Ah those wonderful Thanksgiving dinner leftovers! They are just as good the day after as the day of, at least in my opinion. I can eat turkey sandwiches for a week after Thanksgiving and not tire of them. It is the week after Thanksgiving. Many have left the warm confines of their homes and ventured out into the wild world of Black Friday. Some were out at midnight for those specially advertised sales. Others have been waiting in line since way before daylight.
But not me; nope I have made it a rule for myself to do everything possible to never even leave home on the day after Thanksgiving. If at all possible I’m staying in, watching movies and yes, eating on those delectable Thanksgiving leftovers. I might even watch the news to see how shoppers have fared on their day-after excursions. Some of the stories are tragic and others just plain old funny. On either end of the stick I’m glad that I’m not one of the stories.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything against those who enjoy the Black Friday experience – To each his own. I really hope they find what they are looking for and have a wonderful time in the process. Folks it just isn’t my cup of tea and I don’t think you’ll ever find me out in the crowd. If you need me, I’ll probably be right here at home.
The word “leftovers” often doesn’t get the right rating. A lot of people snarl their nose at leftovers. In the Bible there were two times when a miracle of Jesus produced leftovers. Once He had fed five thousand people with a few fish and a few loaves of bread and on another occasion the number was three thousand with the same menu. Each time there was more leftovers than what He originally started with. You know what; I think I might have liked to have tried those Heavenly leftovers.
In Nehemiah 12:46 we read, “For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.” The people were remembering how it had been during the days of David and Asaph. The offices of the singers were very important to these men in the worship of God. After their thanksgiving celebration the people of Israel under Nehemiah’s direction were trying to duplicate that so as to re-establish the wonderful worship of days gone by. In a sense they were making trying to stretch the leftovers of their own worship for the coming days. I believe that was a good thing.
When we have an unusually good time of worship with our Lord we want to bask in the leftovers of that experience, and we should. That wonderful feeling of worship and closeness to God is something we want to last on and on. It makes us to want to stretch that experience until the next one. It’s a Heavenly leftover that we can always look forward to.
I pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I sincerely hope that things went well for you and you made memories that will serve as pleasant leftovers for a long time to come. We should want those kinds of leftovers. We need to cherish those times and remember them in our hearts. We never know when tragedy may strike and take away some of those family members we love. But we can always relive those good times in our minds.
It’s the same with our spiritual thanksgiving. Those times well spent with our Lord serve as pleasant memories that can encourage us in days to come. Hold fast to them. Never forget them. Keep them close to your heart. Then draw from them as the need arises. Of course there will be new experiences in the Lord. We’ll have more good times to come. But never forget them and always give thanks.
Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of five books, “Soul Challenge”, “Soul Journey” “Ordeal” “The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional” and his first novel “The Shoe Tree.” Listen to the daily broadcast Spirit Bread. Find out more by visiting www.spiritbread.com
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Now in defense of the Chicago police the ordinance does say: “displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling” within 50 feet from any health care facility.” and it is quite obvious from the picture and the accompanying video that two men are seen within 50 feet of the entrance to the building. They both seem to be praying but one is definitely holding a sign. There is the sound of a woman’s voice also heard but not seen praying.
Now praying in public is not forbidden if you are Muslim in fact it must be tolerated, but if you happen to pray to GOD and not Allah then it can be considered illegal activity. Cooler heads need to prevail in this whole matter in my opinion. And for that reason I give the Chicago Police and the Planned Parenthood facility this weeks DODO bird
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This week’s DODO bird award winner is Anchor Assembly of God Church in Bayou La Batre, Ala. It is not bad enough that non-Christians are always looking for someone to blame for their problems, now we have a church teaching “disciples” of the Lord how to do the same thing. Perhaps if they spent more time on their knees in prayer and repentance before God, God would find a way to bless them in spite of their circumstances.
Let me quote someone greater than myself on this issue:
1 When one of you has a complaint against another, how dare you go to court to settle the matter in front of wicked people. Why don’t you settle it in front of God’s holy people? 2 Don’t you know that God’s people will judge the world? So if you’re going to judge the world, aren’t you capable of judging insignificant cases? 3 Don’t you know that we will judge angels, not to mention things in this life? 4 When you have cases dealing with this life, why do you allow people whom the church has a low opinion of to be your judges?
5 You should be ashamed of yourselves! Don’t you have at least one wise person who is able to settle disagreements between believers? 6 Instead, one believer goes to court against another believer, and this happens in front of unbelievers. 7 You are already totally defeated because you have lawsuits against each other. Why don’t you accept the fact that you have been wronged? Why don’t you accept that you have been cheated? 8 Instead, you do wrong and cheat, and you do this to other believers. 1 Cor 6:1-8 (GW)
This church would do well to heed the words of the Apostle Paul. It would be far better for this church to preach forgiveness and to judge their own hearts. Where does forgiveness come in? When does turning the other cheek apply? Where does loving our neighbors as ourselves apply? How about applying the lessons of the good Samaritan and offer help and hope to BP, they surely could use some divine intervention don’t you agree?
Yes definitely this one belongs in the cuckoo’s nest.
Months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and its well started gushing oil, the British petroleum giant says it has yet to decide how to handle claims filed by religious groups and other charitable organizations that are endangered because people can no longer afford to contribute.
Pastor Dan Brown prays BP PLC comes up with a solution quickly: He said he filed a $50,000 claim last month over lost revenues at Anchor Assembly of God. His small, storefront church outlived Hurricane Katrina and is now struggling because of the oil crisis.
Shrimpers and oystermen left jobless by the oil spill in this seafood town can barely afford to feed their families and pay their boat loans, much less give money to their church, Brown said. Giving and tithing is down by $12,000 over the last few weeks, he said, and the oil spill will cost another $38,000 in lost revenues over the next year, making up the total of the church’s claim.
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And yet another cry of foul comes bellowing out of the ashes of racial equality. I watched this video and from what I saw these girls where being cheered wildly for their step routine. When it came time to announce the winners of the $100,000 scholarship check you can clearly hear the audience shouting Zeta Tau Alpha as their pick. There does not seem to be the tiniest hint of racial tension or discrimination taking place in that auditorium.
So then were exactly does this racial tension come from? Who is it that cried fowl? Was it the second place team because they were not able to arouse the audience to root for them as well as the Arkansas team did? This sounds more like POOR SPORTSMANSHIP to this old bird and not anything racial. If this competition was to be a Black only event then this Arkansas team should not have even been allowed to compete. If there was an entrance fee to pay and every team paid their fair then, like any other competition, there can only be one winner. The loser here I believe is Sprite for acquiescing to racial pressure and awarding a second $100,000 scholarship.
It is apparent to this writer that the only place racial discrimination seems to rear its ugly head is in the so called “establishment” mentality. It is all this POLITICAL correctness that is mudding the waters of social harmony. It is segregationist thinking being propagated by organizations seeking their own aggrandizement that continues to fuel the flames of racial divisiveness. These organizations and their associated leaders have long ago lost relevancy but yet they continue to manufacture relevance by stirring racial tension at every opportunity afforded them. These same organizations would argue over the amount of Vanilla ice cream served versus Chocolate in an ice cream parlor if they could garner prestige and relevance by doing so.
To the ladies of Arkansas University I say WELL DONE! To those propagating racial unrest I say take a seat, your time has come and gone. And to Sprite I say shame on you for caving to this contrivance of a controversy. Everyone present had a fair chance of winning and there was not even a hint of partiality or discrimination shown in the awarding of the initial scholarship. In fact you would have thought the girls from Arkansas would not have had an even chance in a sport dominated by the African American culture. Yet the crowd loved them.
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