Week 15 Chapter 11
“Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God”
Matt 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21
We are going to break next week in order to prepare for Thanksgiving. Contrary to the spin, and hype about that holiday it is not about Pilgrims and Indians. While those people were certainly players, they were not the main attraction. Without the God, whose name is left out of the modern versions of the story, they would not have survived.
“Thanksgiving” implies a benefactor. The devout religious people who settled here did not worship the people around them no matter how nice those people were. They truly believed that it was God who sustained their lives, and they worshipped Him. They also believed that God had given them this land, just as He had given the Promised Land to Israel. Just as Israel did, the settlers made mistakes that cost them, and others, their lives. Nevertheless, God blessed them, kept them, and saved them from themselves. That is why they were thankful. It was not to celebrate an eternal diversity picnic. Next week then, we will examine some things that we can be thankful for in commemoration of the blessings he has bestowed on us, so that when Thanksgiving day comes we will be ready.
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