Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality

Romans 12:13 (ESV)

I love this video. God has been teaching me a lot about hospitality. It’s one of those spiritual gifts that I feel isn’t my strongest. Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday (mostly because of the food). There is something about people coming together over a meal that has always intrigued me. You see it all over the Bible and how it brings people closer together. I was at my connect group tonight and spent the evening chatting with two new people. One guy had a long history of drug abuse until he found Christ. The other guy was a young kid who just loved to talk. I will admit I was hesitant at first to engage in conversation with both of them because of my own judgmental sin nature. But as I got to know them, I really enjoyed hearing their stories of faith. I hope to have a more hospitable attitude this Thanksgiving season. I am planning on having people over for Turkey day and working at a homeless shelter in the morning. I pray that God uses me and works on my heart to be more hospitable and to show love to those that I come in contact with.



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“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

I had a fun day cooking in the kitchen and hanging out with friends on Thanksgiving eve. I was out and about pretty late and had a moment I pulled over in my truck and just reflected on how good God is and His blessings. Then a tweet came across the wire about lead worship leader Andrew Pray passing away after an accident. I looked at the photos of him and his family and it wrecked me. I was sad for his family but at the same time I was sad for those that take their life on earth lightly. God gives us people to do life with and it saddens me to see division in families and how some people treat others as disposable. I’m so thankful for my family and friends and that I get to do life with them. The above passage is one of the last tweets Andrew sent before he died.

First I’m thankful for my boys and that God gave me the opportunity to have kids in this lifetime. Those two boys humble me and have brought responsiblity and maturity to me. I’m thankful for my parents and my siblings and that I still have them in my life. God has also blessed me with incredible friends to do life with. Lately I have formed some really deep intimate relationships with many of them and I love having that accountability and the opportunities of growth in my walk with them. I am thankful I have a vehicle and a home to come to every night. But most of all, I thank God everyday for peace. My life is very calm for the first time in a while and I feel refreshed. My health is better than it has ever been and I feel strong in my walk because of the time I have had to draw near to the Lord.

“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:1-11

My turkey I cooked for Thanksgiving

I have plenty to be thankful for. But today I am thankful for the peace God has given me. The peace and hope I have in Christ and the access I have to God and His grace. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit and his guidance. God has poured his love into my heart and I no longer have to be a slave to sin. He has transported me into his marvelous light and I want to share that with others.

Thank you God for good friends and family to share and live my life with. Thank you for the many blessings they have given me.

Thank you God for my church and the community I have with them. I appreciate the openness and the warmth that they give. They are a community who are living out the story of God and provide an environment for people to grow in.

Thank you God for my Missional community. Thank you for providing people who get the gospel and have enriched my life with it. I am thankful to have people I can be transparent with and view me no different from themselves.

Thank you God for my friend Scott whose friendship I didn’t understand until now. You have used the most unlikely of all people to help me wrestle through life and together we are both drawing closer to you. His unconditional love toward me is a model of Christ who loves us despite our sins.

Thank you God for my kids and the bond that I have with them. I love the opportunities I get to minister to them through my own life. Through the many heartaches and tears we have shed,  I get to display my confidence to them and tell them it is because I love Jesus and he is on our side.

Thank you God for my wife. In the time I have known her, my faith has grown so much through the heart she has for you and the many trials and struggles we have endured together. In doing life with her, God has used her to be a mirror into my own heart and the issues I need to change so I can be an instrument in your hands. I love you CJ and I don’t tell you enough.

Thank you Jesus Christ for being my Redeemer and Savior and loving me despite my shortcomings.

Missio Dei Turkey Bowl

Thanksgiving eve night out with my friend Scott

Bingo with the family after Turkey dinner

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