Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Denton Lester When you consider that it is November again, the thought comes to mind how could it be so? It was just March. “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

Wow, what a beautiful day! It is rainy and windy but beautiful. There is just something about autumn that kind of takes us back, and it cannot be realized at any other time of the year. There is a smell in the air, leaves and harvest, just an autumn kinda smell. The enjoyment of the season is truly a gift from God to be enjoyed if we find it and take the time to receive it. We are blessed.

When we spend time in discovering the blessings of our heavenly Father, we can find joy, peace and contentment in what He has graced us with. We have more to be thankful for in great measure than for what concerns us.

There is so much going on in our day that is evil and wrong. We need to be concerned about evil people in positions of authority and making threats against us. We are concerned about people of our own country that want to harm and cause strife and division. So much to be thankful for if we just look for it. There are people in our lives that bless us each day with love and joy. Look around at the good that is in our world and turn away from the evil and unsettling aspect of our times. These are exciting times we live in for the Lord is preparing us for His return.

“pray without ceasing” 1 Thess:17

When we gather for Thanksgiving at our house before we begin the meal, we go around the table and let everyone give at least one reason that he/she is thankful. We enjoy the time and the sincerity of those who are willing to share. There is always something that someone is thankful for that we say amen to that. If we were to take the time to write out the things that we have been blessed by, I really don’t think we could name them all.

Again I find Paul gives us great insight into how we are to live our daily lives. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). I guess to me this means to just think about Jesus. In a world that is crashing, in a time such as this when everything is going against what is normal and good and righteous. In our day we need to just think about Jesus. What He did for us by taking on this sinful world and taking our sin, on Himself and taking that then to the death on the cross. It just seems to me that if we think about Jesus how can the world get us down or how can we see things in a depressing light or how can we even have a bad day?

So on Thanksgiving and on every day up until then and every day after that be truly thankful for Jesus. Remember that no matter what the issue, the problem or concern…Jesus is the answer.

Be thankful in all things!

See you in church!

Pastor Denton

November 2017