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The Object of our Gratitude

01 Nov 2015

  • Gratitude 2015

Text Luke 7.36-50

Gratitude involves more than simply retraining our mind to see the glass half full, it requires a heartfelt conviction that we have been gifted abundantly.

Grateful for God's Presence

08 Nov 2015

  • Gratitude 2015

Text Jeremiah 29.4-14

A source of great gratitude for Christians is God’s providential hand guiding and intervening in our lives.

Where are the nine?

15 Nov 2015

  • Gratitude 2015

Text Luke 17:11-19

Hudson Taylor, who endured great hardships and tragedies in his lifelong mission work in China, said when he was old, "I never made a sacrifice." What he meant was that along the path of self-denying service you experience so much joyful gratitude for God's sustaining grace that, whatever you forsake to buy that pearl, it is as if there were no sacrifice at all. Therefore, a life that gives glory to God for his grace and a life of deepest gladness are always the same life. And what makes them one is gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude

22 Nov 2015

  • Gratitude 2015

Text Luke 12

Without Christ in us, we could never choose joy. It would only be a feeble attempt at positive thinking. The source of our joy comes from a right relationship with Him and it is He who gives us the power to make that choice even in the most difficult circumstances. As we trust Him with every detail our lives, we learning the secret of being content in any and every situation.

The Greatest Enemy of the Church

29 Nov 2015

  • Gratitude 2015

Text Judges 21:25

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21: 1-4)
She loved God so much, she gave all she had to give, and trusted Him to provide for her. Jesus saw her heart. But Christ's heart-monitor works differently from most. God measures our giving, not by the size of the gift, but by how much we keep back for ourselves. This is true not just in finance, but also in love; faith, trust, loyalty, effort, and so on. When you are whole-hearted, Jesus is thrilled, and will make sure you lack no good thing. But a lukewarm, half-hearted believer will be dismayed.