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Msg# 1247 A Thanksgiving Stairway
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
It is applicable for all humanity, certainly all Gentiles. It is applicable
for all nations, certainly for ours that just took an irreversible step into
progressive social liberalism via a 51% vote. It is applicable to all
individuals, even professed Christians. “Because that when they knew God,
they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful.” (Rom1:21a) The seven
steps listed in this staircase lead humanity, nations, and individuals down
and away from God. The top step is to know God. To actually know him in
every sense of the word. The first step down and away is to 'glorify Him
not.' The first and greatest commandment involves giving Him all glory. The
second step down and away is in not being thankful. In Adam all humanity
knew God; in his offspring humanity took the six steps down and away and
ended up underwater. In Shem, Ham and Japheth all nations knew God; each
steps down and away to reach the lowest ebb of depravity and call sodomy
acceptable! God tries the reigns of every man; He sent the true light which
lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” but individuals descend down
this staircase away from God, and no matter their upbringing or education,
they land on that bottom step. Two crucial questions need to be addressed.
Which step you crossing? and Which direction you going? I am thankful that I
was born and raised in a country that has a national day of Thanksgiving.
Although all nature and all nations decline down those stairs, by God's
grace I will not cross the step where I am not thankful, I'll face up, give
God his glory and come to know him more each day. No matter which step, move
up a step or two this Thanksgiving week.
An Essay from week # 47, Sunday, November 18, 2012
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