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October 26th Tuesday

Greetings to you…dearly loved, highly-favored, and anointed children of God…in the precious name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior! Well! what a sort of autumn day are we facing today? Obviously, this is still the day that the Lord has made for us, with an opportunity to rejoice and be glad in it! I trust that you had a good weekend and are enjoying putting the finishing touches on October – always seems to be a busy month as the fall chores in getting ready for colder weather keep us busy. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release a little extra energy to you…may you feel his healing touch…may he draw you aside to restore your soul and body and mind…may you find joy in his presence that does give you strength.

Although ‘Thanksgiving Day’ has passed, I seem to equate this season with the opportunity to be grateful and give thanks, so I was especially blessed in my devotions this morning to read a sentence or two that reminded me of what I need to give ‘thanks’ to God for. They read this way: He gives us the chance to experience the beauty of his cleansing blood and the power of his absolute forgiveness…we can always be honest and open with the Lord. – Brian Simons and Gretchen Rodriguez, First Fruits. ; I still celebrate the fact that I have been granted full, complete, and unending acceptance…by grace. – Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies.

I know that I have many material blessings to be thankful for, as do you, but would they be significant if the spiritual blessings weren’t there laying such a solid foundation. I have a sense that we need to thank God every day for our salvation, for the divine transaction that brought us into the family of God. 

In a few days we will be celebrating the 504th anniversary of the beginning of the protestant church…and it is still evolving. Yet the bottom line is still five basic beliefs…in God’s Word alone, by faith alone, by grace alone, by Christ alone, and for God’s glory alone. 

Andin a few weeks we will begin a new season in the church calendar as we embark on the journey to Bethlehem – Advent, and we will once again acknowledge that the Messiah has come while looking for His second coming. We will surrender once again to Jeremiah 29:11  “for I know the plans I have for you…”.

I suppose, one of the things that I am most grateful for is that God’s plans and purposes are still in the “active file”…He is still on the move!

Something to ponder…be blessed