A Note from Pastor

Pastor Kevin’s Korner

Are we truly thankful in all things? Do we genuinely thank God for who He is and for what He is doing in our lives? How often do we just stop what we are doing and worship God in a spirit of thanksgiving? Being thankful, or offering thanks to God, means something a little different to each of us. But if you are a Christian, being thankful takes on a whole new meaning in life. Our whole attitude toward everything we are, everything we have, and everything we do must change. We must be known as a people who are thankful. I want you to stop reading right now and go back to the beginning of this article. Read each of those questions again, stop after each one, and think for a few minutes about how you would answer them. Our attitude toward God and others should be marked by love, grace, compassion, and a deep thankfulness for who we are and what we have. Allow me to share a few things I am thankful for during this special holiday season.

I am thankful that God reached into my life 41 years ago and forgave me of my sins when I cried out to Him in faith. He saved me in that moment and He has been saving and forgiving me ever since. Even though I didn’t completely understand all that my newfound faith meant, I knew without a doubt that God loved me unconditionally, Jesus died for me, and through faith in Him I was saved. Over the years, that has taken on a new, deeper meaning in my life as I have grown to better understand what God is doing in me. I have not yet become the person I know God wants me to be and I still have lots to learn about Him and my faith journey with Him. Yet, even now, my heart bursts with thanksgiving as I ponder my great salvation and God’s work in my life.

I am thankful for my family. Families are interesting creatures. None are perfect, they all have problems and struggles, each one looks a little different than the others, and they change over time as each family member grows up and some pass on. God has blessed me with a great family!! The foundation of my life was built by many in my family who have now gone to be with the Lord, but some still remain. I have one grandparent still living, both of my parents, a brother, a wonderful wife, three amazing children, three precious grandchildren, multiple in-laws, a niece, and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. Each one has helped mold me into the person I am today and I am truly thankful for the roles they play in my life.

I am thankful for my church family. Each of you have touched my life in some way during my nearly 10 years as your pastor. Just like in our biological families, we fail each other from time to time. But I honestly can’t think of a better group of people to walk with and serve with as we all grow in faith together. Thank you for letting me have the great privilege to serve as your pastor. Thank you for putting up with my weaknesses. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to my family and me. We are a spiritual family, and I can’t wait to see what God does in our church in the next 10 years and beyond. 

I could go on and on about each of these and many other things I am thankful for. But in closing, I just want to give you some Scripture verses to think about for the next few weeks as we celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Meditate on them and read them in worship to God. Have a blessed month!!

  • “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. (Psalm 30:4)

  • I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people. (Psalm 35:18)

  • I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

  • Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)

  • Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. (Psalm 100:4).

  • Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1).

-- Pastor Kevin