Thanksgiving Beyond the Bad Times

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by Rev. Samuel Geroy

   Bad times are here. And even more - because we now live in the last few years before the end. Meaning, the final days before the coming of the nemesis of the Lord Jesus Christ - the Antichrist.
   Therefore, let us cherish this moment and give to the Lord sincere thanksgiving. Like the Samaritan who upon realizing he was healed of leprosy, returned to thank the Lord Jesus (Luke 17:11-19) and the Samaritan woman who told everyone about the Messiah- who reminded and forgave her of all her sins (John 4).

   For all his great sins having been forgiven, the apostle Paul gave his thanksgiving from the bottom of his heart (I Thessalonians 3:9, 5:18; I Corinthians 11:5, 24; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 9:15; Colossians 3:18 and Philippians 1:3). King David also, expressed his song of thanksgiving to God for the blessings he received (I Chronicles 16:7-36). The writer of Hebrews (12:28) also remembered reasons to thank the Lord and express it in a way that worshiped God acceptably.
   As the last good king of Judah from 640-609 B.C., king Josiah (2 Kings 22, 23) thanked the Lord and restored the last great Passover in the nation Israel. The Bible says that he returned to the Lord with all his heart and with his might.
   After Josiah, there reigned wicked kings until the kingdom of Judah, together with Israel were taken over by the kingdom of Babylon.
   This even symbolizes to us that after the Period of the Church, the Antichrist will reign in the world.
   Though the world is having more and more bad times, we still give thanks to God because He is good, faithful and true to His Word and to His people.
   Last November 30, 2013, Grace Baptist Church Mandaue hosted the Thanksgiving Fellowship of Cebu churches. A representative from each church testified about the goodness of the Lord the whole year, especially during the recent typhoon (Haiyan) that hit Samar, Leyte, and parts of Cebu, Panay and Palawan.