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May we be in Thanksgiving, every day

Happy Thanksgiving

Inspiring Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 107:1

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 7:17

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Psalm 50:14

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High,

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Hebrews 13:15

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Scripture Quotes on Being Thankful

2 Corinthians 2:14

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Psalm 116:12

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?

Lamentations 3:23

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Colossians 4:2

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:17

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.

Psalm 31:19

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalm 103:2

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

2 Corinthians 4:15

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

What the Bible Says About Giving Thanks

Psalm 95:2

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

1 Chronicles 16:34

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Psalm 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

1 Timothy 2:1

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

What is your favorite Bible verse for Thanksgiving? Share it in the comments below and encourage others in our community!

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To all our brothers and sisters, we thank God for you! May the Lord provide all your needs, strengthen, bless and keep you.

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Survey reveals Bible is the most widely read book in the Philippines

Christian News – Be encouraged! The Bible was by far the most read book in 2017 in the Philippines. This is stated in a recent survey by the National Book Development Board, a government body. According to the results of the survey, examined by Agenzia Fides, despite the growing secularization in the country with a large Catholic majority, 72% of the population still reads the Sacred Scripture.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon, who for years presided over the Episcopal Commission for the biblical apostolate, welcomed the results of the survey and told Fides that “it is good news that the Bible remains a very read book in our country”. The Bishop reports that “in the last 10 years 10 million copies of the Bible have been distributed to the Filipino families”.

“Despite the frequent use of social media and modern means, Filipinos do not forget to read the Bible as a source of comfort and inspiration to face the challenges of the present: not only Catholics, but also the faithful of other Christian denominations read the Bible to start their day”, says to Fides Jayson Marco Caesar Leones, assistant at the Centro Escolar of Manila University.

“I remember a song that speaks of the importance of reading the Bible and says: take the Bible, open it, read it, understand it, it is the source of our hope, the Filipinos, known to be resilient in times of calamity and disaster, by reading and listening to the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures, gain strength and courage to be ready to face the storms of life”, says Leones, a Catholic layman.

The National Book Development Board had already promoted a similar survey in 2012 and at the time 58% of those interviewed said that the Bible was the most read book. The Philippines has a population of 110 million, 80% Catholics, divided into 86 dioceses.  (Agenzia Fides)

 

Watch and Hear The Gospel of Matthew!

Have you ever read the Gospel according the Matthew straight through in one sitting? … Do you ever spend hours watching television shows? In 1993, Christian filmmakers set out to make a Jesus film which would be Word-for-Word the Gospel. What emerged was a presentation of Jesus in exultant joy (Hebrews 1:9) and deep passion – a Man who was God on His knees in the sand, weeping over people’s pain, reaching His healing hand into their broken lives; a Man who restrained all the power of the universe and allowed His blood to fall to the ground…for you. The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man. As his story unfolds, the centuries melt away and we are intimately involved in the life of Jesus. The mystery and the wonder of His birth—His baptism and temptation in the wilderness—The compassion and hope of the Sermon on the Mount. Walk with Jesus through Galilee as He calls His disciples, performs miracles, and begins teaching His world-changing message of love and redemption. This deeply moving presentation is a unique word-for-word presentation in the NIV.  The movie is over 4 hours long. Watch it in segments if your unable to view it all.

You probably don’t need to hear reasons that it’s important to read the Bible. You know it is. But you might need some motivation. We hope this will encourage you to open your Bible and take up reading it again. While watching, pause the movie and read the Gospel of Matthew in your Bible. Experience God’s Word afresh, and His promises for you anew. HE loves you!

Is Fear and Anxiety taking hold of you?

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Trapped by fear

(Voice of the Persecuted) In these troubled and unstable times, many feel as though threats loom around every corner. We’re bombarded with constant news of terrorist attacks or those which have been thwarted, war or the threat thereof, the refugee crisis, economic woes, intolerance disguised as tolerance, growing divisions among citizens in nearly every nation, increasing violence and hatred. It can be very difficult to deal with and extremely intimidating. But as Christians, it would be hard not to notice the push to remove God and His Word from society as a whole. The attacks against our faith in Christ and the rapid rise of Christian persecution, quite possibly by our friends and family members.  How does one not become overwhelmed by the pressures of this world? What can we do as believers in Christ to keep from being crushed by the darkness closing in?

Put your focus back on Jesus, have faith. FEAR is a distraction to draw you away from him. Remember God’s promises. He is faithful and His Word will never come back void! To know where these attacks come from and why, STUDY God’s Word here and equip yourselves with courage.

Read scriptures that can guide and encourage you on topics relating to fear, such as fear and anxiety, fear of love, fear of the unknown and fear of death. Read verses from the Holy Bible about fear in relation to God, Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith.

Let us encourage one another come what may…Love wins! Below are Bible verses about fear to help you overcome. God bless you, dear brothers and sisters. May God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN

  • 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
  • 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  • 1 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
  • 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
  • 19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
  • 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
  • 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
  • 6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
  • 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
  • 11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and shield.
  • 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
  • 1 Praise the LORD.Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.
  • Deuteronomy 31:6

    6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • 1 Chronicles 28:20

    20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
  • 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
  • 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • 13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
  • 4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
  • 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13

    13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
  • 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • 1 Peter 3:13-14

    13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”
  • 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

source Bible Study Tools

Daily Fire: BREAKTHROUGH FAITH

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Day #41 — BREAKTHROUGH FAITH

“Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11: 40)

DAILY FIRE!

