I hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday. We do indeed have so much for which to be thankful to God, for His blessings abound to us overflowing. Psalm 105:1 tells us, “Oh, give thanks unto the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” We are commanded to give God thanks, call upon Him, and bear witness for Him. He is a worthy King, having created us and given us eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. Let me encourage you to obey this word from God. To “call upon His name” I think means to acknowledge Him. May you acknowledge God throughout this time of giving thanks. As you acknowledge Him, you will indeed witness for Him or make His deeds known to others. May God help and empower you and me to be thankful, joyful, and intentional Christ-followers who are quick to give Him praise and declare His name both in our words and the lives we live.
Thank you for giving sacrificially to our Harvest Day Offering. I am grateful to God for you. We are in the midst of a five-year campaign called Building Vision, and yet you still gave over $88,000 for the HDO and monies are still coming in. That is the good news; the not-so-good news is that we are still around $400,000 overspent for 2015 and will need a miracle to catch up before the end of the year. Ashley and I are blessed to be able to give our tithes and offerings to GHBC. Having three kids in college we had to give out of our need, but God loves a cheerful giver and so we give and ask God to meet our needs. He is faithful! Bless His name!
Last Sunday was a special day for our church. The people of God worshipped the LORD; the Word of God was preached; our people gave generously and joyfully; we saw five people from south Sudan follow Christ in believer’s baptism; and decisions were made for Christ. Thank you, God.
On Sunday we will finish our study in the grand book of Revelation with a sermon entitled “Come, Lord Jesus” from Revelation 22:12-21. Thank you for staying on this nearly two-year journey of going verse by verse though the Apocalypse. My hope for you is that you have learned much, and moreover that your heart is more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the coming of King Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18