November 1, 2019 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments
From the Pastor
One of my favorite praise songs, which our praise team sings so beautifully, is the song, “10,000 Reasons.” There is a place in the song that goes, “You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger. Your name is great, and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find.” We should respond to God’s grace with a heart filled with gratitude. We should express our delight to Him. As a church, we should have no trouble coming up with 10,000 reasons for our hearts to praise God.
It might be a list of reasons that include: For The love of my father; that I am cancer free; that my children go to church; that my husband makes the kids lunches each morning (Men, we strongly dislike this guy, don’t we?); Discovering I’m pregnant for the first time; for the baby sleeping through the night; for sending Jesus to save us. I love this one: for morning coffee. For spell check; for Dad paying for our summer vacation; that I am not in pain; that Jesus changed my life; that my church family just lets me be me.
That’s not a bad start, is it? What would be some of your 10,000 reasons? Let me know. Share them with me. Call them into me. Text them to me. Email them to me. In the meantime, just let that joy of gratitude overflow from your heart. If you think about it, life is all grace from start to finish. So, stand with your arms outstretched ready to receive the blessings from God. And when the blessings come, let them flow into you, -- and then through you in a way that changes you and the world around you. Above all, bless the Lord!
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Quote of the Week
“God’s past faithfulness and compassion toward us is a heritage upon which we build our faith in the future.”
David Jeremiah, Sanctuary: Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God
David Paul Jeremiah is an American conservative evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego.
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