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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Give thanks with a grateful heart,

give thanks to the Holy One;

give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his Son.

We sing this song every once in a while. It’s one that I learned as a young person. It conveys well one of the characteristics I mentioned in the sermon yesterday. When we follow Christ, that should be shown in our gratitude. Another song we sing is “Count Your Many Blessings,” and it’s a good piece of advice. What blessings are you thankful for? Do you take time to focus on the good things that we have going for us?

I mentioned research that has been done on the positive differences that gratitude can make in us, both physiologically and also psychologically. You can find the complete study behind these conclusions here. But if you don’t want to read the entire 72-page study, you might find this short article explaining “Why Gratitude is Good,” to be helpful.

Just to remind you that Paul said, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17, NIV)

Gratitude is a mark of someone who follows Christ!

Remember there is a sign-up sheet for the August 13th Worship Service at Funk’s Grove. If you haven’t been to the church building to sign up, feel free to give us a call or send an email. We just want a head count so that we can know how much pulled pork to provide. There will be pulled pork sandwiches provided, as well as lemonade and tea. There will also be some pies for dessert. Feel free to bring a “pic-nicky” side, salad, or desert to share. Also bring your lawn chair. If the weather allows it, we’ll hold the service is the beautiful “Chapel of the Trees.” It should be a great day of worship, fellowship, and fun. Invite your friend or neighbor to come along.

I was going to say at the end of the service yesterday that I am grateful for all of you. The encouragement and support you provide.

God bless, Brian

Scripture readings for next Sunday Colossians 3:18-4:1—What strikes your attention about this list?

Ephesians 5:21-6:9—When you compare these lists, what similarities and differences do you notice?

Isaiah 1:1-6—What is the problem with rebellion against God? What does this look like today?

Acts 5:21-32—How do we know to whom we should submit?


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