from Carol Hoppe, Single Moms Ministry
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
As I was reading my Bible this morning, words began jumping out at me… and I immediately thought of you…yes you!Read more ...
By Pastor Domenico Danesi
Thanksgiving is often passed over in this consumer-driven society we live in. As soon as November 1st hits, people start thinking about Christmas. Shopping starts, malls are packed, people are scampering everywhere trying to frantically get a deal (often on a credit card). It is so ironic that during a season of thanks people are stressed out. Personally I love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. Jesus, family, food, friends and maybe some football ☺. Thanksgiving should be a time of reflection on how much God has blessed us.
Being unthankful is actually a sign we are in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-4). We want to do all we can to encourage our children to give thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving. A thankful parent will glorify God. A thankful parent will be encouraged and encourage others with their attitude. We have so much that truly we have nothing to complain about.
How can we teach our children to be thankful during this holiday season? A family tradition we started many years ago was a “Thanks” Turkey. I will draw something that at least resembles a turkey with multiple feathers. My wife (Leslee) and I then go around to each of our 5 children (we also have baby Evangelina to be thankful for this year, so 6 total) and ask them what they are thankful for. We then write those things in the feathers of the turkey. It’s a simple family activity that makes the children reflect back on how much they truly have to be thankful for. They will list Jesus, family members, friends, animals, all kinds of things. We love hearing all that they are thankful for! During this holiday season we must “teach thanksgiving”. It is not about gifts, eggnog, turkeys, stockings, hot cocoa, or anything else. It’s all about Jesus!
Here are some ideas for teaching thanks.Read more ...