November 25, 2017

The Lord’s Presence for His People

Jerry Sivnksty

FrontLine • March/April 2009

In Psalm 16:11 we read, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy.” It is the second phrase of this verse we are going to examine as it applies to the Lord’s people. In Exodus 33, Moses prayed for the Lord’s presence. He said in verse 13, “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.” Then in verse 14 the Lord answered, “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”

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Six Thanksgiving Principles from President Washington’s Proclamation

Matt Recker

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation full of faith and wisdom, designating Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a national day of thanks for our new nation. I would like to note six thanksgiving principles from this first thanksgiving proclamation of our fledgling nation.

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Thanks in Eternity

George Stiekes

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 7:11-12

God’s people have always been a people of praise and thanksgiving. From the very beginning God chose us in order that we might praise Him. This people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise (Isaiah 43:21). In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will: that WE SHOULD BE TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY, who first trusted in Christ (Ephesians 1:11-12). For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (I Corinthians 6:20).

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The Best Questions to Ask in Terrible Times of Terror

Matt Recker

I have been asked many times in these terrible days of terror, “Why would God allow this if He is all-powerful and good? Or, “What is God doing?” Others question, “Where is God when that awful terror is happening? How can He let that happen?"

These are the natural questions to ask, but in Romans 8:31-39, Paul reveals the best questions that require supernatural faith to ask.

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A. T. Robertson and Preaching

Wally Morris

I grew up going to Southern Baptist churches. The church I went to for most of my childhood and teenage years was established in 1937. I have distinct, good memories of that church and its people. The red brick church with its white columns and large, brick steps, located in coastal Georgia not far from the river and ocean, gave me my first introduction to the Bible, the gospel, and preaching. We moved to a different part of the county when I was a senior in high school and began attending a smaller church. When I went to college in 1975, I began attending a Bible study and became aware of theological problems in the SBC. I am the type of person who likes to find out the facts for myself, so I started asking SBC pastors I knew some questions. I could tell they were being evasive with their answers, which made me suspicious. I won’t go into everything I did to get answers to my questions, but the final result was that I ended my association with the SBC. Today, the SBC has a much more theologically conservative belief and practice than the SBC I grew up with. However, the roots of a return to a less conservative position are still within the SBC. But that would be another story.

Having said that, I have never lost my appreciation for the significant people in SBC history who helped shaped its beliefs and practice.

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