A Thanksgiving Prayer

In lieu of our normal Thursday offerings, we offer this prayer for Thanksgiving: Old 100. That’s Psalm 100 (from the NASB): 

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

Happy Thanksgiving from Between the Times and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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J. D. Greear on How to Respond When “Darkness Is Your Closest Friend”

On Thursday afternoons we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Recently, J. D. wrote about the Christian’s fight for faith in the midst of darkness. 

Here’s an excerpt:

In a dark season, one of the biggest acts of faith you can do is to write a lament proclaiming your despair. Ironically, in giving voice to your despair and hopelessness, you are saying, “God, somehow I think your love is deeper and greater than all of this!” You may ask, “Where is the faith in Psalm 88?” It’s in the fact that Psalm 88 is recorded the way it is—unresolved and messy and painfulshowing that even in our darkest hours God is transforming the story of our lives into the total praise that’s in Psalm 89.

 

We all have seasons of Psalm 88. Some of us will stay there for years. Some of us may even reach the end of our earthly days without any resolution to our greatest pains. Be honest with God about it. But don’t stop there.

Read the full post here.

J. D. Greear on the Two Fruits of Forgiveness

On Thursday afternoons at BtT, we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC and Southeastern alum. Recently, J. D. wrote about forgiveness according to Psalm 32. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Forgiveness is one of those tricky words. The word seems simple enough, but I’m convinced that most people in our society don’t think of forgiveness in biblical terms, especially in the context of “God forgives me.” Most people tend to combine “forgive” with “excuse” or (even worse) “ignore,” which makes for a nasty mixture.

 

Psalm 32 gives us a litmus test for true forgiveness, which shows us how distinct it is from all competing ideas. According to the psalmist, those who find forgiveness are changed by it. Once we are truly forgiven, we find that our love for God and our compassion for others begin to grow.

Read the full post here.