On this Thanksgiving morning, what can we do to stimulate our hearts to gratitude if we are feeling discouraged or unthankful? Thomas Watson answers: “A gracious soul is thankful and rejoices that he is drawn nearer to God, though it may be by the cords of affliction.…When God has a rod in his hand, a […]Read More What shall we do to be thankful?
“See what cause the saints have to be frequent in the work of thanksgiving. In this Christians are defective; though they are much in supplication, yet little in gratulation. We meet many Christians who have tears in their eyes, and complaints in their mouths; but there are few with their harps in their hands, who […]Read More Believers have cause for thankfulness
What is gratitude? It’s more than only saying, “thank you” for blessings received, as John Piper explains: …gratitude that is pleasing to God is not first a delight in the benefits God gives (though that will be part of it). True gratitude must be rooted in something else that comes firstnamely, a delight in the […]Read More What is Gratitude?
God’s Provision for His Church1 Timothy 4:11-16June 12, 2022 In April of 2001, I received this email — Greetings from California! This is Keith Palmer… I heard through my in-laws that there may be an intern position opening up at your church this summer and thought I would write you to get some more information. […]Read More Sermon: God’s Provision for His Church
The New Testament both exhorts its readers to give thanks and exemplifies the giving of thanks. Gratitude is a common attribute of the sanctified believer (in part because it is so unlike the natural man). Of all the things that might be said about giving thanks, I want to draw attention to two characteristics of […]Read More With every memory, giving thanks
I’m thankful today. The weather is crazy. I’ve lost track of how many days it’s been since it’s been above freezing. In Texas. I was born in Winnipeg, MB (that’s Canada, for the unaware). The last year I lived there (1973-74), the first snowfall was the last week in October and the last snowfall was […]Read More I’m thankful today
Thankful Hearts Giving Thanks Colossians 3:15-17 November 22, 2020 Rudyard Kipling is one of the most well-known British writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. He penned many poems and such classic stories as How the Leopard Got His Spots and The Jungle Book. His writing made him famous and wealthy. A newspaper reporter approached […]Read More Sermon: Thankful Hearts Giving Thanks
Thanking God for the Past; Trusting God for the Future Philippians 1:3-11 June 14, 2020 Sometimes it is hard to give thanks for the circumstances and people of our past. That’s not just true in the past three months, but it’s also true of life in general — illness, unexpected deaths, financial hardship (poverty), broken […]Read More Sermon: Thanking God for the Past…
Here is a short ministry update from Grace Bible Church, and a few thoughts about gratitude during Covid-19:Read More Coronavirus and gratitude
This past week, we gave thanks to the Lord as a congregation for His faithfulness to us over the 40 years of the church’s existence. A large amount of time, energy, and financial resources went into that celebration. Is it legitimate to do something like that celebration? Why should we be overt in our expression […]Read More Giving Thanks for 40 years of God’s Faithfulness
We Give Thanks to God Colossians 1:3-8 August 11, 2019 A tremendous amount of effort has gone into acknowledging GBC’s 40th anniversary. Hours and hours in planning, interviewing, designing logos, phone calling, ordering (food and shirts and…), setting up tables and chairs, mowing, marking parking, and more. Is it worth the effort? Is there value […]Read More Sermon: We Give Thanks to God
Do you have trouble cultivating a heart of gratitude this week of Thanksgiving? Perhaps you are discouraged by your circumstances, despairing of some relationship, struggling with some sin, or just simply tired. It seems like others have many things for which they can be thankful, but you have few or even no reasons for gratitude. […]Read More Thankfulness — they said it better than me
I grew up in a home where we were taught to say “please” and “thank you.” Our children grew up in a home where they were expected to send timely “thank you” notes for gifts they received. And many of you experienced the same kind of training. While saying and writing “thank you” often seems […]Read More Give thanks to God
“In Everything Give Thanks?” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 November 20, 2016 A few years ago the London Times reported about the many letters that are sent to God from around the world. Many of those letters end up at the post office in Jerusalem in the undeliverable mail department. “We have hundreds of thousands of letters […]Read More Sermon: In Everything Give Thanks?
In the early 1970s there was a popular chorus with the following lyrics: Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord Let’s just lift our hands to heaven And praise the Lord Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord Let’s just lift our hands to heaven And praise the Lord Now put us in […]Read More Let’s just praise the Lord