This past Thursday was, in my opinion, one of the great holidays that we celebrate as a nation- Thanksgiving Day! A number of reasons could be listed as to why this is a great holiday, depending on who does the listing. There are few holidays that command as much attention and respect as does this one. To a great extent, the busy pace of our society shifts down into low gear on Thanksgiving Day. Most businesses are closed, and most employees have the day off.
Jesus stated, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:32). The truth of God’s word is key to the development of one’s personal faith (Rom. 10:17) and, consequently, to man’s eternal salvation (2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 Jn. 3:19). It is through the truth taught in scripture that one is guided to salvation and to live a life of faithfulness before God (2 Tim. 3:15-17). In his work to bring about our spiritual destruction (1 Pet. 5:9), it is therefore imperative that the devil find a means of silencing the truth. How can the truth be silenced?
On the night of His betrayal, Jesus was in the “upper room” with the apostles. In one of the longest immediate contexts of scripture in the entire Bible (Jn. 13-17), and just before the events that would lead to His leaving them and going back to Heaven would be begin to unfold, Jesus gave the apostles a great deal of instruction and encouragement. That very evening He would be taken into custody and run through a series of mock hearings. The next day He would be on the cross.
Beginning on Oct. 21st, and running through the 28th, we hosted back to back major events here at Sunny Slope. From Oct. 21st - 24th we hosted a Gospel Meeting on the theme: Lives Focused On Jesus with Ralph Gilmore doing the speaking. Then, on Oct. 28th we hosted a one day seminar on Islam vs. Christianity with Bill Lockwood making four presentations. Both programs were absolutely outstanding!
Gary L. Hutchens