Did you know that giving thanks can deepen your joy?

Psalm 30:11-12 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

            The following poem was written by Annie Johnson Flint & gives tremendous insight into Christian gratitude.

As we offer our small rejoicing for the love that surrounds our days

All the wonderful works of Thy goodness open before our gaze.

And through gates of our narrow thanksgiving we shall enter Thy courts of praise.

Praise and thanksgiving to God do more than make us feel good. They also increase our comprehension and apprehension of God’s goodness. And through that, we receive a greater capacity to enjoy Him and experience Him in our lives.

While many people spend a great deal of time enlarging their prayerlists, we must also spend time enlarging our praiselist and counting the blessings of God—naming them one by one. This day is about more than turkey; it’s about recognizing God’s goodness in our lives.

As you count your blessings today, let that guide your thoughts. Give God praise for His goodness and you’ll enjoy Him all the more!

LET GOD’S GOODNESS GUIDE YOUR THOUGHTS THIS THANKSGIVING AND YOU’LL DEEPEN YOUR ENJOYMENT OF HIM!

On Sunday, November 18, following our morning church service; we will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving dinner together.  Bro Jerry has already put the order in from Gerbes.  The church will provide Fried Chicken – Potatoes/Gravy – Green Beans – Rolls….and we encourage each family to bring a side to compliment the dinner.  

The more fascinated we become with the

Toys of the world the more we forget that

There’s another world to come

  A.W. Tozer

 FYI – there were 37 who attended our Saturday evening meal last Saturday….Solomon and Leslie brought crockpots full of soup – and we had a few sides and desserts to compliment a wonderful meal….we might need to have a sign up sheet as we continue the Saturday meal – it cannot fall on 3-4 people to provide the meal each Saturday………..Two more round tables were purchased this week and are in the auditorium increasing our number to 8….this should be sufficient that everyone will have a place at the table for our upcoming Thanksgiving meal on November 18………….Last Saturday evening I was pleasantly surprised as a high school classmate of mine, and his wife worshipped with us.  Bob Wright now lives in Sedalia….we had a 30 minute visit after church and it was good to get caught up with each other’s life…………. Dixie German’s daughters have worshipped with us the past 3 weeks.  They report that Dixie is responding well to her chemo treatments and we want to lift our prayer heavenward as pray and medicine give her length of days and joy in the journey…………..Chris and Rita Fleenor spent the past 8 days in Florida with their daughter and family.  Their family in Florida serve with Shift church in Gainesville. They all attended the Mizzou game last Saturday and watched the Tigers upset the Gators………..

General Fund  $2770.00

Blessing Box  $3.40

·     Joy Weir — Karen was to pick Joy up for church last week, but Joy felt like she couldn’t answer the bell….

·     Jim Wilkin – his vision has deteriorated to the point of 100% blindness.  He got lost in his own house a few nights ago around 3:00 AM and was lost for 30 minutes….

·     We have several who have seemed to lost their first love – Revelation 2:4 – may our prayer be that the Holy Spirit will move upon these hearts and the Spirit’s conviction will allow each to realize the need for fellowship, truth, and need to be around the Lord’s Table each week.

·     Dixie German – taking treatment for liver cancer

·     Sylvia would appreciate prayers for her grandchildren who live in Columbia.  Basically she would like us to lift up this thought that God would restore to these youth the years the locust have eaten….Joel 2:25

·     Our community is being ravaged by drugs, theft, and gun-play…..please pray for our community as God lays it on your heart….

·     Last Wednesday night at our 1stannual Trunk or Treat – almost 100 people came on our campus. Pray that the seed that was planted that night will produce fruit for the Kingdom.

     It is fair to ask —now that I’m a Christian do I just live my life waiting for the 2ndcoming or my death so I can go to heaven.  What should I be doing as I await the New World?  There is only one way to answer that question and that would be to look at what Jesus did while He was upon our earth….

         Jesus was always witnessing – by the well of Samaria – or in the Temple in Jerusalem; by the Sea of Galilee or on the mountainside. Jesus was witnessing day and night; His mighty prayers ae as vocal to God as His daily services.  Scribes and Pharisees cannot shut His mouth – even before Pilate He witnesses a good confession.  He witnesses so clearly and distinctly that there is no mistake in understanding Him. 

         Discovery – make your life a clear testimony.  Be like the stream in which you can see every stone at the bottom – not like a muddy creek where you an only see the surface, be clear and transparent, so that your hearts love for both God/Man may be visible to all. Never fear because of feeble man to restrain your witness. Your lips have been warmed with a coal from off the altar let them speak as heaven touched lips should. 

Eccl. 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Isaiah 52:13—Isa 53:12 See, my servant will prosper;he will be highly exalted.14 But many were amazed when they saw him.[a]His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.15 And he will startle[b] many nations.   Kings will stand speechless in his presence.For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.[c]

53 Who has believed our message?To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,nothing to attract us to him.He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows[d] that weighed him down.And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!  But he was pierced for our rebellion,crushed for our sins.He was beaten so we could be whole.He was whipped so we could be healed.All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on himthe sins of us all.He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.  He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,he did not open his mouth.Unjustly condemned, he was led away.[e]No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.[f]But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal;he was put in a rich man’s grave.10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief.Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants.He will enjoy a long life,and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,my righteous servant will make it possiblefor many to be counted righteous,for he will bear all their sins.12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death.He was counted among the rebels.He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.