Greetings! Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.
We are directed in many places in holy Scripture to live by the principle expressed in Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Two key commands are given to the faithful here: (1) We are to be prayerful, not fretful! (2) We are to lift thankful prayers, not complaining prayers! This attitude of prayer is not one that denies the serious nature of the concerns being lifted, but is an attitude of complete confidence in the love and care and goodness of God. During this Thanksgiving Holiday, may each of you be faithful among family and friends to lift prayers of hope and thanksgiving! May the joy of the Lord be your strength and song!
It is my special privilege to welcome Rev. Danny Griffin to our district. Rev. Griffin has accepted the appointment of our Buckley congregation. His first Sunday was yesterday. Please take the opportunity to welcome him to the district.
Jackie and I worshiped with the Madison (WI) Cross Point Church of the Nazarene. Our son, Isaac, is the pastor. This was a blessed time to rejoice in the goodness and faithfulness of our Savior and Lord!
Dr. Stan Toler, general superintendent emeritus Church of the Nazarene, visionary church leader, prolific author, and beloved shepherd went home to be with Jesus last Saturday evening. Dr. Toler had battled pancreatic cancer over the past few years but continued to work in Christ’s harvest field. His gentle leadership will be greatly missed. Please pray for his wife and family in these days of sorrow.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen! (Thomas Ken, 1674)
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore