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Thanksgiving: What Does It Mean?
Leesa and I want to thank our church family for the cards and gifts that we received during Pastor Appreciation Month. We are very grateful to have such a loving, caring church. I pray that God continues to bless our fellowship in the days ahead. 
With that being said, Thanksgiving is a season that we recognize in the month of November. In this season we tend to do some reflecting, and revealing gratefulness for all that we have been blessed with. When you look at the word, Thanksgiving, you notice that it is a compound word. Two words that can stand alone make up the one word, thanks and the word giving. If you turn the word around the word would be giving thanks. Again, Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. The bible speaks of giving and thanks:
Ephesians 5:20giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Psalm 136:26Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Philippians 4:6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Psalm 100:4-5Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Without a heart of continual thanksgiving, the Christian walk is joyless and without true reward. Keeping our hearts grateful is a daily battle but a necessary one. Keeping our minds focused on the blessings (no matter how small or insignificant they seem) and remembering that God is the One who blesses, can help us keep our priorities in a more proper balance. Thanksgiving, for the Christian, is a moment by moment event.
Giving Thanks Daily To God,
 Pastor James










Published: April 1, 2015