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The Prayer of Thanksgiving

praying_manOne of the most overlooked yet significant portions of our prayers is to give thanks to the Lord for what He has already provided us. We sometimes become so consumed by our needs that we forget to acknowledge the blessings we are currently experiencing. We must never forget that God’s grace can never be demanded and that we receive many blessings each and every day. While the unbeliever receives blessings as well, we as Christians should be prepared to recognize these blessings and joyously demonstrate our gratitude through offering our gratefulness.

We all have received various blessings from the Lord to which we should show appreciation. One of the greatest blessings we possess is that the holy God has granted us redemption from our sins by sending His only begotten Son to die a sinners death on our behalf. We should thank our Saviour for His willingness to become our substitute and carry our sins to be crucified. We should always be in awe and appreciation for the gift of eternal life. We should thank God for bringing us to the cross by granting us the faith and repentance to come to the Son and that He continues to work in us through the Holy Spirit to bring us to glory. God also molds us in love to be conformed to the image of His Son. God places trials in our life and then grants us the strength and wisdom to persevere through them. Sometimes we see certainly events and uncertainties in our lives as almost unnecessary and too difficult to bare but God has a purpose in them and it is to strengthen us in these trials. We never see God’s face like we do when we are suffering trials.

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Engaging in Conversation

Knock, knock.I was on my way for a coffee break when I saw two very nice Mormon gentlemen walking on Main Street here in Moncton the other day. They were attempting to get some folks that were walking by to speak with them. Whenever I see these gentlemen I try very hard to stop and chat with them but when I’m at work that becomes very difficult. I like to share with them the gospel of the bible and the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sharing your faith with Mormons or members of the Watchtower Society can sometimes be difficult since they are well trained prior to making attempts to engage you in conversation.

I thought I would share a little video from Greg Koukl on how to approach these folks. It is certainly a good start and may help if you are asked to share your faith with them.

Should We Stand Against Roman Catholicism?

Dr_ WhiteLast Wednesday evening, James White did a special episode of his live streaming show the Dividing Line called Habemus a Problemo: Thoughts on the Papal Election on the aftermath of the papal election. You can listen to the broadcast here. There are things that were said that I feel christians need to hear in light of the gospel. We live in an age where christians seem to be losing sight of the biblical principles that were addressed during the period of the Reformation  and the importance thereof.

People who profess to follow Christ and refuse to condemn the gospel that Rome preaches need to begin to think through their convictions. It is vital to consider the consequences of preaching a false gospel to the world and what it means if we don’t stand against those who preach that gospel. The apostle Paul never minced any words when it came to this issue, we read:

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10)

If we think about this verse especially in regards to v.10, we must ask ourselves when we are not condemning the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church whether we are attempting to please men or God?