We Gather Together

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"We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
sing praises to His Name, He forgets not His own. 
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
Thou, Lord wast at our side--the glory be Thine! 
We all do extol Thee, Thou leader in battle,
and pray that Thou still our defender wilt be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised; O Lord, make us free!" (We Gather Together, Anonymous).
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching - faster this year than years prior, it seems.

The Bible tells us to "be joyful always" and "give thanks continually in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18).  But why?

First of all, it is important to remember that thankfulness isn't found in an object; thankfulness, instead, is an attitude; a disposition of the heart.

War of the Worlds: God's Definitions of Femininity and Sexuality

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This is the last of a two-part series on femininity and sexuality.  Our current cultural beliefs are in direct opposition to the truths determined by our Creator.  These articles will explore the common cultural beliefs and Biblical truths regarding these two topics.

Femininity
Our culture has hijacked femininity.  Biological and natural traits separate the sexes in many ways.  Contrary to popular belief, females are distinct from males.

For instance, a couple weeks ago my wife and I were to go on a date.  We had to find a babysitter and choose a place to go.  The days leading up to our date, however, revealed many differences.  Lauren had been looking forward to a date night all week.  I was busy with work and other things, keeping the date night in the back of my mind, but doing little to prepare for it.  When Friday night finally came, our differing expectations became apparent.

War of the Worlds: Our Culture's Definitions of Femininity and Sexuality

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This is the first of a two-part series on femininity and sexuality.  Our current cultural beliefs are in direct opposition to the truths determined by our Creator.  These articles will explore the common cultural beliefs and Biblical truths regarding these two topics.

Femininity
"Feminism is so deeply ingrained in our culture that we are all affected by it.  So, what exactly is feminism... and has [its] effect been good or bad -- or both?" ("Biblical Femininity in a Feminist World", Cindy Garland, Bob Jones University).

Self-Disapproval

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The Puritans left us with many wise writings, meaningful meditations, and powerful prayers.  Below is a Puritan prayer entitled "Self-Depreciation" - "Self-Disapproval".  Indeed, it is good for the Christian to disapprove of himself.

Peace with God

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 "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).
When you think of peace, what do you think of?  I picture two children striving against one another over a toy.  Both are upset.  Faces are tight with fear and anxiety.  Anger begins to fill their eyes and beads of sweat line their foreheads.  Neither one is willing to give in to the other's wishes.  There is no peace between them, only a rift of bitterness.  Finally, mom and dad see what is happening and begin to mediate between the two parties.  Little by little, their anger and hatred toward one another subsides and they are reconciled in a few minutes - thanks to the mediation by mom and dad.