We have moved into the my most wonderful months. I love the Fall season – but I love Thanksgiving and Christmas a million times more. Annie turned the calendar over to November last week — Heather’s B-day & anniversary come up within the 1st 9 days…but we are entering that time of year when our attitude (maybe because of Thanksgiving) – is that of being grateful.
In one breath I could list 20 things for which I’m thankful – and if given 5 minutes that number would surpass 100. Even before Nov 1 came up on the Calendar – I was playing Christmas Music daily….yet my life was not all Fun & Games….I have close friends who are going through the valley of the Shadow of Death. Others are struggling with finding a job – others are concerned that they have family members who are not Christian….Our son is in a marriage that his wife doesn’t appreciate & it will soon be dissolved…but I’m reminded that Scripture tells us to be thankful in all things. (1 Thes 5:18)
Everyone has a story – and I want to say now – the Bible does not say be thankful FOR all things it says be thankful IN all things. Even if you don’t feel thankful for the season of life you’re in or for the circumstances you’re currently experiencing, we can still posture our hearts to be thankful to God during those times.
In the waiting times, or in the heartbreaking seasons of grief, we have a choice to make. When we turn our despair into a deliberate confession that God is good even when our circumstances are not, that is offering one of the sweetest sacrifices we can to the One who sacrificed it all for us.
The Bible shares many verses about giving thanks and expressing our gratitude to God Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When life gets hard, it’s often the little things that help us to keep going. It’s the smile from a stranger on the street, or the person in front of us at Starbucks unexpectedly paying for our drink, or the perfect song coming on Christian radio. We might not be able to feel God moving in big ways all the time, but we can certainly seek him in the little things. These little gifts are reminders of our God’s great love for us, and we can always be thankful for that.
Let us give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds (Psalm 107:8). Let us give thanks to the Lord for he is good (1 Chronicles 16:34) and because of his righteousness (Psalm 7:17). As we move toward Thanksgiving this month, let’s do so with hearts that find thankfulness in all things.
Discovery I know many of you have already brought your Socks of Love because we have 2 boxes full….but I also know several of us haven’t. I am in that category – but I do have a sack full of stuff – all I need ot do is put it in the socks and bring it to church….The DEADLINE for Socks of Love is this weekend – (Nov 12-13)….
Our other year-end outreach is Operation Christmas Child….we will be putting items in a small box and shipping it to Louisiana. Louisiana had some terrible flooding this year and many lost everything —-these boxes are going to many of these children to brighten up their Christmas. The deadline for operation Christmas Child is Nov 19-20
A third outreach which is ongoing is to bring non-perishable food for the homeless veterans at Welcome Home. You will find a huge box located between the Restrooms on the East wall. Please drop your non-perishables in that box and Max will take it to Welcome Home on Monday….
New Ministry Begins December 4
Last Sunday afternoon we had a training session to begin a new ministry. 7 of us sat around the table and discussed this beautiful time of worship – to take the Lord’s Supper to the nursing home patient – to the hospital – or to the homebound. Bro Vern gave money to purchase 4 communion kits — I ordered them Monday and they arrived at my home yesterday.
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS….
For the member who can’t make it to CHURCH but because of health issues — desires to participate in the Lord’s Super on the Lord’s Day — we want YOU are to call Vern Johnson at 573-474-3233 no later than THURSDAY and let him know you desire to have the Lord’s Supper delivered to you on Sunday. You are to let Vern know if you are home – or in the hospital – and give information so the one passing the Communion will be able to find you. Vern has made up a schedule and he will call the one of our servers with this information – and they will be the one who comes to serve the Lord’s Supper to you.
How many of you have this sign hanging in your home somewhere? Annie and I have it hanging on the wall just before you enter the kitchen. This weekend concludes our study in the book of Joshua — I trust you have gleaned some biblical insights from the study and have been able to apply them to your personal walk with Jesus.
We all know life is nothing but a series of decisions – if we make wise decisions life can go well with us — if we make unwise decisions we pay the consequences. Someone wisely said – we have the right to make whatever decision we want – but we CANNOT choose the consequences. For the remainder of Joshua’s life –Israel served God faithfully – and we know he died at age 110.
I’ll be looking for everyone of you either Saturday evening or Sunday morning as we recommit ourselves to the text of v15 – as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD……
· Kiki Marshall – started new meds – trust they will help her tremendously.
· Jackie Drage – funeral last night for her sister Marci – working through loss
· Our students as they witness to lost friends at school –
· All police as they perform their duties — another officer killed today in Pa…
· Discovery as we engage in Spiritual Warfare (Eph 6)….God will hear and break down walls of hatred – bitterness – division – and 100’s in our community will have a hunger and thirst for JESUS
· All 7 D-Groups to meet needs – build strong friendship through fellowship- and reach the lost
· The going-home service for Kent Faddis’ uncle was yesterday – may God use us to encourage and support him at this time of grief
This is the text all D-Groups will be studying this week and we will teach at next week’s Celebration Services
2 Cor 9:6-16 6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”[a] 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[c] in you.
11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[d] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift[e] too wonderful for words!