On behalf of Nicole and I and our family, we want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so thankful to God to have the privilege of being part of such a beautiful body. It is a joy to be your pastor.

I am reminded again of a verse we’ve looked at a lot lately.

John 6:11
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.

As we get ready for a day of family and food, can we be encouraged by the thankfulness of our Savior? Jesus faced with an impossible task, and minimal resources was still able to be thankful to His Father for what He had at that moment. May Jesus be the standard by which we choose to be thankful today. Today we enjoy more natural resources than the incarnate Son of God. We experience more material abundance than He ever did in 33 years on this earth, yet He is our perfect example of thankfulness.

If you are genuinely struggling to be thankful today, can I encourage you to take time to consider TRUE freedom that is found through faith in the grace of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sin?

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is not only the perfect example of thankfulness but also the precise reason for it too. In Jesus, our debt is paid; in Jesus, our eternal freedom has been won.

I have attached a wonderful blog outlining 5 beautiful truths about thankfulness, please take the time to reflect on them.

Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Love Stephen