Saturday

A Measure Of Gratitude!




Putting our fingers to the wind being a national pastime, Harris Interactive has quantified thankfulness for 2013.

In a survey conducted last month of 2,463 adults, only a third of respondents report having more to be thankful for than they had a few years ago. Forty-five percent say they have about as much to be thankful for, while thankfully, only 18 percent said they have fewer reasons to give thanks.

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Professor Howdy said...



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As the alluring & angelic music from the past
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Spirit - when allowed - overwhelms the marvelous
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changes our existence (no matter our sordid past)
by transforming our very lives, beings & personhood
along with our status with the One True God of the
Bible, when we follow this path:

1) For ALL (Americans, Muslims, Jews,
Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist, Asians,
Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist,
Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist,
French, etc.) have sinned & fall
short of the glory of God.

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prized the world (Americans, Muslims,
Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist,
Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans,
Baptist, Brazilians, Mormons,
Methodist, French, etc.) that
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Brazilian, Mormons, Methodist, French,
etc. ) comes (arrives) to the Father (with
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ME (no other name).

This wonderful loving GOD gives you the choice - - -
(Rev. 3:20)


{Please note that church membership,
baptism, doing good things, etc. are not
requirements for becoming a Christian -
however they are great afterwards!!!}


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(Hell, damnation, eternal punishment),
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leads to life (Heaven, eternal happiness,
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Professor Howdy said...




The Roman emperor Diocletian, following an edict in 303 A.D.,
failed to stamp the Bible out. The French Revolution could not
crush it with secular philosophy (Rousseau, one of its heroes,
converted to Christianity). The Communists failed to stamp it
out with atheism and political ideology. One might well ask why
this book has been banned, burned, and bludgeoned with such
animosity and scorn. The great Reformation hero John Calvin
responds in this way: "Whenever people slander God's word.
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reluctantly." - Joe Boot


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Professor Howdy said...


If you stop believing what your professor told you had to be true
and if you start thinking for yourself you may come to some
conclusions you hadn't expected. You may find the Bible makes
more sense than you thought or were told to think. Allow yourself
to be ruined, ruined with regard to what you always thought could
be true. Can you believe what you don't understand? You and I
believe everyday what we don't understand unless it comes to
the issue of salvation. - - - Dr. Woodrow Kroll


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There is simply no historic foundation for the position that the
Framers intended to build the 'wall of separation' that was
constitutionalized in Everson. The 'wall of separation be-
tween church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history,
a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging.
It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
- - - Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist


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In 1796 the US Supreme Court issued this ruling, "By our form
of government, the Christian religion is the established religion,
and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on
equal footing." Some 57 years later, after Congress was
petitioned to separate Christian principles from government,
in 1853 the House Judiciary Committee issued their formal
report, including these words: "In this age there is no substitute
for Christianity. This was the religion of the founders of the republic,
and they expected it to be the religion of their dependents. The
great vital, conservative elements in our system is the belief of
our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the gospel
of Jesus Christ." - - - Dr. Gerald Beavan


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"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own
their dependence upon the overruling power of God
and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the
Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those
nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
-- President Abraham Lincoln

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Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;
trust in money and you may have it taken from you;
but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in
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Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best of minds.
Men and women live on the brink of mysteries and harmonies
into which they never enter and with their hand on the door latch
they die outside. GK Chesterton

Professor Howdy said...

Putting our fingers to the wind being a national pastime, Harris Interactive has quantified thankfulness for 2012.

In a survey conducted last month of 2,463 adults, only a third of respondents report having more to be thankful for than they had a few years ago. Forty-five percent say they have about as much to be thankful for, while thankfully, only 18 percent said they have fewer reasons to give thanks.

Five percent aren’t sure.

The survey seems to indicate that overall feelings of gratitude in our nation have waned compared to how we felt in the recent past.

On the other hand, according to the respondents, we’re not entirely without reasons to be thankful:

§ 85% are thankful for the health of their family and the same percentage is grateful for family relationships;

§ 74% count technology as a blessing because it helps them stay in touch with family and friends;

§ Despite languishing unemployment and underemployment rates, 63% are still thankful for their economic circumstances and 61% are grateful for their work situations;

§ More than half of us – 56% -- are thankful it’s safe to walk the streets (though Harris may not have asked about walking near a Wal-Mart on Black Friday);

§ We’re split on the issue of civility. Thirty-six percent are thankful for the way we treat one another, while 40% are not. Nineteen percent aren’t sure about that one, either.

Harris’ web site offers tables to help visualize the results of the survey, and as pollsters are want to do, the data are packaged and repackaged according to variables such as gender, educational attainment, region of the country in which respondents live, and “generation.”

Not surprisingly, there are gaps in gratitude between “echo boomers” aged 18 to 34, and “matures” age 66 and older. It appears the longer you live, the more you feel thankful for just about everything.

Yet the question, “Do you have more or less for which to be thankful?” suggests an evaluation based on where we are compared to our idea of an optimum life.

Wouldn’t a better question be, “Do you live gratefully?”

Living gratefully suggests it’s possible to be thankful even when the circumstances that typically conjure our gratitude simply aren’t there.

This Thanksgiving, we all know folks who are suffering and sorrowful. Whether due to the loss of a job or a home, or the painful progression of the first round of holidays without loved ones, there is plenty of grief to go around.

Yet the New Testament tells us, “In everything, give thanks.” (1Thesolonians 5:18)

Everything. Not just in good times or when things turn out OK or when you have a close call but you swerve just enough to avoid a date with disaster.

In everything. In all circumstances, give thanks.

That’s a tall order. Usually we fill it with the compassion and care we experience in the aftermath of heartbreak. When life leaves us hurt or harrowed, we can always point to someone or something to remind us that the dawn comes even on our darkest days.

Then again, giving thanks in everything calls us to be thankful for life itself, invariably filled with love and laughter, sadness and sacrifice.

We ought not ask ourselves if we have more or less to be thankful for. It’s the same year in, year out, from beginning to end: we’re meant to be thankful for life, marked by every kind of human experience, and devised for gratitude to the One who created us.

In everything – every breath and thought and moment spent in animated existence – we can choose to live gratefully, not for more or less, or better or worse off, but just because life is.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).

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