As I was praying today, I couldn’t help but thank the Lord for this church. God is doing so many amazing things all around us. They are too numerous to mention them all. So I thought I would just use this space to say thank you for all you do. Thank you for giving me a place to raise my family up in Christ. Thank you for giving your bests to see the Kingdom of God fall fresh on our church so we can approach life and ministry with excellence. Thank you for being a place who embraces everyone for who they are and prays for the Lord to help us strive to live according to His Word. Thank you for praying that God will remove the complacency of our life and set us free to experience the Joy of the Lord. Thank you for loving your church staff and making ministry fun. I always look forward to the weekend as we gather corporately and live out of the abundance of God’s direction in our life.
The following prayer of thanksgiving wells up in my soul today for you and all who will call this church their home in the coming days.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:3-14
May God give you a reason to sing of His love and provision as you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and circle of friends.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene