it. Some non-profit organizations engage in medical research seeking cures for currently incurable disease. Many seek to influence the way the world is viewed and how people interact with one another. The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries falls into the later category of non-profit organization. The list of what non-profit organizations do is limitless and surely not exhausted here.
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has a passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, everywhere. Our mission is to support and encourage those who have acknowledged Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. For those who have never encountered Jesus Christ our desire is to introduce you too Him through the Gospels and a study of His word, the Holy Bible. Jesus teaches us that He is the way, the truth, and the life for all who come to Him with an open mind and a sincere heart. Our mission as a non-profit is to change the world for the better one person at a time through helping all come to Jesus Christ. We share our passion through our website: www.theforgivenessfoundation.org. Our website allows us to reach the world without leaving our office. Praise the Lord!
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has a burden. The burden is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every man and woman on death row in the United States of America. We do this by corresponding with death row inmates about anything they chose with the inmate knowing we will be sharing the Gospel with every letter.
As Christians the Bible instructs about our duty to care for all God's creation:
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, nor shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and alien: I am the Lord your God." (NRSV, Leviticus 19: 9-10) (The Hungry)
"And the crowds asked [John the Baptist], "What then should we do? In reply he said to them, "whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." (NRSV, Luke 3:10-11) (Clothing and Food)
"But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in Him?" (NAS, 1 John 3:17) (All Needs)
"I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and came to me. ... And the KIng [Jesus] will answer them, "truly, I say to you, as you did to the one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.”" (ESV, Matthew 25:36, 40) ( All done to help mankind is done unto Jesus Christ Himself)
"And he [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole of creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”" (ESV, Mark 16:15-16) (Share the Gospel)
What is your passion? If you share the same passion and burden The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has I encourage you to pray for us and assist us in our ministry through your financial support.
You can make a gift online by clicking on the donate button situated on the left side of your computer screen. If you prefer to mail your gift you may make your check payable to: The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, P. O Box 25113, Washington D. C. 2027. We appreciate your support! (Your gift is tax deductible - The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)
Don't be lukewarm! Unleash your passion and let your love for Jesus Christ grow.
All non-profit organizations share one common characteristic: Their leaders, workers, and supporters are dedicated to and are enthusiastic about the cause the non-profit organization is pursuing. What is your passion? There is a non-profit organization in the United States that shares your passion! We encourage you to take the month of November, Non-Profit Organization Appreciation Month, to connect with a non-profit organization and pursue your passion.
November 21, 2014
IDPN 2014 Issue 47
Algeria: In 1993, in the midst of a civil war, the nation suspended application of the death penalty. More recently, officials have considered reinstating the death penalty, especially with an increase of crimes against children. Justice Minister Tayeb Louh has stated that before the death penalty could be reinstated, an open and objective debate must take place within the country.
Iran: On Saturday, November 15, 2014, three men were publicly executed by hanging in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. The men were not identified by name and were charged with kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery.
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, 22-year-old Vahid Shah Bakhsh and 23-year-old Mahmoud Shah Bakhsh were executed by hanging. Bother were charged with “Moharabeh” (enmity against God) and acting against national security. Both men were tortured after their arrest in April of 2012. At least one of the men confessed after being tortured.
Pakistan: On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the father, Muhammad Azeem, the brother, Muhammad Zahid, the former husband, Mazhar Iqbal, and the cousin Jumah Khan, of Farzana Parveen were sentenced to death for stoning Farzana to death. Twenty-five-year-old Farzan was pregnant when she was stoned to death with bricks by her family in an honor killing. Allegedly, Iqbal had kidnapped Farzana and persuaded her to marry him, even though she was allegedly married to her cousin at the time. Iqbal had also been convicted of killing his first wife.
Saudi Arabia: Talal Ali Qassem, a Syrian, was executed by beheading on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Talal was executed for smuggling methamphetamine into the country. He also confessed to the crime, although several international rights groups argue that confessions are often obtained through the use of torture and cannot be considered reliable.
Salih bin Yateem bin Salih al-Qarni was also executed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Salih was convicted of shooting a soldier and police offer and then attempting to escape by wearing women’s clothing. At the time of the shooting, he was in custody and being transported for unrelated charges.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.