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Encourage0gramĀ  Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram 
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
Our church verse for 2020 has been from Psalm 100 – “Serve the Lord with Gladness!” Today is a great day to reflect on what really makes us glad!  I encourage you to share around your family and friends what makes you glad about each one!  
 
Yesterday we began to brief journey down the road of certainties in a very changing world.  This year has brought about so many changes!  Everyone has been affected by the changes we are experiencing. It seems to me that trusting in One who does not change is a source of great comfort. Our God does not change. He is immutable as James 1:17 promises!
 
NIV James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
 
A second source of immutability is the Word of God.  The promises stand true forever.  Every promise made is Yes in Christ!  He fulfilled each promise.  In Him we are assured that our trust in God’s Word is sound and healthy thinking.
 
NIV 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-- by me and Silas and Timothy-- was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always been "Yes." 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 
 
NIV 1 Peter 1:24-25
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
 
Today as you offer reasons to God for giving thanks, consider thanking God for His inerrant Word.  Then, commit yourself to daily reading the Word through the Advent season.  Let me suggest that you commit to reading one chapter of the gospel of John each day from December 1-24.  It is only on 21 chapters so you can take a day or two off.  And if you really want to be blessed, keep a family journal of your favorite observations of Jesus. Write them down and re-read them during the end of the month. This can be a fresh start to your devotions individually and as a family or group of friends. 
 
May our God bless you abundantly today and always,
Pastor Rick
 

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