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Thankful for Creation

Thankful for Creation

Yesterday, we briefly considered some thoughts about Paul’s exhortation to be thankful in all circumstances. Sometimes, we can become so laser-focused on our challenges that we lose sight of the reasons we have for gratitude. Happily, when that is the case, the Bible...
A Good Cry

A Good Cry

Driving in the rain calls for concentration, especially when your eyes are filled with tears. That was me yesterday morning as I drove to the church office, listening to a playlist called “Memories,” a gift from a daughter. Each song is meaningful to me in some way,...
Thank God for Nita Nagel

Thank God for Nita Nagel

When I became a member of Brackenhurst Baptist Church, Nita Nagel was ten years older than I am now. And now, as I head toward the finish line of my ministry, Nita has just turned 97. As I visited her yesterday on her birthday, I was once again blessed to observe that...
Thanksliving

Thanksliving

Psalm 118 opens and closes with an identical exhortation: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever” (vv. 1, 29). This dual exhortation to gratitude brackets everything else said in the psalm. It is a psalm in which the writer...
Keep At It

Keep At It

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and...
Thank You

Thank You

Gratitude. Sadly, it is too often in short supply, even in a church. I want to increase the supply through this article. In a world where self-congratulations is the norm, expressing appreciation for others is increasingly a rarity. In a culture that can quickly...