Thank you, Lord

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians 4:8 I closed last Sunday's service (11/25) with an invitation to give thanks daily. One suggestion was to keep a gratitude journal for the remainder of 2018. Another was to memorize Philippians 4:8 (see above) and recite it throughout the day. During the week, I had several of you email me your "gratitude" entries. They included thanks for health and life, family and friends. They were beautiful testimonies of God's goodness. I've been

Happy Thanksgiving

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Luke tells the story of 10 lepers, who begged Jesus for healing. Jesus responded with compassion. He told them to go and show themselves to the priests. On their way to the Temple, they felt the disease leaving their bodies. They were healed! One of them turned around and returned to Jesus. Praising God with a loud voice, he threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Where not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give thanks to God e

Thank You for Your Service

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.." - 1 Peter 4:8 It's already November. The temperatures are getting lower and the wind is growing colder. As we move closer (and closer) to the season of Thanksgiving, let's pause to reflect on God's abundant blessings. Let's consider some of the reasons to give thanks. This week, let's thank our veterans. Captain Rippetoe served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April 2003, his company was protecting a nighttime checkpoint near Hadithah Dam when a vehicle approached and a woman jumped out asking for help. Captain Rippetoe had his men stay

Fear or Faith

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." - 1 Peter 4:8 I have a friend named Khalid. This weekend, he's participating in the Human Library Project at the Frankfort Public Library. This is an opportunity when people can check out a "human book." Book subjects include: "A Jew," "A Muslim," "A Latina," "A Hard of Hearing Person," etc. Khalid participated in this event last year as "A Muslim." He explained why being part of this learning experience was so important. "Last year, I had a woman who finally got the courage to come to my table, shaking, and she was terrified of Muslims because she was sure I was a nasty person, required to kill infidels. But after fifteen

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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