- I am thankful to raise my children in Sweetwater, the oasis of West-Texas. A beautiful city, filled with beautiful people.
- I am thankful for the team I work with every day. A passionate, energetic, creative, and hard-working crew of Jesus-loving pastors.
- I am thankful for men and women who laid down their life to lead the Body of Christ and pioneer a path of revival. Men such as Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church are my modern day heroes.
- I am thankful for Nelson Searcy’s book “Fusion,” which has taught me how to love and appreciate the new guests at EFC. It takes courage to walk into a church for the first time, and I want to honor that courage with a warm welcome and great encounter.
- I am thankful for every unsung hero and unknown face that loves unselfishly, lives faithfully, and serves unconditionally. These are the saints I look forward to singing with someday in a Heavenly choir.
- I am thankful for my spiritual heritage, a legacy of faith of three generations of men loving the church and seeking revival in West-Texas.
- I am thankful for my kitchen table. It is so much more than warm food and sweet desserts. It is a place of joyful conversation, heartfelt prayers, and everyday discipleship.
- I am thankful for grace. It is as amazing today as it was the first day it pulled me out of darkness and into light.
- I am thankful for my wife. She inspires me every day to live fully and freely, to continually press further up and farther in to the grace of God!
- I am thankful for this year’s harvest: salvations, healings, rededications, restorations, weddings, baptisms, and freedom. It’s been a good year!
- I am thankful for the opportunity to press into next year — and the hope that 2012 will be even more alive, blessed, and fruitful than this year!
Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’
- I am thankful to be part of a team of ministers who are amazingly energetic, passionate, and creative.
- I am thankful to be part of an elder board that is wise, prayerful, and hands on.
- I am thankful for an army of EFC volunteers who love children, greet, welcome, usher, serve communion, and work hard to make every church gathering a joy and a success.
- I am thankful for the building renovations this year that have given us room to grow.
- I am thankful for those who gave their hearts to Jesus this year.
- I am thankful for the weddings I was able to officiate this year.
- I am thankful for the healing we have experienced this year.
- I am thankful to serve on staff with my best friend, my wife.
- I am thankful to be where I am, doing what I am doing, and for the people I get to do stuff with!
- I am thankful that 2011 will be even better than 2010. The best is yet to come!
If you need more encouragement to be thankful in the big things as well as the small things in life, check out www.aholyexperience.com. Blogger Ann Voskamp has a ministry of exhorting her readers to gratefulness.
Wanting to make an Advent wreath to mark the season? How about Scriptures to read and prayers to pray with your children as you light the Advent candles? Check out one mom’s ideas at http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/christmas_advent.htm.
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Yesterday was another powerful service, wasn’t it?
I think we went through a record number of tissues as a congregation. The next time Pastor Mindy preaches, there will be a notice posted on the Monday Morning Review so you will remember to bring extra Kleenex.
I also just noticed on Pastor Eric’s facebook where he and Keegan are officially on their way back. Be sure to give them a warm welcome home. I’d wait a day or two to allow them time to recover, though.
As was apparent from the message and testimonies, we have a lot to be thankful for individually and as a congregation. We should also remember all God has done for us and give Him praise, not just for what He has done, but simply because He deserves it.
If you’re curious about what this might look like, check this out.
I think we all can dance and shout on half of something. Maybe next week we can persuade Eric and/or Mindy to demonstrate Bishop Jakes’ fancy footwork. Now, that would get the congregation dancing and shouting.
I sincerely hope each and every one of you have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
You Heard it at EFC
- “Sing to the King” – Various Artists
- “I Have Found” – Kim Walker
- “God, You’re Beautiful” – Anthony Skinner
- “God of This City” – Chris Tomlin
- “Mighty to Save” – Hillsong
On the Radar
Advent Choir – The Advent Choir is a new and exciting adventure for EFC and is open to anyone who would like to participate. The choir will sing throughout the holiday season beginning next Sunday. Practice continues tonight November 23, 2009 @ 7pm at EFC.
EFC Facebook Group – Have you joined the EFC Facebook Group? If not, you might be missing out on stuff happening at EFC. If you haven’t joined yet, you should. As of this morning, there were 50 members. That means over half of you still haven’t joined. What are you waiting for?
Revelation Bible Study – The Revelation Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesdays @ noon at EFC. It’s not too late – it’s never too late. Come join in this in depth study verse-by-verse through the book of Revelation led by EFC’s very own Curtis Ward, who is blogging about the study on his blog The Watchman’s Gaze. Check it out.
By the time this is published, Pastor Eric will be somewhere over the Atlantic, and by the time many of you read this, he will be somewhere over Texas. Which means he will resume writing the Monday Morning Review next week, but it also means that next week we get to hear more great testimonies.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.