Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving


Look back at the historical beginning of this holiday, and you will notice that there are several pieces that stand out.  The people who began Thanksgiving chose to work with and unified to other like-minded people for the good of others. 

There were things they agreed on.  There were things they disagreed on, but the people we know as the Pilgrims decided to work together because they knew that is where they would find strength.  The same can be said for and learned by us as we chose to work and serve with the people around us.

Our community needs to see the church, Jesus followers, working together.  We might not agree on everything, yet when we work together, more people win AND God gets all the glory.  I want that!

As you press toward Thanksgiving, here is what ought to be our stand:

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

Cheerful.  Praying.  Thankful no matter what.  Not a question but a statement from God about the people who are seeking Him.  Working together makes us stronger and helps more people.

I close today asking that as you read the next few verses that you pray through the concepts that stand out for you.  May God take our Thanksgiving celebrate as we work together!

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks.  But I do more than thank.  I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

On a personal note: From our family and church, have a great Thanksgiving, and use your holiday, this week and beyond, to help others see Jesus in what you do and say.  Chose to make a difference right where you are!


THANKSGIVING MEALS:

Pray for the various Thanksgiving day meals and those who will attend them.  Our own Kasim Adams will help lead the one at Orchard Drive Baptist in Bassett, and it begins at 10am.  We will have a meal at The Community at 2pm led by Jeannie Hopkins.  You can volunteer to help at either.  Please pray for the children we have adopted to help this Christmas season, and please consider helping provide gifts for them.

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