From the Pastors Desk

pastors-deskNov/Dec 2018

Someone once said, “If you believe one-tenth of what you say you believe you should be ten times more excited than you are.”
So why do we fall short?
Maybe it’s this….  We fail to remember that being called “believers” means we “believe.”  We fail to remember what it is we believe.  And we fail to give thanks.

And when we receive a gift, what should be our natural response? Thanksgiving.

Here’s my Top Ten List of God’s gifts to us. How about we give thanks this month for:

  • Gift #1: God’s Son  – “Our Savior Jesus Christ. . . gave himself for us.” (Titus 2:14) Why?
  • Gift #2: Forgiveness of Sins – “. . . that [we] might receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 26:18)
  • Gift #3: We are adopted by God – “As many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12)
  • Gift #4: Grace – “. . . grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)  God’s favor when we didn’t deserve it !!
  • Gift #5: the Holy Spirit – “. . . ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)  The Spirit of truth indwells us, fills us, rebukes us, seals us, and produces His fruit through us.
  • Gift #6: Peace – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” (John 14:27)
  • Gift #7: Wisdom – “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. . . and it shall be given.” (James 1:5)
  • Gift #8: Victory over death – “Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57) Because Christ rose from the dead, death will not have victory over us.
  • Gift #9: An Inheritance – “. . . that they may . . . receive an inheritance.” (Acts 26:18)  This inheritance is reserved in heaven for us. We’re “joint heirs” with God’s own Son.
  • Gift #10: Everlasting Life – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Now those are good gifts. As we eat the turkey, let’s remember and be grateful!!

Peace, Pastor Cheryl