Bring Him our Thanksgiving

Psalm 95:2 KJV “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” 

Psalm 95:2 is such a classic Scripture for this Thanksgiving season. This is a verse that we hear quoted so often around this time of year. I can already smell the thanksgiving turkey, and hear the family members laughing in the background when I read this scripture. 

“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.” This scripture is beautiful and easy to follow. It’s simply stating that when we enter His presence, the only thing we should bring is our thankfulness. What has God done for you in your life that you’re especially thankful for? Read more…



Test, Trials, and Pressure Produce Gratitude

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James at first glance seems so far from what makes one grateful.  How can trials, testing and pressure produce gratitude. Read more…



Always Be Thankful

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for king and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in a godliness and holiness.”

When I think of the upcoming seasons, I think of warmth and excitement. This time of year is such an exciting one. The sad thing is, usually Thanksgiving gets overlooked by Christmas. We overlook the season of thankfulness and focus on a season of receiving. Isn’t that odd? 

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is a topic that often comes up when Thanksgiving rolls around, but it’s a worthwhile topic to talk about all year round. I want gratitude to be part of who I am rather than something I just invoke during the holidays or whenever something good happens in my life.
Not only does it feel good to have a grateful outlook on life, but the benefits of gratitude are scientifically proven to affect everything from your relationships to your stress level to the quality of your sleep.


Be Glad and Rejoice

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us Rejoice and be glad in it.”

Gratitude is an everyday action, done in the present with celebration.  The reason for daily gratitude is God has made each day therefore it is good.  God is the personification of goodness, there is not evil in Him. The day from our perspective may not be good because of negative circumstances, volatile emotions or spiritual dryness.  We live in God therefore we are blessed. We have to choose to rejoice because of our relationship with God.

There is a chorus I like “I am blessed, I am blessed every day that I live I am blessed.  When I rise up in the morning till I lay my head to rest, I am blessed.”

Be glad and Rejoice!
 
Written By: PAstor Jim Brewer