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November 7, 2018
November 6, 2018, 3:30 PM

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

As we enter this season of thanksgiving, what things are you most thankful for? It is really a time to consider and count our blessings. God has so lavished His grace and mercy on each of us. This week, as we contemplate the meaning of this season, let us focus our attention on our nation. We have been tremendously blessed as a nation. We can see God’s hand in the military battles for this nation, in the lives of so many of our founding fathers, and in His guidance through the many upheavals we have come through. We have experienced God working in a nation that loved Him, desired His principles, and willingly sent and supported missionaries all around the world to proclaim His goodness. What has happened?

Is it possible to be so blessed that we become strangers to the One who is the author of all blessings? It happened to Israel and it is happening here right before our eyes. We have developed the idea that we can flourish without God’s leadership and presence. There are those who are continually warning of the dangers we are facing but it seems to be falling on deaf ears. There are those constantly trying to share truth only to find opposition at every turn. There has developed such a spirit of disunity among our people as everything has become so politicized. It now seems that every subject becomes an opportunity to take sides as every word is scrutinized for political correctness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could understand the peace offered to each of us through Jesus? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could understand that the constant struggles in our nation are not the bombarding issues of media outlets but problems of the individual heart? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see a movement of God once again among us to bring us back to the One who is the author of the blessings we experience?

Let me say that we are indeed grateful to live in the United States of America. However, it is not the same nation of our childhood. Throughout the history of the world, great nations have come and gone. Each one existed for the plan and purpose of Almighty God. There is no reason to think differently about the United States. Our future is really very easy to predict. We either turn back to God, realizing that He is our only hope, or we will continue on this downward spiral from which there is no return. We must be intercessors before God, as Moses and Daniel were for their people, pleading with Him to send a great movement among our people. May we understand that we only exist for His purpose and His alone. In spite of all that we see around us, there is still so much reason to give thanks to God for His enduring love!

                                                                                                        We love and appreciate each of you,

                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia