Thanks for That!

On Wednesday night about 80 people gathered at The Lakes Church building for praise and prayer — especially to thank God for Religious Instruction (RI) and the ministry of Scripture Union (SU) volunteers. We heard briefly about each of these ministries then thanked and prayed in small groups for them. We also praised God in song and heard His word read and taught briefly.

So, thank you to John Northage and Howard Oates for having the idea for the night. Thank you to Trevor for speaking about RI … and thank you to the approximately 21 TGS people who went. This might have been the largest number of people from a single church — but that’s not a thing to be puffed up about, but to thank God for.

Please also give thanks for the financial Collection taken up for RI at Yarrabah. It seemed to me that at least one of the two Collection bags had a substantial amount of money in it. So please pray that Yarrabah children hear the gospel week-in, week-out & live as followers of Christ.

Personally, I’m always cautious about inter-church events as some things can be … ‘different’. And they were. But overall it was a very good night to praise, pray and thank God. And after all, they are things God delights in us doing and wants you and me to do every day e.g. —

“… pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

Complaining is so easy; whinging is a ‘skill’ that many of us are very practiced at (unless you’re different to me!). However, last Wednesday night helped me to be more thankful this week. It reminds me of Questions 2 & 5 from this last week’s Shadows of the Cross study: “What makes you whinge? What’s the best antidote to complaining?” The answer comes in Q.5: “We are the blessed people of God. Today, enumerate the blessings that God has bestowed upon you [in Christ].”

So, friends, this week (month, year, decade) instead of whinging, for what will you say to God, “thanks for that!”?



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