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VOLUME 47 Nov. 29 2020 NUMBER 48
From Your Minister: What a year this is! Can you believe all the changes that continue to take place? It tends to make us feel unstable. What’s next? During times like these, let’s focus on what doesn’t change!
Malachi 3:6~ For I, the Lord, do not change…
Hebrews 13:8~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.
Yes, some things never change. Thank You, Lord!
Quotes for the Week: God wants us to trust him and his ability to change things in our lives. – Joel Patchen
We know that God has the power to change circumstances, and we often cannot see why He chooses to change some, and let others remain as they are. – Latayne Scott
So much can change in our lives: our circumstances, the way people treat us, our health, and even our feelings can constantly change. But God will never change. – Mona M. Hanna
To change your outer world, you must first change your inner world. – Sharon Akinoluwa
God desires you to be continually, changing and conforming into the image of His Son. – Hlompho Phamodi
Family News: Becomes of the local rise in COVID cases, we will NOT assemble this Sunday. Please be praying that we able to open soon. The office would appreciate your input.
This Week’s Bible Gems:
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Dealing with Stress at Thanksgiving, with Thanksgiving
In this time of incredible stress, pressure, and anxiety, let's hear the simple words of encouragement from the apostle Paul: Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
Years ago, my husband and I were going through financial problems. I was distraught with worry. Then I read Paul's clear words of truth written to the Christians in Philippi: "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 NRSV)
When I started giving thanks to God, faith-filled me. I received "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding"! Can we really find reasons to thank God even during difficult times like we are facing today? Absolutely!
There are many reasons to give thanks, even in times of despair and difficulty. Let me list a few to get you started thinking about the blessings in your life. Once you get started, I'm sure you can think of many other reasons to give thanks.
Salvation: When it comes to salvation, we can join Paul in saying, Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 NRSV).
The Beautiful Creation of God: Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these (Luke 7:27 NRSV). God's beautiful creation is such a great blessing!
The Fellowship of the Saints: Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:12-13 NRSV). The gift of Christian fellowship should never be taken for granted!
God's Wonderful Promises: For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do (Hebrews 6:10 NRS). We can, and should, deal with the stress and anxiety of this troubled Thanksgiving season by giving thanks! God's promises are faithful and true.
The Scriptures remind us of God's great faithfulness! Thanksgiving does drive away anxiety! But, we don't have to go through hard times to appreciate God's blessings. If we look, we will find that His blessings are new every day. Our hearts can awaken to these when we choose to give thanks!
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart (Colossians 4:2 NLT).
by Muriel Larson
Prayer Time: Change my heart, O God. Make it ever true. Change my heart, O God, may I be like You. ~ Eddie Espinosa The Henderson’s brother in law, Dean Bryce passed away in Oklahoma Nov. 20. An online memorial was held Monday. Please remember the family. They appreciate our prayers. Bailey Griffin’s former college roommate, Mackenzie Braak, is recuperating from Covid at home in South Dakota. Please continue praying for her and the family. Gary Duncan’s recovery from neck surgery will take some time. Kindly keep him in prayer. Continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Betty Fo, Betty Gray, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Payton Henderson, Don Hopkins, Jon Van Grimbergen’s mother and step father-- Barbara and Herb Hoy, Terry Lake, Ralph Lindsey, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Pam McNeill, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, Al and Susan Sheehan, and the Van Grimbergens. We pray continually for help during these perilous times. We pray for first responders, healthcare workers, teachers, students, families, workers and non-workers. We ask God’s help upon churches and their members. And we ask special blessings on those who are sick and suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.