The most appropriate word for our church to use during the month of November is THANKS. We have so much to give thanks for at Grace, it is hard to know where to start.
I saw a list yesterday of people who have made professions of faith and followed the Lord in baptism to become members within our Grace family. So far, there are 13 names on the list with more promising to make professions of faith soon. We should thank God for every soul that has become a follower of Christ through our church this year.
We are seeing more and more people becoming involved in the study of God’s word through Sunday School. Our average attendance in Sunday School has grown into the 80’s as more children have become involved because their parents and grandparents are bringing them every Sunday. I thank God for every Bible study teacher and leader who lead children each week. God has blessed our church by providing dedicated, prepared and eager teachers who are faithful to guide our young ones in the study of His word.
We have witnessed God’s mighty hand upon us in raising $51,966.00 through our One Mile for God’s Glory Capital Campaign. Adding the matching contribution from our generous benefactor means that God has provided a total of $103,932.00 thus far this year. I believe that God will enable our church family to complete this year having collected half of our overall campaign goal of $300,000. Give thanks for the generosity of our people. Give thanks for the generosity of our benefactor. God is able to do more than we can even ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Let’s thank Him for all He has already done.
We have designated November 19 this month as GLORY SUNDAY at GRACE. This will be a day of thanksgiving as we pray and ask God to fill our church with 100 attending Sunday School and 180 attending worship. On Glory Sunday we are praying for an offering in the amount of $14,000. This is the amount we need to fulfill our tax obligation on both the location where we now are and the new location where we will be moving in March. Property taxes here in this place amount to $9,287.14. Taxes at the new location total $4,523.18. In all, our church is facing a challenge of $13,810.32. Gratitude for all that God has done and is doing within our church gives us sufficient reason to give offerings over and above the normal giving patterns. Pray that God will show you what He would have you give. Ask God to bless you this month so that you may give exceedingly more than you normally do. I believe God is ready to provide our church family with another extraordinary miracle in meeting this financial need.
There was a young boy who was asked by his mother to offer the Thanksgiving prayer at the family’s annual Thanksgiving feast. This lad looked at the luscious bird on the table and began to express thanks before even tasting it. He began with his mother who cooked the turkey. Almost in the same breath, he thanked his father who bought it. He thanked the store clerk who sold it. He thanked the store worker who placed it in the store’s cooler. He quickly shifted to the farmer who raised the turkey feeding it, so it could grow so plump. He thanked the man who grew the turkey’s feed. He included the driver who delivered the turkey to the store.
Not wanting to leave anyone out, he asked, “Have I forgotten anybody?”
His younger brother exclaimed, “God!”
Without hesitation, the young boy said, “I was about to get to him.”
Be thankful this month. Don’t thank everybody for everything without thanking God first. Thank God by worshipping at Grace this month. Be thankful in your study of God’s word and through your giving as the Lord leads you to give. Remember, your offering will be an expression of thanksgiving for the many ways God has blessed you and blessed our church throughout 2017.