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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

We hope you all have an especially blessed day Thursday giving thanks unto Him who is Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)!

Jesus--The Promised One

Katherine

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Thought: Living in a Dreamland

Have you ever had a dream so realistic you woke up with a start and later had trouble remembering what you dreamt and what really happened? Something that didn't really happen can appear as if it did.

It's easy spiritually to live in a dreamland--to forget what's really real and to live believing a lie instead. In The Truth Project, Dr. Del Tackett asks a powerful question: "Do we really believe that what we believe is really real?" The obvious, but sad, answer is that, while we mentally believe God's truths, we often don't live like we believe they're real. Instead, we live believing an alternate reality--a spiritual dreamland of Satan's lies.

But there's a solution: to believe, embrace, seek, and live the truth!

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32 KJV

Truth is powerful stuff. When you wake up from a dream, the truth instantly surrounds you. You find yourself in your own bed and room. The truth around you dispels the dreamland.

Likewise, the truths of God's Word frees us from slavery to Satan's lies--lies that leave us in worry, depression, anger, frustration, pride, lust, and other "prisons" in which we find our souls chained. But we have to be willing to see the truth--to have our evil exposed--and to wake up from our self-centered dreams. We have to be willing to renounce our thoughts and choose instead to think on the truth.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 KJV


Story: Believing the Truth

The boys dropped onto the couch, exhausted. They'd been outside playing baseball in the heat for a few hours now, and the sun had sapped all their energy.

"I'm totally out of energy," Sam groaned, plopping onto the couch.

"There are special hydrating and energy-boosting popsicles in the freezer," the boys' father called from the other room. "You all need to head downstairs right now and have a one, along with a large glass of water. It's hot out there, and you need to hydrate yourselves before you do anything else."

The boys all looked at each other. "Let's go," Sam stated, dragging himself off the couch he had just gotten comfortable on.

Tom shook his head. "You go ahead. I'm too tired to go. "

"But Dad just said..." Sam tried to argue, but Tom wasn't listening. He'd closed his eyes, and now waved his brother away with a lazy wave of his hand.

Sam looked at James. He was already out of his seat and running downstairs to the freezer.

Sam quickly followed, inwardly resolving to bring up a Popsicle for Tom.

Down in the basement, the boys started their search with enthusiasm, but try as they might, they could not find those popsicles! They found fish, vegetables, ground beef, ice cream, and just about everything else a well-stocked freezer boasts, but no Popsicles!

After a few minutes of fruitless searching, James gave up. "There aren't any popsicles in here."

But Sam refused to be deterred. "Dad said they were here--they must be here. Let's just keep looking."

"Waste your time looking if you want to, but I'm heading back outside to the baseball game," James declared in a stubborn tone that said he meant it.

Sam looked at his brother in surprise. "But Dad said..."

James shrugged. "I know, but we can't find them, and we've been looking for 10 minutes! They're just not there. Besides, it really won't matter that much." With that, James turned away, leaving his brother alone.

Sam sighed and turned back to his search. His father had said there were popsicles in the freezer and had told him he needed one, and he meant to search until he found those Popsicles.

A few minutes later, his search paid off when, at long last, he found the promised Popsicles hiding in a grocery bag under the meats! He knew his father had spoken the truth! Sam grabbed his treasure and headed back upstairs.

"Hey, Tom, I've got a Popsicle for you!" Sam exclaimed triumphantly to his half-sleeping brother.

"That's nice," Tom muttered. "Just put it there, will you? I'll get to it later." But instead of taking the offered refreshment, Tom wasted his afternoon lying miserably on the couch. He was simply too miserable, thirsty, and depressed to get up and take the rejuvenation the Popsicle offered.

After finishing his Popsicle and glass of water, Sam headed outside with one of each for James. He looked around for his brother, finally spying him getting ready to bat.

Sam cringed when he saw his brother bat--he knew James was only playing half-heartedly due to his dehydration. As soon as he could, Sam offered James the refreshments he'd brought, but, much to Sam's surprise and consternation, James waved him off. "So you found them? Well, I'm too busy now." With that, he returned to his half-hearted attempt at playing baseball that resulted in him hurting his team and eventually injuring himself from a bad fall.

Sam alone had a wonderful afternoon. Refreshed and refueled by the Popsicle, he played some of the best innings he ever had played. He was glad he had believed the truth--his father's word--rather than listening to his own tiredness or feelings.


Homeschool Tip: A Key Truth

- Cris Loop

There is so much that can be said on the topic of truth that I had a hard time knowing what to share with you all. Then my sister reminded me of one truth that has helped her over the years in her homeschooling: the truth that we can't do it, but God can.

We can't trust ourselves to get it right or teach everything perfectly--but we CAN trust God. He is the One with all wisdom and knowledge, and since He has called us to raise our children in Him, He will give us what we need to fulfill that calling.

Admitting this truth brings incredible comfort and freedom. It takes the burden off our shoulders of "getting it right." It takes away the fear that it all depends on us. And it reminds us of how we're to live--running to Jesus constantly for wisdom and knowledge, knowing on our own we truly can't, but that He can.

This month I pray as you run into problems both small and big, you'll remember both your inability AND God's faithfulness, and will let the Lord lead you to the solutions.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV


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Hymn/Poem: O God of Truth

- Thomas Hughes, 1859. Found in The Hymnal (The Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work: Philadelphia, 1895), number 403. You can view the entire song and listen to the tune on NetHymnal.

O God of truth, whose living Word
Upholds whate'er hath breath,
Look down on Thy creation, Lord,
Enslaved by sin and death.

We fight for truth, we fight for God,--
Poor slaves of lies and sin!
He who would fight for Thee on earth
Must first be true within.

Then, God of truth for whom we long,
Thou who wilt hear our prayer,
Do Thine own battle in our hearts,
And slay the falsehood there.

Still smite; still burn; till naught is left
But God's own truth and love;
Then, Lord, as morning dew come down,
Rest on us from above.

Yea, come: then, tried as in the fire,
From every lie set free,
Thy perfect truth shall dwell in us,
And we shall live in Thee.


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