A great big thank you for Millry Baptist Church for hosting the one hundredth tenth meeting of the Washington Baptist Association. Thanks to the ladies at Millry that provided and cooked the fellowship meal and thanks to Bro. Bailey Hill and the entire Associational Choir that lifted up your voices to Almighty God. You all did a great job. Next October the annual meeting will be at Leroy Baptist Church.
The theme of this year’s meeting was “The family of God.” Rev. Randy Billingsley shared from the book of Acts how the early church came together, with all their different backgrounds, to do the work that God had given them to do because of who they were in Jesus Christ.
Bro. Randy went on to compare that to us today that what a difference we could make if all our churches in the Washington Baptist Association would come together, work side by side to do what the Lord has called us to do. We are called to go into this world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples and what a difference it would make in our churches, county, state and nation. This is what the Bible calls the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and the question for us now is, will we obey?
We are now getting into the time of were the weather is slowing changing which means that Thanksgiving is near. This has always been a special time for me and I hope it has been for all of you. I have always enjoyed just reflecting back over the past year or even years to thank God for all His blessing that I have enjoyed.
I know that for some this may be difficult because of some of the things that has happen in their families, the storms that has cause major damage and up rooting families in our Nation.
I often reflect back on what the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18–” Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I have often asked, How could the Apostle Paul say this with all the trials that he has went through? When you do a little deeper study on what this verse says you find that it is “gratitude for all the benefits of Divine Providence, especially for the general and personal gifts of redemption. The very term most used shows it is the grace of God in Christ, operating in the soul of the believer as principle and going back to Him in gratitude.” That is the way Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 9:15-” Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
The rejoicing that we have in the Lord, and the everlasting consolation we possess in Him, makes every possible variety of divine dispensation a token of good. The Christian privilege is to find reason for gratitude in all things, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thess. 5:18. So we should give thanks for:
T-Give thanks that our “Transgressions” have been forgiven.
H– Give thanks for the “Hope” we have In Jesus Christ.
A– Give thanks that we have an “Awesome God.”
N– Give thanks that we are a “New Creation” in Christ Jesus.
K– give thanks that Jesus is the “King of Kings.”
S– give thanks for “Salvation”.
I Give Thee Humble Thanks
For all the gifts that thou does send, For every Kind and loyal friend, For prompt supply of all my needs, For all that is good in word and deed, For gift of health along life’s way, I give Thee humble thanks.
For strength to work from day to day, For ready hands to help and cheer, For listening ears Your voice to hear, For yielding tongue Thy love to talk, For willing feet, Thy paths to walk. For open eyes Thy Word to read, For loving heart, they will to heed– I give Thee humble thanks.
For Christ who came from Heaven above, For the Cross and His redeeming love, For His mighty power to seek and save, For His glorious triumph over the grave, For the lovely mansions in the sky, For His blessed coming bye and bye, I give Thee humble thanks.
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