More Thanksgiving

From one of my mentors, Pastor Randy Booth…wise words…

Feast of Booths

Yesterday many gave no thanks at all. Many others were thanking a pantheon of false Gods. Still others might feast but with no more gratitude than hogs in a trap feast upon the grain. Thanksgiving to God should be a daily habit that begins with confessing our faith in Jesus Christ. This is both invisible and visible. While the visible and the invisible are distinct, they remain inseparable. We give thanks for both invisible and visible things, and we have both invisible (inward) and visible (outward) expressions of gratitude. Since thanksgiving is flowing from our hearts, we show our gratitude privately and publicly. It’s an expression of who we are in Christ—the children of God. We do this in worship, in eating and drinking, and in giving to others. Thanks is something we give—it’s a sacrifice. It’s an acknowledgement that we’re not self-sufficient, but rather dependent on God and others…

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Reconfiguration…

…we must remember that liberalism is not primarily a rejection of the supernatural; it is a reconfiguration of the nature of Christianity in such a way as to highlight religious psychology or experience and downplay or marginalize doctrine.

Carl Trueman
The Creedal Imperative, 142

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Countercultural…Defiant…Revolutionary…

The recitation of a creed in a worship service is one of the most countercultural things Christians can do. It is an act of defiance, if not even of actual revolution.

Carl Truman
The CREEDAL Imperative, 154

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Part of an ecclesiastical way of life…

No creedal or catechetical document stands by itself; it is part of an ecclesiastical way of life, one element of our lives as Christians.

Carl Trueman
The Creedal Imperative, 127

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Salutary Rebuke…Great Encouragement…

To be reminded that the church is God’s creation and lives in the shadow of the cross, and is not to be judged strong or weak by the standards of the world, is both a salutary rebuke to triumphalism and a great encouragement to those who live in parts of the world where the most noticeable aspects of the church are her outward weakness and suffering.

Carl Trueman
The Creedal Imperative, 123

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Prayer of Thanksgiving…September 26. 2016

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:

“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 11:15-19

 

Our Holy Father and our God, we give You thanks and praise that Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, possesses righteousness, salvation and power.

We give You thanks, O God, that in Him we have become to You children and to us You have become Father. And that, as Your children, Christ’s righteousness, salvation and power are exercised on behalf of us and His whole bride-church.

We give You thanks that You know the end from the beginning, and that in Your Word that is Truth You show us that end…Jesus wins. That He has taken His great power and now and ever reigns, that the kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ…and that He shall reign forever and ever.

In this time of turmoil round about us, Father, we are thankful for the certainty of that view of what is to come. With presidential candidates from bad to worse, with a societal elite and government that approves and encourages things that are an abomination before Your Holy Eyes…of which abortion and the homosexual agenda and the acronyms proceeding therefrom are only the start…we desperately need the solace and stability of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, a sure hope of a renewal of the whole of creation, the freeing of it and us from the curse.

We give You thanks, O God, for the work Christ is doing in and through this congregation, Valley Covenant Church, Trinity Reformed Church, the King’s Congregation in Boise and her pastor, Alan Burrow, the CREC, and His whole bride-church. We give thanks for Word faithfully preached, and for sacraments faithfully administered as windows through which we can see the work Christ has done on our behalf, especially for the windows just opened to us and about to be opened.

We thank You for the growth of Christ’s church and of this particular church… the joining of the Fountains and the Browns to this body and the baptisms of Elizabeth Hewitt and the Browns.

We thank you for the work Christ is doing in wombs, in homes, in schools, co-ops and homeschools. And we pray, O God, that torrential streams, mighty cataracts of covenant faithfulness might proceed from this congregation, and that our descendants might possess the gates of Christ’s enemies.

And we give You thanks for being our Father and our God, a choice that was clearly Yours and not ours.

All this in Christ’s Holy Name we pray.

Amen.

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Things they didn’t teach me in seminary…

Or Business School…

Copier repair.

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