|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”
Our Bible verse for today: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Giving thanks for you”
I love the joy and the sense of thanksgiving that Paul expressed for his Philippian brothers and sisters as he opened his letter to them in Philippians 1:3-6. And I want you to know that what Paul felt for the Philippians, I feel for you. I thank God for you, the faithful readers of these daily devotional messages. I pray for you frequently and I consider you to be partners in the gospel ministry (especially those of you who share these devotional messages with others each day by reposting them on your own Facebook page, and by forwarding them to others in your email address book.) And I too believe and pray that God will continue to poor out His blessings upon you as He continues the good work He has been doing in your life. May you be richly blessed.
This morning I also want to share another Thanksgiving thought with you, and a Thanksgiving concern – a concern that is a deep burden for me as a Christian, as a Pastor, and as a citizen of the United States of America. This past Sunday, November 21st, at Oak Hill Baptist Church, I preached a sermon about being thankful for the church. I spoke about the role the Church of Jesus Christ has played in the history of the world over the last 2000 years, and why it is that everyone everywhere should be thankful for the profound positive impact the Church has had, and continues to have, on the entire world.
I also spoke about the role the Church has had on the history and development of our country, and why it is that every American, regardless of their personal faith, should be thankful for the positive impact the Church has had in our society over the course of our history. But then I ended with my concern about the state of the Church in our nation today. My friends, the Church in our country today is struggling and it is in trouble. And that means our nation is in trouble. This is something that should greatly concern all of us and we should all want to do something to help correct it.
The good news is that there are things that all of us can do about it and I hope and pray that we will. That sermon is available on our church website at www.oakhillbaptist.net and I would encourage you to watch it. The church is a blessing to the world, to our country, to our communities, to our families, and in our individual lives. We should all be thankful for it and we should all want the church to be healthy and strong and making a positive impact for the cause of Christ.
On this Thanksgiving morning, my family and I want to wish you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
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