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  • Nov 28, 2021Thankful For God’s Protection
  • Nov 21, 2021Thankful For God’s Blessings
    Nov 21, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Blessings
    Today we will celebrate our Thanksgiving together after the service What, exactly, are we thankful for each year at this time?
    Many answers to that question may come, but, let me say, the greatest reason to be thankful is God’s blessings
     
    We looked at this verse last week when we talked about God’s Grace Today, I want to look at it through the lens of blessings The first part of this verse says “all things are for your sakes” Understand, that this means the things that are good and the things that we call bad are for our sakes In other words, blessings can come in heartache as well as happiness We need to realize this and thank God for all the blessings I know that it is really hard to give thanks in everything because some things feel so bad Sometimes things happen to us and, at the moment, we can’t see how it is a blessing But God uses these things to change our direction or reinforce our trust in Him When we finally understand that God’s plan for us is never to hurt, but always to bless, it is an amazing revelation God’s blessings in every form give us peace, if we look for them Are you thankful for God’s blessings today?
    The greatest blessing we can be thankful for is found in Romans 5:8
    The KJV says while we were still sinners Christ died for us. The greatest blessing to be thankful for is that Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and He overcame the grave Prior to Jesus death He gathered His disciples together for the Passover meal During this time, He told the disciples that the bread represented His body and the wine His blood He told them to take this supper and remember Him until He returns Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the blessings God has given us Have you ever received the blessing of salvation?
  • Nov 14, 2021Thankful For God’s Grace
    Nov 14, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Grace
    We celebrated Veteran’s day last week, so you would think that is what we would talk about today; Instead, I want to talk about something even more powerful.
    America, America! God shed His grace on you.
    God’s grace. What a wonderful thing to think about. It is only by the grace of God that we can have salvation As we spend November to Remember, think about how great the grace of God is in your life If God withheld grace and only gave us what we deserve, every single one of us would receive damnation But God! God gives us His incredible grace, and it is the thing we should be thankful for every day.
    Just to get a great picture of God’s grace, look at Psalm 103:1-12 NASB
    If you took all the rest of this passage out and only focused on verse 12, it is the most amazing thing But you can’t take the rest of the passage out because God’s grace is all over us every day What should we do with the knowledge of God’s grace in our lives? Praise Him and thank Him daily. Live our lives graciously, remembering His grace To realize how much God’s grace has done for us and not live thankful is beyond comprehension Knowing God’s grace has covered us in our shortcomings should make us thankful to God for eternity What grace should really do is cause His people, who are called by His name, to extend grace to others in this world Reality is, the very people who are so blessed with God’s grace are the same people who rarely extend grace to others The slave whose debt was forgiven, refused to give that same grace to those who owed him Christians are some of the most brutally judgmental people in the world, but we should give the most grace Understand that as God gives us so much grace, when we also give it to others it spreads When grace is spread, God is glorified In modern day language we would say “Pay it forward” As God gives grace to you, give it to all those around you. “Grace, Grace, God’s Grace, Grace that is greater than ALL our sins” Have you ever experienced God’s grace? Have you trusted Him and realized that, because of His grace, your sins are cast as far as the east is from the west? You can experience the Grace of God that is available today Once you do….pass it on!
  • Nov 7, 2021Thankful For God’s Love
    Nov 7, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Love

    Welcome to Fall! When the weather turns cool and foliage changes, I’m blown away by how Great God is!

    This is when the world seems to look toward Christmas

    November is a great time to remember to be thankful to God for everything

    Over the course of 4 weeks we are going to see how to use November to Remember

    Probably, most of us could quote John 3:16, but have you ever dwelled on it?

    “For God so loved the world”

    Think about the most loved you have ever felt, isn’t that wonderful?

    God’s love makes that look tiny.

    God SO loved, meaning a love that was everything He has

    And He gave it to ALL!

    Understand that God’s love is not withheld from anyone

    Yes! God loves even what we call “bad” people. He loves every person!

    That is a love that is amazing, right?

    I’m thankful that God loves me, even when I know I’m not a perfect person.

    I’m thankful that God loves even the “bad” people, because it is so easy to become one.

    Now that we are all feeling thankful for God’s love, let me ask you something;

    What do we do with that Love?

    You see being thankful means we live graciously.

    If we live graciously, then we follow the example given to us in our Savior and love EVERYBODY

    I know “that’s impossible!”, right?

    It is, in the flesh, for certain. We all struggle to love, when we can’t even like everyone.

    For believers, one stumbling block to loving everyone, is when people are blatantly living in sin.

    Think of it this way, those are the people who need God’s love most urgently.

    If we don’t live the love God gave us, then how will they see it?

    You see, being thankful means it actually changes your life. You live thankful every day.

    God’s love is the most amazing gift that anyone can receive.

    Have you experienced God’s Love and the Salvation it brings?

    Are you ready to live that love everyday?

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