WHY DID JESUS COME?
Jesus came because of God’s great love for us.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God wanted to be with us.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Mt 1:23)
Hallelujah! EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!
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Remembering this day 72 years ago-- and a very special thank you to all our veterans.
Beautiful song and images in this video "Peaceful Arizona," composed by a Hawaii musician in tribute to the USS Arizona. We will always remember.
According to wiki.answers.com, there are an estimated 2,500 and 3,000 survivors still living today.
A group of us opted for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour as part of our 50th Class Reunion for Kailua High School. Others chose other activities, but we who grew up on the other side of the island and were babies when WWII began came here to see the Arizona Memorial, the watery tomb for those who lost their lives aboard their ship.
Sad memories today of how terrible war is, the tragic loss of lives, the maiming of bodies, the casualties and battle trauma, broken families, losses and suffering. We live at the foot of the Punchbowl Crater, the National Cemetary of the Pacific, which is the resting place for our war heroes and veterans of wars.
This is a Facebook message I sent to my children last year:
I’m being seriously convicted at the moment as i study the books of Revelation & Genesis seeking TRUTH. it’s completely blowing my mind as i realise how i’ve been deceived and conditioned by the lies of the world my whole life.
The article below by David Wilkerson was in my inbox this morning and i thought id share it with you.
This is a portion of a timely message by Dr. John MacArthur. America has been abandoned by God, and we have been left to wallow in the sexual perversions of the depravity of the human heart.
Truth is the ONLY solution. Repent America, and take heed to the Word of God. A famine of hearing the Word of God will never produce revival.
WAITING TO SAY GRACE (Aren’t they so ADORABLE?!)
Hoku, on the far left, is our newest ‘granddog’ (we have 4 granddogs total). He was dropped off to visit a few days with his dog family- his mom and 3 of his remaining siblings. His human family, my daughter, husband, their son and daughter went to Anaheim Disneyland to celebrate their Thanksgiving and daughter’s birthday, which fell on Thanksgiving this year.
Lucky for Hoku, and thanks be to God, he had a nice vacation, too, and got to return back to his first home where his first human mom is a Havanese dog breeder. He had not seen his own family since he moved to his new happy home a few months ago. Hoku was overjoyed to be reunited with his doggy mom who turned 4 years old on Thanksgiving, and to play with his siblings. And my daughter, a first time pet owner was just thrilled to share this photo she received while in California! Knowing Hoku was well taken care of, my daughter was able to relax and enjoy her vacation as well! GOD IS GOOD!
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thess 5:1)
“IN EVERY THING GIVE THANKS: FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
From the Psalms:
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:” (Psalm 92:1)
“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 106:1)
“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” (Psalm 119:62)
We BLESS God when we praise Him:
“BLESS THE LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. BLESS THE LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalm 103:1-2)
Deuteronomy chapter 28:45, 47 state if we don’t hearken to God’s voice, we disobey His commandments and are not thankful toward Him, we will not be blessed, but instead reap His judgments and curses:
“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: . .
“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things:”
SO WHY BE THANKFUL?!
- WE ARE THANKFUL AND APPRECIATE GOD FOR WHO HE IS.
- WE PRAISE GOD AND ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US- HIS GOODNESS AND MERCY TOWARD US IS GREAT.
- AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE GIFT OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. JESUS SAID: “REJOICE BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.” (LUKE 10:20b) Praise the Lord! Thank you, Jesus!
DEALING WITH HOMELESSNESS IN HAWAII
This is what upsets Sledgehammer State Rep Tom Brower, but after much public criticism, Brower has called it QUITS! http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24015431/hawaii-lawmaker-drops-sledgehammer-approach
SOME CARING FOLKS- http://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/202/ ‘Pity the Poor’ A child learns about caring for the poor.
http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/free-community-meals-exemplify-thanksgiving.html Getting ready to share with the poor.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT CARING FOR THE POOR
Zechariah 7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.