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Friday, November 22, 2013
When I was fifteen years old, my mom wrote me a thank-you note for something I had done around the house. I still have that note tucked away in an album.
I have lots of notes from my wife and children that are precious and I will keep those forever. I have kept several "thank-you" notes over the years from friends, coworkers, and bosses. On occasion, I pull out one of notes and am reminded of God's provision of encouragement and grace.
How do you express your thanks? Sometimes, our spoken word may not be sufficient to get the message across to those who appreciate. During this Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas season, I challenge you to write a thank-you note. Perhaps 2 or 3. You can do this.
Consider writing your pastor, professors, loved ones, neighbors, a co-worker or supervisor.
Verses to consider including in a thank-you note:
Online Community, please share with us how you have been encouraged by a thank-you note. Readers can also share any helpful tips. See Comments below.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
It is helpful to occasionally reflect on who God says we are. We get distracted by online ads and malls that tell us we should be someone else. Let's stop for a moment and read some Scripture.
As we approach Thanksgiving, let us remember who He says we are. How can we not give thanks? Please take a moment and respond below. If we encourage one person, we have accomplished a great thing.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what God has done and it is a time to say "thanks" to our Creator. What are you thankful for? What has God done in your life this year?
Let's take a moment to encourage each other by writing what we are thankful for. We can then turn these notes of thanks into "prayers of thanks".
I am so thankful for Jesus who came to save me from my sins. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
What are you thankful for? Post a comment below.
Be sure to invite your classmates and friends to share. You can use the social media tools at the top right of the page. You never know how God will use encouragement to change someone's life.
Ted WhitneyPosted at 2:27 PM | Comments (7) | Permalink
Thursday, October 31, 2013
As we approach Thanksgiving, I will write on the topic of "Thanks" for the next four weeks. This first blog is focused on inspecting our words and attitudes as this is a reflection of what is happening in our hearts.
Online Community, please read through these blogs and comment. Even though we are not in the same room physically, we are just words away from encouraging each other. God bless.
We know who they are, but let's review a few complainers we find in Scriptures:
Fixing an Addicted Complainer
Philippians 4:8 reads, "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”
Luke 6:45 reads, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
The cure is to get our mind on the things around us that are true, noble, just, lovely, etc. These things are from God. When we fill our mind with the Word of God, He begins to change our mind and our attitude. Decide today to demonstrate a grateful and thankful attitude toward God and others today.
Ted WhitneyPosted at 3:05 PM | Comments (7) | Permalink
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1 John 4:10-11
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
Love one another. These are powerful words. Let the words sink in.
The other day while standing in a checkout line at a store, I watched impatience in action. The guy being helped clearly thought the checkout man should have been able to work faster. In the end, the impatient customer was able to buy his groceries; however, I'll bet he'll have a difficult time explaining God's love to the store employee.
We have to get away from the "me first" syndrome. We are all guilty of it: cutting in line, demanding our way, looking out for only ourselves, displaying impatience and more.
We can love one other because Jesus loved us first
We should love one another without excuses
What does "Loving one another" look like? Here are some thoughts:
Online Community, do you find it easy or difficult to demonstrate love? Share with our online community. God bless.
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