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Count your blessings, this Thanksgiving...

 

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If you have ever heard a sermon on Thanksgiving you probably have heard of the ten leprosy victims who were healed but only one came back to thank Jesus (Luke 17:11-19). Naturally, we wonder if we could have been part of the nine who experienced the deliverance of Jesus but failed to give thanks.  No one wants to be like that, you want to be the one who returned with a grateful heart.
After God had delivered His people from the hand of Pharaoh, God warned them.  “Deut. 6:12 “..then watch yourself, lest you forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  Sadly, like the nine or the Israelites, we must admit that we fail in giving thanks to God for the many blessings He brings our way.
The old hymn says, “Count your blessings” and it goes on to say, “name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!”  This Thanksgiving, take time to thank the Lord!  Be the one that came back to give thanks to Jesus and among those who do not forget what God has done!
Serving Jesus with Joy!
Pastor Harry

 


A New Year-Be Encouraged

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With a New Year ahead, I am reminded of the burdens, challenges, successes, victories, and the unknown that we all look to face as we stand at the beginning of a New Year.

As a believer in the Lord Jesus, I am filled with hope, and happiness that does not come from things temporal, tied to this life, but those that are eternal.  It is the Agape Love of our Lord that fills my heart as a child of the Father.  As followers of Christ we should reflect HIs goodness and love to our fellow man, our neighbors.  Taking the light and love that is in us, through the Holy Spirit, and pouring that love into those around us whether that be our families, friends, co-workers, or  simply a stranger passing by.  It is a kind word, a helping hand, holding the door, taking time to listen, serving those in need, and being a blessing as we are blessed.

Galatians 5:22,23 states : "The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.”

As the NEW YEAR! begins, be encouraged that you have a God who loves you, who has freed you by His Spirit, from the demands of the this world.  Allow Christ to truly live in you and to be a reflection of His Love to others in any situation as you walk in His Spirit each day.

Have a happy and blessed New Year!

Bill Darpino


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