Thanksgiving – Reminder to be grateful

Tomorrow during Kids’ Express, we are going to celebrate our Thanksgiving, thank you Jesus feast. I have the privilege of attending and I have been invited to share a short message from God’s Word. I want to talk about being appreciative or grateful. We have to be taught and reminded to be grateful because gratefulness is not our nature. Because of our sin nature, we are selfish. Gratefulness comes out of a selfless attitude. This is important because if we do not teach each generation to be selfless and grateful we cannot expect them to be. Once we teach people to be selfless and appreciative, we have to remind them of it over and over. We have a tendency to forget. God has set up annual holidays that remind us to be grateful. These are good reminders for us. Continue reading

Showing appreciation in the ministry

volunteersLast night at our church, we celebrated the volunteer teachers in the children’s department. I had the privilege of speaking during this dinner and all throughout the week I prayed about what to share. God brought me to Romans 16 where Paul appreciates all of the people who served with him in the ministry. Paul mentions people by name to show his appreciation. What really stuck out to me was the fact that Paul commented on how they served. He did not just “appreciate” them for offering their time. He writes about how they served. Let’s take a look at how these people served. Take a look at Romans 16:1-16. Continue reading