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Good morning … It’s one week away from Thanksgiving .. Of course I love the gathering together of family we only get to see once or twice a year. Something else I really enjoy is the traditions that come with the season. I have been listening to the “Fiddler on the Roof” movie track on Spotify, and one my favorite songs is “Tradition“. There are things about tradition that are just comfortable. They create and bring back great memories.
TRADITION … TRADITION
We started a new family tradition a few years ago at Lisa’s mom and dad’s house. It’s another opportunity to gather. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we have a turkey/chicken fry. Lisa’s dad cranks up the turkey fryer and the family comes, mostly in the evening, but some throughout the day. We bring a turkey or a hen, Lisa’s mom makes some chicken and dumplings and the rest of us bring a different variety of appetizers, side dishes, snacks, and of course desserts.
TRADITION … TRADITION
While we take turns frying the birds, we talk, we hug, we laugh and we just enjoy each other. I think, with our busy people filled lives, the more opportunities we have to gather, the better life is. Tradition helps give us a stronger foundation.
TRADITION …. TRADITION
I really try to enjoy the family gathering traditions we have now. Some of our old traditions are gone, because some of our family are gone. I miss the huge gatherings at my grandmother’s in Baytown. My dad had 10 brothers and sisters which made for lots of cousins. We all crammed in a very small house, and it was awesome. That tradition went away a long time ago, but it is still such an awesome part of my memory. It is a strong foundation to my joy.
TRADITION ….. TRADITION
I love sharing family traditions with my children and grandchildren. One day … when all the people of these traditions are gone … I hope my grandchildren will have new family traditions, and they will look back with very comfortable memories of our traditions. And they will tell their grandkids. And their grandkids will see the joy in the eyes of their grandparents and get a sense of the strength of love that was developed on the foundation of family tradition.
TRADITION … TRADITION
Do you have some great memories of tradition? What tradition do you have now that you love?
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Many people have been hurt so many times they are afraid to love again … They are afraid to give their love away and not receive love in return. What would it take for you to feel good enough to give your love away?
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Thanksgiving: the act of giving thanks, a public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favor.
In order to live a life of joy one must take the action or thought of thanksgiving and make it an attitude, or lifestyle.
An attitude of thanksgiving has power over …
An attitude of thanksgiving is not natural …
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:18
It is a choice that you have to make over and over as a discipline until it becomes more second nature.
You have to look at each situation … and choose.
Choose to complain or be thankful.
We have a biblical calling to be thankful.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Ps 50:14
___________ can be thankful for all that God has done for me.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Rom 12:1
The closer you are to God the more thankful you will be.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Col 2:7
You can’t worship without being thankful.
If we gratefully acknowledge what we have we shall be in better heart for obtaining that which as yet we have not received. Charles Spurgeon
An attitude of thanksgiving sets you up to be more thankful.
Most Thankful for New Life
1) Forgiven for my past.
2) I can live a worry free life because God has “the plan”.
3) I have a purpose in life that is more than I could ever have hoped for.
4) I never have to worry about “not being loved”.
His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. Eph 1:5 NLT
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Our God is patient, merciful and keeps promises.
25 I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. 26 And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,
“The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. 27 And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.”
28 Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 29 For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 30 Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. 31 Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will sharein God’s mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.
God is the Only Thing Worth Worshiping
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
You will never understand all that God is or knows.
34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? 35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?
You can’t out give or out think God. It can seem right but it’s not.
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
You are just the created. You are His masterpiece.
So how do you relate to an all powerful, all knowing, all present, all loving, merciful gracious God?
12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
You worship Him with Everything … Sacrifice
You sacrifice your; (holy)
How do you make that kind of sacrifice?
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Allow God to make you who he wants you to be.
He wants you to live a holy (useable) life.
He will transform you through your worship and your obedience.
When your mind is changed, your behavior will be changed.
It will become second nature to be who God wants you to be.
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…the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. Gal 3:8-9
Christian: There is power in your spiritual family tree. You have the power to be holy and be used by God to do the work of God.
The power to bless and grow the family tree
More than just power of the Spirit.
16 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.
1) All powerful root of God’s promises.
2) The spiritual power to produce fruit in self.
3) As a branch, If you don’t produce you are broken off of the power.
17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.
18 But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.
19 “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.” 20 Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. 21 For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t spare you either.
4) You can’t be prideful of the ability to produce fruit.
5) Stay connected to THE root. The fruit you show is evidence of the root to which you are connected.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. John 15:4
6) God is kind and severe.
22 Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.
7) Reconnection is just a turn away. (Repent)
23 And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree. 24 You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into his cultivated tree, he will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong
25 I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.
Don’t have a hard heart.
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Dear Friends and Family of LCC,
GLWS …. God’s Love With Skin … That’s who we are at Life Connection Church. I hope when you wake up in the morning you put yourself in GLWS mode. People naturally like TGIF because it is the end of the work week, but the great thing about GLWS is it makes Monday TGIM. When you are in GLWS mode every day is a day to be thankful.
When I leave the house in the morning, when I walk into a store, when I talk to someone on the phone, I get into the “GLWS” mode …. I want to represent … It really helps you to look at and interact with anyone with a positive, kind and patient attitude. When you are in GLWS mode you won’t be rude, or selfish. You won’t let past problems with that person make you negative now. You will have the kind of attitude that will give you joy, and could even change, for the positive, the person with whom you have problems.
GLWS is the power of positive thinking backed up with the power of a Holy Spirit controlled life. It’s supernatural power of positive thinking without the negative side effects of steroids.
Right now … How about getting into GLWS mode right now? Put up your spiritual antenna. Ask God to forgive you for your lack of attention to Him and His will today. Tell Him you want to represent Him. You want to be His love with skin. … Then pay attention.
I promise .. It will make your day, it will honor and give God glory, and you will bless those around you. God may even use you to change someone’s life. Once that starts happening, you know, God using you to change others, you will live for that opportunity. That is what being Holy is all about. It’s about being used by God.
…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Pet 2:9
If you are part of the LCC family, even if you have not been in awhile, or if you are looking for a church family, I hope you will join us Sunday in the 9:15 or the 11:00 service. I am teaching from “Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written“. This week I am teaching from Romans, Chapter 11 and the first couple of verses of chapter 12. I am calling this week’s message, “The God Worth Worshiping”.
It seems like if we only knew what kind of a God our Father in Heaven is, we would surely worship Him.
I have loved preparing this teaching and I hope you will enjoy listening and applying it to your life.
Now that fall is here the holidays are right around the corner. Stay tuned for LCC opportunities for discipleship, fellowship, and serving others by being God’s love with skin.
If you are part of the LCC family or are looking for a church home, please join us this Sunday. If you used to go to LCC and are nervous about coming back, you will be welcomed with open arms.
If you are a friend of LCC, thank you so much for your support and prayer.
Join us for a great Sunday….. And bring a friend….
Thanks and God Bless.. Your Brotha from anotha motha
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