God bless you during this time of remembering and celebrating the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I've attached a short sermon that fits in with the season. It emphases the grand reason for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Colossians 3:15 (Christian Standard Bible)
And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.
The Pilgrims started a tradition of celebrating God's love and provision when they safely arrived in a new land that gave them freedom of worship. In America, we call that day, November 24th, Thanksgiving Day. The one characteristic that Christians have--even in times of distress and loss--is a thankful heart.
It seems incongruous that in times of stress or trouble one could be thankful. The reason that is possible is a heart and life surrendered to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God leads us as we surrender to the Holy Spirit daily, and sometimes it is through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. In all things, however, Christians give thanks because God through the Holy Spirit is with us--leading us.
This world is not my home--I'm just passing through. And while I'm here, I'm serving the Lord of Lords who happens to be the Creator of the Universe. Now, how could one not be thankful for that?
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
If you've been a pastor in a church, especially a growing church, you are familiar with church conflict. It can be ugly. It can be subtle. It can be in your face. It can not only hurt and intimidate you, but it can also hurt your family. Church conflict is like barnacles on a ship, it hinders forward progress and can cause damage.
If you have a growing church, congratulations. Nevertheless, growing and evangelistic churches attract barnacles--trouble-makers in the church. Satan never stops his activity, especially for churches snatching people out of his domain.
I'm a veteran pastor and, therefore, I am a veteran of church conflict. I wrote a book some time ago with my thoughts about church conflict. I describe its modus operandi and suggest ways to deal with it. It's available on Amazon.com. I hope you will consider reading it.
Here is a link to the page at my website: https://www.boblewisministries.org/books
Here is a link to the purchase page: https://www.amazon.com/Barnacle-Busters-Keeping-Church-Seaworthy/dp/108659861X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21EQBHOUXVJET&keywords=Barnacle+Busters&qid=1668191334&s=books&sprefix=barnacle+buster%2Cstripbooks%2C251&sr=1-1
Blessings to you!