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The Benefits of a Habit of Thankfulness

Let us give thanks, in all moments, in every season, all the time. If we do, here are some of the benefits we will begin to observe.

Thankful pastors preach with humility instead of condescension.

Thankful counselors observe small progress and celebrate genuine growth.

Thankful husbands take time to honor their wife’s sacrificial service rather than taking her for granted.

Thankful wives spend time praising God for their husbands rather than complaining about him.

Thankful fathers encourage their children instead of just correcting them.

Thankful mothers enjoy little moments of joy with their children.

Thankful church members make their pastors’ work a joy and not a burden.

Thankful evangelists speak with a winsome spirit rather than an arrogant heart.

Thankful children (and children-in-law) look for ways to honor their parents.

Thankful parents (and parents-in-law) find unexpected joys in their adult children.

Thankful singles enjoy the undivided (1 Cor 7.) focus and opportunities of the season of singleness.

Thankful friends are not always comparing new friends to old friends.

It is sobering to consider these roles without the habit of thankfulness.  Pride, selfishness, presumption, complaining—these flourish in the thankless heart.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!  Let us give thanks always and for everything through Jesus Christ, knowing that all things work together for good for those that love him, and that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning and great is his faithfulness.

 

The King Who Finished Well

I’m reading 2 Chronicles right now and I’ve been saddened and sobered by how many of the kings start well but fail in the end.  Of course the best example is Solomon, who begins by seeking God for wisdom and building the temple, and ends worshiping false gods neglecting the Scriptures.  So many of his descendants followed his example. Reading this book has moved my heart in two ways.

First,  it has made me see my need for self-suspicion and vigilance.  I don’t want to fail in the second half of my race like Solomon did.  No degree of past faithfulness makes up for future indifference to conviction and complacency about God’s Word.

Second, it has made me grateful for Jesus, my Savior King.  He was faithful to the very end.  The words “it is finished” have new value after reading 2 Chronicles.  He is better than the best of the beginning of the kingships of Solomon, Joash, Uzziah, and Hezekiah, but without their failure in the end. He finished faithful.  He is the King to be trusted, who will establish God’s kingdom in righteousness and preserve the worship of God without fail until the kingdom of this world comes to an end.

Praise him.  Thank God that one greater than Solomon has come here.

Biblical Fellowship Should Be Biblical

I’ve heard many different names–accountability groups, growth groups, d-groups, men’s and women’s groups, cell groups, core groups….and the number of names I haven’t heard could probably go on forever.  Whatever they are called,  these groups normally exist for Christians to help one another be faithful and growing Christians.  The Bible is very clear that we are not on this Christian pilgrimage alone, that we were recreated to be members of a community, and these groups are practical expressions of that Biblical truth.   Of course groups have different formats, meeting times, regularity, and emphases.    My burden for these kinds of groups in our church, both now and into the future, is that they be Biblical.  Here are a few kinds of group caricatures that I think stray from that fundamental priority. Read more

Recent Sermons

Believe! (John 3:9-21)

Speaker: Jon Payne

What does it look like when a person believes in the words of Jesus?

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Living Sent Seminar: Embracing the Mission of Everyday Evangelism

Speaker: Rob Tombrella

Who is called to do evangelism, and how should one go about doing it? In this seminar, Rob helps us to biblically define our identity and responsibilities.

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Living Sent Seminar: Putting Together an Action Plan

Speaker: Rob Tombrella

In session two of our Living Sent Seminar, Rob takes us through some practical steps for stepping out in evangelism.

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