“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 1:18-21 (ESV)

Today I am thankful that our nation, as dark as it may sometimes seem, honors the tradition of giving thanks. To be thankful is an attribute that is distinctly Christian. To give thanks is to recognize something or someone outside of yourself. To give thanks is to give honor, recognition and glory to someone outside of yourself. The world says, “look at me! I am owed! It is my right! I am the victim! I did this!” Ungratefulness is one of the main qualities listed in the passage above which leads to judgment and the wrath of God. This just judgment is evident in futile thinking and foolish, darkened hearts that say, “there is no god.” Today, I thank the Father in heaven who bestows onto His children “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” through His son, Jesus Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father! Give Him thanks and let your thinking dwell on His glory today. Let your hearts shine with the light of His glory today, for He alone is worthy of praise.

Gary North on Spoon-Feeding Miracles

When God’s people seek continual miracles from God, rather than victory by means of labor under God’s revealed law-order, they are admitting defeat.

— Gary North. Unconditional Surrender: God’s Program for Victory. Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1988. 359. Print.

D.A. Horton on Integrity

The reputation of Christ and the beauty of the Gospel is far more glorious and worth fighting for than those momentary things that the enemy wants to leverage to disqualify those that God is leveraging for leadership within the body of Christ.

— D.A. Horton

Gary North on Rejecting the Worship of God

By rejecting the worship of God, man inevitably accepts the worship of Satan, even when man thinks he is worshipping himself, or idols, or the messianic State.

— Gary North. Unconditional Surrender: God’s Program for Victory. Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1988. 47. Print.

Gary North on the Fear of the State

Since the State is the most visibly powerful human institution, atheism removes a concept of some higher court of appeal beyond the State. The State becomes “divine” by default – the highest court of appeal, the highest moral authority. Not every atheist is a statist. But where atheism predominates, the State steadily encroaches on men’s freedom, for they are left with no higher authority to appeal to or to provide them with the moral justification for resistance to tyranny. Where the fear of God is absent, the fear of the State is a convenient and universal substitute.

— Gary North. Unconditional Surrender: God’s Program for Victory. Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1988. 21. Print.

Richard Baxter on Sin

“Treat sin as it will treat you; spare it not for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world; treat it therefore as a murderer should be treated. Kill it before it kills you.”

— Richard Baxter

Oswald Chambers on Prayer

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

— Oswald Chambers