Kingdom People are to be Thankful (Colossians 3:12-17)
According to an article on CBN's website, it pays to be thankful. "Studies have shown that being thankful improves our physical and emotional health. Holding on to feelings of thankfulness boosts our immune system and increases blood supply to our heart. Daily guided exercises or the habit of keeping a weekly gratitude journal can increase our alertness, enthusiasm, and energy, and improve our sleep. People who describe themselves as feeling grateful tend to suffer less stress and depression than the rest of the population."
So why don't we have a world full of thankful people? And why doesn't the world's media choose to air stories on thankfulness and acts of gratitude, instead of filling the airwaves and internet with people complaining and demanding this and that. The problem with thankfulness is that it doesn't come naturally, and it doesn't garner viewers.
But then, belivers are not just about the natural, but also the supernatural. We have a supernatural presence living within us and it should show. We must be different. We must by forgiving. We must be thankful.
Join us this Sunday for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we examine how Christians are told to be different--in the way we live, love, and show our gratitude.
Kingdom People are Different (Text: Matthew 5:13-7:14)
A walk through the Rural King store on Morgan Avenue in Evansville, IN last Tuesday night around 8 p.m. would have been a little different. In fact, something occurred that got the attention of everyone in the store, so much attention that the Evansville police department was called in. Apparently Brittnay O'Daniel wanted to dress differently from everyone else in the store. Maybe the problem was she couldn't decide what to wear that would stand out, so she choose to wear absolutely nothing. When the police arrived, she resisted arrest and had to be tased.
Being different is more popular than it has ever been. Everybody, well almost everybody, wants to stand out in the crowd. We want our Facebook posts to be liked by millions and our YouTube videos to be viewed world wide, so we have to make them special, they have to be, oh, so different.
Being different also becomes a factor when we have a poor self-image. If we feel bad about ourselves, we try to garner up attention from others. We buy fancy cars, big houses, expensive clothes, or get outlandish tattoos, or crazy hairdos in hopes of getting attention. Consequently, this is why the more likes we get on Facebook, or the number of turned heads we get in public, the better we feel about ourselves.
Being different is not just something we've come up with in our modern, technology filled world, Jesus had a lot to say about being different. In fact, He made being different a fashion statement in His day. When Jesus came on the scene, everyone knew He was different. The vast majority of His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 chapters are about how Kingdom People are to be different.
Join us this Sunday (11-15-15) at Concord for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. services as we look at what Jesus says about Kingdom People being different.
THANKSGIVING MEAL & SERVICE (NOV. 22ND @ 5:00 P.M.)
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Meal & Service. It all begins at 5 p.m., Sunday night, Nov. 22 in our church basement with a great meal and wonderful fellowship. Following our meal will go upstairs for a time of music and testimonies.
After the good response we received last year concerning the new format we used for our Thanksgiving Service, we will follow the same format this year. Our music will be provided by groups and individuals connected with our church, instead of an outside group entertaining us.
We will provide a time of thanksgiving for activities, events, and special moments that have occurred in the life of Concord throughout our year. This will be done through a slide presentation.
As usual, we will still provide a time for our church members to show their thankfulness by contributing to our Thanksgiving Offering. This offering will go toward paying off the $6,000 loan taken out for the new septic system being installed at the church.
What's Your Life Events?
Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., we picked up my son, Evan, at his school at Grace Baptist and then headed to Henderson for my daughter's guitar lesson. We then hurried back to Evans' school
for their basketball homecoming night, but when we neared the school we saw a mass of police and emergency vehicles. We later learned from the pastor of Grace church that he was the first on the
scene and the young man in the car didn't make it. The principal of the school said that it happened just a few minutes after we left with Evan.
If we'd been a few minutes later the young man may have been forced to slow down because of our vehicle or he could have slammed into the back of it (we were told he was traveling at a high rate of speed). Life is so fragile, so short, and so unpredictable. We don't know how much time we have, so we'd better not waste it.
When I learned the name of the young man, I went to his Facebook page. I'm not his friend and don't know him, but I couldn't help but note that under the heading "Life Events" all that was listed was "born." A good question to ask, is when we die, what life events will be listed, not on Facebook, but on God's book, and the memory books of everyone who knows us. I leave you with three questions to think about: What good will we do and what impact will we make while we are here, and what kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?
Helping Us Help Others
Our church packs 250 shoeboxes filled with various items for children for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child each year. Shipping alone costs us $1,750. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We have joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program where they will donate a portion of all sales with Kroger Plus cards linked to our church. What's so great is that you can help without any cost to you. Just simply log on, link your card, and each time you swipe your card, you are helping us help others. The instructions are as follows:
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