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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Revelation 15:1-4
Psalm 98:1-3, 7-9
Luke 21:12-19

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thanksgiving all together and forever

"You will be delivered up even by your parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death." —Luke 21:16

Many of you in the USA will be spending Thanksgiving with your families and relatives. As you visit with the family, pray that none of them will betray you and turn you over to the police to be executed for your faith in Jesus. Pray also that you yourself will not turn them in to the authorities when persecution rages against the disciples of Jesus.

If we and our families are committed 100% to the Lord, we will not persecute each other. Instead, we will support one another in the coming times of persecution. If our families pray together this Thanksgiving (not just before meal prayers), we may well stay together and resist the pressures to betray our Christian brothers and sisters.

Then we will have the greatest family reunion ever and forever. Each member of our families will have won the victory over the evil one and His forces (see Rv 15:2). Each member of our families will be standing on "something like a sea of glass mingled with fire" (Rv 15:2). Our whole family will be worshipping God and singing: "Mighty and wonderful are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Righteous and true are Your ways, O King of the nations!" (Rv 15:3)

Tomorrow, pray with your family for a happy Thanksgiving all together and forever.

Prayer:  Father, make my family holy and happy together forever.

Promise:  "Since You alone are holy, all nations shall come and worship in Your presence. Your mighty deeds are clearly seen." —Rv 15:4

Praise:  When in session, several Christian legislators gather for a weekly prayer meeting in seeking God's wisdom concerning the current debated issues.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 24, 2014

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