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Having taught public speaking at the U. of South Alabama (USA), I discovered two things: 1. Most students weren't pursuing a communication degree, and 2. they wanted an easier way to learn public speaking. Ipso facto, EZSpeakers became my raison d'etre.
Although Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it highlights the eternal will of God.
Thanksgiving is important for now...and forever.
Giving thanks means being thankful for all God has given to us, often through the hands of other human beings. This important subject helps to place our lives in order, putting God first, so we can get the most out of this life.
The Psalmist wrote, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations" (Psa 100:4-5).
There's a lot here about God's plan of salvation. First He wants us to come to Him and give Him thanks and praise for what He stands for and all that He wants to give to us (and all humankind, for all time). Specifically the Psalmist instructs us to show our gratitude to God who is good to all humankind (Matthew 5:45).
Because God is Love (1 John 4:16), He's always merciful to us and He extends His inviolate, life-giving truth to all human beings so they can give Him thanks and appreciate what He does for them. The Apostle John adds to how God expects to be worshipped: "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24)
Here's one of my published articles on Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading it; please share it with others.
Happy Sabbath and may God bless you with His knowledge, an understanding of His knowledge, and the (His) wisdom to apply it. jwa
Halloween is an open attack on your future
Halloween is an overt attack on your future destiny! Sound strange to you? I hope not. But if it does, you are in for a big and healthy surprise.
Basic research on this world's holiday shows that it doesn't come from God, the true God. It does come from the god of this world, who is dedicated to the annihilation of humankind (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:4). Speaking to faithful Christians, the Apostle Peter wrote to Christians then that is still applicable today: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Check my article on this subject. https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/does-halloween-reveal-a-dangerous-pretender.
Truth matters to God: (Mark 7:1-9; Colossians 2:8; Romans 1:18-23; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 2:2-3). jwa
The Handwriting is Still on the Wall! (The Good News Magazine: 1996)
Updated: Friday, October 31, 2020.
Below is my article on "The Handwriting Is Still on the Wall" published in The Good News Magazine, 1996. The first publication of my article on this subject was for the Good News Magazine (March 1986) titled, "The Handwriting is on the Wall." I added "still" to my treatment of the same subject in 1996.
THE HANDWRITING IS STILL ON THE WALL was posted on June 4, 1996, written by Senior Writer, Jerold Aust. Here is the beginning of that article...click on the link below for the rest of the story.
Title: "The Handwriting is STILL on the Wall.
"Your Bible tells of a future worldwide conflagration that will affect every living human. This warning remains emblazoned on the walls of prophecy! "Bring out the golden vessels that our great King Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem. Even the mighty God, Yahweh, could not withstand the power of the unconquerable Babylonians. Where is the great God of the Jews now?"
(Read the rest of the story here: https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/the-handwriting-is-still-on-the-wall".
Ironically, the God's handwriting is on your Bible "wall" (cf. Lev. 26). You are destined for a great future! jwa
Do you like to change? Our physical lives demand change and some of it can be very uncomfortable, sometimes depressing. Before you assume that you do like changes in your life, think about circumstances in your past life that were negative, sometimes painful, and somewhere between annoying and depression. During those times...and we all have negative changes forced on us...we complain to others that life is tough.
Does God know this? Could God have a hand in this? If He does,why would He allow negative changes to happen in our lives? Those are good and healthy questions. God does know our physical shortcomings and the difficulties we go through in this life. Why? God explains why in the book of Ecclesiastes: "I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him (Ecclesiastes 3:10-14).
So human beings are allowed to live on God's earth to suffer both good times and bad, so that men should learn to fear God in order to learn from Him. As we learn from God, by studying His Word and praying or asking for His help, He shows us the glorious purpose for our lives! Our ultimate destiny is to be changed into very God, sons of God, to be with His family of multi-billions of former human beings for eternity...forever!!! The universe will wear out; it's physical. You and I are given the opportunity to live forever, to never wear out, to be excited for and satisfied with what God has planned for...yes, you guessed it...eternity.
Check my article on this subject: https://www.ucg.org/members/united-news/billions-are-waiting-on-you.
All the best. jwa
Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth!
The Bible holds many shocking truths that few people have ever known or recognized. Fewer still are those who go beyond the shock of the Bible and allow themselves to be changed by the truth. Will you be one of them? This article can be of help.
Have an enjoyable week.~jwa