Because I believe, I know that I will see the glory of God!

People often pray, “Use me, O Lord,” and then do nothing! You cannot wait to feel faith. Faith is not a feeling. You simply do what should be done when you know that you cannot succeed unless God helps you. The whole Bible is written to break down unbelief, and build up our trust in God.

There is no greater challenge, no greater call, no greater personal instruction than to read and take heed God’s Word, imprinting it on the pages of your heart and mind. Walking daily in the power of His Word will make a permanent impact on your faith, your emotions, and your destiny. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to God’s word” (Psalm 119:9). Daily Fire Devotional is a collection of dynamic devotionals from the powerful writings of evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. With its simple, convenient, easy–to–read format, you can take this book anywhere and plunge in at any point, choosing to read specific indexed selections focused on a particular topic or to read it chronologically as your personal daily Bible reading program. Much more than a daily devotional, this book will to give you a passion for lost souls and motivate you to be a soulwinner. Features a brief, daily motivational message; a Scripture verse for the day; related Bible passages; a “Daily Fire” encouragement to carry you through the day; and a verse plan to help you read through the entire Bible in one year.

Get the Daily Fire Devotional: 365 Days in God’s Word by Reinhard Bonnke.

You Must Be Empty To Become Full!

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Many times we find ourselves saying, I should start reading the Bible, or I need to get into the Word. Often this thought gets put aside due to our hectic schedules and the trials of the day. If this sounds like you, I’ve got great news…Today is a new day! A day to purposely choose to begin one of the most important things we as those called by Christ can do, read God’s word.

It is where you will learn His plan for us and this world which seems to be collapsing in on itself. How we can have true peace and joy. Courage in times where worldly men fear. Hope in the many promises that God has given to us. And to come to know the One who created all things for Himself, including you!

Commit yourself to reading the Bible. Begin by praying for wisdom and understanding through the Holy Spirit. Be still. Think yourself EMPTY, then read yourself FULL!

Click Here for resources to help you get started. And may God bless you on this wonderful journey where HE will go with you!

 

Do You Know The Truth?

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Steadfast in Prayer #PrayOn

PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED

PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED

One month ago thousands to millions of people across the globe gathered to pray for our Brother Pastor Saeed Abedini’s release. Today Saeed has been imprisoned for 2 years and 1 month, this article is a reminder to continue to pray for his release.

If you look back to the 7 points of prayer of the vigil the first prayer request is for Saeed’s immediate release. As Colossians 4:2 (ESV) urges us to “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” I humbly request that you continue to pray for Saeed and for his immediate release.
Recently, on October 24, 2013 an article was written encouraging us to pray for a minimum of 2 minutes a day for the immediate release (http://freeallthree.com/2014/10/24/thirty-days-to-november-24-deadline-for-p51-iran-to-reach-final-nuke-deal-can-you-pray2minutes/). This is one worthy of being read.
Encouraging 2 minute prayer, one that might look like this;

“Dear God, thank you for allowing me to pray for my brother Saeed Abedini, and the persecuted church. You encourage us in Matthew 21:22 (ESV) “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. “to ask in faith as well as in James 1:6 (ESV), “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” without doubt I ask with faith for Saeed’s release and the many other refugees and believers in Christ that you know.

I thank you God for the growth in my faith through the persecuted trials, thank you that I can pray earnestly night and day for our brother and sisters in Christ who suffer, through this fill what is lacking in my faith. You tell us in 1 Thessalonians 3:10 (ESV), “ as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?”, show me where I can grow, challenge me and comfort me in times of growth. I love you God and thank you for your son Jesus who died and rose for my salvation.

I ask that in my life I can be a testimony for you, that those in persecution will be an encouraging factor in my life to share Christ with boldness. As Apostle Paul has done in Phillipi may I have the same boldness in my household, town, and beyond? I am reminded of that boldness in 1 Thessalonians 2:2 (ESV), “But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.” As Paul has done and my persecuted brothers in Christ have done. Prepare me for the persecution in my life, your Word tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” All who desire to live godly lives in your son will be persecuted, let my life reflect you, I welcome the persecution and count it joy when these trials come, as you say in James 1:2 (ESV), “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”

I pray this in your precious Son’s name: Jesus Christ, may I glorify Him in everything, Amen.”

Setting an online timer, the prayer above is a little over 2 minutes. I encourage you to pray that daily. I also encourage you to add to it, as the Lord leads you, add to it.

https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/idop14-the-international-day-of-prayer-for-the-persecuted-how-to-participate/

Mark your calendar -IDOP14 Participate and PRAY with us for the Persecuted Church!  Click to enlarge

Mark your calendar -IDOP14 Participate and PRAY with us for the Persecuted Church!
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The shared attachment is an opportunity for you to participate in a worldwide prayer meeting. This year, Voice of the Persecuted is uniting together in prayer with other organizations and in promoting the International Day of Prayer, or IDOP, among Christians in the U.S and around the world. In the spirit of oneness that Christ commanded: For, if one suffers, we all suffer (Hebrews 13:3).

I challenge all of you, as it is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV), to “pray without ceasing,” Join me and thousands around the world on Sunday November 2nd between 8a and 8p and again on Sunday November 9th between 8a to 8p to do one thing and that is PRAY ON.

by Dr. Jim Seward

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