Pastor's Corner

10 Nov
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Mid Week Challenge

Last Sunday we began our annual stewardship study. From time to time we all need to be reminded of how thankful we should be in our daily life. Author Nancy Leigh has a great one-week refresh plan:  

 God’s Word teaches that thankfulness ought to be a way of life. But in the reality of our daily lives, it is so easy for discontentment, murmuring, complaining, criticizing, or even bitterness to displace the “attitude of gratitude.” Cultivating a thankful heart will result in speaking thankful words. But we all need periodic reminders to be thankful, and, for most of us, developing the habit of thankfulness may require some practice! The following are a few suggestions on how to refocus, one day at a time. 

Day 1 - Every chapter in the book of Colossians has at least one reference to thankfulness. Read the following verses and jot down a thought that stands out to you (Colossians 1:3Colossians 1:3Colossians 1:12Colossians 2:7Colossians 3:15Colossians 3:17Colossians 4:2).  Someone has defined gratitude as “learning to recognize and express appreciation for the benefits which I have received from God and others.” Try to memorize this definition today, and review it at least once each day this week.

Day 2 - Before we can express our gratitude, we must take time to recognize and identify the specific blessings that we have received from God and others. Make a list of all the material and spiritual blessings you can think of that you have received from the Lord. Then stop and thank God for each item on your list.

Day 3 - Today, focus on expressing gratitude to and for your family members. Make a list of each member of your family (mate, parents, children, brothers, sisters, etc.). Then next to each name, write one quality about their life for which you are particularly grateful. As you write each name, ask yourself, “Have I ever thanked that person for the way God has used him/her in my life?” 

Day 5 - Call or write three people on the list you made yesterday, to express your gratitude for their influence and ministry in your life.

Day 6 - Paul instructed the Ephesian believers to “give thanks always for all things . . .” (Ephesians 5:20).

One man of God told of meditating on this verse while he was brushing his teeth one morning. He was challenged by the thought of thanking God for everything! He said, “I began by thanking God for my toothbrush. Then I thanked Him for the toothpaste. Then I realized that I had never thanked God for my teeth!” He went on to ask this probing question: “If tomorrow’s supply depended on today’s thanksgiving, how much would I have tomorrow?”

Day 7 - As you have been focusing on thankfulness, have you found some people, items, or circumstances for which it is not easy to be thankful?

Make a list of past or present circumstances, events, trials, or relationships for which you may never have given thanks. Then, as an expression of faith and an exercise of obedience, say, “Lord, I choose to give You thanks for ________ and ________, which You may never give me the privilege of understanding.” In so doing, you will be acknowledging that God is the “Blessed Controller” of everything that touches your life, and that you trust Him and His sovereign choices for your life.

© Revive Our Hearts. Taken from The Attitude of Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Used with permission. 

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”   Psalm 100:4

Serving the Savior, 

Bro. Jonathan


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