Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No shopping. No big crowds. Just family and friends gathered to celebrate God’s blessings. Yesterday was not an exception to that. Close to thirty relatives were at the table for Thanksgiving dinner. This was just a small fraction of our families from both sides, but it was a huge blessing to have our eighty five year old Mom at the table with us. Dinner is over, everyone left late last night, but in my heart I’m still counting many blessings of 2018.
I’m grateful for over seventy new members who joined our church since January 1 of this year. Our church family grew in numbers and in spirit. I’m thankful for many active ministries in our church. This is definitely not a church that slumbers. The love of Jesus inspires us to show care towards the widows, to be better husbands and fathers, to help struggling families with house renovations, to send boxes of cereal to the Samaritan Center, to praise God through choir and band, to teach OAKS students to see God’s creative hand in the wonders of this planet, to feed the homeless downtown Chattanooga, to bring ladies together for prayer sessions, etc, etc . All these are the blessings of God’s Spirit working in the living and active body of His church. All I can say is Galena and I are blessed to be a part of this wonderful church family.
I’m looking forward to an uplifting worship service experience with all of you tomorrow morning. This Sabbath I will continue the series on the Seven Miracles of Jesus. Please, read John chapter 2. Even when we are hesitant to ask for the impossible, Jesus is eager and capable of turning our ordinary life into a rich and flavorful bubbling wedding wine.
Please, remember to pray for Bobby Boles who has been transferred to Ooltewah LifeCare Center.
Praise God for a healthy and happy baby boy, Martin Doss, born to Heidi and Ed Pino last Sunday. They are supper excited. Below are his photos taken just a few hours after his birth.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lordis good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.