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Luke 17:17

Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

I imagine every generation has their issues with the previous generation. One area that seems to come up in conversations quite often is a lack of gratitude. Gratitude is defined as – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

A nation was grateful to the military when they returned from World War II – even calling the men and women who fought to defeat evil in Europe and the Pacific theatre – the greatest generation. But I remember soldiers returning from Vietnam receiving protests and ridicule. A nation – not solidly behind the war efforts in Vietnam – didn’t rally around the returning soldiers – showing them with gratitude. Most of those soldiers had nothing to do with the political unrest surrounding this conflict. Most – like their counterparts in WWII – were merely following orders from those up the command chain. They too deserved our gratitude as a nation. They fought for freedom – they fought instead of many of us – they should have been welcomed home with open arms and gratitude. Continue reading

June 22, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giving God Thanks

Luke 17:15-16

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.

RevRayBeing grateful doesn’t come easy or natural for some.  We’ve all probably experienced persons who have had others go out of their way and yet for some reason that can’t seem to show the proper amount of appreciation.  Like a husband who comes home and doesn’t realize how much work has been done at home that day or the dinner that had taken her hours to prepare.  Or like the wife that doesn’t notice the clean car she gets into to go to work after the husband has spent hours cleaning it and giving it tender loving care – or the oil change that she never knew was needed.  Or the child that gets a new pair of basketball shoes – the ones that cost more than the regular ones – and the extra work his or her mom or dad had to work to give them this little extra.  Examples could go on and on for sure. Continue reading

June 24, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanking God IN All Circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18

…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

RevRayLife isn’t always fair.  I know I’m not telling anyone anything they didn’t already know.  Life brings good times and not so good times (and everything in between).  A saying I’ve used for nearly 35 years goes like this – happiness is circumstantially driven while joy is spiritually derived.  Of course – circumstances change and they don’t always bring about happiness.  I mean – the same situation that brings me happiness can change and bring me sorrow with a change in the circumstances.  It only takes a change of the circumstances to bring about a change in my mood.

I can wrap my brain around that concept.  But today’s passage – it gives me pause.  Circumstances change and some bring about good feelings and some bring about not so good feelings.  Some cause harm and some cause blessing.  Some are welcome and some are not.  Yet today the Scripture says give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Continue reading

June 10, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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