Here is just a snippet of insight from Hebrews 9:11-15:
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood--not the blood of goats and calves--he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
... Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them... (NLT)
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The sidewalks and the roadways
Have now become my home
Since misfortune somehow found me
I've been wandering alone
The coldness and the darkness
Of every passing night
Leads me to a shelter
That for tonight feels alright
You'd not think it's perfect
It's loud and space is tight
But if they have a bed for me
It's perfect for this night
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Some Christians may feel they have to choose between charitable giving and gift giving in this tough economy. And more than ever, we realize how important it is to choose wisely by giving only to trustworthy and reliable charities.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, here are a few simple tips to maximize your donations, stretch your dollars, and make the most impact with your charitable giving this holiday season:
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Not only was I impressed with the study Bible, I thoroughly enjoyed its translation. Compass incorporates The Voice translation, a refreshing new crossbreed of "word-for-word" and "thought-for-thought" translations. The heart of the translation project was to deliver the stories of the Bible in a fluid, present-day literary style while remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts.
To give Compass the ultimate test, I decided to begin my reading in the book of Revelation. I have to say, I was quite impressed. Never before has this difficult book of the Bible come alive and stirred my emotions like this while simply reading in my quiet time. Perhaps I'll head over to Leviticus next and see what happens.
Seriously, I think Compass is a great study Bible to give a new believer, a seeker, or anyone looking for a fresh and meaningful journey though the Scriptures. Currently Compass is only available in Wal-Mart stores. It will be sold online beginning in February 2014.
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Every year on Thanksgiving Day I like to post this poem, A Thanksgiving Day Prayer. I wrote it to share with Christian families around the globewherever Thanksgiving is celebrated.
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
This year, I'd also like to invite you to share your favorite Thanksgiving memories, traditions, and verses:
- Share Your Thanksgiving Memories
- Share Your Thanksgiving Traditions
- Share Favorite Thanksgiving Verses
- Thanksgiving Day Prayers and Poems
- Bible Verses for Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Traditions and Trivia
- 10 Ways to Give Thanks
- Thanksgiving Fun for Christian Families
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When you've finished saying the blessing and passing the dressing, why not enjoy some family fun this Thanksgiving holiday?
Including suggestions from other About.com Guides, I've put together eight great ideas and activities for sharing a bit of lighthearted laughter with family and friends this Thanksgiving:
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Throughout her childhood, Dara saw enough pain and abuse to last a lifetime. In response, she built a protective wall around her heart. But "The Wall" kept out the love and acceptance she so desperately needed. When Dara turned to God and began to read the Bible, her wall began to crumble as God's unfailing love tumbled in.
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The last few Thanksgivings have been especially tough for our family, ever since we lost our dear niece. She was a naturally bubbly person who loved the holidays and family gatherings. Her birthday falls near Thanksgiving Day, and so we feel a profound loss each time we come together.
Although I don't suffer from depression, I know many Christians who do, especially at this time of year. Realizing that the next few weeks are going to be emotionally challenging for some of us, I'd like to recommend these resources from people who are accustomed to battling the blues:
Find God's Hidden Gift in Your Pain
Wrapped within our suffering is one of God's most precious gifts. When we learn to give thanks in everything, we discover intimacy with God. Find out how to be grateful even in the midst of pain and sorrow.
When Grief Comes Home for the Holidays
If someone you love is experiencing grief this holiday season, Nancy Schimelpfening, About.com Guide to Depression, has some great advice for offering support. If the grieving person happens to be you, Nancy's tips will help you help yourself. She reviews the grief process and suggests "what to do" and "what not to do." One of the best tips is to remember that each family member may be at a different stage of grief, so we should be sensitive to each individual's needs.
Surviving Grief During the Holiday Season
Angela Morrow, RN, About.com Guide to Palliative Care, gives several strategies for coping with illness, grief, or the loss of a loved one during the holidays. An important suggestion Angela makes is to seek support from family, friends, your church community, a local hospice agency, or a support group. Having someone to talk to about your feelings is one of the best ways to get through the painful times.
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