“Give thanks in everything” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

So as this is the month is about giving thanks, I have the following: A 9 year-old boy from Lake Park was talking to me this summer. He had just had a very bad day, falling from his bike and his dog had just died. He stopped to talk to me because he had been at our VBS. And he asked if it was weird to say thanks to God on a day like that. When I said not at all he then said, “Well I’ve been thinking about it, and so I made this picture (it was of his dog) so that he will recognize my dog and then get to play with him and run with him like I did. After all, God just loaned him to me for a while. I can’t think of a better way to thank Jesus.” I am giving you all a spiritual growth task—how would you really thank God from your heart? Be creative, make something or write a poem or sing a song or draw or make something just to say Thanks to God!

Pastor Tim

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Colossians 3: 12-14

Sue just knew this was a bad idea. She was prepared to run out of there. These were the folks that had cheated her dad out of money, that had told her mom she was no longer welcome after she had the nerve to stand up to them that day. These are the folks who said they loved her as a child but were always telling her to be quiet. And there was Janice who had told her she would amount to nothing but be a drunkard like her father. Why was she going back there? Why?

Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever  gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4: 8-10

Welcome to Fall. We know it’s Fall because of Labor Day, School starting, the Fall Festival is at the end of this month, because the geese are congregating (they started that in early August—you read the signs), and the equinox. Do you know what the Fall is really all about?

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