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The Day After Thanksgiving!

Ephesians 5:19-20

19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Life ChangeI hope and pray you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Day yesterday. I also hope you had time with the family. Around Thanksgiving table – we asked the question – what are you thankful for this year – and some heartfelt responses came our way. What would your answer be to that question? Maybe you are thankful for your health (maybe you haven’t had good health this year but are feeling better now). Maybe you are thankful for family and friends. Maybe you are thankful for your job or for your home. Maybe you are thankful for a son or daughter or a grandson or granddaughter coming home. I’m thankful for a new son this Thanksgiving – and of course – for all of my family.

The passage today gives the Sunday School answer – lol – and reminds us that we should be thankful for God and for all that God has allowed in our lives. We are even to greet one another with praises – even with songs of praise – acknowledging our thanks for God.

Think about it. How do we greet one another? How are we greeted by others? If we came together on Sunday mornings giving thanks to God for all that God has done for us – would worship look differently? If we met for committee meetings singing songs of praise – would our meetings go better? If we met one another in the grocery store and greeted each other with praises unto God – the impact would be sweet on us and on others around us – right?

As we pass another Thanksgiving – I am thankful for the Body of Christ called First Church and can’t wait to greet you – collectively – and individually – with praises for what God is doing in us – through us – and in spite of us. God has placed us together for a reason and I am thankful that He has chosen us to be of service to Him!

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Ephesians 5:15–20 – 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t spend too much today with all of the sales going on. See you Sunday in worship if not before. Let’s give God our all when we gather to praise Him.

Just something to think about today as we go on our way!

November 23, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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