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From the Pastor’s desk…

November 19, 2018

Has it ever occurred to you that no Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful of people from the Mayflower who started the custom of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God? They had no homes and no government agency to help them build homes.  They had no means of transportation, other than their legs. Their only food came from the sea and the forest, and they had to get it themselves.  They had no money and no place to spend it if they had any.  And they had no amusements except what they made for themselves. However, God blessed their faithfulness to Him and their spirit of thankfulness. It often takes faith to express an attitude of thanksgiving.   In John chapter six, we read that Jesus once took fives loaves of bread and just two small fish, lifted them up to our Heavenly Father and gave thanks for the food that they had. Because of the spirit of thanksgiving, God multiplied that small amount of food, over 5,000 people were fed and there were also leftovers for take outs.

Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He prayed and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me,”  (John 11:41).  Because of the spirit of thanksgiving Lazarus was raised from the dead.

In spite of the trials and great difficulties you may be facing this week, you still have many reasons to express gratitude to God.  God will honor and bless your spirit of thanksgiving.  I want you to know that I am very thankful for you.  I’m grateful that you are interested in this ministry.  May our Lord richly bless you today.