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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 30, 2008

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Thanksgiving Sunday at Harvest Christian Fellowship. That means lots of friends, family, and praise. Here are a few highlights of this morning service, for those of you who missed it.

  • Our drama ministry (yet to be named) debuted this morning with a skit showing ways that our faith can influence others during this time of economic crisis. Well done to the entire team, and our “actors”. We all look forward to seeing how God will use this ministry to spread the gospel.
  • I got to speak to at least one of our college freshman, home for break! Its always exciting to hear what is going on in the lives of these young adults as they study and live out the gospel on campuses across the nation. I pray that all of our college students press strong to the end of the semester, running all the way through the tape. We look forward to seeing you at Winter break.
  • Preparations are now in full swing for the church’s 2nd anniversary! The team met with Pastor Doris after service this morning, and the excitement is growing. Spread the word to all that you know, to come join us in January. More details to follow.
  • Bro. Duane Dillard was pumped this morning, as he led us in praise and worship. We got to see yet another glimpse into the future of our growing worship ministry. Can’t wait for what lies ahead.
  • The Men’s Fellowship leaders finalized plans to have the men of Harvest hit the neighborhoods in our area with invitations to our Sunday services. Don’t want to spoil it, but I believe the men should expect a call or correspondence this week. Take some time out, and support what the men are going to be doing.
  • Beginning this Wednesday, and every Wednesday in December, we will be having a prayer service in lieu of Bible Study. Come out with friends and family, as we spend time in prayer to our Lord for the balance of the year.
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So Much To Be Thankful For

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 24, 2008

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Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 1 Chronicles 16:8-9

Later this week, families and friends will gather in communities all over this country to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. For many this will begin a time of reflection and thanksgiving that will last through the end of the year. There will be some, who because of the economy or other circumstances of life, will find it difficult to articulate anything for which they are thankful. Speaking to both groups, I want to list just a few of the things that I find myself thanking God for right now.

  • Salvation – I thank God for the grace He showed toward me, in sending His only begotten son to die for the forgiveness of my sins.
  • Family – I thank God for my immediate and extended family. There love and care for me has been my strength and joy in both high and low points this year. I am thankful for my wife and my children. I am thankful that their love for me is without condition. I am thankful for the times that we have been able to spend with each other, in our daily routines and away (as few as these times may have been this year).
  • Provision – Although it would be easy for me to articulate what I am missing, or what I don’t have, I choose to thank God for what he has ensured that I do have. I thank Him for ensuring that I have a home, food, and health. I thank Him that He has provided enough that I have been able to share some with others.
  • Harvest Christian Fellowship – I am thankful that God has given me a place, the caliber of Harvest, in which to serve as Senior Pastor. I am grateful for the smiles that greet each person who enters our presence on Sunday mornings. I am thankful for the willingness of the people to serve whoever, wherever, and whenever service is needed. I am thankful for the feeling of belonging that each person strives to ensure that every other person feels inside our fellowship. I am thankful for the way God has moved in the last year to bring us to the New Hope campus, merge our ministries, and give us a relationship with The Wesleyan Church. I am thankful for the excitement that I still see in the eyes of the people when we discuss or mention going into the community to serve and be in relationship with people.
  • Hope for the future – I am thankful that in Jesus Christ, I always have hope for the future. Regardless of where or how I may view my life now, I know that my God makes all things work together for the good. I know that my worst day without Jesus is infinitely better than any day without Him.

I hope and pray that each of you reading this has a blessed time with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. I pray that you take some time out on that day to reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. I believe that you may be pleasantly surprised at how numerous they are. Stay blessed.

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