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COME WITH THANKSGIVING
Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
When we come to worship on Sunday mornings a lot happens prior to that time that influences our attitude and expectations. Regardless of what that may be, Psalm 100 tells us to enter with thanksgiving and praise. Sometimes we may have to work at having an attitude of thanks or praise depending on what our circumstances are. What is important to note is that Psalm 100 doesn’t provide conditions for giving thanks and praise. Nor does Paul give conditions in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Rather he says, ‘in all circumstances”, that means good or bad, pleasent or unpleasent. He doesen’t say give thanks for all circumstances. We know however, that in all circumstances God is with us and will provide what is needed and that he will use it for our benefit and growth and his glory. Paul goes on to say that whatever circumstance may be, it has been allowed or permitted by him to serve his loving purposes.
Pslam 100:5 tells us why we are to give thanks and praise. The Lord is good in that, his love and faithfulness never fails throughout all of time. God is not going to suddenly stop being loving and faithful to you. He has your best interest in mind everyday and we can count on that. Look back over your life and see how God has been good and faithful and give him thanks knowing he will continue to do so.
Offering praise and thanksgiving in the middle of a crises or tragedy can often change things and it shows that you trust God above your circumstances and that he will see you through.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way: Today 20, 3:30. Confirmation class.
6:30PM Bible study: Early church. Everyone is welcome. You’re not behind.
Sunday 24, 9:00 Morning worship and Sunday school for all. Sermon: Spiritual Warfare – The Mind
Wednesday 27, 6:30 Thanksgiving Eve service. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the FC Food Bank.
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