Thanksgiving calls us to celebrate not only God’s provision and restoration, but also His promise and presence—even amid delays, restricting circumstances, or tears. It is also a call to constancy, for the journey to harvest will usually be harder than we think, longer than we expect, and more rewarding than we can ever imagine.
There is no more significant moment in my life’s recollection than when, as a teenager, I declared, “Jesus, You can have it all.” I’d opened to everything He had for me when I was ten, but I gave Him everything I had six years later.
Every November, we gather with loved ones at a Thanksgiving table to celebrate this festive tradition. But we also celebrate a greater Table of thanksgiving—the Lord’s—and the manners that frame them both are the same.
All believers have within themselves spiritual gifts that are to be recognized, cultivated and distributed to others. Understanding the distinctive gifts given by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit opens up the "eyes of our understanding" about who we are, who we can become and how the Holy Spirit enhances and expands what we were made to be.
Why can't people get along? Because there is no power in human will, human flesh, or human systems for the kind of generosity needed to overcome the inherent injustice of fallen humanity living in a broken world. True reconciliation only comes about through grace.
Among the questions posed by believers seeking biblical and moral guidance with regard to their sexuality, masturbation is a subject about which I am often asked by both single and married Christians.