When our lives are transformed by God’s grace and filled with the Spirit, one of the results will be a grateful heart. We will approach every day, every relationship, and every circumstance with a bias toward giving thanks.
Perhaps that’s why the Apostle Paul mentions gratitude and thanksgiving three different times in the space of just six verses (Colossians 3:12-16) that describe who we are and how we are to live in Christ. This powerful passage concludes by saying:
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:17, NIV)
When our disposition is one of gratitude to God, it implies several things about our perspective. As Gordon MacDonald has observed in his book, A Resilient Life, when we are thankful . . .
- It implies humility: I cannot get along by myself.
- It implies reliance: I need others, and I need God.
- It implies value: I recognize and appreciate the cost of what I have received.
- It implies gladness: joy has come to my life from God and others.
This Thanksgiving week, Beverly joins me in expressing gratitude to God for each of you. We are thankful for your friendship and partnership in the gospel. And, we are convinced that the best is yet to come!
Christmas at Ingleside 2013
I hope you are planning now to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Ingleside this Christmas. Put these opportunities for worship and outreach on your calendar now.
|December 13-15||“We Believe”
Invite a friend and celebrate Christmas at Ingeside in one of four Christmas musical presentations called “We Believe!”:
• Friday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m.
• Saturday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.
• Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
|December 22||Christmas Remembrance Service
A service of hope and encouragement for those grieving the loss of loved ones this Christmas. It’s at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
|December 24||Christmas Eve Services
Family services with live nativity will be at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. Candlelight communion service will be at 7:00 p.m. Make Christmas Eve at Ingleside part of your tradition!
I am so grateful that God sent his Son to be our Savior, Christ the Lord. Let’s give Him great praise and glory this Christmas!