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“Therefore by Him let us continually offer there sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

                  (Hebrews 13:5)

                                                                   

Thoughts from Pastor Dennis Bailey

  

     

        Vance Havner shares in Christianity Today “Our biggest problem in the church is this vast majority of Sunday morning Christians who claim to have known the Master’s cure and who return not (at other times) to thank Him by presence, prayer, testimony, and support of His church.  In fact the whole Christian life is one big “Thank You”, the living expression of our gratitude for God’s goodness.”

         Praise and thankfulness are not only a wonderful aspect of our walk with Christ but actually expects it; not because He needs it so much as what it can do for us in our relationship to Him.  It “builds” our faith.  It is an enemy of Fear.  It encourages us to believe and to rely on the promises of God.

        There is a legend of a man  who found the barn where Satan kept his seeds  ready to be sown in the human heart, and on finding the seeds of discouragement more numerous than others, he learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere.  When Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive.  “And where is that?” asked the man.  Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a grateful man.”

     Taking the time to thank and praise God during your day is so important to your own spiritual health.  Make it a priority to thank God with your lips, with your heart, and in your actions!

 

God’s Peace be with you

        

 

UPCOMING SERMON

 April 1     (Psalm 103:1-5)         Mark 16:1-8         “God Wins”                          EASTER

The Victory of Jesus is one that is personal for all of us. He give us victory over sin, death, and hopelessness.

 

April  8           (Psalm 131)         John 20:24-29          “Seeing is NOT Believing”

Jesus teaches Thomas and the disciples that true faith is when we don’t see. It is believing in the dark.

 

April 15   (Romans 8:12-17)     1 John 3:1-3      “We Are Called Children of God”

How are we to live as Children of God? Do we see God as our true heavenly Father?

 

April 22   (Psalm 23)         John 10:11-15          “The Good Shepherd”

The lord is our shepherd. He sees it as his task to take care of us. Let’s look at that.

 

April 29     (Psalm 91:1-4; 11-12)      John 15:1-5            “The True Vine”          COMMUNION

We are called to abide in Jesus. Only then can we bear fruit in our lives.