Count Your Blessings

Our contemporary celebration of Thanksgiving arises from a European tradition with deep Christian roots, recognizing the blessings and provision of Almighty God either at harvest time or after deliverance from significant trouble. And yet, we forget this sometimes. We forget that God is the one who provides, and we take that burden upon ourselves. We strive after the things of this world, searching for happiness, searching for meaning, searching for peace. Jesus’ words remind us to set our anxieties aside. He tells us that when we focus on the things of this world, we will find anxiety. But, when we focus on God and his Kingdom instead, everything else falls into its own right place.

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I am a Doer of the Word

Reading and studying the Bible is of the utmost importance as we follow Jesus as Christians. But it is not enough to just read the Bible, we also need to put the things we read into practice. Jesus meets us wherever we are, but he is not content to leave us there, he wants to transform us through his Holy Spirit who he has placed in our hearts. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, ESV).

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Looking Out for Number One

The way of the world tells us that we need to look out for number one (ourselves) and fight our way to the top. Jesus tells us that the way of his kingdom is very different “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). How do we follow Jesus’ instruction in a world where everyone is fighting for themselves?

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Thanksgiving Service

Sermon 2017-11-21 – Thanksgiving Service – The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas James 1:17–27; Psalm 65:1–8; Matthew 6:25–33 ● When we think about the origins of Thanksgiving, we often think of…

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